World’s largest cruise liner on the way to Airlie Beach
THE world’s largest cruise liner, the Queen Mary 2, will arrive in the Whitsundays this coming weekend.
Volunteer ambassador co-ordinator Judi Dunn said her team of willing volunteers were excited about welcoming the ship’s passengers and crew on Sunday, February 23.
“We expect it to be very busy – not only with the passengers arriving but with a lot of spectators coming down to the marina,” she said. “There’s also [likely to be] a lot of extra people in town – people come down to the bay so they can say they’ve seen the Queen Mary 2.”
Sunday’s visit will be the QM2’ s third. The famous cruise liner first called into the Whitsundays on February 28, 2010 and she returned for a second visit on February 18, 2012.
This time she is on the Sydney to Bali leg of a world cruise. Ms Dunn said the cruise liner would be carrying 2620 passengers and 1253 officers and crew.
“Last time she was here we had 2100 passengers and crew off the ship and about 1400 [of those] went into town, so hopefully we’ll get that again,” she said.
“We just hope the rain goes away so they can do the tours.”
Volunteer ambassadors will have a chance to warm up for Sunday’s visit when the cruise ship Aurora calls in today, bringing 1900 passengers and 850 crew.
Ms Dunn said while the QM2 was the world’s largest cruise liner, she was not the largest cruise ship. “There is a difference,” she said.