Spotlight: QUEEN MARY 2

Cunard Line Picture: Queen Mary 2

CruiseMates has a reporter on board this magnificent new ship who will be sending us exclusive information and pictures of its historic inaugural voyage beginning tomorrow.

Queen Mary 2: Final Thoughts
Our reporter lends his final impressions to his evaluation of Cunard's historic new liner. February 3, 2004
Queen Mary 2's Maiden Voyage Part 3
Our reporter continues his evaluation of facilities on the massive liner. January 26, 2004
Aboard Queen Mary 2: Part 2
Our correspondent tries out some of the new ship's many restaurants and lounges. January 20, 2004
Cuisine on the QM2
Cunard taps Todd English to bring gourmet dining to its new ship. January 19, 2004
Aboard Queen Mary 2 -- Part 1
Our correspondent, a QE2 repeater, evaluates the new Cunard ship on its maiden voyage. January 14, 2004
First Look: Queen Mary 2
Anne gives her initial impressions of the largest ship in the world. January 12, 2004

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    Queen Mary Christening Ceremony

    January-8-2004 Queen Mary 2 Christened - updated With the refined fanfare worthy of royalty, Queen Mary 2 was christened today by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in Southampton. The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were welcomed by Cunard president Pamela Conover and Commodore Ronald Warwick, master of the Queen Mary 2. The Royal couple toured the ship before naming ceremonies began. British broadcaster Michael Buerk hosted the event which was attended by 2,000 invited guests. The massed bands of the Royal Marines, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Heather Small and opera singer Lesley Garrett entertained during the ceremonies before Her Majesty gave the traditional blessing and launched a magnum of Veuve Clicqout champagne over the ship's name, on the side of the bow. Following the naming, Queen Mary 2 embarked on an overnight cruise complete with champagne reception and gala dinner.

    The 150,000-ton vessel is the first new ocean liner in decades and is now officially sailing as the largest, tallest, longest and most expensive passenger ship ever built. Too big for the Panama Canal at 1,132 feet in length and 135 feet wide, she will sail transatlantic crossings, interspersed with cruises in the Americas and Europe. Unique features on board include "Illuminations" the first planetarium at sea; the only Canyon Ranch health spa at sea which measures 20,000 sq.ft. and sprawls over two decks; the first Todd English restaurant at sea and the first Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar at sea. Like the QE2 before her, QM2 has a ship's kennel which can house a dozen pets. Shops on board include Harrods of Knightsbridge.

    Security was extremely tight in Southampton this week in preparation for the naming ceremonies. Police dogs roamed the dock area and patrol boats kept a watchful eye on the harbor as part of the security efforts.

    While the ceremonies went smoothly, the weather did not cooperate. A large tent protected Queen Elizabeth from the blustery and rainy weather.

    January-8-2004 Accident Victims Remembered When Right Rev. Michael Scott-Joynt, Anglican bishop of Winchester, blessed the Queen Mary 2 he also said a prayer in French for those killed and injured in the gangway accident in St. Nazaire last November. Most of the 15 who died were ship workers and their relatives on their way to tour the nearly completed Queen Mary 2 in drydock at the shipyard. Today's ceremonies also included a moving rendition of Amazing Grace.

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