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The new QUEEN ELIZABETH is joining Cunard's fleet

Cunard's Queen Elizabeth during sea trials

ABOVE: Queen Elizabeth during sea trials in September, 2010.

Cunard Line has taken delivery of its new Queen Elizabeth, which is the second-largest Cunard liner ever built at 92,400 GRT. The vessel left the Fincantiere Monfalcone shipyard on September 30 for a leisurely journey to Southampton, where it will berth at the Ocean Cruise Terminal on October 8.

Queen Mary 2 bulldog Three days later, on October 11, Britain's Queen Elizabeth (the sovereign) will officially name Queen Elizabeth (the ship). There's no word on whether her Corgis will get to meet a Cunard canine mascot such as the Queen Mary 2's English Bulldog. (See inset photo.)

The Queen Elizabeth's maiden voyage begins at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 12. The 13-night cruise will take passengers to Vigo (in Northern Spain), Lisbon, Cádiz, the Canary Islands, and Madeira before returning to Southampton. 

After that, the ship will cruise several different itineraries, such as a 5-night "short break" to Amsterdam, Zeebrugge, and Le Havre and an 18-night Mediterranean cruise that will call at ports such as Venice, Dubrovnik, Valletta, and Gibraltar.

For more information about the new Queen Elizabeth and other Cunard ships, visit www.cunard.com

Photos: Cunard Line. 

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