Queen Mary 2 Review

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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.

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