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Ed Sheeran Built A Studio On Queen Mary 2 To Record New Album

After a year-long hiatus, Ed Sheeran is back with a brand new album called ÷, but did you know some of the tracks were recorded aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2?

The 25-year-old singer/songwriter from Suffolk, told Scott Mills and Chris Stark during the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, that some of the songs were recorded in a makeshift studio aboard Queen Mary 2, during a transatlantic voyage from New York to Southampton.

“I got the Queen Mary 2 boat over and built a studio in that because Benny (Benny Blanco), who made the album, refuses to fly, so we got a boat over,” he explained during the radio show.

However, it seems Sheeran was not prepared for Cunard’s strict formal wear policy in the restaurants, revealing: “We weren’t allowed to eat, because you have to have a suit.”

“And my biggest market in the world is the Philippines and every staff member on the boat was Filipino so I just had a wave of people come to my room every five minutes asking for selfies, so I spent my whole time taking pictures with Filipino people.”

The studio was dismantled upon arrival in Southampton.

“We built one that you could break down easily. I think it was in the freezer room, where the kitchens are.”

Clearly Ed Sheeran hasn’t read our feature on the differences between a boat, ship, ferry, and liner.

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Jordan Bailey
21-year-old travel journalist, Jordan, has been reporting on cruise news since 2011. Since taking his first voyage on board Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas in 2009, Jordan has now been on over 50 cruises. He currently studies Journalism at Southampton Solent University.
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