Cunard Line is set to reveal details of the much anticipated Project Queen Mary, a classic new ocean liner. The company expects to name the vessel and builder by year's end. She is expected to be the largest passenger vessel ever built. The ship's classic style will be reminiscent of the grand and glamorous golden age of sea travel.
This news was revealed by Larry Pimentel, President & CEO of Cunard Line Limited, who said he was prompted to comment on progress to date because of increasingly high interest in the new ocean liner. "Among the many ships being built, this Cunard ocean liner is perhaps the most intriguing of any passenger vessel under consideration. She will become famous before she even takes to the seas. The level of interest is beyond our wildest imagination." He added that based on Cunard's timeline, the vessel is expected to be introduced in 2003.
The silhouette of Project Queen Mary will be unmistakable. She will be sleek and majestic with a dramatic raked prow, similar to QE2, reflecting the grandeur of the great Cunard liners of the past. At more than 1100 feet long, her hull will be longer than three football fields -- as long, in fact, as four city blocks -- making her the longest passenger vessel ever built. Her hull will be painted a non-reflecting matte black. Her giant single stack, painted historic "Cunard Red" with black bands, will tower over 20 stories above her keel. Foreward, her eye-catching white superstructure will be stepped far back from her raked prow, and stepped aft as well, in the classic liner profile. Her power plant will produce sufficient electricity to light a city the size of Southampton, England. And her engines will produce a mighty 140,000 horsepower. Her great whistle will be audible from a distance of ten miles. The unique Cunard liner will carry 2500 guests in dramatic palatial interior spaces, reminiscent of the White Star liner Titanic as depicted in the recent film. Considering that smaller ships sailing today carry many more guests, those 2500 fortunates will enjoy an extravagant amount of space per guest, and the skilled attentions of nearly one staff member per couple of guests on board, assuring a service standard unmatched on any other large vessel. More information: Cunard Line Limited, Bruce Good or Marla Moran