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Queen Mary 2 sails away on smooth waters

Mar 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Most Popular

ONLOOKERS at Seatoun beach lined up to see the largest passenger liner in Wellington’s history depart the capital.

The ship was running late, did a u-turn and sat for 30 minutes due to routine delays and maintenance.

Harbourmaster Mike Pryce said the cruise ship was having her compass adjusted, and had not broken down.

There was speculation in Seatoun that the ship was waiting until the other passenger ship, Celebrity Solstice, had safely made it through the heads.

The Queen Mary 2, at 345 metres long is around the same length of  seven Olympic-sized swimming pools.

The ship has fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first on-board planetarium.

The Cruise Liner has the capacity for 2600 passengers and 1200 staff.

The Queen Mary 2 dwarfed Matiu-Somes Island (above).

 The ship was careful when passing container ship the C R Darwin in the harbour.

Spectators in Seatoun lined up to catch a glimpse of the Cruise Liner sailing away.

 The Queen Mary 2 safely made it past the site of the Wahine Disaster which was 55 years ago.



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