When two "queens" meet, expect some whistles and fireworks.
Cunard Line plans a royal rendezvous next month when the modern ocean liner Queen Elizabeth visits the Queen Mary, a former Cunard ship that has been retired for 45 years. The Long Beach landmark, whose art deco cabins now serve as hotel rooms, once sailed the North Atlantic as a sister ship of the Queen Elizabeth from 1947 to 1967.
The deal: The public is invited to stroll onto the Queen Mary for free to watch the historic rendezvous that includes a whistle salute between the two ships, live entertainment and fireworks.
When: The Queen Mary will be open 4 to 9 p.m. March 12 for viewing the ships. The Queen Elizabeth is expected to arrive in Long Beach Harbor at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at 7:30 p.m.