December 5, 2011
We Are Cunard
As promised, here is the latest update from Queen Mary 2 where the refit is progressing very smoothly. The complex scheduling of work is being carried out as planned, by our team here in Southampton and the shipyard in Hamburg.
To give you an idea of the scale of work, over 20,000 litres of paint, 10 miles of carpet and 1,250 crane lifts will be used over the two weeks by over 1,200 contractors who will and are currently working as you read this blog to bring all the planned enhancements to life.
For those of you wondering what happens to the items replaced in refit, I am also pleased to say that at both Cunard and the Blohm & Voss shipyard we look to take the opportunity where possible to recycle items removed from the ship. Steel, pipes, cladding and teak for example will all be recycled and used but good items, such as some of the soft furnishings including carpets, beds, linen, televisions and computers, will be donated to local charities in Hamburg through Der Hafen Hilft.
So to what you have all been waiting for – the first video update has arrived. Cunard’s very own Paul O’Loughlin, Entertainment Director on board Queen Mary 2, takes you on a tour of Queen Mary 2 in the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg. You will see Queen Mary 2 as you haven’t before… it’s fascinating stuff.
On the tour Paul meets with Beniamino Acler, Senior Maitre D’ to find out what is happening in the Princess Grill and Queens Grill restaurants. Followed by Richard Araujo, Assistant Spa Manager for an update in all things health and fitness and then finally he meets with Colin Watson, Executive Housekeeper to uncover what’s planned for the suites and staterooms on board. The video will certainly give you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes when we take one of our Cunard liners into dry-dock.
Hopefully it will also whet your appetite for part 2 – we will be back next week with a second video and another insider’s tour, showing you how wonderful Queen Mary 2 looks after her two week refit, from the suites and staterooms to the Grill restaurants, Grand Lobby and the Golden Lion Pub.
Rest assured that our team on board are working their socks off to make sure that Queen Mary 2 receives the care and attention she deserves and will be ready with their White Star Service from 8th December when she sets sail on her next voyage.
That’s all for now – I hope you enjoy the video – and have a cracking weekend wherever you are.