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Passengers of Queen Mary 2 offered flaounes as liner docks in Limassol

The Queen Mary 2, one of the biggest cruise ships in the world, docked in Limassol port on Thursday. Its 2,500 passengers were greeted with flaounes by girls dressed in traditional Cypriot costumes on arrival.

The welcome ceremony was attended by Limassol officials who handed a commemorative plaque to the cruise liner’s captain.

After the ceremony many of the luxury cruise ship’s passengers boarded 50 buses to visit attractions including Kolossi, Kourion, Paphos, Omodhos and Nicosia. Others took a walk in the centre of Limassol.

British American Cunard cruise line has now added Limassol to its global cruise programme.

The giant cruise ship with a crew of 1,200 people and a length of 345 metres is currently on a journey lasting 120 days. It leaves Limassol port at 9pm Thursday and travels to Haifa.

The 2016 cruise started on January 10 in the port of Southampton, UK and will be completed on May 10.

The Queen Mary 2 claims to have the largest library at sea with 8,000 books and to be the only cruise liner which has kennels and regularly carries animals.

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