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Cunard Line Limited

January 11, 2005 11:52 ET

Cunard - Happy Birthday Queen Mary 2!


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JANUARY 11, 2005 - 11:52 ET

Cunard - Happy Birthday Queen Mary 2!

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Britain's flagship celebrates first year of service

Queen Mary 2 celebrates her first birthday tomorrow after entering
service and making worldwide headlines in January 2004. The first
transatlantic liner to be built since QE2, Queen Mary 2 is the biggest
(151,400-tons), the longest (1,132 feet / 342 metres), the tallest (236
feet / 72 metres) the widest (135 feet / 41 metres) passenger liner ever
and, at a cost of GBP 540 million, the most expensive passenger ship in
history.

And what a year it's been!

Four days after being named by Her Majesty The Queen during the most
stunning naming ceremony ever, this record-breaking ship set off on her
Maiden Voyage and has been making headlines ever since. Her first year
has seen her complete 13 Atlantic crossings, sail 125,000 nautical miles
and carry almost 130,000 passengers. She has been a crowd-puller at
every port she has visited for the first time and almost three million
turned out when she sailed up the east coast of England at close range
in July.

Passenger reaction to Queen Mary 2 has been overwhelming with passengers
rating the ship highly especially when it comes to dining, service and
on board facilities - which have no equal at sea today.

Queen Mary 2 has entertained a range of celebrities including Antonio
Banderas, Glenn Close, Danny DeVito, Whoopi Goldberg, Elizabeth Hurley,
Esther Rantzen, Sir Jimmy Savile and The Muppets. Her Royal Court
Theatre has been the venue for shows from Dame Shirley Bassey. Jon Bon
Jovi, Harry Connick Jnr and Beyonce Knowles while eminent visitors have
included Her Majesty The Queen, His Royal Highness The Duke of
Edinburgh, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent, the Rt Hon John
Prescott MP, Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg and Senator Hilary
Clinton.

She was the flagship vessel at the Athens Olympics in August where she
played host to Queen Sophia of Spain, former President George Bush and
Olympic athlete royalty including Great Britain's gold medal winner Ben
Ainslie.

She's now so famous, in fact, that already four books have been
published about her!

Queen Mary 2 will sail 26 Atlantic crossings in 2005. Crossing the
Atlantic on the only scheduled service by sea is an experience and an
adventure. Nobody knows this more than Cunard: the company's ships have
crossed the Atlantic every year, without fail, since 1840. Queen Mary 2
is the first transatlantic liner to be built since her elder sister,
Queen Elizabeth 2, entered service in 1969. An authentic Atlantic liner
crossing is a 'must do' journey - one that has been undertaken for over
160 years by people from all walks of life from emigrants to film stars,
from Dickens to the Duchess of Windsor. A crossing enables passengers to
follow in the footsteps of their forefathers, yet in the height of 21st
Century luxury.

The past comes to life on board Queen Mary 2 with the Maritime Quest
exhibition - the first ever permanent exhibition on an ocean liner where
deck upon deck and corridor upon corridor trace Cunard's proud history
since its founding in 1839. The journey to New York has the added
benefit of 25-hour days as well as the never-to-be-forgotten experience
of seeing at dawn the most famous cityscape in the world. Fares for the
six-day crossing (including flight to / from the ship) range from GBP
799 per person to GBP 13,799 per person.

Queen Mary 2 is fast proving to be the destination in her own right.
Everything about this ship is superlative and she offers a whole host of
'firsts' and exclusives. 79% of cabins feature private balconies. There
is over GBP 3.5 million of artwork on board. The world's first floating
Planetarium offers virtual reality rides through the galaxies. A
cultural academy is operated by the University of Oxford. She has the
first suites with private lift access, the first Canyon Ranch Spa at
sea, the first Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar at sea, the largest Library
at sea (with 8,000 hardbacks, 500 paperbacks, 200 audio books and 100 CD
ROMs) and the largest ballroom with the biggest dancefloor at sea.
Workshops and master classes are performed by RADA (the Royal Academy of
Dramatic Arts). She also boasts the longest jogging track at sea, the
largest and most extensive wine cellar at sea - and, if that's not
enough, the 'Queen Mary 2' signs near the funnel are the largest
illuminated ship's name signs in maritime history!

In addition Queen Mary 2 offers a variety of voyages to Northern Europe,
the Mediterreanan and the Caribbean. More records will be broken in
winter 2006 when she becomes the largest passenger ship ever to
circumnavigate South America and visit the US West Coast and Hawaii.

For Further PRESS Information

Contacts

Eric Flounders, Corporate Communications Manager: 0207 940 5390
eric.flounders@cunard.co.uk
Michael Gallagher, Corporate Communications Executive: 0207 940 5391
michael.gallagher@cunard.co.uk
Or visit the Cunard website: www.cunard.co.uk

Photography

External and internal images of Cunard ships are available for
downloading at: www.cunardimages.com

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