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Oh what a night! Cunard’s three queens sail out of New York

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On January - 14 - 2008

Cunard’s Three Queens Leave New York (Photo courtesy of Cunard)The three grand ships, twinkling in the winter darkness, lined up in front of the Statue of Liberty, holding their positions for a few minutes after 8 p.m. as fireworks illuminated the sky. Then they slowly moved across New York Harbor, the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) leading the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2).

This is the only time the three Queen ships will ever meet. The QE2, one of the world’s most famous ships, will be decommissioned in the fall and turned into a floating five-star hotel in the United Arab Emirates.
The Queen Victoria, which was launched just last month, crossed the Atlantic from England in tandem with the QE2 for Sunday’s event. The ships arrived early Sunday and spent the day docked in Manhattan before heading down the Hudson River to meet the QM2, which is based in Brooklyn.

The QE2 is the longest-serving vessel in the 168-year history of the Cunard line. Since its launch in 1967, it has travelled more than five million nautical miles, including 25 trips around the world and more than 800 transatlantic crossings with 2.5 million passengers. The ship was sold for $100 million to Dubai World, an investment company that manages projects for the government of Dubai.

See great video clips of the event at the links below:



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