Queen Elizabeth poses with a portrait of herself, on display aboard Cunard's Queen Elizabeth. // (C) 2010 Cunard Line
On Feb. 4, Queen Elizabeth, Cunard Line’s newest luxury ocean liner, will make her inaugural call to San Francisco, which will be her only U.S. maiden call this year. Currently sailing a 107-day world cruise, the ocean liner will dock at Pier 35 along San Francisco’s famous Embarcadero. Her arrival is scheduled between 5:30 and 6:00 a.m. and she will depart at approximately 9:00 p.m.
“We are very pleased to introduce our newest Cunarder to Bay Area residents who have historically extended a gracious welcome to our fleet of Queens,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “The city’s warm hospitality, iconic landmarks, world-class dining and culture are always a highlight for our well-traveled guests.”
Queen Elizabeth is the second largest Cunarder ever built, after Queen Mary 2, and was named by Her Majesty the Queen in Southampton, England in October of 2010. The ship features a specially-commissioned portrait of Her Majesty, reflecting Cunard’s longtime relationship with Great Britain’s Royal Family.
San Francisco has long held historical significance for Cunard ships, starting with the original Queen Elizabeth’s visit to the city in 1942 as part of her war duties. Queen Elizabeth 2 made her maiden call to San Francisco in 1978, and visited a dozen more times in subsequent years. Flagship Queen Mary 2 made her inaugural visit in 2007, and Queen Victoria made her maiden call in 2009. The best places to view the ship as she departs on her world cruise are Golden Gate Overlook, the Marina Green, Fort Mason, Aquatic Park, Pier 39 and Treasure Island.