NEW YORK WELCOMES QUEEN MARY 2
The first new ocean liner-and largest ever-- to arrive
in New York since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969!
Mary 2 Public
Viewing (in PDF)
Cunard's Queen Mary on maiden arrival in NYC, 1936
Cunard's Queen Mary 2, the first new trans-Atlantic
ocean liner in 35 years and the largest passenger ship
ever, will arrive on its inaugural visit to New York
harbor on April 22 and berth at the New York Cruise
Terminal (formerly Passenger Ship Terminal).
The most spectacular views may be when both Queen
Elizabeth 2, on her final visit to New York, and
Queen Mary 2 depart the harbor on Sunday, April
25 between 7:30 and 9:30, with a pause for fireworks
at the Statue of Liberty at 8:30 p.m.
However, there will be several opportunities to see
QM2 in New York. The public is invited to view
QM 2, as she passes through New York harbor on the following
schedule (Note: Times are approximate):
- April 22: QM2 will arrive at Statue of Liberty
at about 6:45 a.m. and sail up the Hudson River to
the New York Cruise Terminal (formerly Passenger Ship
Terminal) for 8 a.m. arrival. FDNY Fireboats will
escort the ship with colorful water display
- April 23: QM2 will depart the cruise terminal
at about 11:30 a.m.
- April 24: QM2 will arrive in the harbor close
to 6 a.m. and at the cruise terminal by 7 a.m.
- April 25: both QM2 and QE2 will depart
from the cruise terminal, at 7:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
respectively, sail down the Hudson River and slowly
pass the Statue of Liberty at 8:30 p.m. with a fireworks
display by Grucci.
The best views of the ship will be from the Hudson
River Park, along Manhattan's Westside, as she passes
along the Hudson River waterfront. Good viewing will
also exist along the south Brooklyn waterfront and Staten
Island as QM2 leaves under the Verranzano Bridge.
The Hudson River Park, Battery Park City and Battery
Park afford great spots to watch both the ship passing,
and the historic 2-ship firework show on Sunday, April
25. This map highlights several of the best spots for
The public is not advised to view QM2 while
in berth at Pier 92. Security precautions prohibit roaming
within the Cruise Terminal unescorted, and the terminal
structure itself will make it difficult to see the ship.
The Intrepid Museum, at 12th Avenue and 42nd Street,
may provide a better option for viewing the ship while
docked at the cruise terminal.
in New York
Cunard's Lusitania in New York
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 represents the continuation
of both Cunard's historic
role in building mail-carrying
ocean liners in the world--often the fastest-- and
York's historic role as the gateway to America for
on trans-Atlantic voyages. For over 150 years, Cunard
has brought each new vessel--first powered by wind
steam-driven paddles-- to New York as the government's
registered mail carrier and primary link between America
and England. Cunard's first New York home was Pier
on the North River. Later, as all liners outgrew existing
piers, Cunard and the competing lines moved up to Piers
84-92, which had been created at 1,000' long.
The first Queen Mary arrived in New York in 1936, and
completed trans-Atlantic service in 1967. Meanwhile,
the maiden voyages of the Queen Elizabeth in 1947-after
service in WWII, and Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967
signaled the continuing strength of Cunard's reputation
for fast and elegant ocean passage to Europe.
Cunard's Queen Mary 2, the first new trans-Atlantic
liner in 35 years and the largest passenger ship ever,
will arrive on its inaugural visit to New York harbor
on April 22 and berth at the New York Cruise Terminal
(formerly Passenger Ship Terminal). For four days, Cunard
will celebrate this new ship and Cunard's historic relationship
with New York spanning 150 years. This event has been
anticipated since the announcement five years ago that
the ship would be constructed to replace the Queen
Elizabeth 2 and home-ported in New York. Over 10,
000 guests will pass through the terminal over this
four-day event. Additionally, Cunard has invited the
local press and television, including the Today Show,
to participate by showing off the new ship and all of
The QM 2 will operate from New York for a portion of
this year, serving the trans-Atlantic itinerary, as
well as wintertime trips to warmer destinations.
This $800 million ocean liner is a reminder that the
entire notion of crossing the Atlantic by ship, once
thought to be irrelevant by the age of the jet airplane,
is alive and well and is, in fact, part of a steady
increase in the cruise industry generally.
As the New York Time Editorial wrote on January 6,
One of the more poignant sights of
2004 promises to be that of the first new ocean liner
in a generation as it makes its way up the Hudson and
past the mothballed Concorde
- Mayor Bloomberg will welcome the ship to New York,
her U.S. homeport, in a ceremony at the New York Cruise
Terminal, following her arrival in the harbor with
- Sunday, April 25, 2004 will mark the first time
that two Queens berth side-by-side in New York since
- QM 2 is the largest (151,400 tons), longest (1,132
feet/345 meters), tallest (236 feet/72 meters), widest
(135 feet/41 meters) and most expensive ($800 million)
ocean liner ever built.
- QM 2 was named by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
at a gala ceremony held in Southampton, England on
January 8, 2004.