Friday, March 9, 2007

FKN - 052 - Cruise Ship Queen Mary 2 on her visit to Cochin.

Stock Image No: FKN - 052
Photograph 7: Entering Cochin Port From Arabian sea.
On 10 January 2007 the QM2 started her first world cruise, circling the globe in 81 days. On 20 February, she met her fleet-mate, the Queen Elizabeth 2, also on her 2007 world cruise, in Sydney harbour. This is the first time two Cunard Queens have been together in Sydney since the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth served as troop ships in 1941. Despite the early arrival time of 5:42 am, the QM2's presence attracted so many viewers that the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Anzac Bridge were blocked. With 1,600 passengers leaving the ships in Sydney, Cunard estimated the stopovers injected more than $1 million into the local economy.
On 3 August 2007 three men were arrested while piloting and escorting a replica of a Turtle (submarine) within 200 feet of the QM2 without authorization at New York City's cruise ship terminal.
A running mate is currently planned, to be known as the MS Queen Victoria and entering service in 2007.

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