Cunard Line‘s newest cruise ship bearing the name “Elizabeth” sailed into Honolulu Harbor yesterday morning with barely a notice from the general public or the media. This was the new Queen Elizabeth’s first visit to the islands on her maiden voyage around the world.
The 965 ft. long liner berthed at Pier 10 for 12 hours yesterday.
Queen Elizabeth weighs more than 90,000 tons and has the capacity to carry up to 2,547 passengers. She has a contingent of 996 crew members.
Queen Elizabeth was launched in January 2010 and put into service October 2010. She is on her first around the world voyage. Yesterday she came into Honolulu Harbor just slightly after 6:45 am and set sail for Apia, Western Samoa at 6:00 pm last night.
The new Queen shares the same design as her sister ship, Queen Victoria, which is set to arrive in Honolulu, tomorrow (February 6).
The new Queen Elizabeth succeeded the Queen Elizabeth II which sailed into Honolulu for the last time in March of 2008. That liner had a long service history since becoming operational in 1969. She was retired in late 2008 and is now sitting in a shipyard in the country of Dubai facing an uncertain future.
The new Queen Elizabeth sails into Honolulu Harbor under the very early morning sunlight.
The Queen Elizabeth II in Honolulu during her last stopover in March 2008.