Residents of Muscat were treated to the impressive sight of two iconic ocean liners earlier this week, when both the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 sailed into Port Sultan Qaboos.
The port calls of the cruise ships, which are operated by the Cunard Line, are part of the the UK’s celebrations marking the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.
The first ship to arrive early on Tuesday (April 19) was the Queen Elizabeth (pictured left), which dropped anchor at 8am. With the huge liner as a backdrop, the British Embassy in Muscat held a party alongside the dock to mark the occasion. At 294m long and weighing 90,901 gross tonnes, the ship is the second largest in the Cunard Line, dwarfing many other vessels at sea. Only her sister ship, the Queen Mary 2, exceeds her in size.
The Queen Mary 2 arrived yesterday morning (April 20), having set sail from Dubai the day before. She is an impressive 335m long and weighs in at 151,400 gross tonnes.
Both ocean liners stayed for just one day before departing for Salalah. The Queen Mary 2 is due to arrive in the south of Oman tomorrow (April 22) and will set sail that same evening.