Queen Mary 2 -- Staying Ship Shape
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Stretching nearly four football fields in length and towering 200 feet above the waterline, the Queen Mary 2 is truly a fascinating ship.
No Fish Story
* At 1,132 feet, the Queen Mary 2 is five times longer than Cunard's first ship, the Britannia, and 113 feet longer than the original Queen Mary. To put it in perspective, the QM2 is only 117 feet shorter than the height of the Empire State Building.
* She has 17 decks and rises 200 feet above the waterline, equal to the height of a 23-story building.
* The ship has a large indoor swimming pool in the spa, as well as four outside pools, one of which has a retractable glass roof.
* A planetarium on board—the first at sea—offers a variety of constellation shows and other presentations.
* There are 10 dining venues on board, all featuring ocean views. Recalling the classic dining salons of grand liners of the past, the three-deck-high main dining room—the Britannia restaurant—spans the full width of the ship with a sweeping central staircase, creating a dramatic showcase for those wishing to make the ultimate grand entrance.
* The ship's whistle is an original from the Queen Mary and is audible for 10 miles.
* For the construction of the QM2, some 300,000 pieces of steel were cut and welded into blocks in specialized workshops. The ship's hull is made up of 94 steel blocks (made from 580 panels), some of which weigh more than 600 tons, involving some 932 miles of welding. Her hull alone weighs 50,000 tons (more than a school of 330 blue whales).