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Queen Mary 2, World's Largest Cruise Ship, Approaches New York

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  1. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts Thread Starter

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    She looks so majestic and so HUGE on tv this morning! I wish I could be lucky enough to see her! Are you in NY and NJ going to see her arrival....George....Bea....Val??? Lucky if you do! I'd also love to actually go inside and see her myself....but pictures and tv will have to do! :( Pretty neat too that the QE2 will be beside her! :) Take care! angel

    April 22 (Bloomberg) -- Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner ever built, approached New York Harbor for the first time today, and a welcome by two Coast Guard vessels as escorts and two fireboats from the city Fire Department spraying water colored red, white and blue.

    The 150,000-ton vessel was to pass the Statue of Liberty at about 7 a.m. Mayor Michael Bloomberg planned to greet the liner at Pier 92 on Manhattan's west side 45 minutes later, joined by Cunard President Pamela Clover and Carnival Chairman Mickey Arison, according to a statement by Cunard Line, the ship's owner.

    Downtown office workers with harbor views, such as American Express Co.'s Tom Sclafani, were eager to witness the $800 million liner's maiden voyage into her home U.S. port. The ship - - at 1,132 feet more than twice as long as the Washington Monument -- sports a two-story theater, Canyon Ranch spa, 500- seat ballroom and planetarium, as well as five swimming pools, 10 dining venues and the largest wine collection at sea. (AWESOME!)

    "It's not often that you get a chance to see a piece of history,'' Sclafani, a spokesman for the fourth-biggest credit- card company, said in an interview last night. His 48th floor of the American Express Tower of lower Manhattan's World Financial Center offers a clear view of the harbor, he said.

    About a dozen other American Express workers who support the company's consumer travel business were to gather for breakfast at the World Financial Center this morning to watch the ship's entry, Sclafani said.

    "On Schedule"

    Storms in the North Atlantic put the ship behind schedule earlier this week, the New York Times reported yesterday. A statement issued by the company at 12:47 p.m. yesterday said the ship would arrive "on schedule.''

    "The ship made up the time,'' Gary Gerbino, a spokesman for Carnival Corp.'s Cunard Line, said in a telephone interview last night.

    The mayor's Web site cited six locations as the best places to view Queen Mary 2's arrival: the public piers at Hudson Park, along Manhattan's west side; Chelsea Piers at 23rd Street and the West Side Highway; Battery Park at the city's southern tip; the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum at 46th Street and the West Side Highway; Shore Parkway in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn; and from Staten Island, near the Verrazano Narrows Bridge.

    The cruise ship -- with 1,253 crewmembers and 1,310 cabins capable of accommodating 2,620 passengers -- left Southampton, England six days ago on its first trans-Atlantic trip to New York. The liner entered service in January with a maiden voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which was followed by a series of Caribbean cruises and a voyage to Rio de Janeiro.

    Tandem Voyage

    On Sunday about 7:30 p.m., Queen Mary 2 is scheduled to leave New York and head back to Southampton alongside the Queen Elizabeth 2, which entered service in May 1969. The ships, whose namesakes Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth were last berthed in New York together in March 1940, are scheduled to pass the Statue of Liberty at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, where they will slow their speed for a fireworks display.

    Inside cabins on the Queen Mary 2, which have no ocean views, are priced from $1,800 per person for six days, according to a review on Expedia.com. The 2,249-square-foot Grand Duplex apartment rents for $45,000 per person and comes with two bathrooms, a separate dining room, a private butler and its own mini gym.
     
  2. oldie

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    (y) (y) (y) To the French ;)
     
  3. franca

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    Hi Anjel.

    Queen Mary 2, World's Largest Cruise Ship, Approaches New York

    Saw that, was just telling Penny that i know a couple who live in our complex at #9 are on that cruise, they have been gone for five weeks and are due back this week. can't wait to here all about it. will post pictures when i get them.

    cu Frank.
     
  4. oldie

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    Again I say "Viva La france" (y)
     
  5. hotskates

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    The Grand duplex is the same size as my house. That would be so cool, but why,
    all I need is a bed to sleep in at night, so I guess one of the $1,800 rooms would be o.k. From what I read there will not be much time spent in the room with all the activities available.
     
  6. gws226

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    Its only gonna be the worlds largest ship for another few months. Another ship even larger than that is already almost completed! :eek:
     
  7. deuce

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    My Aunt is actually on the QE2 right now, so she'll get to see the Queen Mary 2. Would be nice to be there too....:)
     
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