Pattaya Daily News

15 March 2009 :: 01:03:39 am 24354

Pattaya landmark visit as cruise ship queen mary 2 docks at Laem Chabang

On the 12th March 2009 the Minister of Tourism and Sports, Mr.Weerasak Kowsurat, welcomed the largest ship ever to visit Thailand, Cunard Queen Mary 2, when it docked at Laem Chabang Harbour.
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As a gesture of welcome and hospitality the minister exchanged shields with the ship captain. Thailand is one of the few Asian countries to be visited by the giant vessel, which carries a compliment of over 2000 passengers and crew, many of whom would be visiting Pattaya and Bangkok, before the cruise continues to Singapore.

Mr. Weerasak said the visit by the Queen Mary 2 had reinforced Thailand?s reputation as a safe destination for tourists. He said one of the policies of TAT is to promote the cruise ship market because of the high quality tourists their passengers provide.

He also said that more than 30 cruise ships, with 60,000 passengers, were now visiting Thailand each year. Thailand is a new route among cruise ships in Asia. In the very near future, Thailand will have more harbour facilities such as in Phuket and Samui.

The British registered Queen Mary 2 is 345 metres long, weighs 151,400 tonnes and its height is equivalent to a 20 storey building. It cost 800 Million US dollars to build and can carry 2,600 passengers and 1,300 crew.

The facilities on board include luxury rooms, International restaurants, Casino, Spa, Cinemas, Theater, Night Club, Swimming Pools, Book Store, Beauty Salons, Fitness, Library, Duty Free and Toy shops, to name just a few.

The Queen Mary 2 had started its current trip from Florida, USA on 13th January 2009, cruising through the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. It had docked at many famous harbours, the previous being Hong Kong. After Thailand, it will visit Singapore, then to the Middle East and Europe and then back to the US on 14th April. For those passengers who had the pleasure of the full 90 day round the world cruise the price was 1 million baht per person.

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Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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