Cunard today announced that Queen Mary 2, the worlds most iconic ocean liner, will undergo a multimillion dollar refurbishment and travelling dogs are among the big winners!
The Queen, as she’s affectionately known, will go into dry-dock for 25-days at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany from May 27 – June 21 next year. The ship was launched in 2004 and Cunard promise the refurbishment will introduce brand new designs and guest experiences.
The line is keeping many of these developments under warps, however they have revealed some key new features.
New Britannia Club balcony staterooms
The most significant aspect of the Queen Mary 2 refurbishment announcement is the addition of 30 new Britannia Club balcony staterooms. Demand for these staterooms is strong and Cunard expect the additional capacity will cater for future growth. Guests travelling in Britannia Club balcony staterooms enjoy a heightened onboard experience and can dine at a time of their own choosing in the dedicated Britannia Club restaurant.
The Britannia Club restaurant itself will also be refurbished and expanded, though the line has not yet released any details.
Single traveller stateroom
For the first time, 15 single staterooms will be introduced onto Queen Mary 2. Cunard tell CruiseOyster that an increasing number of guests holiday in multi-generational groups – grandparents, parents and children – which necessitates one member of the family travelling as an individual. The new single staterooms will cater directly to this market as well as the rising number of solo-travellers.
Dogs are big winners
But the big news from todays announcement is for The Queen’s four-legged passengers! A lamp post (for English dogs) and a fire hydrant (for American dogs) will be installed on the area of deck reserved for dog walking so that fury friends from either side of the pond will feel equally at home. Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise liner in the world to offer dedicated kennels and currently carries up to 12 dogs and cats on its transatlantic crossings. Ten additional new kennels will be installed during the dry-dock refurbishment.
Cunard Director, Angus Struthers, said “Queen Mary 2 is an icon in the world of luxury ocean travel and we are committed to ensuring her reputation grows ever stronger.”
The line will announce more details of the Queen Mary 2 refurbishment in the coming months.