QM2 (Queen Mary II
) will be the largest passenger vessel when she debuts in 2004. Currently designed at 150,500 tonnes, it's likely she'll be closer to 155,400 when commisioned. That comfortably exceeds the Voyager class by 15,000 tonnes.
The Project World/Project Phoenix class vessels at 250,000 tonnes are fascinating, but Carnival, NCL
, and RCCL agree that there is greater profit potential with either 5 50,000 tonne vessels or two 125,000 tonne ones....
The QM2 will be registered in the UK (as of August 2003).
BTW..having a Liberian registration is not bad. On the rating chart..they are miles ahead of both Panama and Cayman Islands (who will allow the registration of just about anything) in safety standards.. Both DNV and Lloyd's shipping tightly control what gets registered out of Liberia. However, misshaps do occur (thankfully, or I'd be out of a job!).