Long Beach, California is the place to be on March 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m when Cunard’s newest ocean liner, Queen Elizabeth, stops by to visit the legendary Queen Mary before heading for the Panama Canal.
It’s a reunion of two great Cunard names that has not taken place for forty-five years. It was September 25, 1967 that the Queen Mary, about to make her last transatlantic voyage in Cunard service, passed her sister ship, the original Queen Elizabeth. Both captains stood on deck as the whistle of each ship sounded. It was the last time the two ships would cross paths---until now, that is, when the Queen Elizabeth’s 90,000 ton namesake makes a special appearance in Long Beach.
It’s history in the making--a once-in-a-generation opportunity that will include whistle salutes by both ships, live musical entertainment and a dazzling fireworks display.
The Goodyear Blimp will there taking aerial photography and guests will be able to take their own photos of the Queen Elizabeth from the decks of the Queen Mary.
The schedule is as follows:
6:30-7:00 pm - Queen Elizabeth sails into Long Beach Harbor
7:00-7:30 pm - Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary Rendezvous - Ships’ whistle salutes
7:30-7:45 pm - Fireworks Show
Special dining and hotel packages are available.
Entrance is free to the public between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Public viewing is from the Promenade deck--Aft (back).
Parking is $15.
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