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Queen-sized royal rendevous set for New York City

Posted by Anita Dunham-Potter On December - 28 - 2007

Cunard’s Three Queens (Image courtesy of Cunard)The first and only meeting of Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and new Queen Victoria is scheduled for Sunday, January 13 in New York harbor.

The trio is to depart at 6:30 p.m. Queen Mary 2 will cast off from the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, while QE2 will sail from Pier 92 and Queen Victoria will depart from Pier 88, both in Manhattan. The three Queens will rendezvous and sail past the Statue of Liberty during a fireworks celebration at approximately 7 p.m.

“This is an historic occasion for Cunard and New York, marking the only time that the three ships will be together…ever,” said Carol Marlow, president of Cunard Line. QE2 departs on her 26th and final world cruise and Queen Victoria will depart on her maiden world voyage.

It will be the first time in Cunard’s 168-year history that three Queens have been in service at the same time and, with QE2 retiring in November 2008, it will be the only time they are together.

Those lucky enough to be in New York City during this time can view the ships from numerous viewing locations including Battery Park on Manhattan’s southern shoreline; Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, overlooking the Hudson River; The Esplanade, running the length of Battery Park City along the Hudson River; and Hudson River Park, which extends for five miles along the Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street.

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