San Francisco Queen Sized

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As I was driving my taxi in to San Francisco this morning, looking for a restaurant called “Tommy Toy’s', I heard the radio announcer say that the Queen Mary 2 would be docking in San Francisco in February.

My first thoughts after WOW! The most magnificent ocean liner ever built will sailing beneath the Golden Gate Bridge were: I hope I’m free, where would I find the best view, and how difficult will it be to park. Traffic could be a problem. Will traffic come to a stop on the Golen Gate Bridge?

The Queen Mary 2 is arriving on February 4 at approximately 3:30 p.m. It will circle the harbour before docking at Pier 27 at 8:00 p.m. She will look enormous, humongous- absolutely Queen Sized parked there.

The information I was able to find for viewing and photos:
The Golden Gate Bridge – Vista points on both north and south sides  of bridge
Pier 45 and Pier 39  
Fort Mason  
Aquatic Park  
Crissy Field  

On Monday, February 5, she will depart at 8:00 p.m. Another WOW!

10 Comments so far

  1. ray (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

    Not nearly as spectacular, but still worth noting, Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth 2 will be in San Francisco this Wednesday, January 24th arriving 6am and departing 10pm, pier 35.


  2. tyler82 (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 6:58 pm

    Is there even any room for any more queens in this city?


  3. adam Jackson (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

    I was just doing a bit of research and found an interesting tidbit…

    Queen Mary II: Height: 72 m (236.2 ft) keel to funnel (includes 17 passenger decks)

    Goldgen Gate bridge: Clearance below 220 feet (67 m) at mean higher high water

    So is this thing going to fit under the GGB?


  4. joann Landers (unregistered) on January 20th, 2007 @ 8:24 pm

    I think they just let the air out of the tires. Ha-ha!


  5. dln (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 1:21 am

    @adam: Yeah, the keel and probably 10+ meters of the ship is under water, so it should fare well unless the passengers start a ruckus and bounce up and down. :)

    I’m thinking catching the ship as it leaves might be a better idea than when coming in, as far as crowds/parking goes.


  6. adam Jackson (unregistered) on January 21st, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    wish I could be there. I only come to SF 10 days a year for Macworld / news years


  7. TinMan (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

    Hmmm, it appears that the S.S. Norovirus will not be docking on time.


  8. TinMan (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 3:53 pm

    Oops, I meant to say that it will not be embarking on time. It sounds like it’ll be here a while.

    Oh yes, eeeeeewwwwwwww.


  9. joann Landers (unregistered) on January 24th, 2007 @ 7:25 pm

    Queen Elizabeth 2 not so well. Hope the passengers on the Queen Mary 2 are fairing better.


  10. Queenie (unregistered) on January 25th, 2007 @ 3:33 pm

    I watched the QE2 depart last night, 10 minutes late at 10:10 p.m. It was a glorious sight as she sailed out through the Golden Gate. It was understatedly lit (not like a Carnival “fun” ship all ablaze with lights.)

    There was space atop to pass under the bridge with plenty of room to spare. As it weighed anchor from pier 35, it blasted its horns twice, which could be heard all the way to Fort Point.

    The roadway leading to Fort Point was closed to vehicles where Long Avenue meets Marine Drive with very little parking available. When more cars showed up, the area got pretty congested. Someone suggested that watching from the Aquatic Park Pier would be a good idea but then you would miss seeing it up close pass through the Gate.

    I’ll be there when the QM2 arrives.



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