A grand spectacle as Cunard Queens arrive in Sydney Harbour together.
Early risers were in for a treat this morning when Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and new Queen Elizabeth cruised in to Sydney Harbour together at dawn.
Thousands of onlookers looked on from vantage points around the harbour as the two cruise ships sailed into view escorted by a flotilla of marine craft – private boats, charters and even kayaks – and then sounded their horns as they passed each other (pictured left courtesy of James Morgan).
Launched in October last year, the 2,172-passenger Queen Elizabeth is Cunard’s newest ship and she is currently sailing her 103-night maiden world voyage from her homeport in Southampton, England.
She is currently docked at the Overseas Passenger Terminal in Circular Quay and will be there until midday tomorrow before she sails west to arrive in Melbourne on February 25 and Fremantle on March 1. This afternoon, Cruise Passenger‘s editor, Sally Macmillan will be on board for afternoon tea and a ship tour – stay tuned for her blog!
Meanwhile, the 3,090-passenger Queen Mary 2 will continue on her 96-night world voyage tomorrow, when she departs her Garden Island berth for New Zealand.
Some reports say the NSW economy is expected to benefit from more than $3 million in crew and passenger spending while the ships are in port for the Royal Rendezvous.
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