Three Cunard “Queens” Due Tomorrow

Tomorrow will be a first in history: three Cunard "Queen" ships: Queen Mary 2 (shown in photo), which makes Pier 17 in Red Hook its home port; Queen Elizabeth 2, on her final visit to New York after forty years of service before being retired to serve as a floating hotel in Dubai; and Queen Victoria, first Cunarder to bear her name, on her maiden voyage, will all be docked in New York.  Early risers may, from the Promenade or rooftop vantage points in the Heights, see the ships arrive: Mary to the south, heading for Red Hook, and QE2 and Victoria proceeding up the Hudson to the cruise ship terminal on the West Side of Manhattan.   The ships will depart their docks early in the evening and rendezvous near the Statue of Liberty, where there will be a fireworks display beginning between 7:30 and 8:00 p.m., weather permitting, before they head for the ocean to continue their cruises.  This will also be visible from the Heights, though lower Manhattan (Battery Park and adjoining parks in Battery Park City) will offer better views.  (Thanks to reader CJP for correcting the time of the fireworks display.)

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  • CJP

    A slight clarification. The official Cunard website lists the fireworks as starting between 7:30 and 8:00pm, weather permitting.

  • nabeguy

    Back in the day, honey, every queen knew that the Heights was THE place to flock to.

  • Claude Scales

    Well, hello, sailor!

  • k Woolford

    How I would love to be there to see these famous ships. I cry each time i think that the QE2 will be no more, and a floating hotel in dubai. what a sad ending for a magnificent ship, a ship that looks like a ship not like a block of flats, or in Australia, a sheep carrier.