April 14, 2014 | By Cruise Critic | 103 Comments
There are few ships as iconic as Queen Mary 2. With its trademark red and black funnel, the Cunard flagship has drawn oohs and aahs at 182 ports around the world for a decade now, sailing more than 419 voyages since its christening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in January 2004.
More fun QM2 facts:
*If stood on her stern, the 1,132-foot vessel would be taller than the Empire State Building and more than three times higher than St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
*The ship took more than 1 million hours to design and eight million hours to build.
*The number of passengers in the past decade have exceeded 1.3 million, as well as 2,000 dogs traveling in the vessel’s kennel.
*The ship has served over 58 million meals and 21.9 million cups of tea – enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools.
In honor of its anniversary – and next year’s 175th celebration of the Cunard line – the liner is gearing up for a special Southampton gathering in May with its fleetmates, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Queen Mary 2 will then set sail on its traditional transatlantic route to New York City for even more festivities.
For those who can make it to New York, Cruise Critic is offering a special opportunity. On Friday, May 16, Cunard Cruise Line will host guests aboard Bateaux New York, carrying guests on a three-hour harbor cruise to watch the QM2 as it departs New York.
This contest gives you and a guest the chance to join the festivities onboard Bateaux, with cocktails, canapés and stunning photo ops.
To enter, tell us your favorite memory of Queen Mary 2 – or one that you’d like to have. A winner will be selected randomly on April 28 at 12 p.m. Note: This prize does not include transportation to New York or the pier.
If you are selected, we will need your name, email and cell phone number. Winner and guest must be 21 or older, have valid IDs to board Bateaux and be available to board at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16. Bateaux will return to Chelsea Pier at 8 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is not a cruise onboard Queen Mary 2.