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See Queen Mary 2 in Darwin 2018

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Longer than the Eiffel Tower is Tall
Did you know that the whistles on RMS Queen Mary 2 include an original whistle from the Queen Mary, or that the annual beef consumption on Queen Mary 2 could supply the city the size of Southampton each year? Maybe it's that she is 147 feet longer than the height of the Eiffel Tower, or that her maiden voyage was sold out before she was built.

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Queen Mary 2 Photo: Cunard Cruise Line


You could be forgiven for not knowing these facts, they are pretty obscure however don't be caught out not knowing the Queen Mary 2 will dock at Darwin's Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 7.15 am on Saturday 17 March 2018. As this is Queen Mary 2's only visit to Darwin this year this is the perfect opportunity for ship spotters and those wishing to see her to come and see her sail into harbour. Those interested will have all day through to 8 pm to take your vantage point to see her before she sails away once again, not to return until 2020.

Great locations to view Queen Mary 2 cruise into or out of port is from Bicentennial Park on The Esplanade or the Darwin Waterfront Sky Bridge. Parking is available in the Deck Chair Cinema car park when the cinema is closed.

As this is a viewing only event, no access is available onboard, therefore bring along your binoculars or camera with a good lens to see the detail of this beautiful lady. This activity is free and child friendly.

Alongside sister ships Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mary 2 is said to be the most famous ocean liner in the world and while she is the only transatlantic ocean liner in service between Southampton, England and New York City, she also embarks on a 134 day World Cruise each year from New York return.

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Queen Mary 2 Photo: Cunard Cruise Line


Queen Mary 2 departed on her 134 night World Cruise from New York on 3 January 2018 and will find herself in Darwin having first visited the United Kingdom, Portugal, Canary Islands, Namibia, South Africa, Reunion Islands and Mauritius. In February she visited the southern parts of Australia before cruising across the New Zealand and then travelling up the east coast and over the top for a short visit in Darwin. On departing Darwin, she will travel to Bali, Singapore, Brunei, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, the UAE and Mediterranean, finally going through the Suez Canal before returning to New York on 17 May 2018.

If 134 nights is just far too much to contemplate, guests can choose to join the cruise at one of the ports for sector cruises ranging from 4 nights to 60 nights.

At 343 metres in length and with 14 passenger decks, Queen Mary 2 carries 2,695 passengers and 1,253 crew. At the time of building she was the longest and largest passenger ship ever built. Although she has lost the title of the longest, she remains the largest ocean liner ever built and carries approximately 40% more steel than a standard cruise ship.

In keeping with her predecessor, RMS Queen Mary, the Queen Mary 2 has a continuous wrap-around promenade deck on deck 7, which you may be able to see with binoculars from your vantage point.The promenade passes behind the bridge screen, allowing passengers to circumnavigate the deck while protected from strong winds.

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Promenade. Photo: Cunard Cruise Line


The height of Queen Mary 2's funnel was lowered and given a slightly different shape during her design phase to ensure that she could pass beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City at high tide.

Queen Mary 2 is undoubtedly one of the most luxurious vessels available. Cruising on this majestic lady goes well beyond a cruise, and is an experience of a lifetime.


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Why? See Queen Mary 2 in Darwin now or wait another two years.
When: Saturday 17 March 2018
Where: Fort Hill Wharf, Anchorage Court, Darwin
Cost: FREE
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