2 - the largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger ship
Queen Mary 2, the first Cunard liner to be built in
over three decades, will enter service in January 2004 and will be the
fastest passenger ship built since Queen Elizabeth 2 entered service in
Built by the renowned shipyard of
Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire, France, birthplace of such
famous liners as Normandie, France (now Norway), and Ile de France, the
150,000-ton QM2 is destined to become the benchmark by which all other
passenger ships will be judged.
For the last six decades, there has always been a
Cunard "Queen" on the sea. QM2 will be the heir to their grandeur and
elegance and at the same time the greatest luxury liner of the new century.
The ship will feature classic Cunard hallmarks such as sweeping staircases,
expansive promenades, stylish restaurants and gracious public rooms of an
imposing scale. The sheer size of the vessel has enabled Cunard to create a
variety of passenger spaces - from a majestic, three-storey dining room to
intimate bars and lounges to the first sea-going planetarium.
With a passenger capacity of 2,620 (lower berths),
Queen Mary 2 will have a space ratio per passenger of 57.25, making her
among the roomiest of the world's larger passenger ships. Spacious
staterooms, nearly three quarters of which will have their own private
balcony, will offer a level of luxury unprecedented at sea.