Wednesday, November 12, 2008

ABC Wednesday-Q









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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49 comments:

Granny Smith said...

This bear is regal indeed! I enjoyed your information about Queen Elizabeth 2. Propulsion such as she has would also add less carbon to our atmosphere, I imagine. Ship ahoy!

Granny Smith said...

Whoops, I meant to say Queen Mary 2, of course!

Kay Dennison said...

Love the bear!!! Thanks for the update on the Cunard line. I always thought it a romantis way to travel but then I'm an old movie buff.

naturglede said...

What a beautiful Queen! Love it. I found you at last! Have a nice day!

RuneE said...

Great post - even better since I have lots of pictures of the QM2 that I thought of using, but this was much better than anything I could have done.

Aileni said...

We watched one of Stephen's Poirot DVDs last evening - the QM was one of the stars. Newreel cut into the plot of her maiden voyage.

JeanMac said...

Great post - again:)

Roger Owen Green said...

Did you notice that our ABC Wednesday posts show up TWICE, once in the 60s and again in the 120s?

BTW, your post: unbearably regal!

antigoni said...

My youngest daughter loved your bear. She is next to me and she can't take her eyes of your blog. Excellent post as always.

Liz said...

What a very special bear you have there!

I imagine the ship is very luxurious.

Miss_Yves said...

Great post! And your lovey Teddy bear is certainely the beloved husband of The Queen !

Rinkly Rimes said...

What an apt and regal bear! Wherever do you find them?

kRiZ cPEc said...

Lovely! thanks for presenting the info in such an amusing way!

Poopsie Blue said...

Excellent!
Love the regal Queen bear.

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Quite a Queen! (Both you and the ship.)

Baino said...

I heard on the news today that the Queen Elizabeth II has been sold to Dubai as a 'hotel'and left London amid fireworks and a grand farewell. I feel very old . I remember her coming to Sydney a couple of years ago and now the poor thing's retired! Wish I was!

bobbie said...

The only time I've ever been aboard a ship like that was in 1960, when we just visited briefly because my British pen pal from Jr.High School days came over to visit. It was pretty impressive.

Sandy Kessler said...

sad to see her go but still in use in a way

Rose said...

I've always wanted to go on a cruise; the Queen Mary 2 would be the ultimate trip!

Just read yesterday's post--a lovely tribute to veterans. I remember reading that poem in school and making posters about Flanders Field as a girl.

Lily Hydrangea said...

this is perfect! I love this little lady. & your text is very interesting. sailing the Queen Mary 2 is something everyone should get a chance to do once in a lifetime!

marina said...

I don't COOK quahogs but I EAT them!!! And believe me they're really yummy!!!

marina said...

I forgot to tell you about your bear: It's not naked at all!!!LOL! I would say that it's pretty rich...!

Darlene said...

I took a tour of Queen Mary when she was berthed in California. I remember the guide telling us that the Americans didn't know what a bidet was for so they chilled their champagne in them and others washed their socks in them.

What a queenly bear; so proper!

Mental P Mama said...

Quite Queenly.

Suburbia said...

Beautiful Bear :)

Dianne said...

what a great post!

love your new look :)

deslilas said...

Q-te post as always here !

kenju said...

I would certainly love a cruise on her!

AphotoAday said...

Very cute -- sort of looks like Hyacinth Bucket...

Daryl said...

WOW ... I LOVE LOVE LOVE the new look

and what a Qute bear!

:-Daryl

Leslie: said...

Always enjoy popping by to see which bear you'll honour each week. :)

Maggie May said...

Lovely bear and a great signature!
Queen Mary 2nd was a wonderful ship.

Joy Des Jardins said...

What a beautiful Queen bear....and I like your new look Bear...really nice. Nice bear signature too. You've made some nice changes here... Hugs, Joy

mannanan said...

Perfect Q.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Queen Mary 2 is Quite the Quintessential oceanliner. Man, Q is a hard one. LOL

Tash said...

She's a very regal bear! I'd love to travel on QM2. You've inspired me to dig up my recent photo of QM the 1st that's still a wonderful place to visit & step back in time.

Pretty Me!! said...

What a "grand" post !!!! loved your cute signature !!

Dragonstar said...

Your bears never fail to delight me! This one is the perfect Queen Bear, and the information you provide is so interesting. I know it will never happen, but I would love to see more ships and fewer aeroplanes - a more relaxed way of life.

magiceye said...

this is so Qute!

Winnie the poohi said...

ah! the ship! awesome info :)

Life with Kaishon said...

Very interesting! Sorry you were feeling Quezy yesterday!

ellen b. said...

This is a great Bear! Love it. I hope you are feeling better today!!

Jay said...

Where do you get all these bears? Are they all yours? That one is very cute!

Nice post! Yes, the QE2 has just been retired and is to be turned into a floating hotel.

haleyhughes said...

While I'm sure the Queen Mary is a regal ship, it can't be anywhere as regal (and cute!) as that commemorative bear. Adorable.

kml said...

He is way too cute! Love his little ship!

Gordon said...

Your QM2 bear sure knows a lot about the Queen Mary 2; very interesting.

Neva said...

What a great bear for "Q"! I love the embroidering on the foot!

CherryPie said...

That really is a good idea for Q 'Quite' unique!

spacedlaw said...

Cute bear, I'd never seen one quite so regal.