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Cunard Line: Queen Mary 2

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Queen Mary 2 Review

Queen Mary 2 is one of the few ocean liners remaining in any cruise line's fleet, and her season of transatlantic crossings routinely sells out months in advance. During the season, she even has operational kennels that are similarly full of canine passengers traveling

to Europe. The ship is big and feels big, with plenty of tradition as well as a few high-tech elements like a planetarium. After the transatlantic season, Queen Mary 2 sails primarily Baltic and Norwegian coast itineraries.

With the clever use of design elements, Queen Mary 2, one of the largest passenger liners ever built, bears a striking external resemblance to Cunard’s former flagship, the smaller, older Queen Elizabeth 2, which was retired from service in 2008. The world's grandest and most expensive liner is a transitional ship, incorporating classic ocean-liner features—sweeping staircases, soaring public rooms, a 360-degree promenade deck, and a grand ballroom—all comfortably within a hull that also includes a trendy Canyon Ranch Spa and a full-scale planetarium.

Interior spaces blend the traditional style of early-20th-century liners with all the conveniences 21st-century passengers expect. Public rooms are mainly located on two decks low in the ship—remember, this is a liner designed for North Atlantic crossings. The grand lobby is palatial, and the wide passageways lead to a variety of lounges, shops, a casino, show room, and planetarium. The Queen's Room is especially regal.

One of the world's most distinguished names in ocean travel since 1840, the Cunard Line has a long history of deluxe transatlantic crossings and worldwide cruising. The line's ships are legendary for their comfortable accommodations, excellent cuisine, and personal service. After a series of owners tried with little success to revive the company's flagging passenger shipping business, Carnival Corporation offered an infusion of ready cash and the know-how to turn the line around in 1998. Exciting new ships have followed.

Delightful daily events include afternoon tea and the maritime tradition of sounding the ship's bell at noon. The line offers North Atlantic crossings and seasonal shorter cruises, including Northern European and Mediterranean itineraries.

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What You Should Know


  • Proper afternoon tea suggests that Britannia still rules the waves
  • The Queen's Room is a true ballroom, where you can waltz the night away
  • Todd English restaurant is named for the celebrity chef who designed the menu


  • There’s no illusion that booking an inside cabin results in the same level of pampering received by occupants of top suites
  • There is no Lido area buffet
  • It’s very easy to get lost
Ship Stats
  • Crew Members 1,253
  • Entered Service 2004
  • Gross Tons 151,400
  • Length 1,132 feet
  • Number of Cabins 1,310
  • Passenger Capacity 2,620 (3,090 max)
  • Width 135 feet

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