Cyprus greets Cunard’s giant Queen Mary 2 cruise liner
Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 flagship cruise liner, which is among the world’s largest, arrived into DP World Limassol on April 28, 2017 for a one-day transit call.
Queen Mary 2 berthed all-day Friday, giving its 2,500 passengers a chance to enjoy the sights ashore.
Today, ‘Queen Mary 2’ is in Limassol, Cyprus. – (Tony)
— RMS Queen Mary 2 (@RMSQueenMary2) April 28, 2017
After arriving at the Limassol coastline, passengers were greeted with Flaounes (a cheese-filled pastry) by girls wearing traditional Cypriot costumes on arrival.
Senior Limassol officials attended the welcome ceremony and handed a commemorative plaque to the Queen Mary 2 captain.
Passengers then boarded 50 buses from the terminal to visit attractions including Kolossi, Kourion, Pafos, Omodhos and Nicosia, whilst others explored Limassol.
The giant 345m-long cruise ship, with a 1,200-strong crew, departed Limassol at 17:00 and continued its journey along the Mediterranean. It was its second visit to the island after previously visiting in April 2016.
Charles Meaby, General Manager at DP World Limassol, said: “It was a privilege to service the Queen Mary 2.
“The team at DP World Limassol provided excellent operational and customer services to ensure passengers moved through the terminal with ease and efficiency.
— DP World Limassol (@DPWorldLimassol) May 2, 2017
“We take pride in our approach and constantly engage with our customers to ensure we understand their requirements.
“DP World’s multi-purpose terminal at Limassol Port is well positioned to effectively handle the diverse size and scale of operations that our clients require.”
“A WEALTH OF HISTORY”
Describing Limassol on their official website, Cunard write: “The second largest city in Cyprus, Limassol has a distinctly cosmopolitan feel, but visit the 12th century fort where Richard the Lionheart married Berengaria – which now houses a fascinating medieval museum – and you’ll discover a wealth of history.
“Explore the traditional bouzoukias [Greek nightclubs with local music], Limassol’s delightful taverns with entertaining live music, or acquaint your tastebuds with the popular local dish, Moussaka [an eggplant, or potato-based dish, often including ground meat].”