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The Queen Mary is Coming to Darwin!

By Tiffany Carr

Well she is the world’s largest and most luxurious cruise liners, and on Saturday 17th March, you’ll have the opportunity to witness her majesty for yourself. We’re talking here about none other than the Queen Mary 2, and she’ll be docking at Darwin’s Fort Hill Wharf West Berth at 7.15am. It’s going to be the only time any of us will be able to see this beautiful vessel in Darwin this year, and she will be here until 8pm on Saturday 17th March, before setting sail, not to return to us again until 2020.

Since she is going to be gracing us with her presence for the entire day, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to see here from a number of great vantage points. The team here at Ray White Bayside heard it on the grapevine that the best spots to view her from are Bicentennial Park on The Esplanade and the Darwin Waterfront Sky Bridge. Word also has it that you’ll be able to snag yourself a car space (If you’re quick!) at the Deck Chair Cinema car park when the cinema is closed. Your other sure bet would be the Darwin Waterfront multi-level parking, where the first few hours are free!

For security reasons, it is a viewing only event and no onboard access will be granted to anybody aside from those who are sailing with her. That said, just seeing this amazing feat of maritime engineering is enough. This is the world’s longest and largest passenger ship ever built and carries around 40% more steel than a standard cruise ship. Onboard in terms of population, she carries 2,695 passengers and 1,253 crew – making her a virtual city on water!

The Queen Mary 2 comes to us as part of her 134-night (yes your eyes do not deceive you!) World Cruise which originates from New York City, where it will return more than four months later!

Be sure to make your way down to the Harbour and bring your long lens camera and binoculars! You will not be disappointed!

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