|Monday, January 12, 2004
15:08 - At least they're not calling it "unsinkable"...
LONDON - The world's largest cruise ship, Queen Mary 2, set sail for the United States on its maiden voyage Monday, carrying 2,600 passengers who paid up to $48,000 for the privilege.
The 150,000-ton Cunard Line vessel left the southern English port of Southampton on the 14-day journey to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., its first voyage with fare-paying passengers.
Although Cunard has denied reports of a terrorist threat against the vessel, security was tight and police maintained a high profile.
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As a small flotilla of boats turned out to watch the giant liner pull away, passengers lining the ship's balconies waved Union Jack flags and threw streamers.
Terrorists: the icebergs of the 21st century.
UPDATE: Reader Kenny puts on the finishing moves:
Clark: "There is no connection between the arctic icepack and icebergs. This was an unnecessary war."
Dean: "There's this theory floating around that the President was warned by the Eskimos that there were icebergs in the North Atlantic before the sinking..."
Kennedy: "This war was planned back in Texas between Bush and his Iced Tea industry buddies to take control of the ice from the polar bears."
No blood for ice! Peace Dude.