Tickets on the maiden voyage of the Cunard Line’s newest ship Queen Elizabeth, which went on sale earlier this week, sold out in less than 30 minutes - 29 minutes and 14 seconds to be exact.
This is a new record, making the cruise the fastest selling voyage in Cunard’s 170-year history. Tickets sold out more quickly than those for the final voyage on the QE2, which were all spoken for within 36 minutes of going on sale in June of 2007, according to reports by cruise specialists.
In addition to the maiden voyage on the Queen Elizabeth, over half of the places on the other six voyages for the first sailing season - from October to December 2010 - sold in the first two hours.
“This is an impressive record set by what will be an impressive ship and speaks volumes about the Cunard brand as well as for the resilience of the cruise sector as a whole in these challenging times,” said president and managing director of the Cunard Line, Carol Marlow.
Queen Elizabeth has a passenger capacity of 2,092 and cost approximately £365 million to build. It will be Cunard’s second-largest ship ever.
The ship’s maiden voyage will depart Southampton on 12 October, 2010, and sail to the Atlantic Isles.
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