THE Queen Elizabeth 2 yesterday paid a visit to the port of Palma, arriving at 8am and leaving at 5pm.
The QE2, as she is popularly known, belongs to the Cunard Line and succeeded the earlier Cunard liner the Queen Elizabeth. She was launched in 1969 by Queen Elizabeth II and was flagship of the line until the Queen Mary 2 was launched in 2004. Prior to the construction of the Queen Mary 2 she was considered to be the last of the great transatlantic ocean liners and, before she was refitted with a diesel power plant, she was the last oil-fired passenger steamship to cross the Atlantic in scheduled liner service. During her service as the Cunard flagship, the QE2 travelled all over the world and now operates predominantly as a cruise ship sailing out of Southampton. Aboard there is an astonishing variety of activities and entertainment on offer for passengers each day and night including a choice of swimming pools, aerobics classes, a golf driving range, a spa with treatment rooms and a gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. Passengers can shop in designer boutiques or play bridge, shuffleboard or paddle tennis.