The oldest and most famous ocean liner in the world, the SS United States is back in service after a 20 month hiatus. The luxury liner was originally launched on October 26th, 1952 with an unmatched level of opulence and grandeur that has since been surpassed by newer ships such as The Norway or QM2.
After a 20 month pause, the iconic ocean liner “Queen Mary 2” has returned to service. The ship will be making its first transatlantic crossing from Southampton in England to New York City on September 3rd, 2018.
After more than 20 months of idleness, Cunard’s flagship has returned to duty. On November 28, the Queen Mary 2 sailed from Southampton, England, on a three-day trip to France, before returning on December 1. Last year, on March 15, in the midst of her World Cruise, she called a stop to operations.
The ocean liner will continue cruising around the United Kingdom until mid-December, when she will set sail on a longer voyage, doing what she does best: crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
Queen Mary 2: The Return of an Icon
On November 28, the Queen Mary 2 returned to sea with people aboard after a more than 20-month hiatus. On Tuesday, November 30, the ship sailed from Southampton’s docks early in the evening for a three-day voyage that would stop at the French city of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin.
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The 345-meter-long, 148-528-ton ocean liner will set sail from Southampton on December 13 on the first in a series of ‘Grand Escape Voyages,’ according to Cunard Line. It’ll be good to go back to what she does best: crossing the Atlantic.
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Guests may choose between a 9-night Atlantic Crossing to New York or a combination of an Atlantic Crossing and a Caribbean Cruise traveling from and to Southampton. Guests will spend six days at sea and one night in New York City on the Atlantic trip.
The Caribbean extension includes stops in the balmy Eastern Caribbean, including Tortola Island, St Kitts Island, Barbados, Dominica, and St Maarten, before returning to New York City for the Southampton leg of the journey.
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The Cunard Line’s Second Ship is Resuming Service
At present moment, only two of the three Cunard ships are functioning. In August, the Queen Elizabeth was the first ship to resume service, offering customers British Isles itineraries throughout the summer.
On October 13, 2021, the vessel embarked on a voyage along the Western European Coastline. The Queen Elizabeth will reposition to Vancouver, Canada, in June of next year, from where she will embark on a series of Alaska excursions.
When the third Cunard ship, Queen Victoria, resumes service in April of next year, she will be the last to do so. Her maiden cruise will be a 5-day trip to Amsterdam, which will include an overnight stay in the Dutch city. She’ll next go on a series of cruises around the Western European coastline, Northern Europe, and the Western Mediterranean after that.
(Photo credit: Jane Rix / Shutterstock.com) Two Cunard ships
Guests on board the Queen Mary 2 will be relieved to learn that Cunard has not been sitting idle around the English coast for the last twenty months. The ship was dry docked for more than a month in September of last year.
Several repairs were performed to the thrusters and stabilizers during the period spent at Brest, France, but she also got a new coat of paint and the interiors were updated in a variety of ways.
Queen Mary 2 is a record-breaking ship that has been dubbed “the most magnificent ocean liner in the world” and “one of the last real ocean liners.” Her top speed is little over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph), and her cruising speed is roughly 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph), which is much quicker than a “typical” cruise ship.
The ship has ten restaurants, twenty bars and lounges, a dance hall, and an indoor swimming pool for those chilly Atlantic days for its 2600 passengers to enjoy.
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The “transatlantic cruise” is returning to service after a 20 month pause. The iconic ocean liner will resume its voyages across the Atlantic in 2019.
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