It was a double celebration as Queen Mary 2 arrived in Sydney today.
There wasn’t much of terminal left to see this morning in Sydney when the biggest ocean liner to visit Australia arrived.
Queen Mary 2 sailed into Overseas Passenger Terminal before the sun had started to rise at 4.30am.
She brought with her around 2,500 guests and 1,2000 crew.
She is almost twice the size of the original Queen Mary at 1,131.9 feet and sits 62 metres above the waterline, making too big too fit underneath the Harbour Bridge.
It’s no surprise that she was the centre of attention berthed at Sydney’s Circular Quay, with onlookers stopping to take pictures of the ship despite the rain.
One onlooker, Ajo Koshy took to Twitter to express his excitement:
“The Queen Mary 2 cruise ship docked in Sydney this morning, an amazing site, the ship is 10 meters too tall to fit under the bridge!”
However, it wasn’t just onlookers excited by her arrival, in a world first, more than 120 crew posed for a regal and romantic portrait to mark her 10th birthday.
The photo captured crew from every one of the line’s myriad staff roles from housekeepers to gentlemen dance hosts and florists.
Queen Mary 2 Captain Kevin Oprey said the photo was a grand way to celebrate her birthday.
“Australia has become Queen Mary 2’s home away from home and I can’t think of anywhere more special than Sydney to celebrate her tenth birthday and in such spectacular fashion.”
Queen Mary 2 first sailed into Sydney in February 2007, and according to Cunard marketing director Angus Struthers Australians now rank as the fourth largest source of guests for the cruise line.
Today’s visit into Sydney was her ninth. She is currently on her first Australian circumnavigation tour, and arrived after visiting Melbourne on 17 February and Fremantle on 12 February.
Following her visit she will sail to Brisbane for a second circumnavigation tour. Calls include the Whitsundays, Darwin, Bali, Fremantle, Adelaide and Melbourne before returning to Sydney on 14 March.
In her ten years she has sailed to the equivalent of three times to the moon and back; served 58 million meals; made 21.9 million cups of tea; and baked 2,7 million scones.