Saturday, October 9, 2010

Meeting A Queen

Last week, during a handover ceremony on board Queen Elizabeth at the Fincantieri Monfalcone shipyard, Cunard Line took delivery of the new 92,400-ton vessel. Aboard the second largest Cunarder ever built and the third new liner for the luxury cruise line in six years, the Italian flag was ceremonially lowered and the Blue Ensign was raised, marking the entry of another magnificent Cunard liner into the Register of British Shipping.

“This ceremony to mark the completion of the Queen Elizabeth and our acceptance of delivery, is just the first of a number of significant events over the next few weeks, including the ship’s official naming by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton on Monday, Oct 11,” said Cunard President Peter Shanks.

Queen Elizabeth left the shipyard on Sept 30 to sail to Southampton, where she is berthed at the Ocean Cruise Terminal. Cruise Diva is honored that she will be present for the festivities when Her Majesty The Queen names Queen Elizabeth. The christening of every new ship is special, but this one will certainly be a one of the most memorable. To get in the mood as I make my way to Southampton, the photo above is her arrival yesterday and below is a video of the newest Queen in the Cunard Line at sea.

James Cameron couldn’t have produced a more moving tribute. Queen Elizabeth will depart on her Maiden Voyage at 5:00pm on Tuesday, Oct 12.

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