• Mona Evans

    Queen Mary 2 Illuminations theater. (Photo: Mark Lawton) The ship's 500-seat theater can be converted into a 150-seat planetarium. The circle on the ceiling is where the dome is and the red seats beneath it not only recline, but also get 360 degree views when the planetarium is in use. ©Mona Evans, "Illuminations - A Planetarium Afloat" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art21354.asp

  • Benoit Michel

    Where is the nearest 3D theater when you are in the middle of the atlantic ocean? Maybe on the Queen Mary 2! As part of its worldwide release schedule, Cunard Line is proud to announce the first shipboard screenings of the 3D feature film, "Madam Butterfly 3D," in association with the Royal Opera House and RealD, the world's most widely used digital 3D projection technology.

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