Background Since the Spring of 2006, QM2's
home pier in New York has been the Brooklyn Cruise
Ship Terminal. She uses this terminal rather than the
traditional New York home of the Cunard Queens,
the Passenger Ship Terminal on the westside of
Manhattan for two reasons. First, she is longer than
the Manhattan piers and so when she is docked there,
her stern projects out into the river. Second, the
Brooklyn facility is regarded as more modern and
better able to handle loading and off-loading luggage,
supplies and passengers.
However, the Brooklyn terminal is also used by
other ships. In 2011, another ship, Caribbean
Princess (see profile), was in Brooklyn on two dates
when QM2 called in New York. As a result, QM2
had to berth in Manhattan on those dates.*
Ports of Call On this voyage, QM2 called in Halifax, Nova Scotia
and Boston Massachusetts.
In Halifax the fog remained at the harbor entrance and QM2
was bathed in sunshine at the cruise ship terminal.
In Boston, QM2 backed into her berth at the Black Falcon
Terminal across a short stretch of water from Boston's Logan
airport. It was the Fourth of July and because QM2 did not sail
until midnight, guests were able to watch the annual fireworks
display from the ship's top decks.
At Sea When the cool air of Canada comes into
contact with the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, it
often produces fog. Consequently, fog is not
uncommon during a summer time cruise to the
Canadian Maritimes and New England. On this
voyage, the sun gave a bright glow to the fog and the
calm waters had a glassy appearance.
Cruise photo essay - Queen Mary 2 - Cunard - QM2 in Manhattan 2011
On 1 through 6 July 2011, Queen
Mary 2 made an unusual voyage.
There was nothing unusual about the
ports of call or the waters that she
traveled. Rather, it was unusual
because it both began and ended in
Manhattan. While QM2 has berthed
in Manhattan from time to time in the
past (see photo essay on her 2010
call), she has not done a roundtrip
from Manhattan since her early years
The Voyage While QM2 was designed to do Atlantic crossings,
each year she also does a few cruises. One that she does almost
every year is a short cruise from New York to Canada and New
England over the Fourth of July (Independence Day) weekend.
In 2011, the Fourth of July cruise was scheduled to begin on
1 July. However, Caribbean Princess was also to be in port that
day. Consequently, QM2 had to sail from Manhattan. In
addition the cruise would have to end in Manhattan because, inter
alia, guests' cars would be parked in Manhattan. Therefore,
QM2 returned to the Manhattan Terminal on 6 July even though
Caribbean Princess was not in Brooklyn on that day.
As the ship proceeded down the
Hudson River and into the bay,
there were spectacular views of the
* The first of date on which there was a conflict between QM2's schedule
and Caribbean Princess' schedule was 17 May 2011. QM2 was
concluding one transatalantic crossing and beginning another.