Queen Mary 2 sets sail
Dec 22, 2003
The world’s largest and most modern passenger ship Queen Mary 2, over three times the gross tonnage of the Titanic and more than double that of Queen Elizabeth 2, sailed from the French Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard this morning, bound for her home port of Southampton where the new flagship of Cunard Line will be officially named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 8 January 2004.
Before arriving in Southampton the ship will spend some time at sea to enable the crew to familiarise themselves with the workings of their new charge, which contains 1,310 cabins including four royal suites and six penthouses for a maximum 2,620 passengers.
On 12 January Queen Mary 2 will sail for Fort Lauderdale on her maiden voyage in preparation of taking over the cross Atlantic voyages from Queen Elizabeth 2 in April. Both ships are due to mark this occasion by sailing together from Southampton on that day.
Queen Mary 2 cost USD800 million to build. The ship is 150,000 gross tons and is 345m in length.