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The Queens drop by Monaco, summer 2008

Monaco has been doubly treated this summer to the sight of two of the most elegant floating beauties.

On June 19, the Queen Mary 2 anchored in Monaco's waters. Built in 2003 but harking back to olden days of splendour, the QM2 is the longest, widest and tallest ocean liner ever made. More than twice as long as the Washington Monument is tall or, in British terms, as long as 41 double-decker London buses lined up, she runs on 157,000 horsepower and carries more than 4,000 souls. Monaco is a port of call on her month-long journeys from New York across to Europe and then back again to the Big Apple. She's expected to return in mid-September.

The visit by the Queen Elizabeth 2 on July 26, however, was poignant. The venerable lady is about to retire after 40 years of navigating the oceans. The QE2 has circled the globe 25 times, taking on board more than 2.5 million passengers. The sight of her gliding past the Monte Carlo Casino is one never to be seen again, as she continues on a final world tour before heading to Dubai in November for a second life as a floating hotel and museum.



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