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Offline Oceanic

Today in history, on the 23rd of February 2006, RMS Queen Mary 2 meet her predecessor and namesake, RMS Queen Mary, moored in her permanent birth in Long Beach, California. This event marked the first time Queen Mary had been in the company of another Cunard Queen since her last meeting with RMS Queen Elizabeth in 1967. The two ships exchanged a salute which was heard across the city of Long Beach.

Wonderful (if grainy) video of the meeting:  
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Re: Today In History: The Meeting of two Queens.
« Reply #1 on: Feb 24, 2018, 01:25 AM »
Curiously QM2 didn't dock at the Carnival Cruise Line Terminal that was in part of the dome even back then (Carnival Cruise Lines recently took over the rest of the old Spruce Goose dome so they have it all now). The largest ships of the Carnival Cruise Line fleet have since docked there. She hove to (in a way) in the vicinity of the dock and of course QM. I remember this in the shipping news at the time and in a way it serves as a reminder for the length of time past - as they say Time never stands still  :o
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

Offline Barumfox

Re: Today In History: The Meeting of two Queens.
« Reply #2 on: Apr 08, 2018, 01:45 AM »
This was a brief visit by QM2 as I recall - about 90 mins - so not sufficient time to dock even if feasible - I wonder if there would have been sufficient depth - even the largest Carnival ships only have a draft of about 27 feet to QM2's 33 feet - QE has berthed there since but is also of lower draft.

It is surprising that QE2 never seems to have called in at Long Beach to greet and have photos call with QM - this is understandable in her early years with the conscious effort to distance the new QE2 /Cunard from the line's own image but less so from the mid-1990's onwards with the reconnection to Cunard's past and the setting up of the Heritage Trail - the ultimate Royal Rendezvous would have been QE2 & QM2 visiting QM together sometime between 2004 and 2008 - a gathering of all three Queen generations. Having got off QE2 in LA to stay on QM in 2007, having the two so close but not together was very frustrating - it was good however to see QE2 passengers and crew taking the opportunity to visit QM - everybody had to get off as QE2 was being fumigated after a major norovirus outbreak.

It would be interesting if Michael Gallagher knows if a similar QE2 visit to QM was ever considered by Cunard? 

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Offline Robbo

Re: Today In History: The Meeting of two Queens.
« Reply #3 on: Apr 08, 2018, 07:16 AM »
Picture of the meeting

 

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