Queen Mary-2 halts off Kochi coast during world voyage
Kochi, Feb. 3 : The RMS Queen Mary-2 (QM2), one of the largest passenger vessels in the world, made a stopover at Kochi in the course of its voyage around the world.
The 345-metre flagship of the Cunard Line Company was a sight to behold, as her gargantuan form ponderously sailed to the coast of Kerala.
With over 2,600 passengers and 1,200 crewmembers on board, the ship is a spectacle sought after at every port she docks.
The QM2's passengers expressed their delight at the luxuries offered to them onboard, as well as the places they got to see en route.
"It is a magnificent ship. We are having a lot of fun, lot of entertainment. But the big thing is that during this journey we are visiting different places, witnessing various cultures that are different from what we are used to. We are delighted to be here in Kerala," said Ian, a tourist.
Built in the French port of Cherbourg, the QM2 entered service in 2004 as the largest passenger ship ever built, accommodating some 2600 passengers and well over 1000 crew - although that record has since been surpassed by new vessels.
The ship boasts 15 bars and restaurants, five swimming pools, a casino, theatre and a cinema that also doubles up as a planetarium.
A wood-panelled library overlooks the prow and open ocean, as does the spa and on-board gym. Daytime activities include lectures by historians, journalists and others, needlework sessions, wine tasting and watercolour classes.