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From Travel Vidio Television:

For Prospective Guests, Queen Victoria's Virtual Tour Provides a Preview of the Ship's Extraordinary Spaces
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Over her three-day celebratory launch in Southampton, England, more than 7,000 well-wishers toured Cunard's newest ocean liner, Queen Victoria. Now, an interactive link on the Cunard website makes it possible for everyone - from travel agents to prospective guests - to click-and-tour the ship's spectacular interiors in the company of her distinguished Captain, Paul Wright, and Cunard Entertainment Director Alistair Greener.
Full story at http://travelvideo.tv/news/more.php?id=13278_0_1_0_M
 
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I posted this here because it was another ship. Should it have gone in the "Spooky" folder under "General Titanica"?

In any case, what are the chances that something like this would happen?

[Moderator's Note: This message, originally posted as a separate thread, has been moved to this pre-existing one where the same subject has been discussed. MAB]

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20071231/hl_afp/healthbritainspaintravelcruiseroyal
 
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Hi Mark, the webcam doesnt show how rough it has been on here in the past few days - weather seems to improving but we are still around 1,300 miles from New York - so touch wood the weather stays fine, an announcement was made today to say that we should be entering New York around 7.15am on the morning of the 13th Jan, and when she departs New York for Fort Lauderdale that evening at around 5pm, all 3 Queens are reportedly lining up in front of the Statue of Liberty,havnt been able to post a log of the voyage as the satelite link has been down, needless to say it has been an eventful voyage, among the passengers on board are John Maxstone Grahm and hios wife Mary, Don Lynch, and the actor Terence Stamp, have taken stacks of photo's and will post them when I get back to the UK on the 20th,
 
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>>In any case, what are the chances that something like this would happen?<<

Given that it's been an ongoing problem for years, it's not that shocking. The Norwalk bug has been getting around, aided and abetted by people who's personal habits are, to put it charitably, a bit less then ideal.
 

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Just a reminder: For Southern California- and LA-Area Members: the QUEEN VICTORIA is scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles next Wednesday, January 30th.

I cannot guarantee that the Port Authority will have special parking areas, set up, like they did when the QUEEN MARY 2 was in Los Angeles in February and March 2006.

QUEEN VICTORIA will probably dock quite early on Wednesday, and is set to sail out at 5:00 PM, heading to Honolulu.
I will try to get some pictures of the ship, before heading to work.

Also, I am not certain of this, but the QUEEN VICTORIA may head up through the Catalina Channel, so that people may get a chance to observe the ship from areas of the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This route was used for the QUEEN MARY 2's Royal Hawaiian Excursion.
 

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When the QE2 was in LA a year ago I tried to get into the cruise ship parking lot to take some pictures, but was turned away when I told the security guard that I only wanted to take pictures. I'm not sure if this is standard procedure or if they weren't letting anyone close to the ship because this was the day that there was an outbreak of sickness on the ship and it was all over the media (it doesn't always take a Camilla curse to get people sick). Hopefully they will be letting people get close to the QV like they did when the QM2 was here.
 

John Clifford

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I will wager that any special parking areas, if set up, will be at the far side of the parking areas, in front of the Cruise Ship Terminals.

QUEEN VICTORIA may, like the QUEEN MARY 2, be berthed facing away from the Vincent Thomas Bridge, and looking towards Ports of Call and the Maritime Museum. That is because the ship may, again, be too tall to cross under the Vincent Thomas Bridge and be turned around; she'd be "backed in to Port", in the early morning hours, as was done with the QUEEN MARY 2.

Of course, this will allow everyone a good chance to quick see the ship while driving on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, especially heading over to Terminal Island.
 
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Kyle Johnstone

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Hello Joe,

The security at the port in L.A. has always been like that, it seems. Try going to the parking for the Lane Victory instead, and then just walk over to the QE2. It's worked for me.

Plus, have you done the harbor cruise out of Ports O' Call? Very nice photos opps of QE2 that way, and, I suppose for QV as well.

QV isn't the media sensation that QM2 was, so things may be a bit more quiet around the port when QV comes in this week.
 

John Clifford

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Sad, but in 1997, after the THS Convention, at the Queen Mary, some of took a few members over to the Port of LA, where they got on a post-Convention Mexican Riviera Cruise.
A week later, two of us picked up both Ed & Karen Kamuda and Millvina Dean. At that time one could park in the main parking lot, even though we could get on board the ships, unless special arrangements were made. That was before 9-11.

I recall the option of parking near the Lane Victory, but that is problematic when you have anyone with you who is eldery; my parents encountered that in November 2006 when they hoped to meet some family acquaintances (people related to spouses of my cousins), from Connecticut, coming out for a Cruise: having the car parked at a distance, with no good place to wait, made for an unpleasant experience (especially as the coach from LAX was delayed; forutnately the ship was able to wait for them).
I figured that some closer spaces could have been opened, something I did get to mention to LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn (her brother is the former mayor), whose district includes the Port area.

Anyway, I will probably drive near the ship, and maybe stop off at the patio area at Ports of Call, in the morning hours, to try and take pictures.

The ship is then set to depart at 5:00 PM, on Wednesday evening, if anyone wishes to see it then (yes, I am saving up vacation time for a QE2 trip).
 

John Clifford

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QUEEN VICTORIA was at the Port of Los Angeles today.
However, there was not the fanfare or observers there, like there was then QUEEN MARY 2 was here, in 2006. I also noted that no special parking arrangements were made.
Perhaps the QUEEN VICTORIA did not capture the imagination of people like the QUEEN MARY 2 did.

I drove by the Port of Los Angeles around 8:00 AM, so I missed any late-morning, afternoon, and/or evening spectators.
 

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I will be sure and post my photos, taken at the food court patio at Ports of Call (a great place to see the ships departing), along Harbor Drive, and in front of the Cruise terminal: I pulled over and took some quick pictures, not getting out of my car as I was at a red curb area.
 

John Clifford

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I hope Kyle, Joe, and others out here also got a chance to head down to San Pedro and see the ship.
 

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