Archive | December, 2010

Merry Christmas . . .

23 Dec

. . . to all my friends . . .

JJ and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas!


Three Queens to Meet in New York City

13 Dec
(This is from a Press Release found on Cunard’s Web Site)
Iconic Cunard Line Queens to Meet for Historic Royal Rendezvous in New York Harbour on 13 January

Fireworks and Fanfare Will Mark the First Meeting of Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the New Queen Elizabeth

8 December 2010 – On Thursday, 13 January 2011, Cunard Line’s three luxury cruise ships – flagship Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and the new Queen Elizabeth – will meet together in New York Harbour for a true grand celebration, a Cunard Royal Rendezvous. The youngest fleet at sea is scheduled to depart at approximately 6:00 p.m. local time; Queen Mary 2 will depart from her home port, Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, while Queen Victoria andQueen Elizabeth will depart from the Manhattan Cruise Terminal – Pier 90 and Pier 88, respectively. All three Queens will rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty for a spectacular Grucci fireworks celebration at approximately 6:45 p.m.

“This is another historic occasion for Cunard and New York, marking the second time in our 171-year history that our entire fleet of Queens will meet there in such celebratory fashion, and marking Queen Elizabeth’s maiden call to our North America homeport,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “We look forward to bringing this next meeting of our Queens to the great city of New York and continuing the pageantry and grand celebration that is Cunard.”

Cunard’s first Royal Rendezvous in New York was in 2008 when its fleet – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2and Queen Victoria – met for the first and only time in New York as QE2 retired in November of that year, marking a historic moment in maritime history.

Thousands of travel and maritime enthusiasts will be joined by admirers to gather at ideal viewing locations to wish the magnificent fleet of Queens “Bon Voyage” and see the spectacular fireworks celebration. Viewing locations include:

* Battery Park: On the southern shoreline of Manhattan,
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* Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park: Overlooking the Hudson River with great views of the Statue of Liberty
Getting there: Just south of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. By subway: 4 or 5 to Bowling Green, or N or R to Whitehall.

* The Esplanade: Running the entire length of Battery Park City, along the Hudson River from Stuyvesant High School on the north end all the way south to Battery Park

* Hudson River Park: 550 acre park extends for five miles along the Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street

This is especially fun for me and JJ, because we were present in 2008 at the FIRST ever meeting of three Cunard Queens – at that time, we were on the QE2.

Oh, and don’t forget that only 30 days from today,

we’ll be in NYC getting ready to board the QM2!!

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