The flagship of the Cunard fleet, the Queen Elizabeth 2, was stranded in Palma yesterday as the bad weather meant that she couldn't leave port. The 70'000 ton super-liner had been due to sail out of Palma late on Wednesday night but the strong winds and heavy seas meant that she had to spend an extra day in Palma with 2'000 passengers aboard. The liner could have easily handled the weather conditions out on the open seas but the problem was manoeuvering the ship out of her moorings in Palma. The four port of Palma tugs didn't want to risk any mishaps and therefore it was decided that the QE2 would remain in port until the weather conditions improved. er 2'000 passengers were taken on additional excursions across the island. Last night it was hoped that the liner would be able to leave port early this morning. This is not the first time that the QE2 has suffered weather problems in Palma. Back in 1993, during the Association of British Travel Agents annual congress in Palma, the ship would have hosted a reception for the British travel trade. However, the bad weather again, meant that she wasn't able to enter port and spent the day anchored in the bay. The party had to be postponed.

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