BREVARD HISTORY: SS Queen Elizabeth II Made Her Inaugural Visit to Port Canaveral 40 Years Ago

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inaugural visit to Port was December 8, 1980

The SS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made her inaugural visit to the Port on December 8, 1980, docking at what is now the North Cargo Berth 2. The SS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made her inaugural visit to the Port on December 8, 1980, docking at what is now the North Cargo Berth 2. (Port Canaveral image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The SS Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) made her inaugural visit to the Port on December 8, 1980, docking at what is now the North Cargo Berth 2.

A year later on December 12, 1981, the luxury liner returned for her second call.

She would make three more visits to Port Canaveral over the years, the last being in January 2001 before her retirement.

The QE2 was the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service until she was refitted with a modern diesel powerplant in 1986–87.

She undertook regular world cruises during almost 40 years of service, and later operated predominantly as a cruise ship, sailing out of Southampton, England.

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