Wrapping up her Expedition of the Americas segment, a part of her current world voyage, Cunard Line’s Queen Victoria made her inaugural visit to San Francisco today. Welcoming her to this historic maritime port was the honourable 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, Mayor Newsom declared today as “Cunard Queen Victoria Day” in San Francisco.
“The City is proud to welcome 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 Mayor 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 the lines to return often to this world-renowned cruise destination,” added Mayor Newsom.
“We are once again delighted by the warm welcome we received today, and it is with great pride that we now add San Francisco to the list of more than 150 different ports visited since Queen Victoria began service two years ago,” said Captain Paul Wright, Master, Queen Victoria. “Our maiden call today marks Queen Victoria’s third maiden call on this world voyage and our only U.S. maiden call of the eight in total on this around-the-world-journey,” he added.
Also welcoming Queen Victoria to the City by the Bay was the CEO and President of the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, Joe D’Alessandro; President of the San Francisco Port Commission, Rodney Fong; and the President and CEO of Nautilus International Holding Corporate (parent company of Metro Cruise Services), James Callahan.
Queen Victoria continues her third World Voyage upon departing San Francisco this evening at approximately 6:00pm, crossing the Pacific en route to her next port of call: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii.
Queen Victoria will spend more time on the west coast in winter 2011, sailing her Americas voyages, when she will make two transits through the Panama Canal, two roundtrip voyages from Los Angeles to Hawaii, and her first short Getaway voyage to Mexico.