|QUEEN MARY 2
ROYAL RENDEZVOUS 2011
QUEEN MARY 2, QUEEN ELIZABETH and
QUEEN VICTORIA meet in New York,
13 January 2011
On 13 January 2011, three Cunard Line Queens met
in New York Harbor in what Cunard termed a
"Royal Rendezvous." No ordinary port call, this
day was marked by a series of events in celebration
of the venerable British line's long standing
relationship with New York City (see related
This was not the first time that three Cunard
Queens had gathered in New York. Three years to
the day, Queen Elizabeth 2, Queen Mary 2 and
Queen Victoria gathered in New York. (see article).
That celebration, despite inclement weather, was
so successful that Cunard decided to do it again
now that a new Queen Elizabeth had joined the fleet.
Once again the weather threatened the event. A
Northeaster blizzard had engulfed the City the day
before and if the winds had continued at more than
25 knots on the day, the event would have had to
have been cancelled. However, luck smiled on
Cunard and the day dawned clear and calm
although still bitterly cold.
Queen Victoria docked at Pier 90 in the slip so often occupied by QE2 during her numerous calls in New York. The
peeling paint on her bulbous bow testified to the fact that she had recently encountered a severe storm. Indeed, by some
estimates, she had sailed through 75 knot winds.
The new Queen Elizabeth docked at
the recently refurbished Pier 88, the
former French Line pier used by the
Because this was Queen Elizabeth's
maiden call in New York, she was the
focus of press and travel agent
attention. At the same time, she had
to observe the requirements of
maritime law and conduct drills such
as lowering her lifeboats into the
Cruise ship photo essay - Cunard - Queen Victoria-Queen Mary 2 Queen Elizabeth - New York January 2011
Unlike the 2008 Rendezvous, the three ships
did not enter the harbor in procession.
Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria were
coming across the Atlantic together from
England while Queen Mary 2 was returning
to New York from a Caribbean cruise that
had started in the Big Apple ten days before.
Because all three ships would have to sail
through storms in order to get to New York,
it was decided that they would not wait for
each other before entering the harbor, which,
in any case would be in the very early hours
of the morning when it was still dark.
Nor did the three ships berth together. QM2
docked in her usual berth at the Brooklyn
Cruise Ship Terminal (above) while her
fleetmates docked in Manhattan.