Icon of the seas
When the Queen Mary 2 comes to town, it's impossible to ignore. The most physically impressive transatlantic cruise liner in the world glides into port: then stands high and mighty above us mere mortals. A colossus of engineering, it's a massive boost for Sydney in terms of economic activity and generating its own special kind of buzz.
Sydney welcomes the ultimate ocean liner
As our exclusive CruiseSaleFinder.com.au footage shows, the iconic QM2 took its place in Sydney Harbour and was a welcome addition to the already stunning skyskape, alongside the bridge and opera house. A staggering 345m long and 72m high, it's also the fastest passenger ship on the water. Taking a well-earned break from another worldwide voyage, students came out to sketch pictures, while passengers enjoyed the chance to indulge in the retail offerings of Sydney. And as Ryan Taibel of P&O Cruises and Cunard explains, this scale of tourism dollar cannot be underestimated.
"A turnaround day can add around $1m to the local economy, while an individual ship visit can impact around $500k - shops, bars and restaurants all spring to life. At the Rocks and Circular Quay in Sydney, people are ready to spend and there's a spike in economic activity."
"Sydney is one of the most beautiful ports in the world and the calibre of luxury cruise traveller is pretty unique. Local businesses thrive as a result. The figures could be even higher."
Party time for Cunard
The Queen Mary 2 is a hot topic right now, as it celebrates 10 years of service in 2014. With more than 400 voyages under her belt and 200 transatlantic crossings, she is proudly billed as the Cunard flagship. The latest trip to Sydney was part of her second Royal Circumnavigation of Australia.
There are numerous cruising options on the QM2, from a 113-night world cruise, to your own specialist itinerary: she takes in 40 ports in 22 different countries. One example is a half-world cruise from Southampton to Sydney.
To mark a decade of luxury travelling, the major celebrations begin on May 9, 2014. The QM2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria arrive in Southampton, England, where there will be fireworks, sail-pasts and a welcome from the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip.
But it's just the beginning for the ultimate in cruise-liner travel.