Cunard's Queen Elizabeth is Coming to Long Beach
February 5, 2015 | 10AM - 8PM | FREE ADMISSION TO THE QUEEN MARY
On Thursday, Feb. 5, the Queen Mary will be visited by Cunard's newest ocean liner and The Queen Mary's sea-going "niece”, the Queen Elizabeth, who is making a port stop here in Long Beach. This will mark the first time a Cunard liner will dock and disembark passengers in the Long Beach harbor. The Queen Elizabeth is today one of the world's most advanced passenger vessels and is currently on a global cruise. The original Queen Elizabeth was the sister-ship to Queen Mary and together made over 2000 trans-Atlantic voyages when in active service for Cunard.
This Royal Rendezvous marks only the fourth time in over three decades that another Cunard ship has visited the legendary Queen Mary; and the second time these sister ships have crossed paths since 1967 (when the original Queen Elizabeth was still in commission).
The Queen Elizabeth will berth adjacent to the Queen Mary and her arrival will begin a day-long series of events and activities to celebrate the unprecedented meeting of ships. This once-in-a-generation event will include a whistle salute by both ships and a dazzling fireworks display. Prior visits by Cunard vessels to Long Beach have been restricted to floating salutes, as the modern ships hovered in place while honoring their antecedent. The February 5TH visit will see the Queen Elizabeth dock nearby the Queen Mary - a first for Long Beach and Cunard.
Guests can board the Queen Mary starting at 10AM, free of charge with discounts on ALL Queen Mary Tours and Attractions. Please note - guests will NOT have access to the Queen Elizabeth.
Join us for a historic meeting of these legendary sister ships!
Event Information & Tentative Schedule
- Queen Elizabeth will arrive early in the morning (5AM). The Public can begin boarding The Queen Mary at 10AM (Please note - guests CANNOT board the Queen Elizabeth).
- 12:30PM Model Museum Open to the Public (Click here for more information)
- Live Entertainment 3 – 6PM Strolling Entertainment
-The Perfect Gentlemen Barbershop Quartet (4 – 7:20PM) Main Hall - located on Promenade Deck
-The Lindy Sisters salute the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s (Live performance every twenty minutes 4 – 8PM) Veranda Deck, Gazebo - located on the ship’s stern, Sundeck
- Stargazer Jazz Quartet (5 – 8PM) The Observation Bar - located in towards the ship’s bow, Promenade Deck
- Stargazer Jazz Trio (6 – 7PM) Sundeck, Britannia and Capstan Decks - located on the ship’s stern
- Join us for a bagpipe salute to The Queen Elizabeth as she pushes off, followed by a brief address to the crowd by our Commodore, Everette Hoard and spectacular fireworks display
- Parking is $15
- Schedule subject to change
Tours and Attractions
All tickets can be purchased at Passenger Information located on Promenade Deck
- Vintage Double Decker Bus Tour (11AM, 1:30PM, 3PM) - $15: Hop on board a Vintage Double Decker Bus for a sightseeing tour of Historic Long Beach led by a Queen Mary Docent. See art deco architecture, historic landmarks, visit the exciting shopping areas of Belmont Shores and see the beautiful California Coastline that makes Long Beach California’s urban waterfront playground. Tours last approx. 1 hour.
- Captain’s Art Tour (11AM, 12:30PM, 2PM, 3:30PM) - $12: A special Queen Mary tour highlighting the beautiful Art Deco artwork and treasures aboard the ultimate in Art Deco liners. Tour lasts approximately 1 hour
- Haunted Attractions (12:30PM, 2:30PM, 4:30PM) - $10: See why Time Magazine ranks The Queen Mary as one of the 10 most haunted places in the United States! Tour lasts approximately 1 hour
- Diana, Legacy of a Princess - $9.95: Diana: Legacy of a Princess sprawls over 13,000 square feet of the Queen Mary’s Sun Deck and captures Diana’s true essence, showcasing a priceless collection of her gowns and other cherished memorabilia.
For more information on The Queen Mary's dining options, click here.
- Midship Marketplace: Open 6AM-6PM
- Promenade Café: Open 6am – 11PM
- The Tea Room: Open 11AM – 4PM
- Chelsea Chowder House: Please note - Happy Hour prices will NOT be applied during the Royal Rendezvous. Open 11:30AM – 10PM
- The Observation Bar: Please note - Happy Hour prices will NOT be applied during the Royal Rendezvous. Open 11:30AM – 12AM
- Promenade Bakery: Open 12PM – 6PM
- Sir Winston’s Restaurant and Lounge: Open 5PM – 10PM
- Concession Stands: Open 12PM – 7:30PM (The Promenade Deck, near The Royal Salon, Sundeck Starboard, Sundeck Port Side)
Additional concession locations in front of the ship
HISTORIC CUNARD SHIP MEETINGS
It was early morning September 25, 1967, when the retiring Queen Mary, making her final trans-Atlantic voyage in the Cunard Service, passed her sister ship – the original Queen Elizabeth. Between 1947 and 1967 the two majestic ocean liners crisscrossed the Atlantic Ocean dozens of times, but this time was different. This time was special. As the two historic Queens closed in on each other, both captains stood at the bridge in attention while the mighty whistle of each ship pierced through the autumn air. Realizing they were witnessing history and an end of an era, they stood and saluted. That cold September morning on the Atlantic Ocean would be the final time the two beloved ships would cross paths, before the Queen Mary was permanently docked in Long Beach.
Over the decades there have only been a few occasions where fellow Cunard ocean liners would sail by and visit the ship that started it all.
- Early 1980's – Cunard Princess makes a stop in Long Beach to say "hello" to the Queen Mary.
- 2006 – Cunard's flagship, the Queen Mary 2, meets her namesake, the original RMS Queen Mary.
- 2011 – Queen Victoria visits her older sister, the Queen Mary, before heading back to Southampton via the Panama Canal.
- 2013 – Queen Elizabeth visits the Queen Mary.
We welcome Cunard Line's newest ocean liner, the 90,000 ton namesake Queen Elizabeth, to rendezvous with the Queen Mary in Long Beach Harbor and rewrite history once again.
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