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22 February 2008

Queen Victoria visits Victoria

The youngest member of the CUNARD fleet, the Queen Victoria called at Station Pier in Port Phillip Bay earlier this week. On her maiden voyage, the Queen Victoria aptly called in Melbourne, the capital of the state of Victoria, before visiting Sydney later in the week.
We saw her dock in the morning from our apartment, and decided to take a closer look later in the day, prior to the Queen Victoria departing on the next stage of her trip. Although second in size only to her sister ship, the Queen Mary, she is nonetheless huge, dwarfing the pier at which she docked.
Others had a similar ideas to us, and the surrounding waterfront vantage points were packed with onlookers. As darkness fell, she gently edged away from the pier, reversed and as she was turning away from the pier, she got a send off with a traditional Aussie fireworks display.

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