Queen Mary 2
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 something of 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. Befitting a queen, the grand lobby is palatial, with broad, curving staircases and stately columns. Wide passageways lead to a variety of lounges, shops, a casino, showroom, and planetarium. The Queen's Room is especially regal.
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