Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Cunard Queen Mary 2 to Dock at Sydney Overseas Passenger Terminal

Cunard’s 151,400-ton liner Queen Mary 2 is set to make history again next week when she berths for the first time at the Overseas Passenger Terminal (OPT) at Sydney’s Circular Quay on Wednesday March 7 for an overnight stay which will mark the end of her Royal Circumnavigation of Australia.

Bringing Queen Mary 2 alongside at Circular Quay, instead of berthing at Garden Island Naval Base, has become possible following Sydney Ports Corporation’s installation of a new anchoring point, which can cater for larger ships at the OPT.

The largest ship ever to visit Australia, Queen Mary 2 will be a spectacular sight in Circular Quay, stretching 345 metres along the foreshore and rising 62 metres above the water line – just five metres below the highest sail of the adjacent Sydney Opera House.

Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia, which represents Cunard Line in Australia, said Queen Mary 2's use of Circular Quay confirmed that an upgraded OPT would be an important element in improving Sydney’s ability to handle cruise ship visits.


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