Remastered Queen Mary 2 Back In Service

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 returned to regular transatlantic service this week after a 23-day, GBP 90 million remastering at Hamburg’s Blohm & Voss shipyard. The stem-to-stern overhaul is the most extensive undertaken by the line in its 176-year history and saw several significant changes to the iconic ocean liner.

Accommodations

50 new staterooms have been added, including 15 Single staterooms in a first for the ship, to increase her passenger capacity (although this comes at the expense of some deck and interior space).

All of the existing accommodations received an overhauled with new soft fittings and colour schemes, while the top category Queens and Princess Grill staterooms got complete makeovers with the former sporting a new Regency-inspired look with blue accents and the latter boasting a slightly more upscale, Art Deco vibe with eggshell tones offset by deep blue and crimson highlights.

Restaurants and Public Rooms

QM2’s extra-tariff specialty dining restaurant Todd English is replaced by the Verandah Restaurant, with the Boston-based celebrity chef making way for the French venue inspired by the grills on the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth liners. Another new venue onboard is the Carinthia Lounge, named after 2 of Cunard’s past liners and replacing the underutilized Winter Garden, it will offer light meals, afternoon tea and tapas-style dinners with musical accompaniment.

The previously congested King’s Court buffet restaurant has been completely rebuilt and expanded with a more open layout and reconfigured serving stations to improve traffic flow, while the 3-deck tall Britannia Restaurant, has been enhanced with new paintwork and soft fittings.

Other popular spaces, such as the Commodore Club observation lounge, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, Chart Room bar and the Golden Lion Pub have also been refreshed.

Facilities and Entertainment

Passengers boarding the ship in the Grand Lobby atrium will immediately notice a more expansive space after the removal of 2 panoramic lifts to facilitate better passenger flow. The carpeting throughout the vessel has also been replaced, with some sporting patterns replicated from the original 1936-built Queen Mary.

In the Royal Court Theater, a new 22-foot wide, high definition LED screen enhances the production shows and all seats and cushions have being replaced. The Canyon Ranch Spa receives new paneling, tile work and lighting, while the old photo gallery makes way for a new wine room.

On deck, 2 sports courts were repositioned and some jacuzzis removed. The kennels, a unique feature of the ship, is now expanded with the addition of 10 kennels and a restyled kennel lounge featuring colourful murals by Karen Katon Oprey, daughter of the ship’s Captain Kevin Oprey.

Technical Overhaul

After 12 years of summer crossings and long winter voyages chalking up 1.78 million miles, the Queen Mary 2’s propulsion machinery underwent a complete overhaul. The entire hull and superstructure was also blasted and recoated with some 2,721 gallons of marine grade paint, priming the ocean liner for continued service in the North Atlantic.

For more information, visit www.cunard.com.

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