The Queen Mary 2 arrived in Table Bay on 26 January, the first stop on her world tour following a £100-million remastering.
This was my first time stepping on a liner of this scale. You frequently see them docking at our harbour and marvel at the size of this behemoth that’s managing to float on water. I’ve always been intensely curious to see what life is like on board.
I was thoroughly impressed. The sheer size will take your breath away, with kilometres of hallways linking various lounges, bars and restaurants. They have a cinema and planetarium, a theatre for stage performances, a ballroom, nightclub, spa, library and much more.
Last year, Queen Mary 2 spent 25 days in the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg where thousands of people worked around the clock for a rapid and lavish remastering.
The renovations upgraded the 172 Grills suites and the two Grill restaurants. The King’s Court buffet has been redesigned to create a more open and central buffet area, and The Carinthia Lounge, previously the Winter Garden, has been reconfigured into a refined, airy venue. The also replaced the Todd English Restaurant with The Verandah, which offers contemporary French cuisine.
Would I book a cruise? I am definitely interested, but I might wait a few years. The average passenger on board is past retirement and I might need to learn bridge or bingo first if I wanted to make friends. That being said, it’s a pretty sweet way to see the world.
You can find more info on the Queen Mary 2 here.
She will set sail for Port Elizabeth at midnight on Friday, 27th January 2017 where she will arrive in the early hours of Sunday, 29th January 2017. She will spend the day in Port Elizabeth, before departing for her next destination, Mauritius.
A few fun facts:
- She is four football fields in length (or three blocks on Broadway) – a total of 345 metres
- She is equal to the height of a 23-storey building with 17 decks that tower 200 feet above the waterline
- She covers an area of 3.5 acres
- Her whistle is audible for ten miles
- Her speed of 29.5 knots is double the speed of a Caribbean cruise ship and nearly three times the speed of a blue whale
- She’s constructed from some 300,000 pieces of steel; her hull is made up of 94 steel blocks and weighs 50,000 tons (more than a school of 330 blue whales). The QM2 gross weight is 151,400 tons.
- She carries 343 different wines on board (with annual wine sales estimated at around 230,000 bottles)
- In total over one year, passengers will consume 38,000 lbs of smoked salmon, 346,000 gallons of fruit juice, 249,000 lbs of potatoes and 420,000 packets of breakfast cereal. Excluding wine, the QM2 serves 1.5 million drinks per annum.
- There are 1,310 staterooms in total of which 955 (73%) cabins feature balconies.
- Maximum capacity is 3,090 passengers.