December 14, 2000
More details on Cunard Line’s Queen Mary come from a missive in which the line is promising “patron’s previews” of inaugural season passages to any cruisers who book a trip in 2001 on QE2 or Caronia. The ship, due for completion in late 2003, will be 1,132 feet long, 135 feet wide and weigh in at 150,000 gross registered tons. Which will make the Queen Mary 2 the largest, longest and widest passenger vessel ever built, and, get this, she’s going to be a mere 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building. The smallest cabins will be 194 square feet -- pretty generous -- and the largest will measure 5,000 square feet. 75 percent will have balconies. The most unique public space, undoubtedly, will be her planetarium; she’ll also have five swimming pools, a 360-degree promenade deck, and a grand ballroom. Want to qualify for the Patron’s Preview? To do so, you must sail in 2001 or in 2002 on QE2's World Cruise (booked by December 31, 2001), either on the complete circumnavigation or on a range of segments. Other 2001 options include any of her regularly-scheduled themed Transatlantic crossings, one of the innovative Cape Town Line Voyages between England and South Africa, or a cruise in the Mediterranean, Canada & New England or Northern Europe. On Caronia, guests have a wide array of possible choices, from South America to Scandinavia, the Norwegian Fjords, British Isles, Spain and Portugal, Canada and New England and the Cape Town Line Voyages.