This Thursday (February 5), Cunard's legendary Queen Mary will meet her royal relative Queen Elizabeth in a “Cunard Royal Rendezvous”. The Queen Elizabeth ship will dock in Long Beach, California for the first time.
In 2015 both the Queen Mary and Cunard Line are celebrating their milestone anniversaries. The historic maiden call is of much importance because it’s also the first time a Cunard ship has ever called at the port of Long Beach.
The Queen Mary has over 2,000 Atlantic crossings while in service and commemorates 80 years afloat. Currently, the ship is a museum and permanent hotel in Long Beach harbor. Cunard, on the other hand, makes 175 years since the first Transatlantic Crossing to the United States from England, thus inaugurating scheduled mail service and changing forever the image of ocean travel.
The day of the Royal Rendezvous will be marked with fanfare and celebration for the public, with traditional whistle salutes and a fireworks display. Queen Elizabeth is expected to sail into Long Beach harbor at 7:00 a.m., and depart at approximately 6:00 p.m. to proceed on her journey.
In a private ceremony at 11:00 a.m. a Ship Model Gallery will be dedicated on the Promenade Deck of Queen Mary. It will open to public at 12:30 p.m., and will house important ship models. The Gallery is the first phase of Queen Mary's plans to create a maritime museum and world-class learning center aboard the vessel.
Priceless models of some of the greatest ships in the world (Titanic, Normandie, Lusitania), along with the contemporary liners of Cunard (QM 2, QE2 and Queen Victoria) will be included in the exhibition. The original Bassett-Lowke's model of Queen Mary, measuring over twenty feet in length, will also be presented.
Long Live the Queens!