RMS Queen Mary 2, the flagship of Cunard Line, arrived in Colombo on Friday, February 6, 2015. The vessel is on her world voyage 2015 and arrived in Colombo from the Port of Cochin in India. She left Colombo at 2000 Hrs towards her next port, Puket in Thailand.
With a length overall of 345 m (1132 feet) and a total of 17 decks, Queen Mary 2 is the largest, longest and most expensive North Atlantic liner ever built; a virtual city at sea.
She has a passenger capacity of 2,620 and 1,253 officers and crew on board. Built in Saint-Nazaire, France, the vessel was commissioned by Queen Elizabeth II in January 2004. The facilities on board Queen Mary 2 include 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre and the first planetarium at sea.
Queen Mary 2 has the Royal Mail Ship (RMS) title conferred on her, as a gesture to Cunard Line’s history by Royal Mail, when she entered service in 2004 on the Southampton to New York route.
Carnival UK commenced its vessel calls in Sri Lanka in 2012 after a lapse of many years. Since then, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, have been calling in Colombo, on their world voyages.
Over a thousand passengers travelled on excursions to Kandy, Pinnawala and Ingiriya and on city tours. The ground tours were arranged by Exotic Holidays International.