Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is making a historic 200th Atlantic voyage having sailed from New York on 6 July and is set to arrive in Southampton on 13 July.

Queen Mary 2 marked the occasion by sailing by the iconic Statue of Liberty and celebrations are continuing on board with Big Band entertainment from Juilliard School of Dance, Drama and Music.

Cunard estimates that, during Queen Mary 2’s Atlantic cruises, half a million passengers have consumed 8.4 million cups of tea, 980,000 scones, 481,000 bottles of champagne, 644,000 eggs and 960,000 litres of milk.

In total, 22.4 million meals have been served, over 600,000 nautical miles.

Peter Shanks, Cunard President and Managing Director said:

“As each year in service passes Queen Mary 2 becomes even more special and we will continue to celebrate and cherish her milestones and history.

“Looking at Cunard’s earlier Queens, Queen Mary crossed the Atlantic 1,001 times, Queen Elizabeth crossed 896 times and QE2 crossed 812 times.”

Queen Mary 2 features The Queens Room ballroom – home to elegant cocktail parties and balls – the Royal Court Theatre staging award-winning shows and it is the only ship to host a planetarium at sea.

Hotel Manager of Queen Mary 2, Robert Howie, said:

“Every crossing has its moments, as no two are ever the same. The beauty of Transatlantic Crossings is the elegance of our guests, the fact that you seem transported back in time, and even the unpredictability of the weather.

“Having sailed with many guests across the Atlantic, they all marvel at how the ship handles the varying weather and this is when Queen Mary 2 comes into her own, performing at her best – it’s what she was designed for.”

Queen Mary 2 first set sail in 2004; as well as Atlantic crossings guests can cruise to the Canaries, Fjords, Iceland, the Low Countries, around Britain, up to Montreal and Quebec and among the Caribbean islands – or take the annual World Cruise.

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