Cunard Line's Queen Victoria Sets Sail for San Francisco Maiden Call

    Historic Visit to the City by the Bay Marks Ship's Only U.S. Maiden Call

<p>SOUTHAMPTON, England, <chron>Dec. 17</chron> /CNW/ -- Cunard Line's youngest ship, <person>Queen Victoria</person>, will be making her maiden call to <location>San Francisco</location> on <chron>27 January 2010</chron>, marking her only U.S. inaugural call in the next year.  <person>Queen Victoria</person> will stop in the City by the Bay as part of the first segment of her 2010 World Voyage, before continuing across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.</p>
<p>"We were elated by the welcome our flagship <person>Queen Mary</person> 2 received from San Franciscans in 2007, and have been eagerly anticipating <person>Queen Victoria</person>'s arrival to this illustrious city since the ship entered service," said <person>Peter Shanks</person>, president of Cunard Line.  "We look forward to a warm welcome during this historic port of call."</p>

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    About Cunard Line
<p>Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners <person>Queen Mary</person> 2 and <person>Queen Victoria</person>, 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 seek a civilized adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White <person>Star Service</person>(TM), gourmet dining and world-class entertainment.  Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922. <person>Queen Elizabeth</person> joins the fleet in <chron>October 2010</chron>.</p>
<p>Cunard Line is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines.  The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Line, Holland <person>America Line</person>, <person>Princess Cruises</person>, Costa Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn.  Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets.  Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations.</p>

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