Welcome to our exclusive epic journey onboard the luxury Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 is the largest, longest, tallest, widest and grandest ocean liner ever built. At 236 metres, the vessel is taller than the Statue of Liberty, the Tower of London and the Colosseum. She is two-thirds the length of the Sydney Harbour Bridge span.
The project to build the ship was announced in 1998, plans completed by the end of 1999 and in 2000, the French shipyard Chantiers de l’Atlantique was appointed to build her. The first sheet of steel for the $A940 million ship was cut in January, 2002, and she was launched in September, 2003. On January 8, 2004, the ship was named by Queen Elizabeth II and set sail from Southampton four days later.
Queen Mary 2 boasts staggering statistics. Its funnel, 62 metres above the water line, was limited to enable access to the world’s key ports. The $5 million worth of art hung throughout the ship was commissioned in 128 countries, while 250 tonnes of industrial paint was used to cover 550,000 square metres.
Cunard and the University of Oxford formed a partnership to provide a program of authors, historians, artists, scientists and celebrities to enrich the on-board experience. For research or general reading, the ship boasts the largest-ever floating library.
A power plant provides sufficient electricity to light a city with a population of 200,000 and this is the only ship with its own planetarium. The ship’s whistle is audible for more than 15 kilometres…
A space ratio of 5.32 square metres per person makes Queen Mary 2 one of the roomiest vessels. There are five pools and 10 restaurants, while 14 decks of sports facilities, shops, bars and lounges allow passengers to pursue their own interests in comfort.
After her maiden voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, the ship spent winter in the Caribbean and visited Rio during Carnivale. The inaugural year will be spent in the waters around Europe, the Americas and the Atlantic.
This month will be historic: the QM2 will make her maiden six-day eastbound trans-Atlantic crossing in tandem with her royal sister QE2. She will make 14 more solo crossings this year, including a Three Continents cruise. She will sail through the fjords of Norway, the Mediterranean and along the rugged shores of New England and Canada. All cruises are booked out.
The 10-day cruise Getaway enjoyed was named Explorer’s Caribbean. We set off from Fort Lauderdale on the east coast of Florida, with stops at Cristobal in Panama, Cartagena, Columbia, Oranjestad in Aruba, Philipsburg, St Maarten andCharlotte Amalie in St Thomas, then headed back to Fort Lauderdale.
Tours and fares are wide and varied. We suggest those who are interested should contact Cunard to see which tour is most suitable.