On Monday 29 November the newly built prestigious cruise vessel m/s Queen Elizabeth called at Zeebrugge. The ship was launched on 11 October and is one of the new 'royal' cruise vessels of the shipping company Cunard Line. The m/s Queen Mary 2 called earlier at the coastal port.
The Queen Elizabeth was built in Trieste in Italy and refers to the ship of the same name which was launched in 1938 and which was scrapped in 1974. The décor of the ship radiates the same elegance of the olden days, combined with contemporary modern luxury. Eye-catching are the Grand Lobby with its gigantic stairs, the two floor high library offering 6,000 books, the Games deck offering traditional English leisure activities, ultramodern wellness centres, movies of the olden times and works of art which connect Cunard with the royal house and the British maritime history.
The ship measures 294 meters in length, 32 meters in width and has a water draught of 8 meters. There are 12 passenger decks accommodating no less than 2,092 passengers.
In 2010 Zeebrugge will have welcomed 66 cruise vessels. For next year already 75 calls are announced today. Zeebrugge continues reinforcing its position of cruise port. The nautical possibilities for the growing dimension of the cruise vessels and the geographical location at the coast are major trump cards in this context. The cruise passengers arrive in Zeebrugge to make a day trip to one of the many cultural centres in Flanders. Also the coastal cities are very popular.