Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 Review and Specifications

Specifications of Queen Mary 2

Year built2004  /  Age : 15
Flag state United Kingdom
BuilderChantiers de l’Atlantique (Saint-Nazaire, STX France)
ClassOcean Liner
Building costGBP 700 million (USD 900 million)
OwnerCarnival Corporation & PLC
OperatorCunard Line
Speed30 kn / 56 kph / 35 mph
Length (LOA)345 m / 1132 ft
Beam (width)44 m / 144 ft
Gross Tonnage148528 gt
Passengers2726 - 3271
Crew1253
Passengers-to-space ratio45
Decks13
Cabins1363
Decks with cabins11
Last Refurbishment2016
Christened byHM Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen of UK)

Current itinerary of Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 current cruise is 108 days, round-trip World Voyage, themed as "Easter". The itinerary starts on 03 Jan, 2019 and ends on 21 Apr, 2019.

Date / TimePort
03 Jan 17:00      Departing from New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ-NYC   
10 Jan 06:30 - 17:00     Southampton, England   
13 Jan 08:00 - 17:30     Cadiz, Spain   
17 Jan 07:00 - 20:00     Piraeus, Athens, Greece   
19 Jan 08:00 - 20 Jan 22:00     Haifa, Tel Aviv, Israel   
21 Jan 23:00 - 22 Jan 02:00     Port Said, Egypt   
22 Jan 03:45 - 13:45     Suez Canal   
29 Jan 06:00 - 20:00     Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE   
30 Jan 08:00 - 18:00     Doha, Qatar   
01 Feb 08:00 - 18:00     Muscat, Oman   
04 Feb 06:00 - 17:00     Mormugao, Goa, India   
06 Feb 07:00 - 20:00     Colombo, Sri Lanka   
09 Feb 08:00 - 20:00     Phuket, Phuket Island, Thailand   
10 Feb 09:00 - 18:00     Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia   
12 Feb 07:00 - 13 Feb 20:00     Singapore   
15 Feb 08:00 - 18:30     Kota Kinabalu, Borneo, Malaysia   
16 Feb 07:00 - 20:00     Da Nang, Hue, Vietnam   
18 Feb 07:00 - 19 Feb 18:00     Hong Kong, China   
22 Feb 04:00 - 23 Feb 23:00     Shanghai, China   
26 Feb 06:00 - 27 Feb 17:00     Tianjin, Beijing, China   
01 Mar 07:00 - 17:00     Incheon, Seoul, South Korea   
01 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Kitakyushu, Japan   
02 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Jeju Island, Cheju, South Korea   
05 Mar 07:00 - 18:00     Hong Kong, China   
07 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Nha Trang, Vietnam   
08 Mar 09:00 - 21:30     Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam   
10 Mar 08:00 - 11 Mar 17:00     Singapore   
12 Mar 07:00 - 18:00     Klang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia   
13 Mar 08:00 - 18:00     Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia   
13 Mar 08:00 - 14 Mar 17:00     Pulau Langkawi Island, Malaysia   
14 Mar 07:00 - 17:00     Pulau Penang Island, Georgetown, Malaysia   
17 Mar 06:00 - 18:00     Chennai, Madras, India   
20 Mar 06:00 - 18:00     Cochin, Kochi, India   
24 Mar 07:00 - 23:00     Abu Dhabi, UAE   
25 Mar 06:00 - 19:00     Dubai, Port Rashid, UAE   
28 Mar 07:00 - 16:00     Salalah, Oman   
01 Apr 08:00 - 23:59     Aqaba, Jordan   
03 Apr 05:30 - 14:00     Suez Canal   
03 Apr 16:00 - 17:00     Port Said, Egypt   
04 Apr 08:00 - 17:30     Limassol, Cyprus   
07 Apr 07:00 - 19:00     Civitavecchia, Rome, Italy   
09 Apr 07:00 - 17:00     Barcelona, Spain   
11 Apr 09:00 - 19:00     Lisbon, Portugal   
14 Apr 06:00 - 17:00     Southampton, England   
21 Apr 06:30      Arriving in New York, Cape Liberty Bayonne NJ-NYC   

Review of Queen Mary 2

Launched in 2004, RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise ship is the oldest and most famous of all Cunard liners, with fleet mates MS Queen Victoria (2007) and MS Queen Elizabeth (2010). Cunard's newest liner will enter service in 2022.

History - construction and ownership

Cunard Line is a British-American cruise line brand, operated by Carnival UK and owned by Carnival Corporation (shipowner). Cunard is headquartered in Southampton (England UK) and is among world's oldest passenger shipping companies. In 2015, Cunard Line celebrated its 175th anniversary.

RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise ship (Cunard)

Cunard held the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic voyage for most of the next 30 years. In 1968 Cunard Line withdrew from year-round service to concentrate on cruising and summer transatlantic sailings for vacationers. The Queens were replaced by QE2 (Queen Elizabeth 2), which was designed for her special dual role. In 1998, Carnival Corporation acquired Cunard. Five years later, Queen Elizabeth 2 was replaced on her transAtlantic runs by QM2 (Queen Mary 2). Currently, Cunard is the only shipping company operating a scheduled passenger service between North America and Europe.

RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise ship construction

The 148,528-ton, 1,300-passenger cruise ship RMS Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of Cunard Line and one of the most modern cruise vessels designed nowadays - the biggest ocean liner in the world, built specifically to cross the Atlantic Ocean. QM2 was created with perfection, from bow to stern, with 14 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind. Gorgeous public areas, lavish dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges, and you may not believe it but there is even a Planetarium onboard. Queen Mary 2 boasts a lot of deck space. In order passengers to be well protected when the cruise ship is moving fast (30 knots), invisible windscreens were built.

Stephen Payne was Queen Mary 2 naval architect - a Carnival’s designer, who resembled features of some former ocean liners. These aspects include three thick black lines which recall the appearance of the first Queen Mary. Because Queen Mary 2 is too large and cannot dock in all ports, the passengers are ferried in tenders to and from the ship. For transporting passengers to shore, tenders pull up to loading stations, which have large hull doors for hydraulically opening outwards and forming a boarding platform.

The vessel changed its flag in 2011 from London UK to Hamilton Bermuda in order to be able to offer onboard weddings. RMS stands for "Royal Mail Ship" - a gesture to Cunard Line's history.

Cunard Queen Mary 2 cruise ship QM2 was most famous before her first sailing, and today is a worthy heir to Cunard’s legacy. She is the flagship of the most respected fleet in the world, consisting of luxury ocean liners. With her accommodation, renowned restaurants, breathtaking Grand Lobby, you will be amazed for sure.

RMS Queen Mary 2 is the only ocean liner still sailing Transatlantic cruise crossing schedules each year between Southampton and New York. She is also a magnificent and super luxury ocean liner- the only one ever built. Queen Mary 2 provides modern cruise travel experiences with its fourteen spacious decks designed to comfortably relax; lounges; dining rooms; ballrooms and theaters- not to forget the spectacular and only Planetarium at sea. You must sail with this Queen of the sea to really enjoy every single minute.

RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise ship (Cunard)

Cunard QM2 first World Cruise started on 10 January 2007, navigating around the globe for 81 days. On the 20th of February in Sydney harbor, she met Queen Elizabeth 2 being also on a world cruise. Many viewers were at the harbor bridge no matter the arrival time of the queens was 5:42 a.m. This was the first time they met since the original Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary served in 1941 as troop ships. Queen Mary 2 embarked on a three-month cruise around the world from Southampton on the 10th of January 2012. She traveled south and afterward east around Africa, then along the east coastline of Australia heading to Japan and back to Southampton through the Suez Canal. Another Royal Rendezvous took place in New York on the 13th of January 2011 at 6:45 p.m. in front of the Statue of Liberty. Queen Mary 2 met Queen Victoria and the brand-new Queen Elizabeth. The two other ships- QE and QV crossed the Atlantic in tandem for the event. The fireworks and the red lights of the Empire State Building marked the event. For the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the Queens met again in Southampton on the 5th of June 2012.

Cruise itinerary program

Queen Mary 2 itinerary program is based on regular Transatlantic crossings with departures from Southampton UK, Hamburg, and New York. Each year the ship offers a “World Cruise” sailing roundtrip from Southampton and oneway itinerary segments. QM2 features special Cunard cruises to Canada (New England) and the Caribbean, also with departures from UK and USA.

Cabins

Most Queen Mary 2 staterooms are 250-270-sq. foot Balcony rooms. There are a total of 1363 staterooms (of which 175 Suites, 784 Balcony, 293 Inside rooms) in 23 categories. The largest aboard Queen Mary 2 are the Grand Duplex Suites (2250 ft2). The so-called ‘staterooms’, the cheapest QM2 cabins, include a private bathroom with shower, toilet, sink, comfortable beds, TV, dressing and coffee tables, chair, internet access pay-per-minute, room service menu, electronic safe for valuables. The staterooms on Cunard Queen Mary 2 can be separated into categories, in cost ascending order: Standard Inside (no window, but beautifully designed with all facilities above); Standard Atrium View (standard inside cabins with a small window, allocated to Britannia restaurant); Standard Oceanview (with a small non-opening porthole with a sea view); Britannia Premium Balcony (the cheapest type with own balcony, allocated to Britannia restaurant); Britannia Deluxe Balcony (with a glass-fronted balcony, allocated to Britannia restaurant); Britannia Club Balcony (similar to Britannia Deluxe balcony, allocated to ‘Britannia Club’ single-sitting restaurant); Princess Balcony Suites (suites with balcony, allocated to Princess Grill); Queens Balcony Suites (various types including the Grand Duplex suites, allocated to Queen’s Grill restaurant).

Shipboard dining options - Food and Drinks

All Cunard ships have 3 main restaurants offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Queens Grill Restaurant is designated for guests staying in Queens Grill accommodations. Evening dining is anytime between 6.30 pm - 9.00 pm. Princess Grill Restaurant - for guests staying in Princess Grill accommodations. Evening dining is anytime between 6.30pm - 9.00pm. Britannia Restaurant – for guests staying in Britannia Balcony, Oceanview or Inside Staterooms. Dining arrangements depend on the class of accommodation passengers have chosen. Most of them prefer the Britannia class and dine in the main restaurant. Passengers can upgrade to a ‘junior suite’ and then dine in Princess Grill, or choose a suite and then dine in the Queens’ Grill. Thus they are grouped by Cunard as the so-called Grill Passengers who are permitted to the Queens’ Grill Lounge and may also use the private area on deck 11 and its whirlpool. The other public areas are allowed to use by all passengers.

Each stateroom is allocated and most cabins are allocated to Britannia restaurant - two-story with 1,300 seats. Princess Grill on deck 7 is for the more expensive staterooms- the Queen’s Grill on the same deck - for the very best ones. Fares include all meals in the allocated restaurant and the afternoon tea served in King’s Court or Queen’s Room. Food is excellent - you may choose different starters, main courses, desserts, being changed every day. Dining optional venues - instead of in allocated restaurants, you can choose to eat in the self-service informal King’s Court on deck 7 (with several buffet areas) or in the Golden Lion pub on deck 2. You may have breakfast or lunch at the King’s Court area which is open twenty-four hours a day - it serves as a buffet restaurant. Todd English restaurant on deck 8 serves superb food, call in the morning to reserve a table.

Each cabin has free room service with a simple menu - burgers, pasta, crackers which can be ordered by phone at any time. If you order drinks, they are charged at bar prices.

When you book you may request a sitting. The Britannia restaurant has two for dinner - at 6 p.m. and at 8.30 p.m. Princess Grill and Queens Grill do not have sittings - when they are open, you can dine any time you choose. A note for confirmation sitting and table number will be left in your stateroom when you board. Lunch and breakfast do not require allocated tables or sittings.

NOTE: During the ship's major drydock refit in 2016, "Winter Garden" was replaced with "Carinthia Lounge". The new lounge offers alternative breakfast, lunchtime options, and premium coffees. Also during the 2016 refurbishment, "Todd English" (Mediterranean cuisine) was replaced with "The Verandah" - contemporary French cuisine restaurant. The buffet-style "Kings Court" was completely transformed, with the addition of a smokehouse (alternative dining concept).

Passengers staying in suites are offered new menus in refurbished settings by Princess Grill and Queens Grill restaurants. Britannia Restaurant, Golden Lion pub, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar all boast refreshed menus. Cunard Line has created many of the new menus in its development kitchen in Southampton.

Follows the complete list of Queen Mary 2 restaurants and food bars.

  • King’s Court (478-seat self-service buffet restaurant, with Chef’s Galley area for culinary demonstrations and Chef’s Table menu on select evenings; sectioned in 4 casual dining venues – Chef Galley, The Carvery, Lotus, La Piazza)
  • Britannia Restaurant (1351-seat, 3-decks high Dining Room; serves open-seating Breakfast and Lunch. Dinners are waiter-served, with 2 assigned sittings at 6 or 8:30 p.m. Inside is the Britannia Club which is a private dining room for Britannia Club Balcony guests)
  • The Carvery (offers gourmet English cuisine, reservations are recommended)
  • Lotus (Asian cuisine with Chinese, Japanese, Indian and Thai dishes; reservations only)
  • La Piazza (24-hour; serves Italian cuisine; reservations recommended)
  • Queens Grill Restaurant (206-seat, for Queens Grill Suite guests; with regular and an “a la carte” menu)
  • Princess Grill Restaurant (180-seat, Princess Grill Suite guests only; open-sitting, with the same menu as at the Queens Grill)
  • Todd English (216-seat specialty restaurant, reservations are required)
  • Boardwalk Cafe (fast-food bar serving the pool area).

Dress code

Transatlantic cruise travel is more formal as a dress code. During the day, passengers definitely tend towards country club casual. At night, even when it isn't a formal-designated evening, passengers dress up anyway. There are 3 dress codes in the main restaurants after 6 pm each evening. Which one applies each night is noted in pre-voyage documentation and daily program in all staterooms.

  • Formal (men - dinner jacket with a black tie or dark business suit; women- evening dress)
  • Semi-formal (men- jacket and a tie; women - cocktail dress/trouser suit)
  • Elegant casual (men - a jacket, a tie is optional; women - skirt, dress or trousers). Shorts and T-shirts are not permitted.

Shipboard entertainment options - Fun and Sport

The facilities on Queen Mary 2 include fifteen bars and restaurants, a theatre, casino, ballroom and five swimming pools (four of the ship's five swimming pools are outdoors), together with the first planetarium at sea. You can also use the kennels on board and the nursery. Queen Mary 2 has a class system for her dining options on board.

RMS Queen Mary 2 cruise ship (Cunard)

As it is with most modern passenger ships, the major public rooms are situated on the lowest decks on board Queen Mary 2 - the passenger cabins are stacked above them. This way the designers made it possible more passenger cabins to be equipped with private balconies which not to be affected by ocean waves. The Illuminations theatre, the first at sea planetarium and a cinema are situated on Deck 2, where are also the Empire casino, the Royal Court Theatre, the Grand Lobby, the Golden Lion Pub and the first level of the Britannia Restaurant. The upper level of the Illuminations theatre, the Britannia Restaurant, and the Royal Court theatre are on Deck 3 together with a shopping arcade, the Queen’s Room, Veuve Cliquot champagne bar, Sir Samuel’s wine bar, the Chart Room and the G32 Nightclub. Another public - Deck 7, contains the Winter Garden, Canyon Ranch Spa, King’s Court, the Queen’s Grill Lounge, and also the famous Princess Grill and Queen’s Grill restaurants for passengers with a higher fare. Public room on Deck 8 is the Todd English Restaurant. An eight thousand-volume library, a book shop, and a large outdoor pool are also situated there. A large amount of commissioned works of art – more than five thousand by an artist from sixteen different countries are visible in the ship’s corridors, public rooms, corridors, lobbies.

Each evening a daily program for the next day will be delivered to your stateroom, showing detailed information about activities on board, opening and closing times of bars, restaurants, and other facilities. There is also an ongoing program of plays, shows, lectures. Several live bands with dancing every evening will entertain you on board. If you prefer disco - visit the G32 nightclub. Do not forget Canyon Ranch spa on deck 7 which offers from massages to manicures, jacuzzis, and saunas.

Cunard cruise ship weddings, ceremonies, and parties could be held in some of the QM2's lounges. There is no chapel on board the Cunard QM2 ship.

Follows the complete list of Queen Mary 2 lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens, and adults.

  • Illuminations Theatre (493-seat, 2-leveled, with a giant movie screen; hosts the world’s only Planetarium at sea for astronomy shows, virtual reality movies, and high-tech visual programs)
  • Grand Lobby Atrium (with a grand piano, grand sweeping staircase, interior glass-wall lifts)
  • Golden Lion Pub (123-seat traditional British pub bar; features a large selection of the UK and international beers, large-size TVs, live entertainment, small dance floor)
  • Empire Casino (222-seat, 6000 ft2 / 610 m2; with 115 slots and 11 gambling tables, served by Casino Bar)
  • Images Photo Gallery & Shop (professional photo-video services; exhibits fine artworks)
  • Cunard ConneXions (a complex of 7 rooms which host onboard events)
  • Cyber Centre (has 9 Internet computers, with 35 Internet workstations available in the other ConnneXions rooms)
  • Royal Court Theatre (1105-seats, 2-decks high; has a dynamic stage for grand show / musical productions; features concert hall acoustic and high tech equipment)
  • Clarendon Art Gallery (art auctions and exhibitions; the artworks are all originals)
  • Video Arcade (with the newest video games for all passengers)
  • Mayfair Shops (shopping arcade; luxury jewelry, watches, fashion clothes, formal wear, QM2 logo merchandise)
  • Veuve Cliquot Bar (Champagne bar; the menu also includes tapas and canapes)
  • Sir Samuels Bar (specialty coffee/tea and patisserie bar)
  • Chart Room (cocktail bar with live jazz)
  • Queens Room (2-level formal dancing ballroom; features the biggest dancefloor at sea)
  • G32 Disco & Nightclub (named after the QM2 ship’s yard number; with live band music and DJ program)
  • The PlayZone (club lounge area and nursery for kids; complimentary)
  • The Zone (supervised teens club lounge, equipped for kids activities)
  • Minnows Pool (QM2 family pool area, with a sunbathing area and a splash pool)
  • The Canyon Ranch Spa & Salon complex (size 20000 ft2 / 1860 m2, 2-level; with a Spa, Thalassotherapy Pool, Thermal Suite, Finnish and Herbal Saunas, Treatment Rooms, Relaxation Lounge, Aromatic Steam Room, Beauty Salon)
  • Fitness Centre (Gym Room and Weights area; with 8 exercise bikes, 10 Elliptical machines, 14 treadmills, 4 steppers, 2 rowing machines, yoga mats)
  • Carinthia Lounge (ex-Winter Garden; 278-seat, size 7000 ft2 / 650 m2 classy lounge and supper club with live plants area, live music performances; serves Afternoon Champagne Tea, specialty cocktails and pre-dinner snacks)
  • Queens Grill Lounge (Queens Grill Suite guests only venue with white-glove service and live piano music)
  • QM2 Book Shop; The Library (with the largest book selection at sea - over 8000 volumes)
  • Terrace Pool Area (with two Whirlpools, poolside bar, sunbathing area, and Band Stand)
  • Commodore Club (115-seat indoor observation lounge with panoramic windows and live piano music)
  • Boardroom (a lounge for private parties and meetings)
  • Churchill’s Cigar Lounge (QM2 ship’s smokers room with a selection of fine liquors and cigars)
  • Concierge Lounge (private club venue for Princess and Queens Grill guests)
  • Atlantic Room (meeting room; doubles as Card Room)
  • Queens Grills Terrace (private outside pool area for Queens Grill passengers with bar service and Jacuzzi)
  • Pavilion Pool Area (with two Whirlpools, Magrodome, served by the Pavilion Pool Bar)
  • 22 kennels for pets (dogs and cats; with a fire hydrant and lamp post in the area reserved exclusively for walking the dogs)
  • The Fairways (2 golf simulator machines, 51 golfing course choices)
  • Sports Centre (1/2 size basketball court; Deck Games area with quoits, shuffleboard, chess board, paddle tennis, mini golf course)
  • The Sun Deck’s pool area (with Splash Pool and two Whirlpools; a sunbathing area with loungers; served by the Regatta Bar).

Queen Mary 2 wiki

For Cunard Queen Mary 2 cruise ship review, you can visit QueenMaryCruises.net (history, facts, information, photos, videos, world cruise itinerary maps).

RMS Queen Mary 2 is Cunard Line's oldest, unique and one of the world's most famous passenger liners of all times. Her "queen sisters" and fleet mates are Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. As vessel class and design, QM2 is an "ocean liner" designed specifically for regularly scheduled express Transatlantic crossings between UK and USA. QM2 departures are from 3 homeports in the USA (New York City), UK (Southampton) and Germany (Hamburg). Most of these voyages are according to a fixed Transatlantic schedule with 7-day North Atlantic crossings between Southampton and NYC. The short (7-day) itinerary is usually without any ports of call.

Cunard's QM2 construction was completed on December 23, 2003. The inaugural cruise (maiden voyage) to Fort Lauderdale Florida started on January 12, 2004. Ship's godmother was HM Queen Elizabeth II (UK's ruling monarch). The ship was named "RMS Queen Mary 2" in respect of Cunard Line's Royal Mail service through the years.

RMS Queen Mary 2 cost over USD 900 million to build. This is about 2 times more expensive than most of the cruise ships in currently in operation. The construction was costly because the QM2 ship is so big, and the materials used were of the highest possible quality. Plus, the construction of the cruise liner demanded 40% more steel than an ordinary cruising vessel. QM2 was the biggest cruise liner in the world when she was launched in 2004.

QM2's cruising speed of 30 kN (56k m/h / 35 mph) ranks it the world’s fastest cruise liner currently in operation. The vessel's service speed is 26 kN (30 mph / 48 kph). This is a benefit of the vessel's special integrated electric propulsion system, which has gas turbines that magnify diesel produced power.

RMS Queen Mary 2 is the first cruise ship with CODAG propulsion system (“combined diesel and gas”).

The onboard Illuminations Theatre is the first planetarium at sea. The ship also has the largest Library at sea (more than 8,000 volumes), the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea, a total of 15 dining venues, 5 swimming pools, 620m promenade deck, onboard kennels (available only on the transatlantic crossings).

The liner is Post-Panamax class vessel (can’t pass through Panama Canal), designed specifically for Transatlantic crossings.

Among the fun facts are, that on Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic crossings, this unique ship is supplied with about 65 000 fresh eggs and about 150 tons of food. Propulsion demands are however even more impressive. QM2 ship needs 1850 tons of diesel oil and 1000 tons of fuel for the gas turbines on a regular 7-day North Atlantic crossing between USA and UK. It takes 6 hours to fill her storage tanks.

In August 2004, during the Summer Olympics in Greece, the ship was chartered and stayed docked for 2 weeks in Port Piraeus port (Athens) serving as ship hotel. Among the ship’s guests back then were Tony Blair (UK’s Prime Minister), Jacques Chirac (France’s President), George W. Bush (USA's President), the whole US Olympic basketball team, John Cleese (UK actor), Richard Dreyfuss (US actor), Harold Evans (UK journalist and author), George Lucas (film director and producer), Carly Elisabeth Simon (US singer), Rod Stewart (UK singer), Donald Trump (media magnate / future US President).

On October 19, 2011, the vessel changed its registry (flag-state) from the UK to Bermuda which allows cruise wedding ceremonies to be held on the ship. The word “Southampton” on the stern was replaced with “Hamilton”. This was the first time in Cunard Line’s history when its liner was registered not in the UK.

In early February 2017, Cunard Line announced the company's sponsorship of the "Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show". This is a prestigious all-breed conformation show held annually in NYC New York since 1877. The show took place on Feb 11-14. The winner and its owner were offered a free QM2 Transatlantic Crossing.

On December 8, 2017, QM2 operated a cruise themed after "The New York Times" crossword's 75th anniversary. During "The Crossword Crossing" (7-night Transatlantic cruise NYC to Southampton), QM2 passengers had the unique chance to test their crossword skills and meet the newspaper's crossword experts (including Ben Zimmer, Deb Amlen, Joel Fagliano). They offered insight into the media's popular puzzles via daily scheduled themed events (lectures, game sessions, other activities). The New York Times' first crossword puzzle was published in 1942. It became a daily occurrence by 1950 and is now one of the media's most popular features.

On itinerary August 31-September 7, 2017, the ship hosted the 2nd "Cunard Transatlantic Fashion Week" cruise from Southampton to NYC. These themed voyages bring together some of the world's most renowned fashion brand representatives. On each of the 7 days at sea are hosted fashion shows, formal dinners, exclusive events, workshops, and talks. Among the 2017 voyage's VIPs were Julien Macdonald (celebrity designer) and Colin McDowell (fashion writer). Three new for Cunard pop-up stores on the QM2 ship offered for purchasing latest fashion collection items, including Mulberry (purses and bags), Lucy Choi (designer shoes) and Melissa Odabash (designer swimwear).

Starting in January each year, RMS Queen Mary 2 "World Cruise" is a huge event on the cruising market. Compared to other lines, Cunard World Cruises deals offer affordable prices, exciting destinations and "big and famous" ports of call to visit around the world.

An interesting fact is that a baby boy was born on board RMS Queen Mary 2 on January 17, 2016, while en route to New York. The ship was on a transatlantic crossing from Southampton when a German passenger went into labor. The ship doctor delivered the baby. The baby boy, who arrived 3 weeks early, was named Benjamin Brooklyn.

RMS Queen Mary 2 refurbishment 2016 review

During Cunard Line’s 175th anniversary celebrations was announced that QM2 enters 25-day long drydock in 2016 (May 27 to June 21). Ship’s drydock at Blohm+Voss Shipyard (Hamburg, Germany) resulted in the following deck plan changes:

  • The Winter Garden lounge on Lido Deck 7 was redesigned and transformed into the new Carinthia Lounge. The lounge is named after the Cunard Line’s two Carinthia ships – RMS Carinthia (1925-1940) and RMS Carinthia (1956-2006).
  • On deck 8, the ship’s signature restaurant Todd English was replaced by “The Verandah Restaurant”. The new restaurant (available on board both QM2 fleet mates) offers gourmet French regional cuisine (with seasonal influences) plus a fine French wines list. The new specialty dinner is at a surcharge and opens for lunch and dinner only. The Verandah Grill has its own bar selling pre/post meal drinks.
  • 172 suites (all Princess and Queen Grill suite accommodations on the QM2 ship’s upper decks) were comprehensively redesigned to maximize space. Their decoration was also changed, reflecting the Cunard Line’s history. The changes include new luxury textures in soothing colors and new carpeting (with a rugs-design inspired by the old RMS Queen Mary liner).
  • Extensive development work involving Cunard guests and the onboard Queen Mary 2 galley teams has been undertaken over the last eighteen months in the redesign of this very popular area of the flagship. Enhancements are planned to both the service and culinary offerings in Kings Court with the refreshed venue featuring new menus, the convenience of pre-set tables and waiter-served drinks.
  • The King’s Court (self-service buffet restaurant on lido deck 7 midship) was majorly redesigned. Both central-location elevators were removed to create a vast open space. This way, the central buffet stations area became more open, allowing an easygoing flow. The restaurant’s seating was also reconfigured for a less crowded experience, adding the convenience of pre-set tables and waiter-served drinks. New menus were introduced (including a smokehouse alternative), plus pre-set tables and waiter-served beverages. Among the new menu choices are hot/cold meals, light snacks, afternoon treats, alternative cuisine specialties (including Asian, Indian, Italian, Tex Mex. At the center stage, ship's chefs entertain guests through cooking demonstrations in the evenings.
  • (King’s Court) The Chef’s Galley area (that offers for lunch pasta and pizzas) on select evenings additionally offers Chef’s Table menu. This is a fine wine pairing and food tasting VIP dining event hosted by the ship’s Executive Chef. The buffet’s new design features modern chandeliers, new artworks (circus-themed), areas with timber flooring, lots of mirrors.
  • Both Grill restaurants (on Lido deck 7) were redesigned and renovated with a new color scheme, furnishings, and flooring. After the 2016 refurbishment, they both have new menus, more 2-seat tables and were reconfigured for more privacy (by increasing the space between tables).
  • 15 new single occupancy staterooms were added on deck 2 portside (taking space from the Casino) and deck 3L portside (in the place of the Images Photo Gallery).
  • The Britannia Restaurant (dining room on deck 2) was redesigned too. It was renovated with new decor and upgraded with new dining menus and the Cunard’s “White Star Service” standards.
  • Updated menus were introduced also at Golden Lion (pub) and Veuve Clicquot (wine / Champagne bar).
  • 30 new balcony staterooms category “Britannia Club Balcony” plus 5 Inside staterooms were added on deck 13 (in the deck’s forward part)
  • 10 new kennels (for cats and dogs) were added to the existing 12 kennels on deck 12. This is the best amenity for passengers traveling with pets. Cruise ship kennels were the Cunard’s signature feature on the line’s former flagship RMS Queen Elizabeth 2. On the ocean liner QM2, they were first introduced at the Duke of Windsor’s suggestion.
  • On QM2, the kennel area was expanded, an owners lounge and a new pet playground were added. The extended outdoor area is intended for dog walking and features a lamppost (from Liverpool) and a fire hydrant (from NYC). In 2016, Cunard partnered with Barbour (British sportswear brand) to offer smart pet accessories on the QM2 ship (including jackets, collars, leashes).
  • On deck 2, two of the Grand Lobby’s elevators were removed. This made more space for the lobby lounge, which was also redesigned and refurbished with high-back chairs and a new Baby Grand piano.
  • Around 55,200 m2 (594,200 ft2) of new carpets have been laid throughout the ship.
  • All new cruise cabins increased the QM2 ship’s capacity from 2620 passengers (max 3151) to 2726 passengers (max 3271).
  • 2016 refurbishment's fun facts: man hours (over 1 million), new carpets (55,200 m2 / 594,200 ft2), new framed pictures number (4,000), hull paint quantity (over 15,000 litres / 3,962 US gallons).
  • QM2's 25-day drydock refurbishment cost Cunard around GBP 90 million.

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The below listed Queen Mary 2 cruise prices on itineraries are only indicative and Per Person (in US dollars, based on double occupancy). These are the cheapest Cunard fares on the ship’s lowest category cabins available for booking. Cruise fares typically change with departure dates approaching, last minute deals, discounts, promotions, independent travel agency offers.

DateCruise NameDeparture PortPrice from
2019 Jan 03 108 days, round-trip World Voyage New York
2019 Jan 10 94 days, round-trip Southampton Far East Round Trip M903D Southampton
2019 Jan 29 55 days, round-trip Dubai To Dubai Dubai
2019 Feb 12 27 days, round-trip Singapore To Singapore Singapore
2019 Feb 12 21 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore
2019 Feb 19 20 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong
2019 Feb 19 14 days, round-trip China And Korea Hong Kong $1499
2019 Feb 23 50 days, one-way from Shanghai to Southampton Shanghai
2019 Feb 23 16 days, one-way from Shanghai to Singapore Shanghai
2019 Feb 23 10 days, one-way from Shanghai to Hong Kong Shanghai $1199
2019 Mar 05 40 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Southampton Hong Kong
2019 Mar 05 20 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Dubai Hong Kong
2019 Mar 05 6 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Singapore Hong Kong
2019 Mar 11 34 days, one-way from Singapore to Southampton Singapore
2019 Mar 25 20 days, one-way from Dubai to Southampton Dubai $2549
2019 Apr 14 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Southampton $3199
2019 Apr 14 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $999
2019 May 24 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing New York $2079
2019 May 31 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing Southampton $2649
2019 May 31 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1169
2019 Jun 07 9 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $1258
2019 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1169
2019 Jun 14 9 days, round-trip Bruges And Guernsey Southampton
2019 Jun 14 2 days, one-way from Southampton to Hamburg Southampton $319
2019 Jun 16 5 days, round-trip Bruges And Guernsey Hamburg $2749
2019 Jun 21 23 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg
2019 Jun 21 16 days, one-way from Hamburg to New York Hamburg
2019 Jun 21 9 days, one-way from Hamburg to New York Hamburg $1538
2019 Jun 21 2 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg $309
2019 Jun 23 21 days, round-trip Grand North American Independence Day Celebration Southampton
2019 Jun 23 14 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton
2019 Jun 23 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton
2019 Jun 30 14 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $2799
2019 Jun 30 7 days, round-trip Independence Day Celebration, Halifax And Boston Short Break New York $1559
2019 Jul 07 21 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing New York $3449
2019 Jul 07 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1399
2019 Jul 14 21 days, round-trip Transatlantic Crossing, Iceland And North America Southampton $3899
2019 Jul 14 14 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $2099
2019 Jul 28 21 days, round-trip Grand Norwegian Explorer New York $3599
2019 Jul 28 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1399
2019 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip The Fjords Southampton
2019 Aug 11 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing Southampton
2019 Aug 11 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton
2019 Aug 18 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing New York $2069
2019 Aug 25 30 days, one-way from Southampton to Hamburg Southampton
2019 Aug 25 28 days, round-trip Transatlantic, New England And Canada Southampton $6039
2019 Aug 25 21 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton
2019 Aug 25 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1229
2019 Sep 01 23 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $4499
2019 Sep 01 21 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $4199
2019 Sep 01 14 days, round-trip New England And Canada New York $2249
2019 Sep 01 7 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $1169
2019 Sep 08 16 days, one-way from Quebec City to Hamburg Quebec City $3099
2019 Sep 08 14 days, one-way from Quebec City to Southampton Quebec City $2339
2019 Sep 08 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City $1169
2019 Sep 15 19 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing New York
2019 Sep 15 9 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $1298
2019 Sep 15 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York
2019 Sep 22 4 days, round-trip Hamburg Short Break Southampton
2019 Sep 22 2 days, one-way from Southampton to Hamburg Southampton $419
2019 Sep 24 33 days, round-trip Transatlantic, New England And Canada Hamburg
2019 Sep 24 24 days, one-way from Hamburg to New York Hamburg
2019 Sep 24 17 days, one-way from Hamburg to Quebec City Hamburg $3199
2019 Sep 24 10 days, one-way from Hamburg to New York Hamburg $1779
2019 Sep 24 2 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg $309
2019 Sep 26 29 days, round-trip Transatlantic, New England And Canada Southampton
2019 Sep 26 22 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton
2019 Sep 26 15 days, one-way from Southampton to Quebec City Southampton
2019 Sep 26 8 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton
2019 Sep 27 7 days, one-way from Le Havre to New York Le Havre
2019 Oct 04 23 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $4249
2019 Oct 04 21 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $3949
2019 Oct 04 14 days, round-trip New England And Canada New York $2249
2019 Oct 04 7 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $1169
2019 Oct 11 16 days, one-way from Quebec City to Hamburg Quebec City $2999
2019 Oct 11 14 days, one-way from Quebec City to Southampton Quebec City $2249
2019 Oct 11 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City $1169
2019 Oct 18 9 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $1199
2019 Oct 18 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York
2019 Oct 25 2 days, one-way from Southampton to Hamburg Southampton $299
2019 Nov 01 9 days, one-way from Hamburg to New York Hamburg $1099
2019 Nov 01 2 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg $299
2019 Nov 03 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing Southampton
2019 Nov 03 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $999
2019 Nov 10 16 days, round-trip Grand Bruges Transatlantic Crossing New York $2199
2019 Nov 17 2 days, round-trip Bruges Short Break Southampton $304
2019 Nov 19 26 days, round-trip The Caribbean Southampton $4829
2019 Nov 19 19 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton
2019 Nov 19 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1049
2019 Nov 26 19 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $2899
2019 Nov 26 12 days, round-trip Eastern Caribbean New York
2019 Dec 08 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing New York $1899
2019 Dec 08 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1049
2019 Dec 15 26 days, round-trip Ceh Grand Caribbean Celebration Southampton $4849
2019 Dec 15 19 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $3739
2019 Dec 15 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $999
2019 Dec 22 19 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $4789
2019 Dec 22 12 days, round-trip Caribbean Celebration New York
2020 Jan 03 113 days, round-trip New York To New York New York $17969
2020 Jan 03 46 days, one-way from New York to Hong Kong New York
2020 Jan 03 27 days, one-way from New York to Dubai New York
2020 Jan 03 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1049
2020 Jan 10 99 days, round-trip World Voyage Southampton $17390
2020 Jan 10 64 days, one-way from Southampton to Fremantle Southampton
2020 Jan 10 56 days, one-way from Southampton to Sydney Southampton $8719
2020 Jan 10 39 days, one-way from Southampton to Hong Kong Southampton $5649
2020 Jan 10 34 days, one-way from Southampton to Singapore Southampton
2020 Jan 10 20 days, one-way from Southampton to Dubai Southampton $2929
2020 Jan 30 36 days, one-way from Dubai to Sydney Dubai
2020 Jan 30 19 days, one-way from Dubai to Hong Kong Dubai
2020 Jan 30 14 days, one-way from Dubai to Singapore Dubai
2020 Feb 13 48 days, one-way from Singapore to Cape Town Singapore $8069
2020 Feb 13 30 days, one-way from Singapore to Fremantle Singapore $5219
2020 Feb 13 22 days, one-way from Singapore to Sydney Singapore $3699
2020 Feb 13 5 days, one-way from Singapore to Hong Kong Singapore
2020 Feb 18 60 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Southampton Hong Kong
2020 Feb 18 43 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Cape Town Hong Kong
2020 Feb 18 25 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Fremantle Hong Kong $4449
2020 Feb 18 17 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Sydney Hong Kong $2899
2020 Feb 18 14 days, one-way from Hong Kong to Brisbane Hong Kong
2020 Feb 28 44 days, one-way from Sydney to Cape Town Sydney
2020 Mar 02 22 days, one-way from Brisbane to Singapore Brisbane
2020 Mar 03 5 days, one-way from Brisbane to Melbourne Brisbane
2020 Mar 06 43 days, one-way from Sydney to Southampton Sydney $6289
2020 Mar 06 26 days, one-way from Sydney to Cape Town Sydney $4119
2020 Mar 06 8 days, one-way from Sydney to Fremantle Sydney
2020 Mar 08 24 days, one-way from Melbourne to Cape Town Melbourne
2020 Mar 14 35 days, one-way from Fremantle to Southampton Fremantle $5279
2020 Mar 14 18 days, one-way from Fremantle to Cape Town Fremantle $2849
2020 Apr 01 24 days, one-way from Cape Town to New York Cape Town
2020 Apr 01 17 days, one-way from Cape Town to Southampton Cape Town $2349
2020 Apr 05 6 days, one-way from Shanghai to Yokohama Shanghai
2020 Apr 18 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Southampton $2389
2020 Apr 18 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1169
2020 Apr 25 9 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $1399
2020 May 02 2 days, one-way from Southampton to Hamburg Southampton $389
2020 May 04 2 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg $389
2020 May 06 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Southampton $2549
2020 May 06 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1349
2020 May 13 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1499
2020 May 24 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Southampton $2699
2020 May 24 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1549
2020 May 31 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic New York $2649
2020 May 31 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1499
2020 Jun 07 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic Southampton $2549
2020 Jun 07 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1449
2020 Jun 22 14 days, one-way from Le Havre to New York Le Havre
2020 Jun 29 16 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $3099
2020 Jun 29 14 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $2999
2020 Jun 29 7 days, round-trip Independence Day Celebration, Halifax And Boston Short Break New York $1949
2020 Jul 06 25 days, round-trip Grand Norwegian Explorer New York $4579
2020 Jul 06 9 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $1499
2020 Jul 06 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1399
2020 Jul 13 11 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton
2020 Jul 15 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Hamburg
2020 Jul 22 23 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg
2020 Jul 22 2 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg $389
2020 Aug 04 7 days, round-trip Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing Southampton
2020 Aug 21 21 days, round-trip Grand Norwegian Explorer New York $3649
2020 Aug 21 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1499
2020 Aug 28 7 days, round-trip Norwegian Fjords Southampton $1529
2020 Sep 04 28 days, round-trip Transatlantic, New England And Canada Southampton
2020 Sep 04 21 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $3899
2020 Sep 04 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Quebec City Southampton $2649
2020 Sep 04 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1549
2020 Sep 11 14 days, round-trip New England And Canada New York $2498
2020 Sep 11 7 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $1399
2020 Sep 18 14 days, one-way from Quebec City to Southampton Quebec City $2499
2020 Sep 18 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City $1399
2020 Sep 25 14 days, round-trip Roundtrip Transatlantic New York $2549
2020 Sep 25 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1399
2020 Oct 02 30 days, one-way from Southampton to Hamburg Southampton $4749
2020 Oct 02 28 days, round-trip Transatlantic, New England And Canada Southampton $4699
2020 Oct 02 21 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $3849
2020 Oct 02 14 days, one-way from Southampton to Quebec City Southampton $2549
2020 Oct 02 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1449
2020 Oct 09 23 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York
2020 Oct 09 21 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $3449
2020 Oct 09 14 days, round-trip New England And Canada New York $2498
2020 Oct 09 7 days, one-way from New York to Quebec City New York $1399
2020 Oct 16 16 days, one-way from Quebec City to Hamburg Quebec City $2499
2020 Oct 16 14 days, one-way from Quebec City to Southampton Quebec City
2020 Oct 16 7 days, one-way from Quebec City to New York Quebec City $1399
2020 Oct 23 9 days, one-way from New York to Hamburg New York $1399
2020 Oct 23 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1299
2020 Oct 30 2 days, one-way from Southampton to Hamburg Southampton $389
2020 Nov 28 3 days, round-trip Christmas Markets In Belgium Southampton $709
2020 Dec 01 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1249
2020 Dec 08 7 days, one-way from New York to Southampton New York $1199
2021 Apr 18 14 days, round-trip Westbound Transatlantic Crossing From Le Havre Southampton $2389
2021 Apr 18 14 days, round-trip Kiel To Southampton Southampton $2389
2021 May 04 2 days, one-way from Hamburg to Southampton Hamburg $389
2021 May 06 7 days, one-way from Southampton to New York Southampton $1349
2021 Jul 15 5 days, one-way from Hamburg to Bergen Hamburg
2021 Sep 04 19 days, one-way from Southampton to Halifax Southampton $3899