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Old April 29th, 2005, 09:24 PM
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Default Cunard Berth in Los Angeles

Travelling on QM2 LA - New York via Cape Horn in March 06................. Can anyone please tell me where Cunard normally berths its ships???
Travel agent says "somewhere" at Long Beach.............. but can someone give some more detail, please? I would just like to organise pre cruise accomodation in the vicinity.

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Old April 30th, 2005, 07:45 AM
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I DONT KNOW MUCH ABOUT LA. BUT IM TOLD BY OTHERS THAT THE 3 QUEENS WILL BE DOCKED AT LONG BEACH TOGETHER. QM,QM2&QE2.
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Old May 2nd, 2005, 09:04 PM
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It will be docked at the Port of Los Angeles. It isn't a very nice neighborhood because it is a major port and has lots of industrial infrastructure. However, there are some lovely upscale places to stay in Marina del Rey or down in San Diego or La Jolla. We had no problem getting from Los Angeles to the cruise port at normal speed on a Saturday by the freeways. I wouldn't hesitate to stay in a nicer part of San Diego or Los Angeles and take a private car and driver to or from the port.

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Old May 3rd, 2005, 01:13 AM
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Thank you Julia..................... is there actually a passenger terminal there............ or just something temporary they set up?? We find it very difficult to get any details here (in Australia).

We arrive from Hong Kong at LAX the day before................. perhaps just stay at a hotel there until we go to the ship?? Should we get Cunard to arrange the transfers or just do it ourselves??

Any ideas welcome!
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Old May 6th, 2005, 05:42 PM
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Raewyn,

My guess is that the QM2 will dock in Long Beach (not Los Angeles) at the Carnival pier adjacent to the original Queen Mary. It would make sense to have the 2 ships together and will make a great press event.

I think Cunard may be using this port visit to assess West Coast interest in the QM2 (or a sister ship) for future cruises to Hawaii (and perhaps Alaska and Mexico). If a sister ship is built (QE3), my bet is that Long Beach will become the home port for either the QM2 or QE3, with the other continuing North Atlantic cruises.
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Old May 7th, 2005, 06:15 PM
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Thank you GFC,

Long Beach does sound more likely particularly as Carnival owns Cunard anyway. I found some pics of the terminal you mentioned................... good to see they made use of the former home of the "Spruce Goose" ...........last time I was in Long Beach it was vacant.

The QE3 you mention........................... is that the same ship named "Queen Victoria" that is presently under construction in Trieste Italy???? for delivery in 2007. It is supposed to be about 90000 tons and built for the North Atlantic.............. but very difficult to find any solid info. Some other threads here talk of it as the replacement for QE2.

Any information or rumours are welcome!!

Really looking forward to spending 36 days on the QM2 next year........... roll on March 8 2006!
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Old May 9th, 2005, 10:45 AM
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Qm2 right now is scheduled for San Pedro - south of Los Angeles.
They may try, or are trying, to possibly berth her at Long Beach near
the original "Mary" but there has been no decision made at this time.

What a sight and great photo op to see the two Queen Mary's together.
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Old May 10th, 2005, 12:29 AM
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while we are on the subject......where does the QE2 berth each year during the world cruise...??? We are booked on her this year and trying to work out which excursions will be available.
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Old May 10th, 2005, 11:57 AM
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Raewyn,

The QE3 I mentioned is pure speculation on my part, given that Carnival Corp almost always orders sister ships within its brands. A QE3 is possible since Cunard has had great success with the QM2.

The Queen Victoria is a smaller ship as you mentioned. I dont know if it will be replacing or supplementing the QE2.

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Old May 11th, 2005, 09:20 AM
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Hello ROSCOE: The QE2 berths at San Pedro. Convenient to the Disneyland
area and Orange County. If you wish to go north, depending on traffic it should
be no more than 60 minutes or so up to Hollywood/Beverly Hills.
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Old May 11th, 2005, 11:38 PM
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thanks buddy...im actually heading down to san diego for a month....i was hoping it would be easy to catch a train down rather than go all the way out to the airport and fly.....do you recommend this....or is it better to get a car and drive...????
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Old May 12th, 2005, 06:56 PM
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Going all the way to the airport for such a short flight is not worth it.
You can take the train - see www.amtrak.com and it will drop you right
in the heart of downtown San Diego. A car may be just tad faster and you
will have a car once you get there. If you do the car option, make sure you
reserve one that does not have a drop off fee for a one way, or take a one-
way rental, drop it off when you get there and pick up a new rental with
just a daily flat rate with unlimited miles. If you do drive it should not take
you more than 90 mins.

cheers!
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Old May 12th, 2005, 11:38 PM
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thanks ... ill check out the amtrak site...one last q.....how far is the train station from san pedro...?????
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Old May 13th, 2005, 11:56 AM
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I live in Northern Calif. so I have to estimate: the closest Amtrak
station to San Pedro would be Fullerton - about 30 miles away.
Driving should be only 30-35 mins ( part freeway ).
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Old May 13th, 2005, 05:47 PM
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thanks,.....looking forward to being in california again!
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