At 345 metres long and weighing 76,000 tonnes, the Queen Mary 2 was an incredible sight as she sailed into Oman’s Port Sultan Qaboos this week for a short stop on her current tour of the region.
And the chance to see such a big ship anchoring in the Sultanate was clearly a big draw.
People gathered along the Muttrah Corniche to welcome Cunard’s flagship as she majestically made her way into Omani waters at 8am on Tuesday morning (27). She was due to leave later the same day.
Launched in March 2003, the Queen Mary 2 is one of the world’s largest cruise liners and cost RO267 million to build.
The extraordinary vessel – the successor to the Queen Elizabeth II – can accommodate 2,620 passengers and 1,253 officers and crew. In her first 10 years of operation she has undertaken more than 420 voyages, including 200 transatlantic crossings.
As well as a 3D cinema, the Queen Mary 2 has 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a ballroom and the first planetarium at sea. There are also kennels and a nursery onboard.
It was her second visit to Oman. Her first trip, back in 2010, was historic; being the first time a ship of such size had entered the port.