Celebration to honour legendary liner during final call to New York
SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct. 8 /CNW/ -- On Thursday, October 16, Cunard's
Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) will bid farewell to America during a celebratory call
befitting of the company's longest-serving ocean liner. The historic occasion
will mark the iconic ship's 706th and final call to New York. Escorted by
FDNY fireboats and flotilla of pleasure craft, the beloved QE2 will depart the
Westside Terminal at 5 p.m. to meet her sister ship, Queen Mary 2, for a
Cunard Royal Rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty as both renowned ocean liners
embark on a tandem voyage to Southampton, England -- marking QE2's 806th and
final Transatlantic Crossing.
Recognised as the most famous ship in the world and for 35 years,
flagship of the Cunard fleet, QE2 was named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
in 1967. During nearly four decades at sea, she has logged 5.9 million
nautical miles (equivalent to traveling to the moon and back 13 times),
carried more than 2.5 million passengers and has sailed 25 World Cruises. With
a top speed of 32.5 knots, QE2 is the fastest passenger ship in the world. As
a true ocean liner she can sail backwards faster than most cruise ships sail
forward. Her service, however, has not only been one of romanticized ports
and luxury ocean travel. In 1982, she was requisitioned by the British
government for military service in the Falkland Islands and thus joined the
ranks of such great Cunarders as Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth who were also
called upon to serve in times of conflict.
"It is most fitting that QE2's farewell to America be celebrated in New
York, the city Cunard has called our North America homeport since 1847. She
will always be remembered as the best loved ship in the world and we are
delighted that she will be cherished by future generations of travelers at her
new home in Dubai," said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. "Her mantle
as flagship of the British merchant fleet has proudly been bestowed upon Queen
Mary 2, a ship recognised as the grandest ocean liner ever built and surely
destined to continue Cunard's legacy," Marlow added.
During her arrival in the early morning of October 16, QE2 will fly a
traditional "Paying-Off Pennant," a maritime flag signifying the ship's length
of service to the fleet. The pennant will be presented as a commemorative
gift to a local dignitary during a reception onboard the ship.
Thousands of well-wishers are expected to gather at ideal New York
harbour viewing locations including:
-- Battery Park: On the southern shoreline of Manhattan,
http://www.thebattery.org Map link: http://www.bpcparks.org/bpcp/map/map.php
-- Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park: Overlooking the Hudson River with great
views of the Statue of Liberty. Getting there: Just south of the Museum of
Jewish Heritage. By subway: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or N or R to Whitehall.
-- The Esplanade: Running the entire length of Battery Park City, along
the Hudson River from Stuyvesant High School on the north end all the way
south to Battery Park.
-- Hudson River Park: 550 acre park extends for five miles along the
Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street.
To celebrate this historic occasion, a pipe and drum corps will perform
in Battery Park as a fitting salute and final "Bon Voyage" to Queen Elizabeth
QE2 completes service to Cunard in November after sailing a final voyage
to Dubai where she will be refurbished and become a luxury hotel,
entertainment destination and maritime museum.
For information and to book a voyage on Cunard, contact your travel
professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or visit http://www.cunard.com.
About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, QE2 and
Queen Victoria has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and
the epitome of British refinement since the company's first paddle-wheeled
steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring
together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable
White Star Service(TM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure, the legacy of
historic voyages and transatlantic travel.
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