We have come to the halfway point on our ocean cruise having travelled from Cape Town to Walvis Bay, and from there diagonally across the ocean to where we were passing the Liberia coast with not a trace of land in sight. I decided to spend this week’s blog telling you a bit more about the ship herself and the glorious decorations everywhere.
Many of these are difficult to photograph because passengers do not like to be in other people’s pictures. Others are just too grand to capture without a special lens. I decided to cheat a bit. For the first time the pictures in this blog are not my own, but from the Cunard.Com website. I hope they do not mind. After all, I am saying nice things about Queen Mary 2.
Crossing the Line
I skipped the Crossing of the Line ceremony in favour of a visit to the library to learn more about the ship. I recall partner observed the event from a distance and was quite miffed I did not want to watch. I got the certificate anyway so what the heck.
In terms of vital statistics Queen Mary 2 has some impressive stuff to strut. She is 345 meters long and 45 meters wide at bridge level. She is 72 meters high from her keel to the top of her funnel, with 60 meters showing above the ocean. Those 60 meters gift her customers with 13 levels of luxurious accommodation. In total 2,620 passengers enjoy a holiday of a lifetime cosseted by 1,253 crew and officers whose sole mission is to make this happen.
Queen Mary’s four 21.5 MW Rolls-Royce / Alstom electric propulsion pods put out close to 65,000 mega horsepower and can drive her to 30 knots, although she prefers a more leisurely 22 in the interests of economy. Four diesel engines supply 67,200 kW of power to these, with two gas turbines on call when necessary.
The crew who drive the monster ship are largely invisible. They work behind the scenes serving what they call ‘the hotel’. Towards the end of the cruise to Southampton, we joined eighteen other privileged passengers who entered through a ‘crew only’ door to explore the fascinating world beyond.
I will be writing about this in a few days’ time for it is not due just yet. Suffice to say Queen Mary 2 is exceptionally well run, and showing few signs of wear after ten years cruising. You can travel with me in confidence. When we arrive in Southampton our only regret will be that we have to leave the ship.