Did You Know?
Comparable to a structure as tall as a
21-story building, Queen Mary 2 is over four city blocks in length!
Queen Mary 2’s power plant
produces sufficient electricity to light a city the size
of Southampton with a population of 200,000.
Queen Mary 2 is the only
ship that can boast a planetarium.
Queen Mary 2 ’s whistle is
audible for ten miles and was originally on Queen Mary.
Artists representing 128 countries have been
commissioned to provide more than $5 million worth of
art for Queen Mary 2.
There are one thousand, two hundred and fifty three
officers and crew onboard QM2.
At the time of her
construction, Queen Mary 2 was the longest, widest, and
tallest passenger ship ever built, and with her gross
tonnage of 148,528 also the largest. She was the first
major ocean liner built since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969,
the vessel she succeeded as flagship of the Cunard Line.
Queen Mary 2 was intended to routinely cross the
Atlantic Ocean, and was therefore designed differently
from many other passenger ships. Expenses were increased
by the high quality of materials, and having been
designed as an ocean liner, she required 40% more steel
than a standard cruise ship. The ship's cost was
approximately $300,000 per berth, nearly double that of
many contemporary cruise ships.
Queen Mary 2 is also much faster
than a contemporary cruise ship. Instead of
the diesel-electric configuration found on many
ships, Queen Mary 2 uses integrated electric
propulsion in order to achieve her top speed. She
has a maximum speed of over 30 knots and a cruising
speed of 26 knots!
Queen Mary 2 has fifteen restaurants and bars, five
swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the
first planetarium at sea. There are also kennels and a
nursery on board!