Queen of the ocean heading back to PE

File picture.  Photo: Mike Holmes/The Herald
File picture. Photo: Mike Holmes/The Herald


ONE of the giants of the ocean will soon be gracing Port Elizabeth’s shores with her presence after a two year absence.

The enormous cruise liner RMS Queen Mary 2 brought beachside traffic to a standstill when it came to Port Elizabeth in April 2013, and attracted hundreds of curious onlookers to the harbour for a closer look.

The 150000-ton luxury cruise liner is expected to return to the city on April 15 when it passes South Africa as part of its annual world tour.

Departing from Australia early in April, the Queen Mary 2 will pass Mauritius on the way to Durban. From Durban she will stop over in Port Elizabeth on the way to Cape Town, and from there continue her journey up Africa’s western coast back to Europe.

Measuring 345m in length and 72m in height, this 19-deck liner is the flagship of the Cunard fleet. She has a crew of more than 1200, and can take between 2500 and 3000 passengers.

The ship will also bring an economic injection to the Eastern Cape’s shores, offering day trips to attractions like the Boardwalk and Addo National Elephant Park to its international passengers.

But before the Queen Mary 2 comes for a visit, Port Elizabeth can look forward also look forward to welcoming back the MSC Opera.

– Riaan Marais

One thought on “Queen of the ocean heading back to PE

  • January 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Please could you let us know how can you arrange tours aboard the ship. I remember when I was a little tuckie, going aboard the liner with my parents, it was the biggest thrill for me, and would like to continue this tradition. Is this still possible, will you be able to put me in contact with the correct individuals in charge of allowing visitors aboard?

    Much Appreciated!!


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