Last Tuesday on March 12th in the Long Beach harbor at approximately 6;30pm, two oceanic queens met once again side by side with spectators and traveling cruise attendees enjoying a historical moment as the Queen Mary and newest of Cunard’s Line ship, Queen Elizabeth III (3x’s larger than the Titanic), exchanged whistle blows, cheers, and fireworks.
Keeping to the Cunard tradition, the youngest of the royal liners, Queen Elizabeth will sail to pay homage to her older sister, the Queen Mary, who was once crowned the ‘Grand Dame’ of the North Atlantic. Prior to Queen Elizabeth’s arrival, In the early 1980s the same voyage was made by the Cunard’s Princess, in 2006 the Queen Mary II, and in 2011 the Queen Victoria, all illustrating their respect to the first queen of them all.
Bringing the two beauties together mark an emotional moment in time because the original Queen Elizabeth, in which the current ship is now named after, and the Queen Mary would cross the North Atlantic regularly from 1946 to 1967…“Every Wednesday one queen would leave New York and the other queen would leave England,” said Everett Hoard, commodore of the Queen Mary. “And in mid-transatlantic, they would cross each other.”
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As a Long Beach community advocate and city lover, Hotel CURRENT salutes this historic event and pays their tribute to both queens! Especially our beloved, Queen Mary! Located within 5 miles of the hotel, guests enjoy complimentary shuttle service to the nearby Downtown areas including The Pike, Long Beach Port, and other surrounding areas. As a hotel in Long Beach, Hotel CURRENT lives out the Long Beach pride through celebration of the arts and personalized services for every guest, every time. For more information, available dates, packages and promotions, please visit us online at www.hotelcurrent.com or call 800.990.9991 | 562.597.5341…we are available at your convenience and look forward to the opportunity in servicing you.