Did you know that the RMS Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner ever built, was named by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004? She is about 1,132 feet long and can transport about 2,690 passengers and 1,300 crew members. Currently, she is the only ocean liner that transports people across the Atlantic Ocean, mainly between New York City and Southampton, England. The trip takes about one week. The RMS Queen Mary 2 has 15 restaurants and bars, 5 swimming pools, a casino, ballroom, theater, and planetarium. The RMS Queen Mary 2 also makes an annual cruise around the world, which can last about 3 months.
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The first RMS Queen Mary and RMS Queen Mary 2 are named after Mary of Teck, the consort of King George V and grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II.
The RMS Queen Mary 2 is 1,132 feet long. In comparison the USS Enterprise is 1,123 feet long, the Hindenburg was 804 feet long, and the Pentagon is 1,414 feet wide.
As the RMS Queen Mary 2 was designed as an ocean liner, she can travel at higher speeds than a normal cruise ship; her maximum speed is 30 knots, cruising speed 26 knots.
The RMS Queen Mary 2 has 3 water desalination plants on board, which can provide more than a half-million gallons of water per day (about 170,000 gallons per desalination plant). A potable water tank onboard can store more than one million gallons of water, enough for about three-day’s supply. The desalination plants are powered by steam from the ship’s gas turbines and diesel engines. If the ship is running at low speed or at port, they do not produce enough energy to run the desalination plants. Additional heat can be supplied using oil-fired boilers, but this is inefficient and potable water is usually purchased at port.
The maiden voyage of the RMS Queen Mary 2 was on January 12, 2004 from Southampton, England to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.