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