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Hasn't all this coverage about the Queen Mary 2's maiden voyage to New York been absolutely wonderful. It was kind of ironic that the Queen Mary 2's speed was increased during the night to make up for time lost during the storm. I hope they had binoculars in the crow's nest.
 
The QM2 sailed into Newport(Rhode Island) harbor at 5:30 p.m., you could hear her whistle long before she hove into site. It was a really deep sound- anybody know the pitch? The crowds were enormous. Apparently New York City harbor was so concerned about security on the 4th of July that they were afraid to let the Queen enter. So Cunard paid another 20,000 to Newport for the temporary berthing. Actually she was anchored out off Goat Island near the Newport bridge- and it didn't seem like any passengers disembarked on little tenders. She was quite a sight with the fireworks display over head at 9:30 p.m. She seemed to have left for the New York leg shortly after as by 10:30 she was no longer visible from the Newport bridge. This was my first time seeing her, huge of course, nice bow- but awfully boxy- and chunky superstructure. I'd be glad to give up the shopping mall, cabarets, and swimming pools for a taste of the good old days. I count on the hope that some day somebody might cater to the nostalgic baby boomer crowd-we are a significant majority! Newport used that 20,000 extra for -more fireworks!
 
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Alex McLean

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Hi Shelley,
Saw a boat from Newport, Rhode Island at Monaco a few weeks back. Didn't happen to be yours, did it? ^_^
My best,
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My mate raised a glass to the QM2 at 8.20pm last night as she passed within half a mile of the place where he's staying on the Isle of Wight. She was making her way out of Southampton after arriving there in the early hours of Sunday morning. One day.....
 
That one day may hopefully be sooner than I thought. Cunard are offering 26 east and west bound crossings on the QM2 from as little as £799, which includes air fares to or from Britain or America plus £100 credit on board. I'd work that out to approximately £500 for a 6-night crossing. That's not bad at all.
 
This was noted on the site www.cruise-community.com/ShowStory.asp?ID=8014
See Jerry Nuovo's post on the Queen Victoria...the planned sister for Queen Mary 2 thread:
Carly Simon will be performing on the Queen Mary 2's September 2nd Excurion, I wonder if her repertoire will include an redux version of her "The Spy Who Loved Me" theme song, "Nobody Does It Better", with the lyrics being "Cunard!! You're the Best!!!".
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It would not be a good idea for a special concert for Captain Warwick to include "You're So Vain"!!
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Got quite a lot of press coverage in NYC, with a destined-to- be classic photo of the recreated revolutionary war "sub" in front of the QM2.
 
From BYM:

UK. Cunard Line celebrates 170th year with new ports for Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria
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Following simultaneous World Cruises in early 2009, Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 and the new Queen Victoria will celebrate Cunard's 170th year in service by embarking on a series of more than 60 departures calling on over 75 ports in 34 countries. Highlights of the 2009 schedule include additional Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossings (including options to extend or embark a Crossing via Boston) and 11 new Queen Victoria itineraries featuring 18 maiden calls.

2009 voyages aboard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria will be available for booking beginning April 17, 2008.
Full story with new itineraries at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=24949
 
From The Shipping Times:

QUEEN MARY 2 to make historic visits to the Clyde and Mersey
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Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2, the largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive ocean liner ever built, will make an historic call at Greenock on Monday 19 October 2009. The call is part of a special British Isles voyage marking the fifth anniversary of the introduction of Queen Mary 2 in January 2004.
Full story at http://www.shippingtimes.co.uk/itm179_cunard-2009.htm
 
She's not a lame "Cruise Ship". She's the last of the great Cunard Transatlantic Liners. The song is called Proud, by Heather Small. She sang it at the naming ceremony.

Current position of RMS Queen Mary 2:
Under way from New York to Southampton

Departure was 1 d 10 hrs 18 min ago. (at 17:00 h local time)
Arrival will be in 3 d 21 hrs 42 min. (at 06:00 h local time)
Traveled distance since New York: 834.19 nm (1,544.92 km)
Remaining distance to Southampton: 2,278.40 nm (4,219.59 km)
Course: 64°
 
From BYM:

Canada. BCIT's first Marine Engineering student to complete program on RMS Queen Mary 2
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For the first time ever, British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Marine Engineering student Matthew Thomas will head to New York where he is scheduled to board Cunard Line's world-renowned ocean-liner, RMS Queen Mary 2. As part of his third co-op work term at the BCIT Marine Campus (BMC), Matthew will fly to New York and board the prestigious ship on October 4.
More at http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=43572
 
From e-Travel Blackboard:

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 now offers more ways to stay in touch at Sea
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Australian travellers sailing the world will find it even easier to stay in touch aboard Cunard Line’s magnificent Queen Mary 2, following an expansion of its wireless network.

The new network allows guests to connect to wireless internet on their own laptops in the privacy of their staterooms as well as use their mobile phones and handheld devices such as BlackBerrys at sea.
More at http://www.etravelblackboard.com/showarticle.asp?nav=5&id=85515
 
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Ellen Grace Butland

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rather fearsome head on, isn't she? And if her bridge cam working now - I checked a few days ago and it wasnt.
 
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