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Happy Birthday Queen Mary 2! Britain's Flagship Celebrates First Year of Service

By Alexa Glasgow

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The Queen Mary 2, the newest and most luxurious ship launched by the Cunard line in January last year, has celebrated her very first birthday. The magnificent Queen Mary 2 made worldwide headlines as the anxiously awaited successor of the Queen Mary, now safely docked in Long Beach, CA as an extremely successful tourist attraction with an estimated 1.5 million visitors per year. . Queen Mary 2 is the heaviest passenger liner ever built at 151,400 tons as well as the longest, tallest and widest ever built and at a cost of $800 million it is the most expensive passenger ship in history.

The New York skyline

After a stunning naming ceremony last January which was attended by Her Majesty the Queen, the Queen Mary 2, set off to impress the world on her Maiden Voyage.

Her Majesty at the naming ceremony

Passengers have loved everything about this amazing vessel, enjoying sumptuous cuisine and excellent service, that is to such a high standard that it has tempted many celebrity guests to come on board; Antonio Banderas, Glenn Close and Beyonce Knowles to name but a few, many of whom have also performed in the grand Royal Court Theatre within the ship. Guests have seen a number of luxurious exclusives on board that has made the Queen Mary 2 a record breaker; The world's first floating Planetarium offers spectacular rides through the stars, she has the first suites with private lift access, the first Canyon Ranch Spa at sea, the first Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar at sea and if that wasn?t enough she has the largest wine cellar at sea.

Tasty cuisine

On board the Queen Mary 2 the mind is stimulated as you relax with cultural classes taught by England?s finest minds from its best University, the University Of Oxford. If acting or dancing is what makes you happy, workshops and master classes are performed by RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts) and for quiet reflection she has the largest and most varied library ever known on the sea. 

Luxurious interiors

 

If luxury sea travel seems like your idea of a good time (and why wouldn?t it be?!) the Queen Mary 2 will sail the Atlantic many times this year and in addition offers a variety of cruises to Northern Europe, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean.  Fares for the six-day cruising which happily includes the flight to the ship (not round trip) start from $1,499 per person and this is one deal we advise all our readers to check out as it is one adventure you can not afford to miss. Cross the Atlantic and undertake the same trip experienced by history?s most well known characters, from Royalty to Dickens and watch the sun set over this magnificent ocean.

 

Happy guests

 

Excellent service

Gorgeous sunsets on the Atlantic

 

A whole host of exclusives on the Queen Mary 2

 

 

 

Published on Apr 02, 2011

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