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A Grand Lady Comes to Town: The Queen Mary 2 in Sydney Harbour (with podcast)

by Marquette Turner

in Features, Luxury is..., Podcasts

PODCAST [podcast]http://marquetteturner.com/audio/090227_QM2.mp3[/podcast]

Sydney Harbour is always a spectacular site and today its majesty is even greater.

Whilst I was sleeping in the early hours of this morning (5am local time), the Cunard liner Queen Mary 2 slipped graciously into the harbour. What an occasion, my morning walk around Sydney foreshores was even more enjoyable than usual.

The QM2 is one of the longest (344 meters), widest and tallest ocean liners ever built, and the largest to visit Sydney: it is unable to fit under the Sydney Harbour Bridge or dock at the International Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay.

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Currently resting at Sydney’s Naval Base, Garden Island (incidentally, where our very own Simon Turner was last posted before leaving the military), and leaving around midnight tonight, Sydney time, this giant lady dwarfs everyone.

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This is our second visit by the QM2, the first in February 2007. On the same day, we had two grand ladies in our harbour, the Queen Elizabeth 2 and the Queen Mary 2. Our city came to a standstill as people flocked to Sydney Harbour to witness the wonderful site of these two grand ladies.

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Boasting 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, ballroom, theatre and planetarium, the QM2 is indeed a city unto itself.

How lucky to live in a city boasting a beautiful harbour and offer such spectacular sites.

The Queen Mary 2 is one of 28 passenger liners visiting are harbour during our “Super February” – 28 ships in 28 days.

Christine Watson

Images: AFP, Nick Moir, Reuters, James Morgan – Great shots!

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