Queen Mary 2 visits the Mother City

2014-01-27 08:40
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If ever there was a time travelling machine, the Queen Mary 2 would be it. Days spent on her decks allow you to lose all sense of time, while the evenings take you back to the golden age of cruising. She heads into Cape Town on 28 January 2014 as part of her 10th anniversary celebratory cruise.

Cape Town - Queen Mary 2, the world's largest ocean liner, sailed into Cape Town harbour on Monday morning.

The 148 000-ton Cunard-operated vessel, with 2 300 passengers on board, arrived at the Eastern Mole, Duncan Dock, at about 06:00.

It will spend two days in port.

The visit to the Mother City is the fifth by the Cunard Line flagship since it was launched in 2004.

The Queen Mary 2 is one of the world's most luxurious liners. Among its facilities are a theatre, cinema, casino, spa, a shopping arcade and several restaurants.

In a statement on Sunday, welcoming the ship and its passengers, Western Cape tourism MEC Alan Winde said visits by cruise liners brought more than 10,000 visitors to the province each year.

“This generates more than R200m for the local economy.”

Winde said he was looking forward to the development of a dedicated cruise-liner terminal for the port.

“Transnet accepted bids until the end of October [last year], and have agreed to announce the winning operator by November [this year]. That means work on the new terminal could begin before the year is out,” he said.

According to Wikipedia, the Queen Mary 2 is 345 metres long - about the length of three soccer pitches end to end – and has a total of 17 decks, 13 of them for passengers. 

She is propelled by four 21.5MW Rolls-Royce electric engines and has a top speed of 56km/h.

The vessel has a crew of 1235.

The Queen Mary 2 is set to sail for Durban on Wednesday, after which she will head for Australia and the Far East.

We checked out the Queen Mary 2 on her last visit to Cape Town, take a look at the five best things on board the ship as well as this overview of the experience


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