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Majesty of the High Seas

The Queen Mary 2 harks back to the golden age of liner travel when elegance, luxury and glamour were the only way to cross the ocean
Jack Bettridge
From the Print Edition:
Alec Baldwin, May/June 2004

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The wine needs are attended to by Michael Broadbent, former head of Christie's wine department. The list is extremely comprehensive in terms of regions and vintages, without having exceeding depth. Prices are quite fair.

But celebrity chefs and luxurious amenities are the improvements by which most cruise ships have been upping the ante for years. Even while Cunard plans to add the Queen Victoria next year, Royal Caribbean will launch the Ultra Voyager at a length almost as long as the QM2. It is only a matter of time until one is longer and larger.

Naysayers contend that the cruise business is going flat and that the Queen Mary 2, with its average fare of $3,500 and high end of $27,500, may be pricing itself out of the market. Nevertheless, Conover believes in the viability of QM2 romance. "This ship will continue to be very, very special for a very long time and it doesn't matter if bigger ships are built."

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