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Queen Mary 2 to visit Airlie Beach

By Mark Beale

WHITSUNDAY residents will be able to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest ocean liner, the Queen Mary 2, when it arrives in Airlie Beach this Sunday, March 8.

The magnificent liner, which is Cunard’s flagship, has a capacity for 2620 passengers and 1253 crew and is stopping in the Whitsundays en route to Sydney.

Volunteer ambassador co-ordinator Brian Richardson said those coming ashore on Sunday would be doing so through the Abell Point Marina where a band of volunteer ambassadors would be on hand to help them make the most of their day.

“There’ll be all the normal tours and all the normal things that would happen when a cruise ship comes in – it’s just this is a [particularly] big and beautiful one,” he said.

This will be the fourth time the Queen Mary 2 has called into Airlie Beach with each visit bringing an economic boost.

Mr Richardson said the impressive cruise liner was expected to anchor in Pioneer Bay at about 7am and would not be departing until about 6pm. He said one of the best vantage points to catch a glimpse of her from was the grassy area next to the Whitsunday Sailing Club.

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