QM2 Sails Through Sea Trials

Groundbreaking Queen Mary 2 passes first test.

The ship of superlatives reportedly has passed its first test with flying colors.

Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 the largest, tallest, widest and most expensive passenger ship ever built completed its sea trials last week.

“The sea trials for Queen Mary 2 have been a tremendous success,” said Capt. Ronald Warwick, the officer designated as the ship’s master. “It was great to finally take her out to the open ocean, where she belongs.”

Naval architect Stephen Payne also was very pleased with the QM2’s power and maneuverability.

“For a first sea trial, the performance of Queen Mary 2, being a prototype ship, exceeded expectations in all respects,” he said.

Cunard said the successful sea trials puts the ship on schedule for its Jan. 12 maiden voyage. Delays always are a concern, especially for a first-of-its-kind ship like the 150,000-ton, $780 million QM2.

The liner is scheduled to operate 15 trans-Atlantic crossings in 2004.

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