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Captain Oprey with Queen Mary 2 James Morgan

Captain Oprey with Queen Mary 2 Photo by James Morgan

She is one of the most magnificent ships ever built and she dwarfs her captain, the man who is responsible for all that happens on her.

Captain Kevin Oprey stands beneath the soaring hull of Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2, the largest and most expensive ocean liner ever built, a mile off the coast of Bali during the ship’s Round World Voyage in its 10th anniversary year.  Captain Oprey surveys the scene from the top of Queen Mary 2’s bulbous bow, an underwater projection that minimises the creation of bow waves around the waterline when the ship is under way.   Two safety craft were standing by during the photo-shoot, but Captain Oprey remained sure-footed throughout.

At 151,400 tonnes, Queen Mary 2 accommodates 2620 guests and 1253 crew.  In her first 10 years of operation, following a spectacular naming by Her Majesty The Queen on January 8, 2004, Queen Mary 2 has undertaken more than 420 voyages including over 200 Transatlantic Crossings and called at 182 ports in 60 countries. She remains the longest, tallest, widest ocean liner ever built as well as being the most famous and fastest passenger ship in operation today.

This amazing photo was taken by James Morgan off the coast of Benoa Harbour, Bali, Indonesia.

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