Queen Mary 2 will take over QE2 transatlantic route

NEW YORK -- Cunard Line's Queen Elizabeth 2 will make 16 transatlantic crossings next year before bequeathing the New York-Southampton, England, route to the new Queen Mary 2 in 2004.

The QE2 will continue to do its annual World Cruise -which usually includes a transatlantic crossing as part of the itinerary -- and will offer Europe cruises from its base in Southampton.

The QM2 is under construction at the Chantiers de l'Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France.

In other news, Cunard selected Encore Cruises, a Canadian wholesale cruise distributor, to be the line's general sales agent in Canada.

Sales support for Canadian agencies will be rendered through Encore's district sales managers; Encore's marketing group will promote the brand's ships.

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