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Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 to Wow the West Coast on February 2006 Historic Call

VALENCIA, Calif., Nov. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Queen Mary 2, the grandest ocean liner ever built, will make her Los Angeles debut in February 2006, on a trio of journeys ranging in length from three to 38 days. The diverse itineraries afford the area’s residents in and around the City of Angels their first opportunity to sail aboard Queen Mary 2, conveniently from the Port of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles departures include two round-trip journeys, the four-day West Coast Break, departing on February 22, and the 11-day Royal Hawaiian Liner, departing on February 25. In addition, on March 8 the ship will depart Los Angeles for New York on her 38-day South American Odyssey that includes a trip around legendary Cape Horn. Those with limited time may book the shorter Andes & the Americas portion of the itinerary, which disembarks in Valparaiso, Chile.

“When Queen Mary 2 visits a port for the first time she is welcomed with a great deal of flourish and fanfare,” said Carol Marlow, president and managing director for Cunard Line. “In Los Angeles, we plan a stellar celebration to mark our maiden call on the West Coast.”

An unparalleled shipboard experience awaits Golden Staters. Long regarded as the trend-setter in glamorous ocean travel, Cunard voyages are famous for their sumptuous surroundings, fine dining and renowned White Star Service(SM). These signature services, paired with an intriguing preview of Hawaii’s rich history and contemporary culture, or the enduring mystique of South and Central America, afford travelers an unforgettable voyage, one that will surely be counted as a pinnacle travel experience.

Scheduled February 22-25, 2006, the West Coast Break is a three-night voyage designed to showcase the myriad delights of Queen Mary 2. The round-trip journey makes a full-day call in Ensenada on Mexico’s Baja Peninsula. Prices start at $709 per person, double occupancy.

On February 25, QM2 departs for Hawaii. The Royal Hawaiian Liner is an 11-day cruise sailing round-trip from Los Angeles to the Hawaiian Islands of Maui, Honolulu and Kailua-Kona. Whatever their interests, passengers will have a range of opportunities ashore. From horseback riding to hiking to historic walking tours, the voyage features more than 40 different in-depth shore excursions. For example, passengers with a passion for all things Polynesian can book the Ali’i Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center, which has been awarded the coveted Kahili Award for preserving Hawaiian culture and is considered the most authentic of luaus on Oahu. Other opportunities include surf lessons and whale watching tours. Prices start at $2,709 per person, double occupancy.

Departing March 8, the South American Odyssey is a 38-day trip from Los Angeles to New York, making stops in 12 countries. A shorter segment, Andes & the Americas, journeys from Los Angeles to Valparaiso over a two-week period, calling at Callao, Peru (gateway to Lima); Esmeraldas, Ecuador (for Quito); Fuerte Amador, Panama; Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica; and Acapulco. Prices start at $3,259 per person, double occupancy.

Cunard has an illustrious history of hosting royalty, society luminaries and famed entertainers with peerless cachet on transatlantic crossings. Earlier Cunard “Queens” have welcomed such famous personalities as Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Marlene Dietrich, Cary Grant, Bing Crosby, and Clark Gable. Since Queen Mary 2′s launch in January 2004, she has continued to play host to such notable guests as Barbara Walters, Katie Couric, John Cleese, Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans, Donald Trump, and Dame Shirley Bassey, while eminent visitors have included Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, Former President George Bush, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hillary Clinton.

Queen Mary 2 is the grandest ocean liner ever built. There are a wide variety of suites and staterooms available in degrees of style and comfort ranging from pampered elegance to almost unimaginable luxury in the ship’s famed Grill-level accommodations. Queen Mary 2 brings together like-minded travelers who relish the Cunard hallmarks of impeccable White Star Service(SM), fine dining, sophisticated adventure and legacy of historic voyages and transatlantic travel.

For more information about Cunard Line’s new 2006 voyages aboard Queen Mary 2, contact a travel professional, call 1-800-7-CUNARD or go to

Cunard Line has operated the most famous ocean liners in the world since 1840. Cunard vessels have a classic British heritage and include the legendary Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Mary 2. Queen Victoria joins the fleet in 2007.

Cunard Line is a proud member of World’s Leading Cruise Lines. The exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Windstar Cruises and The Yachts of Seabourn. Sharing a passion to please each guest, and a commitment to quality and value, member lines appeal to a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Together they offer exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world’s most desirable destinations.

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