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  Queen Mary 2 (Cunard Line)

Queen Mary 2 | Cunard Line
Queen Mary 2
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Queen Mary 2 | Cunard Line
Queen Mary II
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The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is an ocean liner built for Cumard Line. At the time she was built in 2003, she held the record for the largest passenger ship, but that was overtaken in 2006 by the Royal Caribbean International cruise ship, Freedom of the Seas. The Queen Mary 2 is still the largest ocean liner, and was the first large ocean liner built since the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969. The Queen Mary 2 has an impressive open ocean speed of 30-knots (56 km/h).

The Queen Mary 2 makes regular transatlantic crossings, replacing the Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) on the transatlantic route. She is used for cruising and in the winter cruises from New York to the Caribbean on 10 or 13 day tours.

Design work completed in 1998, but it was not until 2000, that a contract was signed with shipbuilder Chantiers de l'Atlantique. The Queen Mary 2 was completed in March 2003. Towards the end of construction, a gangway collapsed killing 16 workers and injuring 32. Cunard took delivery of the ship in Southampton, England in December 2003, and the liner was named Queen Mary 2 by Queen Elizabeth II in January 2004.

Queen Mary 2 is well endowed with restaurants, bars and entertainment options. There are 5 swimming pools, 15 restaurants/bars, casino, ballroom, theatre, planetarium, cinema, casino, shopping arcade, nightclub, library (the largest at sea). The main public rooms of the Queen Mary 2 are on the lowest public decks, with the passenger cabins above. This allows more passenger cabins to have private balconies. The Queen Mary 2 features more than 5000 works of art displayed in public rooms, corridors, staterooms and lobbies.

As you would expect there is a range of accommodation options: Duplex Apartment, Royal Suites, Penthouse, Suites, junior Suites, Deluxe Balcony, Premium Balcony, Ocean view Stateroom, Atrium view Stateroom, Interior Stateroom. Cabins range in size from luxury Duplex Suites of 1600 sq feet, to Interior Staterooms of about 157 sq feet.

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Ship Summary
Operator:Cunard Line
Built by:Chantiers de l'Atlantique
Date Completed:2003
Gross Tonnage:148528
Length:345 m
Width:41 m