Queen Mary 2 and Cape Town’s cruise liner season

Queen Mary 2 arrived in Cape Town today and departs tomorrow for a one-day stop in Port Elizabeth, before continuing to Mauritius.

Queen Mary 2

She is the only major ocean liner built for Cunard Line since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969, the vessel she succeeded as flagship of the Cunard Line.  Queen Mary 2 was launched in 2003.

Queen Mary 2 has a maximum capacity of 3 090 passengers and 1 238 crew, and is running at about 90% occupancy.

Queen Mary 2’s facilities include fifteen restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, a ballroom, a theatre, and the first planetarium at sea. There are also kennels and a nursery on board.

Queen Mary 2 was intended for routine crossings of the Atlantic Ocean, and was therefore designed differently from many other passenger ships. The ship’s final cost was approximately $300,000 US per berth. Expenses were increased by the high quality of materials, and having been designed as an ocean liner, she required 40% more steel than a standard cruise ship.

Queen Mary 2 has a maximum speed of just over 30 knots (56 km/h; 35 mph) and a cruising speed of 26 knots (48 km/h; 30 mph), much faster than a contemporary cruise ship. Instead of the diesel-electric configuration found on many ships, Queen Mary 2 uses integrated electric propulsion to achieve her top speed. This uses gas turbines to augment the power generated from the ship’s diesels.

This season’s cruise liner schedule for Cape Town:



Queen Mary 2

26 – 27 Jan

Silver Cloud

28 Jan


29 Jan – 1 Feb

Sun Princess

2 – 4 Feb

Silver Cloud

7 Feb

Silver Cloud

17 Feb

Silver Cloud

27 Feb

World Odyssey

19 – 24 Mar

Le Lyrial

24 – 26 Mar

Silver Explorer

29 – 30 Mar


1 Apr

Queen Elizabeth

19 – 20 Apr

MSC Sinfonia

20 Apr

MSC Sinfonia

24 Apr

MSC Sinfonia

28 Apr

MSC Sinfonia

30 Apr

MSC Sinfonia

5 May

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