Queen Mary 2 made its stately progress into Halifax harbour this morning for one of its occasional visits. As usual, it attracted onlookers at Point Pleasant and other vantage points. Its departure at 1630hrs will likely attract even more. As QM2 made its approach, the pilot boat was outbound for the Norwegian Dawn, which will now not tie up until close to 1000 and will leave at 1745.
Not the biggest and not the most luxurious cruise ship in the world, Queen Mary 2 remains the best known and the most magnetic. While it may never eclipse its predecessor, Queen Elizabeth 2, it appears that during its ten year career so far, it has already found an important niche among ship watchers.
The ship was floated out March 21, 2003 and started sea trials September 25, 2003. and made its first call in Halifax in September 25-26, 2004.
After a leisurely eight day Atlantic crossing, passengers were treated to an ideal day in Halifax. The ship had skirted tropical storm Gabrielle, and all that remained was a slight swell coming into from sea. The ship's departure was spectacular.