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Cunard Flagship Queen Mary 2 To Undergo Major Refurbishment

August 7, 2015


Posted in: News, Queen Mary 2

Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2 to undergo major refurbishment in early summer 2016, befitting the world’s most iconic ocean liner.

As Cunard marked its illustrious 175 year history with yesterday’s celebratory departure from New York of its flagship, Queen Mary 2, it is proud to announce the next chapter of innovation and investment, introducing new designs and guest experiences to the world’s most iconic ocean liner.

From the company’s inception, Cunard has been at the forefront of ocean travel. Through establishing the first scheduled transatlantic crossings, to the first electric lightbulbs and en-suite bathrooms at sea, to the grandeur of the floating palaces of Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, to the launch of the current fleet.

To ensure the tradition continues, Queen Mary 2 will undergo an extensive 25 day dry dock refurbishment at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany next summer, 27 May- 21 June 2016.

This major refurbishment will further refine and refresh guest interior spaces and launch new exciting innovations designed to exceed guest expectations. Three of the key developments are announced today, reflecting the changing needs of Cunard’s guests:

Research shows that increasing numbers of guests are seeking to holiday in multi-generational groups – grandparents, parents and children. Often this necessitates one member of the family travelling as an individual. To support this, and for those simply travelling alone, for the first time, 15 Single Staterooms will be introduced onto Queen Mary 2 during the refit.

With further growing trends for those booking Balcony staterooms and those wishing to have more flexibility in their dining arrangements, 30 additional Britannia Club Balcony Staterooms will be created on board. Guests travelling in these staterooms will be able to dine at a time of their own choosing in the dedicated Britannia Club restaurant, which will be expanded.

Just as families are holidaying across the generations, so pets are increasingly seen as integral to the family group.  Queen Mary 2 is already the only cruise liner in the world to offer dedicated kennels and currently carries up to 12 dogs and cats on each Transatlantic crossing. To meet strong demand – these kennel places frequently sell out – a further ten kennels will be created for four legged travellers.

With an eye to the detail that differentiates Cunard, both a lamp post and a fire hydrant will be installed on the area of deck reserved for dog walking as part of the kennels development, so that dogs from either side of the pond will feel equally at home. This was previously a feature of the kennels on Cunard’s former flagship, QE2, and was first introduced on board Queen Mary at the suggestion of The Duke of Windsor.

Extensive research has informed a series of further developments which will be revealed over the coming months, building on the flagship’s strengths as the epitome of luxury on a grand scale.

Angus Struthers, Cunard Director, said: ”Queen Mary 2 is an icon in the world of luxury ocean travel.  A ship that turns heads everywhere she goes, she is the pride of the Cunard fleet and we are committed to ensuring her reputation grows ever stronger.”

“These enhancements are just the beginning of an exciting revitalisation for Queen Mary 2, and we look forward to making more announcements about this impressive refit in the coming months,” Struthers added.

The newly announced additional accommodation goes on sale on 15 July 2015 for Queen Mary 2 Summer sailings from late June 2016.

Britannia Club Balcony Stateroom, Deck 13

Britannia Club Balcony Stateroom, Queen Mary 2

Britannia Single Oceanview Stateroom, Deck 3

Queen Mary 2, Single Stateroom floor plan

Britannia Single Oceanview Stateroom, Deck 2

Queen Mary 2, Single stateroom floor plan

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Michael Gallagher, Public Relations Manager: michael.gallagher@cunard.co.uk

T: 0207 940 5391/07770 546 283

Ruth Harrington, Public Relations Executive: ruth.harrington@cunard.co.uk

T: 07815491900

Gill Haynes, Head of Public Relations:gill.haynes@cunard.co.uk

T: 0238 065 6547/07801 316 843

  1. marion burdick says:

    Glad to hear about the planned refurbishment. One suggestion that might be considered: more Grill suites–both Princess and Queens–with walk-in showers. Perhaps taking a bit of room from the generous closet areas? (Some Brittannia suites do have small walk-in showers.) This would be a welcome amenity for older passengers such as myself who find it increasingly difficult to negotiate the high sides of bathtubs to utilize in tub showers.

  2. Good luck with the re furbishment of QM2 it is truly my favourite Ship ,
    I am very pleased to know there wil be be single State Rooms available in late 2016
    This years 175 celebrations were fantastic &The Liverpool Cathedral Service was simply
    Thanks to all concerned .
    M W akefield

  3. carol garnett says:

    How exciting. I Depart on her August 18th from New York for Southampton and Return September 20th from Southampton. I am looking forward to another round trip next year. How delighted I am to see the before and after.
    I just Love Cunard Line. My first crossing was when I immigrated to the US on the HMS Sylvainia. God Bless Her. Carol

  4. joseph bielawski says:

    We can’y wait to 2017. We are going to see Australia and New Zealand on the QM2.

  5. Felicity Richards says:

    Very happy to see that you will be including single staterooms in your refurbishment of Queen Mary 2 – it can be very expensive to travel as a single on a cruise ship/liner. I’m looking forward to reading about the further developments to be announced over coming months.

  6. Shirley Warren says:

    I think it’s great that you’re adding some single cabins. But it would be even greater if you would add a lot more, and on your other two Queens as well. There are a lot of single travellers out here who love Cunard.

  7. Sam says:

    Delighted you are adding single cabins. I do hope a couple of them will have a small balcony – or at least some access to the fresh sea air!

  8. Miriam Bolger says:

    Glad to hear that there will be more single rooms.
    Hoping to go to Australia and New Zealand soon.

  9. Valerie Blondeau says:

    Single stateroom long overdue, one of the reasons I have not chosen Cunard recently after many years sailing with this line. Agree with another comment should be more on all Cunard ships.

  10. Julie Heslop says:

    Single cabins, fantastic. I hope the fares will be happily received too.

  11. Chris Stedman says:

    It would be great to have do brittannia balcony suites capable of taking a family with two children. This is the only thing stopping me booking a cruise for my 50th…

  12. Tony Littlewood says:

    Of all the beautiful ships I have had the honour to sail on, QM 2 definitely holds the crown. My three sons, who are all dog owners, will be thrilled with your plans for expanding the canine section. Nice touch with the lamp-post. Hope you keep it hosed down!

  13. This plan looks great and I think these additional cabins and changing the Winter Garden area into the Carinthia Room is a great idea. There was a lot of dead space on these decks, that needed to be utilized such as Deck 13, Decks 2 and 3 that had too big a casino area that was n’t being used. The passageway and Photo shop area also had too much under utilized areas. Good Luck in 2016, with the new refit. Germany always did good work.

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