After a month spent in dry dock in Hamburg, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 ocean liner will today sail into its Southampton home port, flanked by fleet-mates Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, to welcome guests onboard after the largest refurbishment and remastering project in the grand ship’s esteemed history.
Photos have been released taking a look at more parts of the majestic liner, showing guests exactly what they will be able to enjoy from today onwards. Cunard has spent £90 million (AU$177 million) on the bow-to-stern refresh. The project ran for 25 days and saw over one million working hours utilised. Over 55,000 square metres of carpets were laid, a total of 4,000 new works of art have been hung and 15,000 litres of paint were used in a complete repainting of the exterior of the hull.
Inspired by the original Queen Mary (which sits now as a floating hotel in California’s Long Beach harbour), the redesign of many of the ship’s interior public spaces reflects the art deco movement of the early 1930’s. Furnishings installed on Queen Mary 2 hark back to the days of its forebearer and include new carpets, curtains and many more reminiscent elements designed to pay tribute to the original ship. The work also takes place roughly 80 years since the original ship launched for the first time.
The remastering of Queen Mary 2 also included a redesign of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and exclusive restaurants, while work on the refurbishment and installation of 50 new Britannia staterooms (including five interiors, 15 solo occupancy staterooms and 30 Britannia Club staterooms will be completed gradually over the remainder of the year.
In addition, the space known as Winter Garden was transformed into the Carinthia Lounge, the installation of the French-inspired restaurant The Verandah, which sees the reintroduction of this dining outlet for the first time in decades when it featured on the original Queen Mary. Further, the Kings Court buffet has been redesigned, while pets travelling with their owners will also feel more at home in the ship’s kennels, with a Liverpool lamp post and New York City fire hydrant installed as part of Cunard’s pet service. Take a look around here:
Queen Mary 2 will tonight set sail again, bound for New York as the ship resumes its iconic and traditional Trans-Atlantic voyages. Cunard lovers in Australia will be able to see the ship when it embarks on its next World Cruise, a 125-night circumnavigation from Southampton on 03 January 2017, arriving in local waters in February. The ship will visit ports including Fremantle, Busselton, Adelaide, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island, Port Arthur, Hobart, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Cairns and a pair of visits to Sydney, one of which will coincide with a Royal Rendezvous in Sydney Harbour with Queen Elizabeth on 25 February 2017.