Monday 22 January 2018

Cunard's queen hits 200 Atlantic crossings

The Queen Mary 2
The Queen Mary 2

THE Queen Mary 2 passes the Statue of Liberty as she leaves New York Harbour for Southampton over the weekend, her milestone 200th Atlantic crossing.

In the course of Queen Mary 2's 200 Atlantic crossings, Cunard estimates that half-a-million passengers have consumed 8.4 million cups of tea, 980,000 scones, 481,000 bottles of champagne, 644,000 eggs and 960,000 litres of milk. In total, 22.4 million meals have been served and over 600,000 nautical miles sailed.

Cunard – owned by Miami-based ferry giant Carnival – recently implemented a new sales strategy aimed at boosting the proportion of younger cruisers on its ships. The average passenger age currently stands at 55 to 60.

The US company enjoyed profits of $41m (€32m) in the last three months, nearly triple what it earned in the same period last year.

Irish Independent

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