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Hundreds welcome Queen Mary 2 `home'.

HUNDREDS of people braved the wind and rain yesterday to welcome the world's biggest and most expensive cruise liner, the Queen Mary 2,as it arrived at its new home port of Southampton.

A flotilla of small boats and jet-skis accompanied the Cunard-ownedQueen Mary 2 as it arrived from the French shipyard where construction was recently completed.

Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia were played on board the ship as it approached the terminal and the ship's horns were blown to mark its arrival in the city's waters.

The pounds 550m ship is to be officially named at Southampton by the Queen on January 8 and four days later will leave on its sold-out maiden passenger voyage to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The official welcome for the arrival of the 150,000 ton ne ship was muted, according to owners Cunard,out of respect for 15 people who died when a walkway connecting the ship with the dock collapsed at the St Nazaire shipyard in Brittany.

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Spectators watch as Queen Mary 2 arrives at her new home port of Southampton; Picture: BARRY BATCHELOR
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 27, 2003
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