After the Royal Rendezvous of the reigning three Cunard Queens in New York on January 11, maritime history will be made once again in Long Beach Harbour today when Queen Victoria and Queen Mary meet for the first time.
“Queen Victoria meet Queen Mary”: That’s pretty much how the introduction would go if these two ships could speak.
Queen Victoria is expected to sail into Long Beach Harbor between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. and rendezvous with its sister ship between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. The two ships will exchange whistle salutes amidst a sparkling fireworks display.
Queen Victoria just docked in the Port of San Pedro, Los Angeles.
It is the 4th and last visit to the port as part of her Americas Season, which features several transits through the Panama Canal, two roundtrip voyages to Hawaii, and one Getaway voyage to Mexico last month. Tomorrow she will continue to Mexico, Guatemala and Panama before she will head to Fort Lauderdale via the Netherlands Antilles. She will return to the West Coast again in early 2012.
The best place to see the action is aboard the Queen Mary’s Promenade Deck in the back of the ship, Cunard said in a news release. Admission to the Queen Mary, is usually $24.95 plus tax for adults; however today it will be free to mark the special event.
If you cannot be in Long Beach today, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the action on the Long Beach Webcam