Mayor Gavin Newsom (left) and captain Paul Wright
Wrapping up her Expedition of the Americas segment, part of her current world voyage, Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria made her inaugural visit to San Francisco. Welcoming her to this historic maritime port was the honorable Mayor Gavin Newsom, along with travel agents, media and local dignitaries — including the British consul-general of San Francisco, Julian Evans. In addition, by official order of proclamation, Newsom declared the day “Cunard Queen Victoria Day” in the city.
"The city is proud to welcome the Queen Victoria to San Francisco’s waterfront as we so warmly welcomed her sister ship, Queen Mary 2, in 2007. Her arrival creates work for our longshoremen and women and business for our hotels, restaurants and shops," said Newsom. "As part of our commitment to create jobs and economic vitality, the City is working diligently to renovate San Francisco's Pier 27 into an international cruise terminal. We invite Cunard and all [cruise] lines to return often to this world-renowned cruise destination.”