The first-ever port stop in Long Beach Harbor by a contemporary Cunard ship will take place on February 5th when The Queen Mary welcomes her sea-going “niece,” the Elizabeth.
One of the world’s most progressive passenger vessels, the Queen Elizabeth, currently on a global cruise, will dock and disembark passengers in the Long Beach harbor. Her arrival will begin a day-long series of events to toast the unprecedented meeting of the two ships.
Although preceding visits by Cunard vessels to Long Beach have been restricted to drifting greetings, this visit will see the Queen Elizabeth dock adjacent to the Queen Mary – a first for Long Beach.
A new Ship Model Gallery will be dedicated on the Queen Mary at 11:00 AM during a private reception to honor the Queen Mary’s 80 years of public life.
The Gallery, located on the Promenade Deck, harbors replicas of several historic ships, and is the first phase of the ship’s forthcoming world-class maritime museum and learning center. The replicas include Titanic, Lusitania, Brittania, Oregon, Normandie along with Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2 as well as the Queen Mary.
“Having the Queen Elizabeth on-hand for the Gallery dedication makes the day even more special,” said Queen Mary General Manager, John Jenkins.
The Ship Model Gallery will open to the public at 12:30 PM and will be free of charge.
Some of the featured attractions of the day include: Vintage Double Decker Bus Tours ($15), Tea with Diana ($39.95 Adult, $29.95 Child) and Captain’s Art Tour ($12).
Pricing for regular attractions will also be discounted for such activities as the Haunted Attractions ($10) and Diana: Legacy of a Princess ($9.95). Tickets and information can be found online and at the Passenger Information desk onboard the Queen Mary.
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:
10:00 AM – The Queen Mary Opens to All
11:00 AM – Private Queen Mary Model Room Dedication: Promenade Deck
12:30 PM – Ship Model Gallery Opens to Public
6:00PM – 7:00PM – Queen Elizabeth Pushes off
Visitors are encouraged to gather on the Queen Mary’s stern for a bagpipe salute, brief address to the crowd by Queen Mary Commodore, Everette Hoard and a magnificent fireworks display. For more information visit: http://www.queenmary.com/events/royal_rendezvous/.
At the time of the Queen Mary’s maiden voyage in May 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. Today, the ship features a rich history, authentic Art Deco décor, award-winning restaurants, historical attractions, special event salons and 346 staterooms. To learn more about the Queen Mary visit: www.queenmary.com.
Be sure to look for the March-April issue of Southern California Life Magazine in which the Queen Mary is celebrated and on which our cover photo was proudly photographed.