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THE world’s biggest ocean liner is to make a return visit to Scarborough, it has been revealed.
Early-risers will have the chance to see the nation’s flagship, the giant Queen Mary 2, sail past the town at about 8.15am on Monday September 19 as part of a Round Britain voyage.
The announcement of the visit yesterday follows the sail-by of her smaller sister, the Queen Elizabeth, Cunard’s newest ship, on Saturday. Thousands of people saw the ship sail less than a mile off the South Bay as part of its maiden voyage around Britain.
Hailed as the grandest, most magnificent ocean liner ever built, the Queen Mary 2 previously visited the town in 2004 and again in 2009 for the ship’s fifth birthday lap of honour.
Welcome to Yorkshire area director Janet Deacon said “It is fantastic news that the ship will be sailing past again.
“It is an amazing sight to see and certainly pulls in the crowds.”
Cllr David Jeffels, Scarborough Council’s cabinet member for tourism, added: “It is another good seasonal attraction for holidaymakers. It’s just a pity it’s on a Monday so children will be at school and won’t see it.”
The vessel, which will pass through Whitby an hour earlier at 7.15am, measures 1,132ft – that’s 147ft longer than the Eiffel Tower – and carries 2,620 passengers and 1,253 crew.
It boasts opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges and the only planetarium at sea.
She travels up to a top speed of approximately 30 knots (34.5 mph) and her whistle is audible for 10 miles.
Cllr Jeffels has raised the possibility of cruise liners anchoring in Scarborough to help bring more tourism.
He said: “As more cruises come up and down the coastline, it would be nice if we could encourage the companies to arrange for passengers to be ferried from the ships into the town to spend a few hours here. It would provide a wonderful boost for the economy and attract new holidaymakers.”