For the domed screen ceiling of the planetarium to be installed in the Illuminations theatre on board, a huge hole was left in the top of the ship during construction, and the planetarium components were lowered in. As a result, the massive space completely envelops your range of vision in an IMAX-ish story of space, guaranteed to spur future dinner conversations. It was almost too large to fit into a single photo.
Only about 150 of the 500 or so seats in the Illuminations Theatre rest beneath the planetarium's screen, so you can probably imagine what a stampede it must be for cruisers to get to each of the schedule shows in order to score a great spot. When you consider this feature versus other popular cruise ship additions like putting greens, ice skating rinks and even whole mini neighborhoods, The QM2's planetarium is by far the most educational and humbling. If you were scared to sail across the ocean on a big ship, that thought will soon be replaced by the realizationthanks to the planetarium showsthe everything is going to die in like 1.2 billion years anyway.
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