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Queen Mary 2 vital statistics
Home Port: Hamilton, Bermuda
Gross Tonnage: 151,400 tons
Cruising Speed: 28 knots
Passenger Capacity: 2,620
Passenger Decks: 12
The QM2 visits Barbados on her Maiden Voyage in
2004. Click the picture to see the enlarged version
Queen Mary 2 - the ship of superlatives.
between 12 - 26 January 2004.
Dubai to Hong Kong
, in January/February 2010.
On 17th January 2004, the Queen Mary 2 docked in
Las Palmas to a tumultuous welcoming crowd. From
early morning until she sailed in the evening, the
crowds never dispersed. People were singing,
cheering and waving all day long and we had never
experienced anything like it.
As you can see, there was an area fenced off with
barriers, to allow the QM2's passengers to
disembark and re-embark the vessel. We had to
show our boarding passes to the security guards to
be allowed through the barrier. When we did so, we
were treated like celebrities!
This photo shows a magnificent work of
pavement art proclaiming 'Bienvenido' to QM2.
The people had been given the day off work,
especially to be allowed to come to see her on
her inaugural visit. At the end of the day, as she
set sail, the most amazing firework display lit up
the January night. It was certainly an
On arrival in Bridgetown, Barbados on 22nd January
2004, the QM2 was greeted by the ubiquitous
crowds. The Royal Barbados Police Band turned out
in honour of this great ship, playing a selection of
nautical and patriotic tunes.
Incidentally, we had seen and heard the R.B.P.B. on
a visit to Barbados only five months before; we were
flying home on the very last scheduled Concorde
flight out of Bridgetown and the Police Band gave us
a trumpeted guard of honour.
The interior of the QM2 is absolutely opulent, and
transports you to a bygone era of luxury. Here is
the two-tier Britannia restaurant. As there are so
many passengers dinner is served over two sittings;
one at 18:30 and one at 20:30 hours.
You're not limited to eating in the Britannia at a set
time, however; there is a self-service buffet style
restaurant and the famous Todd English restaurant,
as well as several other eateries. No-one need ever
fear of starving on board an ocean liner!
This diagram shows the sheer size of the QM2
when compared with the Titanic (which was the
largest ocean liner of her time), an Airbus 380, a
bus, a car and a person.
Again, this photo, taken in Barbados, illustrates
the size of the 'queen of the seas' compared
with other cruise ships (except that the QM2 is
not a cruise ship, she is an ocean liner - there is
The vessel on the far left is a pretty big Carnival
ship, probably around the 85,000 ton mark, but
it is dwarfed by the 151,000 ton bulk of the
biggest passenger liner ever built.
Queen Mary 2 in Southampton on 3rd May 2015,
ready to lead the fleet of Cunard ships at the
start of the “Cunard 175” anniversary
celebrations. Photo taken from the Queen
Queen Mary 2 with Queen Elizabeth (right)
getting into position for all three Queens to leave
Southampton together. Taken from our vantage
point on board Queen Victoria.
Convoy of Queens. QM2 (in front) with QE
behind her. Photo taken from the QV.