QM2 to undergo 25-day drydock in 2016

By ,   July 16, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Cunard Line announced that next summer, from May 27 to June 21, Queen Mary 2 would undergo an extensive dry dock refurbishment at Blohm+Voss Shipyard, Hamburg (Germany).

Among the changes is the addition of 15 single staterooms, 30 Britannia Club balcony staterooms, as well as 10 more kennels for pets.

Research showed an increasing number of guests travelling in multi-generational groups. Often this necessitated one member of the group cruising as an individual. 15 Single Staterooms are to be introduced for the first time on Queen Mary 2 during the refurb.

With further growing trends for the ones booking Balcony rooms and those who wish to have more flexibility in dining arrangements, additional 30 Britannia Club Balcony Staterooms are to be created onboard. Guests who travel in these rooms will be able to dine at a time they choose in the dedicated Britannia Club restaurant, planned for expansion.

As pets are increasingly seen onboard with families, QM 2 is already the only liner in the world to offer kennels and carries up to 12 cats and dogs on each Transatlantic Crossing. In order to meet strong demand (the dedicated kennel places sell out frequently) a further 10 kennels are to be created for four legged cruisers.

Both a fire hydrant and a lamp post will be installed on the area reserved for dog walking. This was a feature of the kennels on the former flagship of Cunard, Queen Elizabeth 2, and was first introduced on QM2 at the suggestion of The Duke of Windsor.

The president Cunard North America, Richard Meadows, said that Queen Mary 2 was "an icon in the world of luxury ocean travel". He added that being a ship that turned heads everywhere she went, QM2 was the pride of Cunard fleet and they were committed to ensuring her reputation grew ever stronger.

The planned enhancements were just the beginning of an exciting refurb for Queen Mary 2, and Cunard looked forward to making more announcements about it in the coming months.