World’s largest cruise liner on the way to Air­lie Beach

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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