LONG BEACH, CA (March 5, 2013) — On the evening of March 12th, 2013 in the Long Beach Harbor the world famous former Cunard liner R.M.S. Queen Mary, once the undisputed Grand Dame of the North Atlantic, will be visited by the youngest Cunarder Queen Elizabeth. In celebration of this historic moment, the Queen Mary will offer free admission. Public can witness the meeting of the two most sanguine names in maritime history from the decks of the 20th centurys most beloved ocean liner.
Retired from the sea now 45 years, the hotel and special event venue is visited by millions of tourists. Cunard Line has never forgotten their famous former flagship and over the years has sent their ships to pay tribute to their first Queen. In the early 1980s Cunard Princess was with the Queen Mary, and more recently in 2006 their current flagship the magnificent Queen Mary 2 was there, as well as the lovely Queen Victoria in 2011. However, the upcoming Royal Rendezvous with the beautiful new Queen Elizabeth will be the most poignant of all.
From 1947 to 1967 the glorious sisters Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth crisscrossed the North Atlantic on their appointed schedules, many times sighting one another in mid ocean. This wonderful oceanic interlude was relished by passengers, captains, and crew alike for there was no finer sight than to witness the largest and most beautiful ships of the era in their natural element, splashing the sea aside as they passed. The last time the two sisters met was September 25, 1967 in the small hours of the morning, when the Queen Mary was Eastbound on her last trans-Atlantic voyage in the Cunard Service. In the cool, starlit, autumn darkness, Commodore Geoffrey Marr stood at attention on his flying bridge of the Westbound Queen Elizabeth; Captain Treasure Jones was in the same position on the Mary. As the two great Queens closed on one another, the lights were flashed on, scattering the indigo Atlantic night in Cunard red; porthole pearls were in regal array. Each captain doffed his hat as the mighty Tyfon whistles pierced the ether in a fantastic farewell salute.
It is with a great sense of history that Cunard Line will send their newest liner, the 90,000 ton namesake Queen Elizabeth, to rendezvous with the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor on March 12th. Adding to the historical significance of the event will be the presence of one of Goodyears iconic blimps overhead, the Spirit of America, which will escort the Queen Elizabeth into the harbor and capture aerial coverage of the Royal Rendezvous.
Free Access to the Queen Mary will be offered from 4PM-9PM on March 12th, 2013. The best public viewing location will be on the Promenade Deck of the Queen Mary, at the aft (back) part of the ship. Event commentary provided by Commodore Everette Hoard. Festivities include DJ entertainment, special hotel and dining options and a fireworks display.
6:30-7:00 PM – Queen Elizabeth sails into Long Beach Harbor
7:00-7:30 PM – Ships whistle salutes
7:30-7:45 PM – FIREWORKS SHOW
About the Queen Mary
Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Marys signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winstons and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ships Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ships museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 314 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, visit: www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.
About Cunard Line
Cunard Line, operator of the luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries and the epitome of British refinement since the company’s first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840. Cunard voyages bring together like-minded travellers who seek a civilized adventure and relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Today, Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.
Goodyears blimps are among the most recognizable brand icons, representing the largest tire company in North America. They have adorned the skies since 1925 and have served America as aerial aircraft carriers, surveillance airships protecting merchant ships and early warning radar stations through the 1950s. Today, the fleet consists of three North American airships – Spirit of America in Carson, CA; Spirit of Goodyear in Akron, OH; and Spirit of Innovation in Pompano Beach, FL. For more information about Goodyear, its products and its famous blimps visit www.goodyear.com.
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