The introduction of the Queen Mary 2 to the Cunard fleet in 2004 revolutionised luxury cruising. Cunard’s flagship and the most magnificent ocean liner ever built, the Queen Mary 2 leads the way in terms of sophistication and has acquired an incredibly faithful following.
Portraying the golden age of cruising through the eyes of modern innovation, Queen Mary 2 is five times longer in size that the original Cunard ship, the Britannia. Fourteen polished decks are the epitome of classical styling, Grill suites are some of the most sumptuous on the seas and the impeccable ‘White Star’ service is truly incomparable. The Queen Mary 2 embraces everything that is wonderfully traditional about ocean cruising.
A £90million budget, over a million man hours, 15,000 litres of paint and ten football pitches worth of new carpet; it all adds up to a new era for the remastered Queen Mary 2. Among the changes on board are fifteen single staterooms (a first for Queen Mary 2), with an additional thirty Britannia Club Balcony cabins that give guests access to the exclusive Britannia Club restaurant. The popular Verandah Restaurant has replaced the well-loved Todd English Restaurant, and debuts with an all-new menu. The former Winter Garden is now home to the cosy seating spaces of the Carinthia Lounge, which welcomes guests for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, before evolving into an inviting evening spot come nightfall. A shift towards modern luxury has been made in the King Court buffet, with cleaner décor and a neutral colour scheme that creates a far more inviting and informal dining venue. The overhaul of the Kings Court also includes new self-serving stations, pre-set tables, waiter served drinks and even cooking demonstrations hosted by Cunard’s very best chefs.
Animal lovers will also be pleased to know that style and comfort has been extended to canine companions too, with an additional ten kennels added on board.
Sailing alongside the Statue of Liberty and into New York on board the Queen Mary 2 is an exceptional experience and one that is synonymous with Cunard, engraved into the esteemed cruise lines’ heritage. You will depart from Southampton, beginning your Transatlantic Crossing and spending sea days in absolute luxury, before the iconic Manhattan skyline finally emerges on the horizon.
Though famous for her transatlantic crossings, the Queen Mary 2 also visits destinations around the world, from the sands of the Caribbean, to the rugged landscapes of Canada and the sun-soaked Mediterranean. For the ultimate indulgence, a World Cruise on board this magnificent vessel truly is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
So celebrated is the Queen Mary 2, that a sense of occasion is created in each port she enters. Crowds fill the shore line and boat owners gather in an exuberant welcoming procession. The reputation of Cunard’s magnificent ship extends its reach around the world.
Activities on board the Queen Mary 2 are focused on relaxation and recreation in a traditional sense. Nautical deck sports of shuffleboard and deck quoits are ever popular, as too is the golf simulator and its 51 golf courses. There are five pools on board, including the Pavilion Pool which is equipped with a retractable dome roof to keep out the elements on greyer sea days. Staying active on board is easy thanks to a full gymnasium and strolls around the Promenade Deck; three laps are equal to one mile.
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub® is one of the most distinctive spa experiences at sea, with a varied treatment list offering everything from rejuvenating oxygen facials to aromatherapy massages and acupuncture. Formal evening preparation is made even more enjoyable in the dedicated salon, where beauty therapists and hairdressers are on hand to transform you for the evening’s festivities.
Evening entertainment is a signature Cunard experience and the Queen Mary 2 doesn’t disappoint. The 1,000 seat Royal Theatre brings Broadway to the seas, with lavish performances wowing audiences on a nightly basis. Dancing is a tradition that lives on aboard all ships in the Cunard fleet, nowhere more so than on the Queen Mary 2, where opulent surroundings play host to foxtrots in the biggest ballroom on the sea. Themed balls are spectacular occasions and the sensational G32 nightclub invites you to enjoy themed music nights and plenty of dancing.
The Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar is a popular spot for pre-dinner indulgence, as too is the Golden Lion Pub; a quintessentially British venue. Guests can also enjoy the luxuries of the cigar lounge should they desire, before trying their hand against Lady Luck in the Empire Casino.
Dining aboard Queen Mary 2 is a magnificent experience, overseen by the watchful eye of Cunard’s Global Culinary Ambassador Jean-Marie Zimmerman. Passengers in inside, outside and balcony grade cabins are welcomed in the majestic Britannia Restaurant. This iconic dining room serves up culinary innovations, entwined with Cunard’s exceptional silver service, to provide guests with a truly remarkable experience. Spanning two decks and joined by a glorious winding staircase, the décor and ambience of the Britannia Restaurant creates a truly opulent setting in which to dine.
Passengers travelling in Princess and Queens Grill suites may dine in the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants. Set at the aft of deck seven, these elegant dining rooms are the most luxurious on board. Dine anytime you choose with an open seating programme between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, fitting dinner in perfectly around your evening entertainment. Nowhere else is the true Cunard experience felt quite as strongly as in the rich surroundings of the Princess and Queens Grill Restaurants.
Elsewhere the Queens Lounge provides an elegant environment in which to enjoy the traditional Cunard Afternoon Tea; cucumber sandwiches, fresh scones and tea all served by white gloved waiters.
The Cunard dress code adopts three main aspects for different evenings:
1) formal evenings will require evening dresses for ladies and black tie for gentlemen.
2) semi-formal evenings require jacket and tie for gentlemen whilst cocktail dresses or skirts are preferred for the ladies.
3) elegant/casual evenings make up the dress code for the remainder of your time on board and such nights will require a jacket for gentleman and a semi-formal dress or smart separates for ladies. Please note, jeans are not permitted in the main dining rooms at any time. A copy of the daily programme will be left in your stateroom each day, with details of the required dress code for each evening.