January 12, 2004The world's largest ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, makes its maiden voyage.
The ship was named by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004 after the first RMS Queen Mary, completed in 1936. Queen Mary was in turn named after Mary of Teck, consort of King George V. With the retirement of Queen Elizabeth 2 from active duty in 2008, Queen Mary 2 is currently the only transatlantic ocean liner in operation as a liner (in scheduled service between Southampton and New York ), although the ship is often used for cruising, including an annual world cruise.
May 2, 1969The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
Queen Elizabeth 2
, often referred to simply as the QE2
, is an ocean liner built for Cunard and operated by Cunard as liner and cruise ship from 1969 to 2008. Following her retirement from cruising, she was acquired by Istithmar, the investment company of Dubai World. She was designed as a liner on the transatlantic service from her home port of Southampton, England, to New York, USA, and was named after the earlier Cunard liner RMS Queen Elizabeth
. She served as the flagship of the line from 1969 until succeeded by RMS Queen Mary 2
in 2004. Designed in Cunard's then headquarters and regional offices in Liverpool and Southampton respectively, and built in Clydebank, Scotland, she was considered to be the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners until the construction of the QM2