The Carnival Group spent well over 800 million euros building the Queen Mary 2 (QM2). Such a staggering amount had never been paid for a passenger ship before. The ship sails for the Cunard Line, a brand of the Carnival group. Queen Elizabeth II christened the ship in 2004.
Queen Mary 2 at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal N/Y
With a tonnage of 2 GT, Queen Mary 151.400 is one of the world's largest and longest passenger ships. The midnight blue hull, the snow-white superstructure and the lines look exquisite. The unmistakable hallmark of the ship is the massive red and black smokestack.
Queen Mary 2 - the chimney
Queen Mary 2 Information - Facts and Figures
|Maiden voyage||12 January 2004|
|Size:||Length 345 meters; Width 39,90 meters, draft 9,75 meters|
|Passenger decks||12 decks|
|Machine||4 Wärtsilä diesel engines; plus 2 gas turbines|
|Electric drive||4 propeller pods; 2 gondolas that can be rotated 360 ° serve as rudders|
|Speed||maximum 30 knots (56 km / h)|
|passengers||2.691 (with double occupancy); maximum 3.090|
|Flagge||Bermuda, home port Hamilton|
|shipyard||Chantiers de l'Atlantique (STX France S.A.), Saint-Nazaire/France|
|Godmother||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Shipyard overhaul||several, most recently at Blohm + Voss, Hamburg, in 2016|
|Board language||English; German-speaking guest service|
|Currency on board||U.S. dollar|
Queen Mary 2 was designed as a transatlantic liner, not a cruise ship. This explains certain peculiarities of the ship, such as the suspension of the lifeboats. These are positioned significantly higher than is generally the case.
The ship operates regularly between the European ports of Hamburg, Southampton and New York. In the breaks between the scheduled services, it is used as a cruise ship. In the following we report in detail about the ship.
Update September 2022