Farewell to a Nautical Queen



    SOUTHAMPTON, England, Oct. 17 /CNW/ -- Cunard's QE2 bid farewell to
America today in a poignant celebration befitting the company's longest
serving liner, recognized as the most famous ship in the world.
    
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    On her 710th and final call to New York, the iconic passenger vessel
elegantly sailed through New York Harbor for the last time, escorted by the US
Coast Guard and FDNY Fireboats, meeting her sister ship Queen Mary 2 for their
final Royal Rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty before departing in tandem for
Southampton, England.
    "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 and the
setting for so much of the Line's history," said Carol Marlow, president of
Cunard Line.
    Earlier in the day, Her Majesty's Consul General New York Sir Alan
Collins and British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald joined Carol Marlow and
distinguished guests onboard QE2 for a reception and farewell luncheon to
celebrate the storied life of the legendary ocean liner.
    Members of the FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums provided a regal
salute to QE2 and joined crowds of well-wishers lining the Battery Park
Promenade to bid a fond farewell.
    
    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.




For further information:

For further information: Jackie Chase of Cunard Line, +1-661-753-1035,
jchase@cunard.com; or Maria Andriano of Redpoint Marketing PR,
+1-212-229-0119, andriano@redpointpr.com Web Site: http://www.cunard.com

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