Cunard’s flagship, Queen Mary 2 has departed Southampton on a transatlantic crossing to New York after emerging from a £90 million refurbishment.
Over one million man hours has gone in to the 25-day refurbishment in Hamburg, which saw the installation of 55,200 square metres of luxurious new carpets – the equivalent of 10 football pitches – and over 15,000 litres of paint applied to the ship’s hull.
All 3 Queens were in Southampton to celebrate the return of the flagship liner from its mid-life refurbishment.
Simon Palethorpe, Senior Vice President of Cunard, said: “Cunard’s passion for delivering a service and experience that both meets and exceeds guest’s expectations is transforming the way we travel by sea. Remastering Queen Mary 2 honours the heritage and iconic status of our magnificent ship to take our passengers forward into a new era of ocean travel.”
The Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants have been redesigned and refurbished, along with the addition of 30 Britannia Club staterooms on her top deck, as well as 15 Britannia single staterooms and five Britannia inside staterooms added throughout the ship.
Glass elevators in the Grand Lobby have been removed, creating a larger space. The former Winter Garden has been transformed into the Carinthia Lounge and the Kings Court buffet has been expanded and restructured. Queen Mary 2 also now boasts a new specialty restaurant called The Verandah.
10 additional dog kennels, complete with a lamp post from Liverpool and a fire hydrant from New York will make dogs feel at home.
The luxury liner has been lovingly remastered with new contemporary interior designs and guest experiences, many of which take inspiration from the original Queen Mary.