Dream Queen Mary trip for Cairns model maker
Intricate detail: Leah Drummond built a model of the Queen Mary 2.
LEAH Drummond, 22, is to be treated like a princess when she boards the Queen Mary 2 in March.
The Bentley Park resident has held a life-long obsession with the luxury cruise liner and even spent four months building a replica of it at the family's kitchen table.
Three years ago she travelled 600km with her parents Judy and Bob to see the ship in the Whitsundays and last year took her model and extensive information to share with people at Yorkeys Knob when the ship anchored off-shore.
Now it's her turn to go on board after saving $6000 for the cruise from Brisbane to Sydney with her mum.
Cunard Line, who are aware of her knowledge and fascination with the ship, have promised her the VIP treatment.
"I want to explore all of Queen Mary 2 and see the interior. The bridge is what I want to see the most," she said.
Ms Drummond also is hoping for an invitation to the captain's table for dinner.
"I will take my nicest dress," she said.
Ms Drummond, who works at KFC Stockland Cairns at Earlville 10 hours a week, has been saving money for the cruise since 2008.
She said when it reached Sydney she hoped to stay on board as long as possible.
"Maybe I will become a stowaway," she joked.
David Jones of Carnival Australia, which looks after the Cunard Line's ships in Australia, said he met Ms Drummond at Yorkeys Knob last year and was amazed with her knowledge and fascination with the liner.
He said they were thrilled she was able to take a cruise.
"She sent an email to president and managing director of the Cunard Line Peter Shanks to tell him she is coming on board," Mr Jones said.
"He's asked that she be treated like a princess while on board."