RMS Queen Mary 2 enters Halifax harbour on 175-th Cunard Line anniversary

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Queen Mary 2 cruise ship during morning twilight near Halifax, NS, Canada

RMS Queen Mary 2 approaches Halifax Harbour near Herring Cove

Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
GPS Coordinates Latitude: 44.5772, Longtitude: -63.5504;
Date photograph taken: 10-07-2015

RMS Queen Mary 2 is a beautiful cruise liner and a flagship of Cunard Line. FPImages presents 25 ship pictures as she enters Halifax, NS, Canada harbour for 175-th Cunard Line anniversary on July 10, 2015. This cruise began on July 4 in Liverpool, UK to commemorate first regular transatlantic voyage between England and North America to carry mail. Queen Mary 2 does not carry mail anymore but is still designated as RMS – Royal Mail ship as a tribute to long history of Cunard Line. 175-th Cunard Line anniversary is a great achievement and an opportunity for the company to promote itself and for passengers to learn about maritime history.

Queen Mary 2 differs from regular cruise ships. This ship is truly a cruise liner – i.e a ship specifically designed to deliver regular service between ports. RMS Queen Mary 2 sails on regular transatlantic service from Southampton, UK to New York, USA during summer. This cruise liner has top speed of 30 knots and normal operating speed of 26 knots. This is much faster than other cruise ships. Speed was very important factor in delivering mail and Cunard Line held many records for the fastest transatlantic crossings. Everything in this ship’s design speaks about speed – the beautiful bow, elegant structure and hull lines, traditional stern.

RMS Queen Mary 2 in front of Purcell's Cove in Halifax, NS, Canada
Cruise ship Queen Mary 2 in front of Purcell’s Cove in Halifax, NS, Canada

175-th Cunard Line anniversary transatlantic crossing included stops in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and Boston, USA. Two ports were mail service had to be delivered. Port of Halifax is of special importance for Cunard Line as it was a birthplace of Samuel Cunard – founder of the company. When Queen Mary 2 docked in Halifax on July 10, 2015 there was a sign just under the funnel saying: ‘Thanks Halifax, 175 forever Cunard’. Halifax, Nova Scotia is a very important port on the East Coast of Canada. It features large harbour that does not freeze in winter and is very close to major shipping routes. Halifax played a major role as a British naval base in 1800s. Visitors can learn more about its history at Halifax Maritime Museum.

175-th Cunard Line anniversary sign - Thanks Halifax, forever Cunard
175-th Cunard Line anniversary sign – Thanks Halifax, forever Cunard

Travel tips to see cruise ships traffic in and out from Halifax harbour

RMS Queen Mary 2 followed traffic separation rules as it approached Halifax harbour. This route takes ships close to the shore and you can enjoy scenic seascapes and nautical scenes. This makes a great road trip idea to see ships coming and going from Halifax. Simply follow the local road 253 and then 349 from Armdale rotary. There are several good observation points along the way – Purcell’s Cove, York Redoubt, Hayes Gardens near Herring Cove Provincial park and picturesque Chebucto Head lighthouse.

RMS Queen Mary 2 photo gallery

 

RMS Queen Mary 2 at morning dusk with lights, Halifax, NS
RMS Queen Mary 2 at morning dusk with lights, Halifax, NS
RMS Queen Mary 2 entering Halifax harbor
RMS Queen Mary 2 entering Halifax harbor
Bow of QM2, Cunard Line
Bow of QM2, Cunard Line
Cunard Line flagship Queen Mary 2 enters Halifax harbor, view from Herring Cove
Cunard Line flagship Queen Mary 2 enters Halifax harbor, view from Herring Cove
Elegant cruise liner Queen Mary 2 passes McNabs island and Maugher beach lighthouse
Elegant cruise liner Queen Mary 2 passes McNabs island and Maugher beach lighthouse
Iconic Cunard Line orange smoke stack with black lines, QM2 cruise ship
Iconic Cunard Line orange smoke stack with black lines, QM2 cruise ship
Passengers on decks of Queen Mary 2 cruise ship
Passengers on decks of Queen Mary 2 cruise ship
Main mast with flags of QM2, Cunard line flagship
Main mast with flags of QM2, Cunard line flagship
Cruise ship Queen Mary 2 docked in Halifax for 175-th Cunard Line anniversary
Cruise ship Queen Mary 2 docked in Halifax for 175-th Cunard Line anniversary
Halifax waterfront and Queen Mary 2
Halifax waterfront and Queen Mary 2
Large cruise ship Queen Mary 2 dominates the seaport buildings
Large cruise ship Queen Mary 2 dominates the seaport buildings
Queen Mary 2 and George's Island, Halifax Nova Scotia seascape
Queen Mary 2 and George’s Island, Halifax Nova Scotia seascape
Nautical scene at Purcell's cove, Nova Scotia
Early morning seascape – view of RMS Queen Mary 2 from scenic Purcell’s Cove
Streamlined design of Queen Mary 2
Streamlined design of Queen Mary 2
Queen Mary 2 at port of Halifax, view from Dartmouth ferry
Queen Mary 2 at port of Halifax, view from Dartmouth ferry
RMS Queen Mary 2 and George's Island, picturesque seascape
RMS Queen Mary 2 and George’s Island, picturesque seascape
Cunard terminal at Halifax port
Cunard terminal at Halifax port
Queen Mary 2 at sunrise on July 10, 2015 in port of Halifax
Queen Mary 2 at sunrise on July 10, 2015 in port of Halifax
Flags flying on the main mast of QM2
Flags flying on the main mast of QM2
Iconic orange funnel of Cunard Line
Iconic orange funnel of Cunard Line
Queen Mary 2 at pier 21 in Halifax seaport
Queen Mary 2 at pier 21 in Halifax seaport

  Date: 13.07.2017 by FPImages