On The Cunard Lines' Queen Mary 2
It has been rumored for quite
some time now, that the [Cunard
Lines Limited], is planning to build yet another Queen. The rumors, have been flying wildly around, for
more than a year now. Well, there is a truth to the rumor.
Now, while she will look in the similar fashion of the "CunardStandard",
she will not be a twin of the original R.M.S. Queen Mary,
that is now owned by Hilton Hotels Inc. The depiction is, that she
will have the "traits" of the finest of her predecessors. Like the
old style curves, and columns, of the great liners of the early 1930's
and 1940's. But her profile will be similar (sort of) to that of
her older sister, the R.M.S. Queen Elizabeth 2. The
marvels of the old days are coming back, and we think its about time. People
should be able to travel in a comfortable and classy style. Everybody
cruises, nobody ever crosses anymore? It's like, driving your car,
but not really "enjoying" the essence of the drive itself. Half of
the fun of travel is the anticipation of the arrival to your destination,
and all of the fun and romance you experience along the way.
The experience of a long slow
voyage, should be like a fine wine or dessert. You should be able
to feel and fully enjoy the way it makes you feel, as its pungent sweet
flavor fills your deprived soul. Your body, mind, spirit, and self,
should be able to fully be one, unhindered. Your whole essence is
totally relaxed, and your presence is as one. You feel, as you never
have. Its like nothing else in the grand cosmos can possibly give you.
Your mind is clear, and at rest. Your soul is at peace with your
body. Your person needs a trip like that. To help you come
alive and be complete again. The cool breezes, the clear air, the
personal time away, the enchantment of splendid surroundings, and the essential
calm and serenity your soul craves, and deserves...
Well, the discussion is a reality.
Today, Monday the 6th of November 2000, the Cunard Line has signed a letter
with Alstom-Chantiers. The announcement
comes as welcome news, from London.
is what we have learned about her so far:
We're so excited we can't hardly
contain ourselves. The most amazing news is out... The brand
new "m/s Queen Mary 2"
is out! Cunard Lines' fabulous cruise liner
has been out at sea for her trials as conducted by her builders and her
are very pleased to say this is good news, and
it comes earlier than expected. Upon her return the comments are
fantastic about her performance and behaivor out at sea. The new
Queen has lived up to her design potential... Wow! Cunard Line
will take delivery of her in December 2003
and will prepare her for her maiden debut in January 2004.
The lovely lady Queen Mary 2
has been floated out on Friday, March 21st,
to view the photos published of her builder, receiving materials to construct
Queen Mary 2
is project G32 at the Alstom-Chantiers
de l'Atlantique shipyard.
Queen Mary 2
is in fitting out basin C.
The mast is due to be placed on too of the ships
superstructure in a ceremony on March 16th,
Despite a delay in the floating out schedule.
The new luxury liner of Cunard, has been given a
Master. Captain Ronald Warwick. Congratulations to you
Queen Mary 2's
keel has been laid down. On the anniversary of the Maiden voyage
of Cunard's first ship the "S.S. Britannia".
The four Brown Brothers stabilizers have been shipped
from Scotland to France. 40 foot
long, 100 tons each.
Features: health center, spas/saunas, gyms, etc.
To be designed & operated by Canyon Ranch.
Builders: Alston-Chantiers de l'Atlantique, St. Nazaire,
Cost: about $700 million dollars (US)
Engines: From General Electric Marine, GE
LM2500+, speed: (est.) 30+ knots
Drive system: AziPods; 2
fixed, and 2 azimuthing (Quad screws)
AziPods and miscellaneous deck machinery to be built
by the Rolls Royce company
Registry: Southampton, England, UK
Home port: Southampton, England, UK
Launch: February 2003
Delivery: December 2003
Routes/Ports: S. Africa, Greek Isles, and similar
areas. And some trans-atlantic service.
Now bear in mind, that this is
pretty much all a rumor mill hype until the Cunard Lines Limited.
makes an official press
announcement. It is still unclear if she
will be carrying any kind of "R.M.S." or just "S.S."
designations. This has not been confirmed as yet. But the info
seems to be definite, and genuine. There is a preliminary photo (painting/sketch)
We have obtained a copy of it, so here she is!
Cunard Line Limited "Queen Mary
2" - Concept image - (Circa Nov. 1999)
Isn't she gorgeous! Wow.
We are speechless. We hope to have more imagery, and information
to share with all of you very soon. And we will keep you posted on
all of the latest developments. Check back to this page bi-weekly
for more information and details...
A second photo has appeared,
and we have that one as well. The report is that it is an updated
image. She will be
French built. At the same shipyard that
made the TSS Normandie, and the TSS France.
A very impressive choice.
Early rumors had said that she would be Irish
built at the shipyards of Harland and Wolff. This apparently is not
So here is the photo!
Cunard Line Limited "Queen Mary
2" - This photo is another concept shot, from March 10,
Have you noticed, she looks
a little different? The funnel is moved forward, the number of decks
is reduced, and the hull appears a little different. The original,
has a covered bow, this one does not. Both are still depicted in
very stormy and rough seas though. This change of venue by Cunard
does however, begin to concern us.
Ladies, and Gentlemen.
We have yet another image, a possible painting. A 3D rendering most
likely. Well, here it is!
We have the feeling, that the pictures, and images,
just will not do her justice. She is a real beauty...
Here is photo of the grandest
of all opulent Queens...
Cunard Line Ltd. "m/s Queen Mary 2"
- (Circa 2003)
It is in our opinion, that we like the first initial
concept image. We hope that Cunard would take this into some consideration.
Cunard has said, that "Queen Mary 2"
has passed many of her hydrodynamics tests. These tests were conducted
facilities in Holland. The tests were applied to a working 15
foot, builders type model.
to visit our "Queen Mary 2" profile page.