Updated 01/10/2011 02:30 PM
Three Cunard Queens To Rendez Vous In New York Harbor
The Three Kings Parade may have come and gone, but now it’s the three Queens wearing their crowns in New York City. NY1’s Valarie D’Elia explains in the following Travel with Val report.
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You don’t have to wait for the royal wedding to get caught up in a wave of British pomp and pageantry. On January 13, a trio of maritime Queens – three famous Cunard ocean liners –will be in New York Harbor at the same time.
The Royal Rendezvous will feature the Cunard line flagship Queen Mary 2, middle sister Queen Victoria, and the brand new Queen Elizabeth, comprising the youngest fleet at sea for one of the cruise industry's oldest lines.
It will be the maiden visit to New York for the new Queen Elizabeth, which was recently named by Her Majesty the Queen in Southampton, England late last year.
The event starts at 6 p.m. when Queen Mary 2 departs from Brooklyn Cruise Terminal and Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth slither out of their berths along the Hudson River en route to their winter itineraries. Before ducking under the Verrazano Bridge, the three Queens will rendezvous at the Statue of Liberty under a canopy of fireworks around 6:45 p.m.
This seafaring celebration follows in the wake of the very first Royal Rendezvous in New York in 2008, when Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria were joined by the retiring QE2.
To get an up close and personal view of the ships at sea level, Classic Harbor Line is offering a special sailing of its Yacht Manhattan from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. leaving from Chelsea Piers. It's $85 per person and includes an open bar. Get $10 off using code – Val10. For more information, go to sail-nyc.com.
If you really want to do it up, The Ritz-Carlton Battery Park is offering a special package from a Statue of Liberty View Guestroom or Suite starting at $595 per couple plus taxes. Go to ritzcarlton.com/batterypark’ for more information.
There are several places where you can get a good view of the ships on foot from:
• The Esplanade: Running the entire length of Battery Park City
• Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park
• Hudson River Park: extending for five miles along the Manhattan shoreline from Battery Place to West 59th Street