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In pictures: Queen Mary 2 arrives
The Queen Mary 2 in dry dock in Saint Nazaire, France
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The Queen Mary 2 left her dry dock in Saint Nazaire, France, on 22 December.
Queen Mary 2 sails into Southampton surrounded by flotilla of smaller ships
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As the 550m luxury liner entered Southampton Water on Boxing Day, she was surrounded by a flotilla of ships.
Crowds greet the Queen Mary 2 as it sails into Southampton
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Happy scenes contrasted with last month's tragedy, in which 15 people died when the ship's gangway collapsed in the French dry dock.
A luxury grand double suite on the Queen Mary 2
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The liner has 1,310 cabins - including four royal suites and six penthouses - 2,000 bathrooms and 3,000 telephones.
The Queens Room ballroom of the Queen Mary 2
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Its maiden voyage in January will take 2,620 passengers and 1,253 crew on a sell-out two-week cruise to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The Queens Grill dining room on the Queen Mary 2
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The Queen will name the flagship on 8 January in a low key ceremony, as a mark of respect to the families of those who died.
Commodore Ronald Warwick, captain of the QM2, and Pamela Conover, president and CEO of Cunard Line
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The ship's captain Commodore Ronald Warwick is the son of the first man to captain its famous predecessor, the QE2.






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