QUEEN ELIZABETH’s Maiden San Francisco Visit

QUEEN ELIZABETH at Southampton, October 11, 2010. Photo copyright Peter Knego.

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Gleaned From a Cunard Line Press Release:

On 4 February, Cunard Line’s QUEEN ELIZABETH will make her inaugural call to San Francisco, marking her only U.S. maiden call this year. Currently sailing her 107-day World Cruise, QUEEN ELIZABETH will dock at Pier 35 along the city’s famed Embarcadero, and is scheduled to arrive between 5:30-6:00 a.m. and depart at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Named by Her Majesty The Queen in Southampton, England in October 2010, QUEEN ELIZABETH is the second largest Cunarder ever built, after flagship QUEEN MARY 2. While this will be QUEEN ELIZABETH’s inaugural visit to San Francisco, the city has held historical significance for Cunard ships since 1942*, when the original QUEEN ELIZABETH visited as part of her war duties, and where she also underwent a refit. Later, in 1978, QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 made her maiden call to San Francisco, visiting a dozen times more in subsequent years. Five years ago to the day of QUEEN ELIZABETH’s upcoming maiden call, flagship QUEEN MARY 2 was warmly received by thousands who came out to welcome her during her 2007 inaugural visit; and QUEEN VICTORIA was also graciously greeted by the city during her 2009 maiden call.

Cunard continues their enduring relationship with the city by the bay and is pleased to be the Preferred Cruise Partner of the San Francisco Symphony’s 2012 Black & White Ball this June.

The best locations to view the ship’s sailaway as she departs the harbour are:

Golden Gate Overlook: At Golden Gate National Recreation Area
The Marina Green: Between Fort Mason and the Presidio, adjacent to San Francisco Bay
Fort Mason: Located in the northern Marina District, alongside San Francisco Bay
Aquatic Park: At the historic Hyde Street Pier
PIER 39: Two-blocks east of Fisherman’s Wharf at Beach Street and The Embarcadero. Convenient parking is available across the street in the PIER 39 Garage.
Treasure Island: Connected to Yerba Buena Island, which has exits and entrances into and out of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge (I-80) in both directions. Travel between Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands and the rest of San Francisco is toll-free in both directions.
From San Francisco, QUEEN ELIZABETH will continue her World Cruise, which includes stops in Hawaii, American Samoa, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, India, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Greece, Italy, Monaco and Portugal.

*Of course non-“QUEEN” Cunarders have been calling at San Francisco for ages, including the 1923-built FRANCONIA on her world cruises, the AQUITANIA in 1941, The “Green Goddess” CARONIA, SAGAFJORD, VISTAFJORD, CUNARD ADVENTURER, CUNARD PRINCESS, CROWN DYNASTY, etc.

Peter Knego

Peter Knego

Having documented over 400 passenger ships and taken more than 200 cruises, MaritimeMatters’ co-editor Peter Knego is a leading freelance cruise writer, a respected ocean liner historian and frequent maritime lecturer both on land and at sea.  With his work regularly featured in cruise industry trades and consumer publications.  Knego also runs the www.midshipcentury.com website which offers MidCentury cruise ship furniture, artwork and fittings rescued from the shipbreaking yards of Alang, India.  He has produced several videos on the subject, including his latest, The Sands Of Alang and the best-selling On The Road To Alang."
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