September 29, 2003
Cunard Line's QM 2 – slated to be the world's biggest-cruise-ship-ever when it debuts in 2004, has successfully completed sea trials. This test required the 150,000-ton 2,620-passenger ship to sail in open waters –- its first time -- and also evaluated operational capacity in the areas of stability, a watertight hull and other issues. QM2 was accompanied by tug boats as it pulled out of its dock at French shipyard St. Nazaire.
As is evident from the accompanying photograph, while the ship's mechanical functions are ready to sail, the ship still requires a lot of work on its decor and cosmetics. Some 3,500 workers are still painting and drilling – and the teak deck remains covered with plywood.
QM2 will make its maiden voyage in January.