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Queen Mary 2 docks at Cape Town in South Africa

30 January 2014

The biggest cruise liner on earth, Queen Mary 2, sailed into the port of Cape Town in South Africa on the morning of Monday 27th January.

The ship, with a gross tonnage of 148,000, had 2,300 passengers on board. It docked at the Eastern Mole in Duncan Dock at around 6 a.m. The Queen Mary spent two days in port. This was the fifth time since its launch in 2004 that Cunard Line’s flagship visited Cape Town.

The ship is one of the most luxurious cruise liners in the world. The facilities on board include a cinema, theatre, spa, casino, numerous restaurants and a shopping arcade.

In a statement released on Sunday, Western Cape MEC Alan Winde welcomed the ship, saying that the cruise industry brought more than 10,000 visitors to the city every year, and in the process, stimulated the local economy with R200 million.

He added that he was looking forward to the construction of a brand new dedicated cruise ship terminal at the port. The bidding process has already started and the winning operator will be announced in November 2014 – which means construction on the project could start before the end of the year.

The visitors were met with excellent weather and they enjoyed exploring the V&A Waterfront and the city’s beaches. Many of them also opted for a cable car ride to the top of Table Mountain.

The Queen Mary 2 left for Durban on Wednesday 29th January, after which she proceeded on her way to Australia and the Far East.

Author – Callum Davies