September 23, 2007

Cunard QE2 Opens Liverpool's New Cruise Liner Terminal, Completes 40th Anniversary Cruise

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" can't think of a better ocean liner than the classic Queen Elizabeth 2 (QE2) to open the new cruise terminal in Liverpool.

The QE2 is completing her 40th anniversary cruise, which began in Southampton on September 15, and included stopovers at several ports of call in the UK.

The classic ocean liner was launched by Her Majesty the Queen on September 20, 1967. Since then, the ship has traveled 5.6 million nautical miles, which is further than any ship ever. Her career has included 25 circumnavigations of the globe, 801 transatlantic crossings, 705 calls at New York and 697 at her homeport of Southampton, and 2.5 million passengers.

Earlier this year, the QE2 was sold to Dubai World, where she will become a floating hotel in retirement. However, she has more than a year of cruises left in her before the November 2008 transfer.

Cunard was based in Liverpool from 1839 to 1967, so having the QE2 be one of the first ships to tie up at Liverpool's new cruise ship terminal is very appropriate. The celebration in Liverpool on September 21 included a concert and fireworks.

Late this afternoon, on her final day at sea en route back to Southampton, the QE2 will pass her newer sister Queen Mary 2 outward bound for New York - the first time two Queen liners have passed at sea since Queen Mary passed Queen Elizabeth in mid-Atlantic for the last time 40 years ago on 25 September 1967. Guests on both ships are expected to be out on deck for this historic occasion"

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