History

7 Jun 1998'Project Queen Mary' announced and initial plans for a new liner unveiled.
8 Nov 1999General plans completed and first images released.
10 Mar 2000Letter of intent signed with Chantiers de L'Atlantique in France.
6 Nov 2000Formal contract signed.
16 Jan 2002First sheet of steel cut.
4 Jul 2002Keel laying ceremony
Captain Ron Warwick appointed Master Designate.
1 Dec 2002Float out.
25 Sep 2003First sea trials.
7 Nov 2003Second sea trials. Speeds of 30knots reached.
22 Dec 2003Formal hand-over of QM2 to Cunard Line.
26 Dec 2003Maiden arrival in home port of Southampton, England.
8 Jan 2004Queen Mary 2 named by HM Queen Elizabeth II
12 Jan 2004Departure on Maiden Voyage from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale, USA.
16 Apr 2004Maiden Transatlantic Westbound crossing to New York.
25 Apr 2004Historic Eastbound Transatlantic crossing in tandem with QE2.