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QUEEN Vic­to­ria, on its maiden visit, and QE2, on its farewell voy­age, will meet in Syd­ney Har­bour on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 24 at about 6.30pm, sail­ing ei­ther side of Fort Deni­son.

It will be ex­actly 30 years since the first of QE2’s 24 vis­its to Syd­ney and the sis­ter ships will greet each other with a boom­ing ‘‘ whis­tle salute’’.

Queen Vic­to­ria will sail through the heads the pre­vi­ous day at about 5.30am and will berth at the In­ter­na­tional Ship­ping Ter­mi­nal.

There are no fire­works planned; a year ago, the meet­ing in Syd­ney Har­bour of QM2 and QE2 and the fire­works gala caused traf­fic chaos around the fore­shores.

For best van­tage points and info on Queen Vic­to­ria’s visit to Bris­bane (Fe­bru­ary 26) and Port Douglas (Fe­bru­ary 29) and QE2’s Aus­tralian ports: www.queen-vic­to­ria.com.au. Susan Kuro­sawa

Plain sail­ing: The Bri­tan­nia restau­rant and a cabin aboard the Queen Vic­to­ria

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