posted on Jan, 12 2004 @ 07:40 PM
SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - The world's largest cruise ship, the $800 million Queen Mary 2, set off across the Atlantic on its maiden voyage on
Bathed in multicolored lights like a floating city, smoke winding out of its enormous stack, the QM2 drifted out of the English port of Southampton,
bound on a 14-day journey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
As it left the harbor fireworks filled the night sky.
The vessel's 17 decks include five swimming-pools, sweeping staircases, a grand ballroom, a 360-degree promenade deck and a host of luxury shops.
Its operator Cunard Line, part of American cruise group Carnival Corp, said the maiden voyage sold out months ago. It hopes the ship will revive the
mystique of ocean liners from the age before jets made travel across the Atlantic routine.
A one-way passage from Southampton to New York starts from $1,817 rising to $28,000 per head, plus a daily service charge.
Parallels to Titanic
The world's largest cruise liner, unmatched in size, luxury and elegance, sets sail amid much fanfare on its maiden voyage.
It leaves from Southampton, England - just as Titanic
did on its maiden voyage in 1912.
It is owned by the Cunard Line, the same cruise line which owned the ship (the Carpathia
) which picked up the Titanic
Could the Queen Mary 2
Obviously not victim of an iceberg, but possibly a terror attack? Wouldn't it be an inviting target? What impact would it have? It would be an
As big a maritime tragedy as Titanic
, as unbelieveable as 9/11, and as politically important as the Lusitania.*
*To the warmongers, the general public and the history books.