SMC Design appointed for QM2 refit

By ,   September 16, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

SMC Design was appointed by Cunard Line to lead the development of the interior spaces aboard Queen Mary 2, in preparation for her major refit in 2016.

Cunard's flagship is scheduled for a multi-million 25-day extensive refurbishment (May 27-June 21) that will boast new interior designs. The most iconic liner in the world is expected to open the next chapter in her illustrious career.

The announcement follows the recent news that QM2 will gain 15 brand new single cabins and additional 30 Britannia Club rooms during the refit. The popular onboard kennels will be expanded in order to cater for the high demand this extraordinary facility already attracts.

SMC Design was established in 1994. The based in London design consultancy specializes in maritime sector. SMC Design's team has worked on many cruise vessels - from small yachts to some of the biggest ships ever built. It also has a working history with Cunard ships, leading previous refits of QE2, Cunard Princess and Cunard Countess, while also being involved in its current fleet design: Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2. Andy Collier, SMC Managing Director, was part of the launch design team of QM2 at the beginning of the Century. She was then the first Atlantic liner being built for more than 35 years.

The new designs of Queen Mary 2 will focus on updating her iconic art deco lines. The original Art Deco Queen Mary has been the source of inspiration with the new designs, bringing Cunard’s glamorous past into 21st Century. With new colour schemes, carpets and furniture, as well as more decorative fittings installed throughout, the design approach of the largest ocean liner in the world is set to ensure QM2 retains leading position in Cunard fleet.

Over the last 18 months, the line has been consulting different ideas with thousands of its past and future passengers across the world. The ongoing consultations are of great importance to the work in preparation for refit. The valuable opinions from people who know the liner better than anyone, are being incorporated into the extensive development plans.