Queen Mary 2 is the flagship of Cunard Line and epitomises the golden age of travel. After undergoing a significant transformation in 2016, the Queen Mary 2 is more elegant and sophisticated than ever before, promising a cruise that feels like you’re staying in a five-star hotel at sea. One of the ship’s most notable features is the collection of kennels for cats and dogs – Queen Mary 2 is the only cruise liner permitting owners to cruise with their beloved pets. This classic ship also honours the very British tradition of afternoon tea, during which white-gloved waiters serve delicious scones with cream, finger sandwiches and tea in the Queens Room. Intriguing presentations and discussions are also part of the Queen Mary 2 cruise experience, as well as much more. Read through our guide to what you can look forward to on Queen Mary 2 cruises, below.
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Queen Mary 2 Onboard Experiences
Dining and bars
Dining aboard the Queen Mary 2 is very much linked to your class of stateroom, with passengers staying in suites invited to dine at the Queens Grill or Princess Grill restaurants, and passengers in non-suites invited to dine at either the grand, art deco-style Britannia Restaurant or the more intimate Britannia Club restaurant. King’s Court is buffet-style dining, and offers casual breakfast, lunch and dinner options, as well as transforming, in part, at night to a specialty a la carte restaurant. One of the dining highlights is The Verandah specialty restaurant which offers contemporary French cuisine and takes its inspiration from the original Verandah Grill restaurant aboard Queen Mary. There is a fine choice of bars and lounges aboard Queen Mary 2, with some of these also serving light meals. Passengers who enjoy the Cunard cruising experience will delight in the formal dress code at dinner, which adds to the sense of occasion and is a perfect fit with the mood of the Queen Mary 2.
The atmosphere may be one of old-world cruising sophistication, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of activities aboard the Queen Mary 2. The ship’s daily programme starts from 7.30am and includes daily shows in the ship’s Planetarium, the well renowned Cunard Insights talks, daily fencing classes (unique to Cunard), and the in-depth wine programme. You could also join in the complimentary dance lessons, settle in with a good book in one of the largest libraries at sea or enjoy browsing through the boutiques and gallery centered around the Grand Lobby.
Cabins aboard Queen Mary 2 fall into the categories of Queens Grill Suites, Princess Grill Suites, Britannia Club Balcony, Britannia Balcony, Britannia Oceanview, Britannia Inside and Britannia Single staterooms. The most lavish are the Queens Grill followed by Princess Grill Suites, which come with many privileges including access to exclusive dining rooms and private lounges. All staterooms come with 24-hour complimentary room service, a writing/vanity desk and chair, a two-seater sofa, coffee table and have 220V British 3-Pin and 110V 2-Pin Sockets.
Kids and families
Queen Mary 2 has a fully trained team to make sure that the youngest passengers are well looked after on every cruise. Parents of children aged 6 months to 23 months can make use of the Night Nursery, which gives children a safe place to sleep and enables parents to enjoy peace of mind. For slightly older kids aged from 2 to 7, The Play Zone is a fun, continuously supervised area, while The Kids’ Zone and The Teen Zone also offer a range of supervision and age-appropriate programs. Queen Mary 2 also offers a children’s menu in all restaurants, as well as a special kids’ dinner in Kings Court.
Fitness and wellbeing
From workouts in the gym to yoga classes or testing your putting skills against a state-of-the-art golf simulator, you’ll find plenty of ways to look after mind, body and spirit aboard Queen Mary 2. There’s a Fitness Centre, fitness classes including yoga and Pilates, Canyon Ranch Spa Club offering signature massages, treatments and facials, as well as five swimming pools and a wide choice of onboard sports.
Shows and nightlife
There’s a lot to like about Queen Mary 2 as the sun goes down. The Commodore Club is where you can enjoy a little relaxing piano music, the Chart Room offers sultry jazz and the 1,000-seat Royal Court Theatre puts on lavish productions that showcase some of the best performers and productions at sea. The Royal Court Theatre also hosts a variety of world-class performers, from stand-up comedians to opera singers.
Services and accessibility
Queen Mary 2 offers a range of onboard services and features to accommodate most wheelchairs and mobility scooters. All accessible staterooms have wider doorways, including into the bathroom, as well as sufficient floorspace for the wheelchair to manoeuvre, and all accessible balcony staterooms have ramped access to the balcony. Contact your Flight Centre Cruise Expert for further detail regarding the accessible staterooms aboard Queen Mary 2 cruises.