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Welcome Aboard: Queen Mary 2

Posted June 23rd, 2017

Opulent, larger-than-life and full of charm, Queen Mary 2 specialises in providing passengers with luxurious transatlantic voyages, travelling from Southampton to New York and back. Just be sure you don’t call her a cruise ship – this 345-metre-long and 150,000-ton creation is actually the world’s largest ocean liner.


Launched in 2004, Queen Mary 2 was built to replace the aging Queen Mary, which had been Cunard’s flagship since 1969. In 2016, Queen Mary 2 was remastered at a cost of $145 million.    Wooden surfaces were sanded and varnished or painted, new staterooms were added, artwork was restored, new fittings were introduced, and the hull was repainted amongst other impressive updates.

Dining venues

Passengers’ tastebuds will always be satisfied thanks to the abundance of dining options and bars aboard Queen Mary 2. For sumptuous cuisine and elegant furnishings, head to the stunning Queens Grill Restaurant, Princess Grill Restaurant or the Britannia Restaurant. For a more casual vibe, you could opt for the self-service Kings Court buffet or the pub fare on offer at the Golden Lion Pub.

Fancy cooling down with a refreshing beverage? At the Commodore Club, you can enjoy a carefully-crafted cocktail as you star off into glorious panoramic scenery. Or enjoy the social atmosphere and sip champagne from Waterford crystal flutes with your fellow guests at the chic VeuveCliquot Champagne Bar.

A highlight of any Queen Mary 2 cruise and an iconic Cunard element is the Afternoon Tea, served in the magnificent Queens Room. Along with white-gloved service and the impressive melodies of a live orchestra, you’ll enjoy scones, tea and of course cucumber sandwiches.

Facilities and experiences

The first-class amenities and activities offered onboard Queen Mary 2 are unparalleled.  Guests can unwind with a pampering treatment at the Canyon Ranch SpaClub; browse the numerous shops and galleries or retire to the library for a little downtime.  If you're an active traveller, get your blood pumping with a fitness class in the gym or try your hand at the golf simulator before cooling down in your choice of five pools. 

After the sun sets, be wowed by talented musical performers and dance the night away in the Queens Room, home to the biggest dance floor at sea.


Onboard Queen Mary 2, elegant fittings go as far as the eye can see, and the suites and staterooms are no exception. Queens Grill guests reside in the largest suites on board, enjoying spectacular views and access to the exclusive Grills Lounge. Princess Grill guests can also take advantage of  this lavish area. Although smaller, the Britannia Club range of suites boast balconies, ocean views and plenty of fresh air and natural light, while the Britannia Staterooms enjoy the same attributes, simply on a smaller scale.  

Kennels at sea

Pet lovers rejoice! Featuring kennels supervised by a dedicated Kennel Master, Queen Mary 2 is the only liner that carries animal guests (cats and dogs). Owners can regularly access their beloved furry friends and make use of the pet play area and dog walking zone.  

Have you experienced the wonder of Queen Mary 2? Tick another item off your bucket list by getting in touch today on 1300 954 661 and making a booking. Not only can we help you find the perfect voyage, but we can arrange your travel insurance and flights too. You'll hardly have to lift a finger! 


Images courtesy of Getty & Cunard.

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