It is now little under two weeks before Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 embarks on what is her most significant refurbishment since she entered service in January of 2004.
The last remaining ship offering a regular Transatlantic liner service, the QM2 will commence a three week long dry docking in Hamburg on May 27th, with work scheduled to be completed by June 21st.
In addition to giving the huge Cunarder an overall Art Deco feel and flavour redolent of the original Queen Mary of 1936, the marketability of the ship will be massively enhanced in two primary aspects of her hotel operation, namely the food and cabin services and choices offered on board. It all looks something like this;
In terms of accommodations, the Queen Mary 2 will receive some fifteen brand new single staterooms; a first for the ship. An additional thirty new Britannia Club balcony staterooms will be installed on the upper deck. All of the current existing Britannia Club balcony staterooms will be refurbished.
All other Britannia staterooms on board- both inside and outside- will be completely refurbished in a rolling programme, beginning in 2016 and extending through to 2017.
Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites will be completely refurbished, with their own exclusive art work framed by a predominantly Art Deco look, with blue and red accents complementing a cocoon of neutral backgrounds and contrasting timbers. New, bespoke carpeting will be heavily influenced by the original Queen Mary herself, now serving as a hotel and convention centre in Long Beach, California.
In terms of the dining operation on board Queen Mary 2, the Britannia Club restaurant will be redecorated and expanded to accommodate the new extra cabin occupants. There are complete redesigns for both the Queens Grill and the Princess Grill, with the stated intention of creating a dining experience that will be elevated to new levels.
A new Carinthia Lounge option will be unveiled, allowing passengers to enjoy light breakfast and lunch choices, as well as a dedicated patisserie counter.
And an option surely to be welcomed by many, a new restaurant- The Verandah- will be added to the ship. Reminiscent of the old Verandah Grills on the original Queens, this room will place a prime emphasis on serving up classic, platinum chip French cuisine. I expect this to be enormously popular.
Most of all, the central Kings Court buffet on Deck Seven will be redesigned to incorporate ‘speciality stations’ such as American Smokehouse and Pan Asian. There will also be significant upgrades in terms of the hot and cold buffets in the same area- a much needed remedy to this often confusing area.
These cumulative additions, enhancements and extensions to the Queen Mary 2 collectively represent the most profound and comprehensive refurbishment of the ship to date. The Queen Mary 2 will return to service on June 21st, with a ten night transatlantic crossing from Hamburg to New York, via Southampton.
No doubt, the heavily revamped Queen Mary 2 will be the subject of much media and travel industry scrutiny. It will be interesting to see how the new overall look of the great liner is received.
As always, stay tuned for updates.