TUESDAY January 13, 2004
LONDON - The world's largest cruise ship, Queen Mary 2, set
sail for the United States on its maiden voyage Monday, carrying
2,600 passengers who paid up to $48,000 for the privilege.
150,000-ton Cunard Line vessel left the southern English port of
Southampton on the 14-day journey to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., its
first voyage with fare-paying passengers.
Although Cunard has denied reports of a terrorist threat against
the vessel, security was tight and police maintained a high
profile. The maiden departure, marked by fireworks and a brass
band, was an hour late.
"There was significantly more baggage than we
anticipated," Cunard Line president Pamela Conover said,
explaining the delay. As a small flotilla of boats turned
out to watch the giant liner pull away, passengers lining the
ship's balconies waved Union Jack flags and threw streamers.
welcoming the vessel to Southampton on Dec. 26 were subdued out
of respect for those killed when a gangway collapsed Nov. 15 at
the shipyard in St. Nazaire, France, where the ship was built.
Thousands of people watched last week as Queen Elizabeth II
officially launched the $1 billion ship, which is named for her
grandmother Queen Mary, wife of King George V, who reigned from
1910 to 1936.
new cruise liner took more than five years to build. It is 1,138
feet long and 238 feet high -- as tall as a 21-story building.
It will take over the trans-Atlantic duties of the Queen
Elizabeth 2 ocean liner. Its 2,600 passengers will have the run of six restaurants, five
swimming pools, an art gallery and a movie theater that doubles
as a planetarium.
Fares for Queen Mary 2's fully booked maiden voyage from
Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, began at $4,400 per person for
14 nights and rose to $48,310. Cunard Lines belongs to the U.S. company Carnival, but sails
under the British flag.
The Queen Mary 2's reign as the world's biggest ocean liner is
expected to be brief. Cruise operator Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. recently confirmed
an order with Finland's Kvaerner Masa-Yards for the Ultra
Voyager, which will accommodate 3,600 passengers and be bigger
than the Queen Mary 2. The Ultra Voyager is expected to enter service in 2006.
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