Special Sailings to Fete Queen Mary 2’s 10th Birthday [VIDEO]

Queen Mary 2

Not only is the Queen Mary 2 the largest and fastest ocean liner ever built, she was also the most expensive. (The ship’s cost to Cunard was approximately $300,000 US per berth.) And it was exactly 10 years ago that the now-famous vessel emerged from the Saint Lazaire dockyards out of Nantes

To celebrate this big birthday year, Cunard has arranged two special transatlantic crossings in May. Cunard’s three Queens will sail together into Southampton on May 9 to fete the occasion, and there will be an impressive fireworks display.

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A fun video provides some wow-worthy statistics; the decade-old ship has a floating population of 2,600 passengers and 1,250 crew, and in the past 10 years, she has sailed the equivalent of three times to the moon and back. She has called at 182 ports in 60 countries, and half of the total 419 voyages have been transatlantic crossings. The total number of guests who've cruised on Queen Mary 2 is 1.3 million.

Cunard is kicking off 2014 in a big way. With a fireworks send-off last Friday, the Queen Mary 2 departed Southampton on its 10th world cruise, cruising out of  the harbor in tandem with Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth. For more information, visit www.cunard.com.

Photos courtesy of Cunard

Queen Mary 2


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