Queen Mary 2 Has Been Completely Remastered

Queen Mary 2
Photograph by Jonathan Atkin Photography (c) (PRNewsFoto/Cunard Line)

One of the most iconic cruise ships in the world has completed its huge multi million pound dry dock in Hamburg, Germany. it has been one of the largest ever drydock operations for Cunard Line which is operating its 176th year.

The 150,000 gross ton ship has arrived into Southampton, UK waters today. The vessel was flanked by fleet royalty Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, to be greeted by a host of high-profile guests. The ship will then continue towards New York on the first official sailing since the refurbishment. The ocean liner entered the Blohm & Voss shipyard on May 25 and has had may new features and enhancements added:

  • Redesign and refurbishment of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants, as well as Britannia staterooms, the latter to be fully complete by the end of the year
  • The addition of 30 further Britannia Club staterooms, 15 Britannia single staterooms and five Britannia inside staterooms
  • Redesign of key public spaces and restaurants, including the transformation of the former Winter Gardeninto the Carinthia Lounge, the introduction of The Verandah as the ship’s new speciality restaurant, and the complete refresh and restructuring of the Kings Court, the ship’s popular buffet area
  • 10 additional kennels, complete with Liverpool lamp post and New York fire hydrant to make dogs feel at home in the world’s only transatlantic kennel service
  • And as befitting the flagship of the Cunard fleet, a complete repaint of the ship exterior and significant technical enhancements and structural changes

Over one million man hours has gone in to the refurbishment, over a 25 day period, 594,000 square feet of luxurious new carpets (the equivalent of 10 British football pitches) has been laid, 4,000 new framed pictures have been brought on board and over 3,900 gallons of paint have been applied to the ship’s hull – are just a few examples of the sheer size and scale of these refurbishments.

Richard Meadows, president, Cunard, North America said:

“The significant investment into our flagship, Queen Mary 2, is indicative of our commitment to our guests, and to the special place that the ship holds, not only for those who are passionate about our famed ship, but also for the unique position she holds in the cruise landscape. From her spectacular debut in 2004, to her current remastering, Queen Mary 2 continues to capture the imagination of those who experience her classic ocean liner voyages.”

For an inside look at what was done during the remastering of Queen Mary 2 you take watch some video which Cruise Hive previously posted. The ship is one of the most famous in the world and is great at sailing transatlantic voyages as well as Global cruises.