- RMS Queen Mary 2
The RMS "Queen Mary 2" ("QM2") is a
Cunard Line ocean linernamed after the earlier Cunard liner "Queen Mary", which was in turn named after Mary of Teck, the Queen Consortof George V. At the time of her construction in 2003 by the Chantiers de l'Atlantique, the "QM2" was the longest, widest and tallest passenger shipever built, and at a GT|148,528, was also the largest. She lost the gross tonnage distinction to Royal Caribbean International's GT|154,407 "Freedom of the Seas" in April 2006, but "QM2" remains the largest ocean liner(as opposed to cruise ship) ever built, and her width, length, and waterline breadth are unsurpassed by any other passenger ship. [The true distinction becomes somewhat cloudy, because "gross tonnage" is actually a measure of a ship's enclosed volume; "displacement" is a measure of the weight of water the ship displaces - and therefore equivalent to its "weight".] Also, the "QM2" displaces approximately 76,000 tons; the Royal Caribbean "Freedom" ships displace about 64,000 tons.
"QM2's" facilities include 15
restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and a planetarium.
The "Queen Mary 2" is the current Cunard
flagshipand makes regular transatlanticcrossings. The ship was constructed to complement the RMS "Queen Elizabeth 2" ("QE2")—the Cunard flagship from 1969 to 2004—replacing it on the transatlantic route. The first RMS|Queen Mary sailed the Atlantic from 1936 to 1967. "QM2" had the Royal Mail Ship(RMS) title conferred on her, as a gesture to Cunard's history, by Royal Mailwhen she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route. [Royal Mails employees Courier newspaper page 20 August 2007]
The "QM2" is not a
steamshiplike her predecessors, but is powered by gas turbines and diesel enginesthat produce the power to drive her four electric propulsion pods. Like her predecessors, however, she is built for crossing the Atlantic ocean, though she is regularly used for cruising purposes; in the winter season she cruises from New York to the Caribbean on 10 or 13 day tours. "QM2's" 30 knot open ocean speed sets the ship apart from cruise ships, such as "Freedom of the Seas", which has an average speed of 21.6 knots.
Concept and construction
The vision of a 21st-century ocean liner — bigger than any that had gone before — started as the brainchild of Carnival CEO
Micky Arison, who has stated that his company bought Cunard to create "Queen Mary 2" Fact|date=January 2008, not vice versa.
Cunard completed a design for a new class of 84,000-ton, 2,000-passenger liners on
8 June 1998, but immediately revised them upon comparing those specifications with Carnival Cruise Lines' 100,000-ton "Destiny"-class cruise ships and Royal Caribbean's 137,200-ton " Voyager of the Seas".
Six months later, on
10 December, Cunard released details of "Project Queen Mary", the project to develop a liner that would complement "Queen Elizabeth 2". Harland and Wolffof Northern Ireland, Aker Kværnerof Norway, Fincantieriof Italy, Meyer Werftof Germany, and Chantiers de l'Atlantiqueof Francewere invited to bid on the project. If construction began immediately, the liner could be in service by 2002. But it was not until 6 November, 2000, that a contract was signed with Chantiers de l'Atlantique, a subsidiary of Alstom. This was the same yard that built Cunard's one-time rivals, the SS "Normandie" and SS "France" of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique.
keelwas laid down on 4 July 2002, in Saint-Nazaire, France, with the hull number "G32". Approximately 3,000 craftsmen spent some 8 million working hours on the ship, and a total of 20,000 people were directly or indirectly involved in her design, construction, and fitting out. In total, 300,000 pieces of steel were assembled into 94 "blocks" off of the drydock, which were then stacked and welded together to complete the hull and superstructure. [ [http://www.worldshipny.com/qm2pt1.htm World Ship Society: Construction of the Largest Liner in the World] ] She is so much larger than the ships that Chantiers normally build that the shipyard treated her as "1.6 ships." [http://www.twbookmark.com/books/8/0821228846/chapter_excerpt18434.html "Queen Mary 2"; Maxtone-Graham, John] ]
The "QM2" was floated on
21 March 2003. Her sea trials were conducted between 25 September- 29 Septemberand 7 November- 11 November 2003, [Plisson, Philip; Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend; Harry N. Abrams, Inc, Publishers; 2004] between Saint-Nazaire and the off-shore islands of Ile d'Yeuand Belle-Ile. The final stages of construction were marred by a fatal accident on 15 November 2003, when a gangway collapsed under a group of shipyard workers and their relatives who had been invited to visit the vessel. 48 people on the gangway fell over 15 m (50 ft); 32 were injured and 16, including a child, were killed. [ [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20031116/quennmary2gangwaycollapse_20031116?s_name=&no_ads=: CTV News: "Toll climbs in Queen Mary 2 shipyard accident"; 16 November 2003] ]
Construction was completed on schedule. Due to the size of the ship, the luxury of materials, and the fact that, due to her nature as an ocean liner, she required 40% more steel than a standard cruise ship, the final cost ended up being approximately $300,000 US per berth - nearly double that of ships such as "
Voyager of the Seas", " Grand Princess", or " Carnival Conquest". [ [http://www.sealetter.com/Jun-04/qm2.html The History, Construction and Design of "Queen Mary 2"] ]
Cunard took delivery in
Southampton, Englandon 26 December 2003. On 8 January 2004, the liner was named "Queen Mary 2" by her namesake's granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/dorset/3375225.stm|title=Queen launches QM2|publisher=BBC|date=January 8, 2004]
12 January 2004, the "Queen Mary 2" set sail on her maiden voyagefrom Southampton, Englandto Fort Lauderdale, Floridain the United States, carrying 2,620 passengers under the command of her first captain Ronald Warwick, who had previously commanded the Queen Elizabeth 2. Warwick is the son of William (Bil) Warwick who had also been a Cunard officer and had also been the QE2's first captain.
During the XXVIII Olympics the "QM2" sailed to
Athensand docked at Piraeusfor two weeks for use as a hotel-ship, serving the then Prime Minister of the UK Tony Blairand his wife Cherie, the French President Jacques Chirac, US president George H. W. Bush, and the US Olympic men's basketball team. [ [http://www.nqsouthern.com/digitalpublication/digitalpublications/index.cfm?dpid=89§ion_id=549&article_id=2619 "QM2" will be floating fortress] ] [ [http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/olympics/0804/27hoops.html Dream Team beats Spain but tension builds] (link inactive as of June 28, 06)]
One 2005 transatlantic crossing saw the "QM2" carrying, in a locked steamer trunk, the first US copy of
J. K. Rowling's book " Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", autographed by the author. In a promotional press releasefor the event, Cunard said (though without cited verification) that this marked the first time a book had been transported to its international launch aboard an ocean liner. [ [http://www.cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&ContentID=5160&Page=3 World's most famous ocean liner carries first J.K. Rowling-signed US copy of "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince"] ]
In January 2006 the "QM2" embarked on a circumnavigation of
South America(the ship is too large to pass through the Panama Canal). Upon departure from Fort Lauderdale one of her propeller pods was damaged when it struck a channel wall, forcing the ship to sail at a reduced speed, which resulted in Commodore Warwick's decision to skip several calls on its voyage to Rio de Janeiro. Many of her passengers threatened to stage a sit-inprotest because of the missed calls, before Cunard offered to refund the voyage costs. The "QM2" continued to operate at a reduced service speed, and several itinerary changes were necessary until repairs had been completed after the ship returned to Europe in June, where the "QM2" paid a visit to dry dock, and the damaged propeller pod was unseated. [ [http://telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2006/01/28/nmutiny28.xml&sSheet=/news/2006/01/28/ixnewstop.html News.Telegraph: Cunard foils "QM2" mutiny with full refund offer] ] In November the "QM2" was dry-docked once more at the Blohm + Vossyard in Hamburg(drydock Elbe 17) for the reinstallation of the repaired propeller pod. At the same time, sprinkler systems were installed in all of the vessel's balconies to comply with new safety regulations which had come into effect since the MV " Star Princess" fire. Additionally, both bridge wings were extended by 2 metres to improve visibility.
After completing the journey around South America, on
23 February 2006, the "QM2" met her namesake, the original RMS "Queen Mary", which is permanently docked at Long Beach, California. Escorted by a flotilla of smaller ships, the two "Queens" exchanged a "whistle salute" which was heard throughout the city of Long Beach.
10 January 2007the "QM2" started her first world cruise, circling the globe in 81 days. On 20 February, she met her fleet-mate, the "Queen Elizabeth 2", also on her 2007 world cruise, in Sydneyharbour. [ [http://www.cunard.com/CruiseItinerary.asp?cruiseid=2802&LeftNav=Planner&Active=&Sub=&OB=&Region= "Queen Mary 2" world cruise itinerary] ] [ [http://www.cunard.com/CruiseItinerary.asp?cruiseid=2803&LeftNav=Planner&Active=&Sub=&OB=&Region= "Queen Elizabeth 2" world cruise itinerary] ] This is the first time two Cunard "Queens" have been together in Sydney since the original "Queen Mary" and "Queen Elizabeth" served as troop ships in 1941. [ [http://www.greatoceanliners.net/queenelizabeth.html "Queen Elizabeth" 1940-1973] ] Despite the early arrival time of 5:42 am, the "QM2's" presence attracted so many viewers that the Sydney Harbour Bridgeand Anzac Bridgewere blocked. [ [http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/sorry-sydney-for-ship-shocker/2007/02/21/1171733803476.html Sydney in meltdown as hordes crowd to see giant ships] ] With 1,600 passengers leaving the ships in Sydney, Cunard estimated the stopovers injected more than $1 million into the local economy.
3 August 2007three men were arrested while piloting and escorting a replica of a Turtle within 200 feet of the QM2 without authorization at New York City's cruise ship terminal. [cite news|url=http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=local&id=5537231|title=Makeshift submarine found in East River|date=August 3, 2007]
The "QM2" met the "Queen Victoria" and the "Queen Elizabeth 2" near the
Statue of Libertyin New York Cityharbor on 13 January 2008, with a celebratory fireworks display; the "QE2" and "QV" made a tandem crossing of the Atlantic for the meet. This marked the first time three Cunard "Queens" have been present in the same location. Cunard purported this to be the last time these three ships will ever meet, [ [http://www.cunard.com/rendezvous Cunard.com website concerning rendezvous.] ] due to the "QE2's" impending retirement from service in late 2008.cite web|url= http://www.cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&ContentID=6656&Active=News |publisher= [http://www.cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&ContentID=6656&Active=News] |title="QE2 To Leave Cunard Fleet And Be Sold To Dubai World To Begin A New Life At The Palm"
2007|accessdate=2007-06-20] However this would not prove to be the case as the three Queens once again met in Southampton on 22nd April 2008. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7361808.stm BBC NEWS | England | Hampshire | Royal gathering of sea 'Queens' ] ] [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hampshire/7360081.stm Three 'Queens' in final meeting] ]
Famous passengers and/or guests of the "QM2" include Queen Elizabeth II,
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, former French President Jacques Chirac, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, jazz musician Dave Brubeck, former US president George H. W. Bush, comedian and actor John Cleese, actor Richard Dreyfuss, author and editor Harold Evans, director George Lucas, singer Carly Simon, singer Rod Stewart, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, and financier Donald Trump. [ [http://www.cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Active=News Cunard news archive] ]
Following the retirement of QE2, Queen Mary 2 will be the only operational ocean liner left in active passenger service.
The "Queen Mary 2"'s principal architect was Carnival's house designer,
Stephen Payne, a self-confessed ocean liner aficionado. While the primary reference point for the vessel's design was undoubtedly that of her running mate "Queen Elizabeth 2", her exterior lines also show hints of other vessels. She resembles her predecessor "Queen Mary" in the curved forward bridge screen, the tower-like ends of which rise to the bridge wings. The forward whaleback is reminiscent of many CGT liners, particularly the "Normandie" and the "France". The two slender after-stacks are a further direct reference to the "France".
The "QM2" has 14,164 m² (3.5
acres) of exterior deck space, with similar wind screens to shield passengers from gusts as the ship travels at high speeds. Four of the ship's five swimming pools are outdoors; one of these is only one inch deep for the use of small children. The fifth pool is indoors on Deck 12, though covered with a retractable magrodome.
In common with liners such as SS "Rotterdam" there is a continuous wrap-around
promenade deckon Deck 7. The promenade passes behind the bridge screen and allows passengers to completely circumnavigate the deck while protected from the strong winds generated by the ship at full speed. One circuit of the promenade is a distance of 620 metres (2034 ft., or .38 miles). The flanking promenades are created by the need to step the superstructure in, to allow for space for lifeboats. By SOLAS standards the lifeboats should have been lower on the ship's hull (15 m above waterline), but for the sake of the "QM2"'s appearance as well as to avoid the danger of large North Atlantic waves damaging the boats in a storm, Payne convinced SOLAS officials to exempt the "QM2" from this requirement, and the boats are 25 m above the waterline.
One aspect of the "QM2" that has been criticised is the contour of her stern. Payne's intent was to make the ship's stern profile similar to that of the "QE2", with a spoon shape, but the mounting of the propeller pods required a flat transom. The compromise was a
Constanzi stern– a combination of a more traditional cruiser stern with a contemporary box-like transom stern. The design of the stern has ironically been criticized from two diametrically opposed perspectives by liner buffs. Some feel that nothing but a traditional cruiser stern would be suitable for a true ocean liner, whereas others feel that his choice of stern represents a purely visual conceit that detracts from the quintessentially functional nature of a liner. In fact, Payne has specifically said that he would not resort to adding any non-functional elements to the "QM2"'s design purely to make her appear more "liner-like". It can indeed be argued that the stern satisfies a mixture of functional and aesthetic requirements: A Constanzi stern provides the transom required for azimuthal pod propulsors, yet provides better seaholding characteristics in a following swell than a standard transom stern. The stern design, too, has been seen by some as a homage to earlier (especially Italian-built) liners such as the SS "Eugenio C." and the SS "Oceanic".
The vessel as completed does exhibit one other subtle element of visual fakery: the three thick black lines that wrap around either edge of her bridge screen. The purpose of these seem to be to recall the appearance of the crossovers of the forward decks on the original "Queen Mary" or on the "Titanic".
In common with many modern ships, both passenger and cargo, "QM2" has a
bulbous bowto reduce drag and thereby increase speed, range, and fuel efficiency.
The somewhat squat appearance of the smokestack reflects a fairly late alteration to the vessel's design. Originally the funnel's proportions would approximately have matched those of the stack fitted to the "Queen Elizabeth 2" after that vessel's re-engining. However, the original design would not allow the "QM2" to fit under the
Verrazano-Narrows Bridgein New York City. (Even as eventually built, the "QM2"'s shortened smokestack has only 13 feet clearance under that bridge at high tide. [Citation|last=Barron|first=James|title=This Ship Is So Big, The Verrazano Cringes|newspaper=The New York Times|publication-place=New York, NY|date= April 18, 2004|year=2004|month=April|url=http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9407E7DC103BF93BA25757C0A9629C8B63&sec=&spon=&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink+] ) This makes the "QM2" the second major British liner to have her design adapted in order to fit under a bridge at her primary foreign port of call: the top section of the radar mast on the SS "Canberra" could cantilever asternin order to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
As the "QM2" is too large to dock in most ports, passengers are ferried to and from the ship in specially-built tenders. While at sea, these are stored in davits alongside the lifeboats. To transport passengers to shore, the tenders will pull up to one of four loading stations, named Kensington, Chelsea, Knightsbridge and Belgravia, which each have a large hull door that hydraulically opens outwards to form a boarding platform, complete with railings and decking.
Another design decision was not to constrain the size of the "QM2" in order to permit her to pass through the
Panama Canal. Noticing that the "QE2" only transited the Canal once a year, Cunard decided to pass up the convenience of the occasional Canal passage in favor of a larger passenger capacity. As a result, however, the "QM2" must circumnavigate South America whenever she wants to go west from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
Contrary to the traditional practice on ocean liners, the main public rooms of the "Queen Mary 2" are on the lowest public decks of the ship, with the passenger cabins stacked above. This allowed for larger rooms to be contained within the stronger hull, as well as for more passenger cabins to have private balconies. Payne attempted to create a central axis to the two main public room decks (similar in fashion to the "Normandie"), but a full vista is broken by various public rooms that span the width of the ship. The dining rooms were placed further aft, though not directly at the stern, as done on some cruise ships like Royal Caribbean's "
Voyager of the Seas", where vibration from the propellers at full speed would cause discomfort to dining passengers, as well as where fore-aft pitching of the ship is most noticeable.
Deck 2, the lowest passenger deck, contains the Illuminations theatre, cinema and planetarium; Royal Court Theatre; Grand Lobby; Empire Casino; Golden Lion Pub; and the lower level of the Britannia Restaurant. Deck 3 holds the upper levels of Illuminations, the Royal Court theatre and the Britannia Restaurant, as well as a small shopping arcade, Veuve Cliquot champagne bar, the Chart Room, Sir Samuel's wine bar, the Queen's Room, and the G32 Nightclub. The other main public deck is Deck 7, on which are the Canyon Ranch Spa, Winter Garden, King's Court, the Queen's Grill Lounge, and the Queen's Grill and Princess Grill restaurants for higher-fare passengers. The public rooms on Deck 8 include the
à la carte Todd EnglishRestaurant, the largest library at sea (the record was previously held by "QE2"), a book shop and the upper part of the Canyon Ranch Spa. Also on Deck 8 is a large outdoor pool and terrace at the stern.
The King's Court area on the ship is open 24 hours a day, serving as a buffet restaurant for breakfast and lunch. The overall space is divided into quarters, with each section decorated according to the theme of the four separate alternate dining venues that are "created" each evening through lighting, tableware, and menues: Lotus, which specialises in
Asian cuisine; the Carvery, a British-style grille; La Piazza, with Italian food; and the Chef's Galley, which offers an interactive experience to food preparation. [ [http://cunard.com/OurShips/default.asp?Ship=QM2&main=din&sub=#Kings Cunard Line: Queen Mary 2: King's Court] ] [ [http://www.sealetter.com/Jun-04/qm2.html Mazorra, Arturo Paniagua; "Sealetter Cruise Magazine": The History, Construction and Design of Queen Mary 2] ] From 11:00 PM onwards the one section remains open as a buffet until 5:00 AM a continental breakfast service then starts at 5:00 AM, other sections open at various times so by 8:30 all section are open for breakfast. [QM2 Daily Programme for Tuesday 29 july 2008]
It has been argued that the separation of passengers into different restaurants based on the price of the cabin they booked (the Britannia as "standard" for regular cabins, the Princess Grill as "middle" for those in junior suites, and the Queen's Grill as "superior" for deluxe suite occupants) makes the "QM2" a ship divided into three classes, despite the fact that all other public rooms are used by all passengers equally. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/travel/columnist/gaynor/2005-08-16-column_x.htm Gaynor, Louisa Frey; "USA Today": The Queen (Mary 2) rules the Atlantic; August 16, 2005] ] Though this situation is similar on the "QE2", it is further enhanced on the "QM2" by the fact that "Grill Passengers" (those dining in the Princess Grill or Queen's Grill) also have a private outdoor deck with its own whirlpool on Deck 11.
As the "QM2" was the first single-class ocean liner built since the immigrant ships of the early part of the 20th century (unlike her fleet-mate the "Queen Elizabeth 2", which was originally built for three classes, and in her early years operated partly as a single-class cruise ship and partly as a "classed" liner), the "QM2" could afford to have a clearer arrangement of staircases and passages that does not have to allow for doors and partitions being closed off when the ship is in a "classed" transatlantic mode.
However, due to the arrangement of the public rooms, there are some "kinks" in the design. For instance, as the Britannia Restaurant takes up the full width of the ship on two decks, a 'tween deck, called Deck 3L, was devised to allow passengers to walk from the Grand Lobby to the Queen's Room without traversing the dining room mid-meal. The deck consists of two corridors that run beneath the upper balcony of the Britannia on Deck 3, and above the main dining area on Deck 2. This is why the balcony of the Britannia has tiers that step up towards the hull. This arrangement is illustrated on the hull where there is a stack of three rows of windows in the area where the main restaurant sits - the two upper- and lower-most rows illuminate the dining room, while the centre row serves Deck 3L. There is a similar arrangement through the Royal Court Theatre. As well, the passages that run on either side of Illuminations on Deck 3 ramp upwards to compensate for the change in deck elevation between the entrance to Illuminations and an elevator bank forward of the room.
More than 5000 specially-commissioned works of art are visible in the "QM2"'s public rooms, corridors, staterooms and lobbies, having been created by 128 artists from 16 different countries. [ [http://www.nqsouthern.com/digitalpublication/digitalpublications/index.cfm?dpid=89§ion_id=547&article_id=1566 The art of cruising in luxury] ] Two very notable pieces are Barbara Broekman's two-storey-high
tapestryin the Britannia Restaurant - an abstract depiction of an ocean liner (possibly the original Queen Mary), bridge, and New York skyline - and John McKenna's sheet bronze relief muralin the Grand Lobby, inspired by the art deco mural in the main dining room of the original "Queen Mary". [ [http://www.onk.nl/en/qm2.htm Queen Mary 2 Cunard] ]
General hotel statistics
* "QM2" contains 3,000
* Passengers annually consume::* 230,000 bottles of wine, plus 1.5 million other drinks:* 24,950
kilograms (55,000 pounds) of coffee:* 7,000 boxes of strawberries:* 17,240 kilograms (38,000 pounds) of smoked salmon:* 90,000 kilograms (198,000 pounds) of pineapples:* Enough beef to supply the city of Southamptonfor one year [ [http://www.cunard.co.uk/uploads/QM2FACTS.pdf Cunard Line: Queen Mary 2: A ship of superlatives] ]
Power plant and propulsion system
The "Queen Mary 2"'s power plant comprises both four 16-cylinder
Wärtsilä16V46CR "EnviroEngine" marine diesel enginesgenerating a combined convert|67200|kW|hp|abbr=on|lk=on at 514 rpm, as well as two General Electric LM2500+ gas turbineswhich together provide a further convert|50000|kW|hp|abbr=on. Such a combined arrangement, known as CODAG(Combined Diesel And Gas turbine), provides for economical cruising at low speed combined with an ability to sustain much higher speeds when required, and has been common in naval vessels for some time. While "QM2" is the first passenger ship to feature CODAG propulsion, she is not the first large passenger vessel to be powered by gas turbines as is sometimes mistakenly reported. That honour falls to the Finnish ferry "Finnjet" of 1977.
Thrust is provided by four Rolls-Royce Mermaid podded propulsion units, each featuring one forward-facing low-vibration
Kamewa propellerwith separately bolted blades. ("QM2" carries 8 spare blades on the foredeck, immediately forward of the bridge screen.) The forward pair are fixed, but the aft pair can rotate through 360°, removing the need for a rudder. The "QM2" is the first quadruple screw passenger ship completed since the SS "France" in 1961.
As in most modern
cruise ships, "QM2"'s propulsion machinery is electrically decoupled from her propeller shafts and her propulsion arrangement can therefore be more accurately described as "CODAG-electric" (by analogy with turbo-electricand diesel-electric). The diesel engines and gas turbines drive electrical generators, which provide the power to drive four convert|21500|kW|hp|abbr=on Alstomelectrical motors located inside the podded propulsors (and thus entirely outside the vessel's hull).
In a further break with tradition, "QM2"'s gas turbines are not housed along with her diesels in the
engine roomdeep in her hull, but instead reside in a thoroughly soundproofed enclosure directly underneath the funnel. This arrangement allowed the vessel's designers to supply the oxygen-hungry turbines with air intakes without having to run air ducts the entire height of the ship, which would have wasted valuable interior space.
Due to a large advertising campaign by Cunard Line leading up to the maiden voyage of the "Queen Mary 2", the ship has already appeared often in international media coverage:
* The 2006
Wolfgang Petersenfilm "Poseidon" was partially filmed on the "QM2"; the original film, "The Poseidon Adventure", was filmed on the "Queen Mary". Though not actual interiors, some of the "QM2"'s rooms served as inspiration for sets on "Poseidon".
* The ship also appeared in the second season of "The Apprentice"; the reward for the men's team of Mosaic was a dinner onboard.
Google Earthand Google Mapsthe "QM2" can be seen at the Pier 92 passenger ship terminalin Manhattan. [ [http://maps.google.com/maps?t=k&ll=40.768647,-73.998435&z=18 QM2, Google Earth] ]
* In the 2005
anime" Blood+", the flagshipof the Red Shield organizationis modelled on the "QM2". Later in the series, the ship was sunk during an attack by Divaand Karl.
Frederick Forsyth's 2006 book " The Afghan", the ship plays host to a (fictional) G8summit.
* In October, 2006, the National Broadcasting Company produced and aired a program entitled "Onboard Queen Mary 2 — A Transatlantic Adventure", documenting a typical six day trans-Atlantic crossing of the "QM2".
* The "QM2" appears as the fictional ship "
SS Princess Isabella" in the film " 10.5 Apocalypse", later on in the film the ship meets it disastrous end when an undersea earthquakeerupts a tidal waveand capsizes the ship. [ [http://www.cunard.com/AboutCunard/NewsReleases.asp?Cat=&View=ViewArticle&Mode=News&ContentID=6301&Active=News A Star Among Ocean Liners, Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 Shines] in the NBC Spotlight; October 5, 2006.]
* In Patrick Robinson's "Hunter Killer" the "QM2" is rammed by the "Shades of Arabia", a convert|107|ft|m|0|sing=on luxury yacht belonging to a Saudi playboy Crown Prince.
* In July 2007, the
National Geographic Channelbroadcast the documentary " Megastructures" about the "QM2".
* In the
Xbox 360game "Ace Combat 6 - Fires of Liberation", the "QM2" features in the city of Gracemeria, on level 14, in the docks beside the partially destroyed suspension bridge.
* [http://www.cunard.co.uk/ourships/?ship=QM2 Cunard's official website for QM2]
* [http://www.cunardline.com/ Cunard]
* [http://cunard.com/bridgecam/qm2_cam1.asp "Queen Mary 2" bridge cam]
* [http://ships.galutschek.at/qm2/ Queen Mary 2 Video Clips]
* [http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/this_britain/article340386.ece Passengers threaten mutiny on crippled "Queen Mary 2" (January 23, 2006)]
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