Cunard Launches New Spa Concept Mareel Following Queen Elizabeth’s Refit

Cunard announces the launch of its brand new holistic spa concept, Mareel, inspired by the ocean and seamlessly blending natural beauty and timeless luxury.

Mareel was co-created by Cunard and wellness pioneer Canyon Ranch. Mareel Wellness & Beauty will launch exclusively on board the newly refurbished Queen Elizabeth this December, closely followed by Queen Victoria later in the month and on board Queen Mary 2 from November 2020.

Angus Struthers, VP Marketing Cunard, commented:

We are delighted to share news of Mareel Wellness & Beauty, Cunard’s first ever own spa concept. Wellbeing is key to life, and feeling relaxed in mind and body is an important part of any holiday, and we are thrilled to offer such a luxurious spa at sea for our guests.

The new luxury spa space will be decorated in hues of blue, green and pale coral, creating a sanctuary of calm where guests can soak up the transformational power of the oceans.

Brand new facilities offered by Mareel on board Queen Elizabeth will include:

  • A new couples suite for seaweed bathing rituals
  • A meditation room with acoustic resonance loungers
  • A reconfigured multifunctional fitness centre and studio space
  • New sound therapy facilities in every treatment room

Queen Elizabeth’s Refit

During Queen Elizabeth’s two-week period in dry dock in Brest, France many of her guest public areas have been updated including all Grill Suites and Britannia Staterooms with new carpets and soft furnishings. The Royal Court Theatre has had a complete technical overhaul and several public rooms, bars and lounges have also been refitted with new carpets. There is new furniture out on deck and the aft sun deck has a new layout. Finally, a fresh shopping experience has been created in The Royal Arcade.

Queen Elizabeth is now up to the standards of her sister ships, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, who received significant refurbishments in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

QE Shops

QE Hydro Pool

2019 Queen Elizabeth Itineraries

In 2019, Queen Elizabeth will set sail from Southampton to Australia via Cape Town, South Africa on 3 January. She will be based in Australia until 30 March 2019, then depart for Tokyo, Japan for two voyages.

Queen Elizabeth will then relocate to Alaska on 5 May 2019 for a maiden season until 30 June 2019. Queen Elizabeth will then head back to Southampton via the Panama Canal.

View Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth Alaska cruises here.

Cunard in Alaska for 2019

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