Saturday, March 12, 2011

QM2 Skips Nagasaki Sails to China

Cunard QM2 - Courtesy Cunard Line
Port of Nagasaki Closed
Queen Mary 2 Continues to China

At the time of the massive earthquake in Japan yesterday, Cunard Line's Queen Mary 2 was en route from Osaka to Nagasaki, Japan.

QM2 arrived at Nagasaki this morning and the port authority advised that the port will remain closed while they ensure the port facilities are structurally sound.

QM2 remained outside the port area until 2pm local time when they embarked a small group of guests and immigration officials, who were on an overland tour. Cunard confirms that it has all guests and crew safely on board and are under sail to Beijing, China, where they will arrive on schedule.

Queen Mary 2 is currently on a 103-day journey round-trip from New York, bringing guests to renowned destinations around the globe in the grandest style imaginable. During the World Cruise, guests will explore exciting ports in South America, Africa, Australia, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

Interactive tracking map (real-time ship tracking)                  QM2 Bridge Cam

This is the second major earthquake that QM2 has encountered during this World Cruise. QM2 was in Sydney, Australia for the Royal Rendezvous, when the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand occurred.

Cunard Line has successfully utilized social media, such as Facebook, to keep us all informed during this difficult time.   Due to Japanese laws, C band communications are not allowed in Japanese waters, this is why the bridge web cam had not been updated.

Cunard's Facebook message concludes with:
"Our thanks go to our agents in Nagasaki for their assistance today and our thoughts remain with the people of Japan."

Related Blog Posts: 

Cruise Lines Return to Japan  (six months later, some cruise lines have returned)

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