QUEEN Mary 2 (QM2) sailed into Table Bay Harbour yesterday on a brief, two-day visit to the Mother City.
Her epic circuit encompasses a route this year that will include 10 maiden visits which means nearly a quarter of her ports of call will welcome Queen Mary 2 for the first time.
Now in her 14th year, she is the world’s only operational ocean liner (not to be confused with a cruise liner) and was originally constructed for Cunard in 2002, replacing the ageing Queen Elizabeth 2.
As an ocean liner, she is very different in construction to a typical cruise ship, having, among other things, a much sharper bow and four stabilisers as opposed to two.
A lavish £100 million remastering took place in 2016. The plush refit has extended the ship's life by another decade and has magnificently transformed the vessel’s ultra spacious interior that is reminiscent of the golden age of Transatlantic travel.