The most famous ocean liner in the world, Queen Mary 2 will be arriving in Cape Town Harbour on Friday, 26 January. You can look out the harbour at 6am and watch her sail into town.
Here are some interesting facts about Queen Mary 2:
1. The ship is Cunard Line’s flagship and was constructed for eventual replacement of the aging Queen Elizabeth 2 famously known as the QE2.
2. Like her predecessor the QE2, she is built for crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
3. Queen Mary 2’s facilities include 15 restaurants and bars, 5 swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea.
4. Fresh water aboard ship is supplied by three seawater desalination plants. The plants each pump out a capacity of 630,000 litres per day.
5. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Queen Mary 2 sailed to Athens and docked at Piraeus for two weeks to be used as a floating hotel.
6. More than 5000 commissioned works of art are visible in the ship’s public rooms, corridors, staterooms and lobbies, having been created by 128 artists from 16 countries.
7. On 10 January 2007, Queen Mary 2 started her first world cruise, circumnavigating the globe in 81 days.
8. As Queen Mary 2 is too large to dock in many ports, passengers are ferried to and from the ship.