Queen Mary 2 Overview
The Queen Mary 2 cruise ship is one of the most iconic at sea as the flagship for the traditional Cunard line. She was welcomed to the waters in 2004 by none other than Queen Elizabeth II herself.
Everything on board drips with elegance and style, with afternoon teas, classy dresscodes, high ceilings and beautiful artworks. In 2014, the Queen Mary 2 celebrated her 10th anniversary with a tour by Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip, who was there for the christening 10 years prior.
She is the only purpose-built liner on the seas (as others are ships), and at the time of her first sailing, she was the longest, tallest, widest, and largest passenger ship ever built. That's why many know her as the most magnificent cruise ship in history.
Queen Mary 2 specs
The Queen Mary 2 has room for 2,620 guests and 1,238 crew members. She weighs 151,400 tons, and is 1,132 feet (345 metres) long. The beam is 135 feet, the draft is 32 feet, and the height 236 feet, which was limited during building by the fact that she would need to be able to sail under New York's Verazzano Narrows Bridge. There are 17 decks in total and she can travel at speeds of up to 30 knots per hour. Overall, the Queen Mary 2 cost £550 million to build.
Queen Mary 2 itinerary and shore excursions
The Queen Mary 2 schedule takes her to glamorous locations about the globe such as New York, Boston, Southampton, Hamburg, Halifax, Quebec, Barbados, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, Auckland, Wellington, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brisbane, Dubai, and so much more. Venture onto land for Queen Mary 2 excursions such as kayaking around the city walls of Dubrovnik, enjoying a scenic helicopter flight over St Kitts, or taking a relaxing gondola ride in Venice.
Inside Queen Mary 2
There is a very real sense of Britishness about the Queen Mary 2 interior. The corridors are lined with historical placards, the décor is carefully considered and elegant, and many of the passengers are often British themselves. Due to her large size, your voyage won't feel too crowded either, as passengers spread out throughout the ship.
One thing to note about life inside the Queen Mary 2 is the dress code. This ship is arguably the dressiest at sea, so day wear will typically be smart casual, while evening wear is encouraged every night after 6pm. Most cruises will have dedicated casual and dressy nights, where the casual evenings lean more towards cocktail dresses rather than full-length dresses for women, and men in nice shirts rather than a full tux.
Queen Mary 2 restaurants and bars
The Britannia Restaurant is the main dining area on board, and is located in a stunning two-deck venue that caters to most of the passengers. Breakfast and lunch meals here are open seating, but during dinner time you will be seated at either 6pm or 8.30pm at allocated tables. If you are a member of the Britannia Club, however, you can choose your own dining time.
Up on deck 7 is King's Court, the buffet restaurant is a more relaxed dining area where you dine when and where you like.
If you're staying in the Princess or Queens Grill Suites, you get access to the exclusive restaurants. Here, you get anytime seating from 6.30pm to 9pm, although the table allocation remains the same.
The Queen Mary 2 rooms are just as luxurious as the rest of the ship. The Interior cabins may not have windows, but they do have comfortable sofas, fine art on the walls and a turndown service at night. The Oceanview Rooms add the experience of a window where you can watch as you sail into each new destination. The ship has also added nine single rooms, eight of which are Oceanview styles and one that is an interior room, specifically for solo travellers.
A Britannia Balcony Statement offers guests a small balcony with table and chairs to enjoy sunrises, sunsets, and everything in between out in the fresh air. For extra room to move about, consider the Britannia Club Balcony rooms, which have large living spaces.
For a Queen Mary 2 suite experience, take a look at the Princess Grill suites, which are up to 513 square feet in size, offer concierge services, fresh fruit and vintage wine, and come with a reserved table in the exclusive Princess Grill restaurant.
The most luxurious staterooms on the Queen Mary 2 are the Queen Grill suites. These rooms are up to 2,131 square feet, and come with their own whirlpool baths and marble bathrooms. You will also have a reserved spot at a table in the Queen Grill restaurant.
The meals and drinks available at the Queen Mary 2 bars, restaurants and cafes are superior to many you would find in restaurants on shore.
Complimentary meals as part of your Queen Mary 2 tickets are available at:
Britannia Restaurant: Main eatery with traditional dinners, also open for breakfast and lunch
Kings Court: Buffet-style meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Golden Lion Pub: Serves lunch from noon until 2.30pm
Boardwalk Café: Grill-style casual meals in fine weather only
Pavilion Pool and Bar: Café-style meals such as soups and sandwiches
Princess Grill: Princess Grill Suite guests only
Queens Grill: Queens Grill Suite guests only
Specialty dining (meals not included in your fare)
The Verandah Restaurant: Delicious meals, advance bookings crucial
As a more traditional cruise ship, the activities are generally more relaxed and less action-packed - but no less enjoyable!
What to do on the Queen Mary 2 during the day
There are activities each day such as trivia competitions, book club, bridge, bingo, whist, Texas Hold'em, and mahjong games, as well as special classes for flower arranging, and group sessions for needlework, knitting and watercolour painting.
The Cunard Insights program is as interesting as it is educational, with a myriad of incredible speakers delivering presentations during the cruise. This could be a historical figure, a former politician, an academic, explorer, musician, filmmaker, or any other person of note.
There's a grand library where you can go to read, a fitness centre and spa to get some exercise in and relax with a massage, and no less than three saunas to choose from.
You can take a dip in one of the Queen Mary 2 pools, enjoy a haircut or beauty service at the salon, try out the golf simulator at Fairways, watch a movie at Illuminations, or take a stroll through the lush Winter Garden.
What to do on the Queen Mary 2 at night
The Queens Room is the largest ballroom of any cruise ship, and is where you will head to attend cocktail parties and dance to live orchestra music every night. For those looking for something more upbeat, cross the dance floor to the two-tiered G32 disco and bar.
For more live entertainment, take a look at the programme for the Royal Court Theatre. Here you will find nightly performances, ranging from live singers and musicians to acrobatic displays and performers.
Take a spin at the casino or learn about the stars in the planetarium - there is no end to the options for entertainment!
Looking after the kids on the Queen Mary 2
Families will love travelling on the Queen Mary 2 with kids clubs for all ages. The Teen Zone is open for 12-17 year olds, while the Kids' Zone is available for those aged 8-12. There is also a Playzone, which is reserved for kids aged 6 months - 7 years, although under-twos need adult supervision.
Also note that babies must be at least 6 months old to cruise, and 12 months or older if your voyage is transatlantic or transpacific.
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