Following a £90 million refurbishment, the Queen Mary 2 ocean liner is back on the water and ready to sail across the Atlantic.
On 23 June, the liner sailed from a shipyard in Germany to Southampton Water in the UK, flanked by the ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, and will soon sail to New York.
The luxury liner is owned by Cunard, which launched the Queen Mary in 1934 and the Queen Mary 2 in 2003. Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled transatlantic liner service and the Queen Mary 2 sailed its 200th voyage across the Atlantic in July 2013.
The luxury liner has been “remastered” with new interior designs which take inspiration from the original Queen Mary, which “launched at the height of the art-deco movement in the 1930s”.
Cunard notes that more than one million man hours went into the refurbishment over 25 days, with more than 55,000 square metres of new carpets, 4000 new framed pictures and 15,000 litres of paint applied to the ship’s hull.
The liner will also offer new dining experiences, where guest can “sample the delights of the world’s finest wine cellar at sea, with a unique collection of 486 fine wines and a stunning collection of Ports, dating back to 1840”.
Some of the other changes to the iconic ship include the addition of 30 more Britannia Club staterooms, 15 Britannia single staterooms and more. The company also added 10 additional kennels “complete with a lamp post from Liverpool and a fire hydrant from New York to make dogs feel at home in the world’s only transatlantic kennel service”.