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Cunard announced today new enhancements planned for Queen Mary 2; part of the most significant refit ever undertaken by Carnival UK. There is also some enhancement news concerning Queen Victoria.
The cruise line will be adding Britannia Club staterooms to Queen Victoria during her next dry dock, which is scheduled for June 2017. These staterooms’ popularity exceeded Cunard’s expectations aboard Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, which brought them to the decision to add them to Victoria as well.
Queen Mary 2
Going in to dry dock from May 27 to June 21, Queen Mary 2 will see several onboard enhancements, including 15 new single staterooms, 30 more Britannia Club staterooms, and an expansion of the ship’s kennel for cats and dogs. All staterooms will be finished with their refurbishments by the beginning of the 2017 World Cruise.
Queen Mary 2 will also see enhancements in their luxurious Queens Grill Duplex Apartment and Penthouse Suites, and tea and coffee makers will be added to every cabin aboard the ship.
“Inspired by the Original” Video
In addition to the planned ship enhancements, Cunard also revealed today a new video called “Inspired by the Original,” which is a tribute to one of their most beloved ocean liners, Queen Mary. The ship is the inspiration for the upcoming enhancements to the cruise line’s current flagship, Queen Mary 2.
Queen Mary was considered a symbol of recovery from the Great Depression, as she entered into service in 1936. She was the most popular ship on the Atlantic before retiring to California in 1967, where she remains as a hotel and museum. The ship, along with her sister Queen Elizabeth, had quite a war record, which led Churchill to comment that Cunard had shortened WWII by “at least a year.” It’s only right that her namesake takes inspiration from the original Queen ship herself.
Cunard’s director of hotel design and projects, Alison Clixby, worked closely with British interior design form SMC to create the new interiors for Queen Mary 2. It will feature marble, brass, and bronze fittings, but with a modern flair. Queen Mary décor will be around the entire ship, including the restaurants, suites, and even kennels. The Verandah Restaurant will feature circus-inspired artwork and a carpet design similar to the very first one aboard Queen Mary.
In addition to using Queen Mary as a reference for the new designs, Cunard has reached into their past with art deco chandeliers, fixtures, and fittings to transform the Kings Court buffet, inspired by the grand Booking Hall in Liverpool. All suites and staterooms will feature images of the historic Cunard Buildings that were captured by photographer Paul Ward.
Check out Cunard’s Youtube channel at youtube.com/wearecunard.