QUEEN Mary 2 is the first liner to be built since QUEEN Elizabeth 2- 35 years earlier.
QUEEN Mary 2 entered service in January 2004 and is the largest, longest, widest, tallest and most expensive passenger liner in history.
No ship has ever been designed like QUEEN Mary 2, a liner which sets the benchmark for others, extends the boundaries of ship design, and which is the most powerful and fastest since Cunard's own QUEEN Elizabeth 2.
QUEEN Mary 2 is a technically advanced machine far ahead of any passenger ship in service today, and will be so for some many years to come.
The QUEEN Mary 2 is the current Cunard flagship and makes regular transatlantic crossings. The ship was constructed to complement the QUEEN Elizabeth 2—the Cunard flagship from 1969 to 2004—replacing it on the transatlantic route.
The first RMS QUEEN Mary sailed the Atlantic from 1936 to 1967.
QUEEN Mary 2 had the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) title conferred on her, as a gesture to Cunard's history, by Royal Mail when she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route.
The QUEEN Mary 2 is not a steamship like her predecessors, but is powered by gas turbines and diesel engines that produce the power to drive her four electric propulsion pods.
Like her predecessors, however, QUEEN Mary 2 is built for crossing the Atlantic ocean, though she is regularly used for cruising purposes; in the winter season she cruises from New York to the Caribbean on 10 or 13 day tours.
QUEEN Mary 2's 30 knot open ocean speed sets the ship apart from cruise ships, such as Freedom of the Seas, which has an average speed of 21.6 knots.
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