Tweet (6:30 a.m. EDT) -- Cruise fans gathered along the waterfront as Cunard's Queen Elizabeth arrived in Southampton this morning.
The 92,400-ton, 2,092-passenger ship docked early this morning at the Ocean Cruise Terminal and it will remain there until Tuesday, October 12, when it will set off on its maiden voyage to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands.
On Monday, the highly-anticipated ship is set to be named by its namesake, Her Majesty The Queen.
Teijo Niemela, a Cruise Critic contributor, was on hand this morning to take some photos and soak up the atmosphere along the waterfront by the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal.
He said: "There were perhaps a couple of hundred people watching, photographing and filming the arrival. There were also a couple of helicopters and some small boats surrounding the ship. I also looked over to the balcony of Carnival UK headquarters, and that was full of the company employees as well."
Stay tuned for Cruise Critic's coverage -- our editor-in-chief, Carolyn Spencer Brown, will be onboard from this weekend, bringing you her first impressions. U.K. team Sue Bryant and Kelly Ranson will join her on Monday for the naming.
We'll also be streaming highlights of the naming ceremony right here.
--by Kelly Ranson, U.K. Editor
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Photos: Cunard's Queen Elizabeth Arrives in Southampton
October 8, 2010