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On board the spectacular ship Queen Mary 2

Last updated on: February 2, 2012 11:12 IST

On board the spectacular ship Queen Mary 2

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Queen Mary 2 is one of the most magnificent luxury ocean liners ever built.

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Image: Queen Elizabeth 2 arrives in Sydney harbour, accompanied by a flotilla of small craft.


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Cunard's ocean liner Queen Mary 2 arrives for its second visit to Sydney.

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Image: Cunard's ocean liner Queen Mary 2 arrives for its second visit to Sydney.
Photographs: Daniel Munoz/Reuters.

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On board the spectacular ship Queen Mary 2

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The ship has biggest ballroom and dance floor among cruise ships.

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Image: Passengers arrive at the Grand Lobby.
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters.

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The theatres and lounges and the first planetarium inside a ship make it a floating wonder.

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Image: Passengers stand on a balcony above the Grand Lobby inside the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters.

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Queen Mary 2 offers a 7-day Transatlantic cruise between Southampton and New York.

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Image: A skylight is seen above the Britannia Restaurant aboard the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters.

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The ship was constructed to eventually replace the ageing RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, the Cunard flagship from 1969 to 2004.

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Image: People visit a planetarium aboard the world's largest ocean liner the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters.

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Launched in March 2003, it cost a whopping $900 million to build this luxurious ship.

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Image: A waiter walks inside the Britannia Restaurant aboard the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters.

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Queen Mary 2 has the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) title conferred on her, as a gesture to Cunard's history, by Royal Mail when she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route.

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Image: Visitors sun bathe on the deck of the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Paul Yeung/Reuters.

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Queen Mary 2's facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars.

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Image: View in one of the middle class bedrooms, on board the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Reuters.

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The ship also has five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea.

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Image: Cruise ship Queen Mary 2 docks in at Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
Photographs: Christian Charisius/Reuters.

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This luxury ship has kennels on board, as well as a nursery.

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Image: View of one of the bars on board the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Reuters.

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At the time of her construction in 2003 by Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Queen Mary 2 was the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built.

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Image: View of the gaming room on board the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Reuters.

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The ship no longer holds this distinction after the construction of Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas in October and Allure of the Seas in November 2010.

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Image: A passenger walks on Deck 8 featuring swimming pools near the stern of the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Will Burgess/Reuters.

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Queen Mary 2's principal naval architect was Carnival's in-house designer, Stephen Payne.

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Image: People take a swim in the pool of the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Reuters.

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There are 1 250 crew members on board, catering to the passengers.

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Image: Dancers practice on the stage inside the theatre at the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Reuters.

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Queen Mary 2 has a 14,164-square-metre exterior deck space, with wind screens to shield passengers as the ship travels at high speeds. Four of the ship's five swimming pools are outdoors.

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Image: View of a jacuzzi on the Queen Mary 2.
Photographs: Reuters.

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Many of the major public rooms on board Queen Mary 2 are on the lowest public decks of the ship, with the passenger cabins stacked above.

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Image: Grand lobby.


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More than 5000 commissioned works of art are seen in the Queen Mary 2's public rooms, corridors, staterooms and lobbies.

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Image: Plush interiors.


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On 12 January 2004 Queen Mary 2 set sail on her maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in the United States, carrying 2,620 passengers under the command of captain Ronald Warwick.

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Image: A planetarium in the ship.


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Freshwater aboard Queen Mary 2 is supplied primarily by three seawater desalination plants.



Image: Queen Mary 2 docked in New York.
Photographs: Reuters.

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