Sunderland’s chance to glimpse the Queen

Cunard Queen Elizabeth.
Cunard Queen Elizabeth.
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SHIP enthusiasts will get the chance to see the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner sail past Wearside.

People will be able to spot the huge luxury vessel as she passes Sunderland and East Durham tomorrow night as part of her maiden round Britain voyage.

The 90,000-tonne Queen Elizabeth will be sailing from Flamborough Head to Whitley Bay.

She is due to pass Sunderland and Seaham less than one mile offshore from about 7.45pm tomorrow.

The cruiser, built by Cunard, can carry more than 2,000 passengers and is the second-biggest ship it has ever constructed.

A Cunard spokesman said: “The ship will be very visible for everyone who comes to watch along the North East coast.

“We will do our best to bring it as close to the shore as we can and will definitely be sounding the whistle at various points.

“The QE2 was the most famous ship in the world so we’ve done our best to pay tribute to it by the way we have built this brand new ship.”

The ship has 16 decks, with 12 accessible to passengers, and the cost of building was estimated at £350million.

Highlights on board include an 830-seat theatre, a games deck with real grass, three swimming pools and a 6,000 book library.

Some guests can pay as much as £16,000 with the most expensive room including a jacuzzi and a personal butler.

It was named in October 2010 by the Queen who also performed the ceremony on the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1967.

Cunard says the ship is a tribute to the previous Queen Elizabeth and the QE2 and that it evokes the era of the 1930s.

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