Queen Mary 2: Hailed the Grandest Ship At Sea
by Roy Witman © 2008
Just as her predecessor once did, the Queen
Mary 2 has taken the world by storm. Hailed as the
grandest ship at sea, the Queen Mary 2 is the
largest, longest, tallest, widest and most expensive
ocean liner ever built to date, according to Cunard
Line. Without exaggeration, the Queen Mary 2 is
truly a wonder worthy of her royal heritage.
Her sheer size is a marvel. As long as 41 double-
decker buses and 147 feet longer than the Eiffel
Tower is tall, the Queen Mary 2 boasts 157,000
horsepower and a whistle that can be heard for 10
miles. She holds 2620 passengers and 1253 crew
members. Width and breadth are but measures.
There are no measures for the magic she holds for
those who come aboard.
As you navigate through the Queen Mary 2, you'll
notice exquisite touches, including high ceilings,
outstanding artwork, and distinctive appointments
and color schemes. The largest ballroom at sea and
the largest dance floor afloat are just two of the
exclusive and impressive features you'll note during
Expand Your Horizons
Among the other amenities are a world-renowned
Canyon Ranch SpaClub™ and a state-of-the-
outfitted with the most popular exercise equipment
available. Queen Mary 2 also offers unique
enrichment programs designed to allow guests to
expand their horizons and reach their personal
Those who have always wanted to try their
hands at acting can study under instructors from the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts while onboard.
Pursue your love of oceanography or attend seminars
at the first planetarium at sea. With book signings,
workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics,
every passenger will find a world of interesting and
imaginative activities to participate in.
Exceptional Accommodations For Every
A choice of accommodations is available from the
economical to the enormous. Spacious inside and
outside staterooms are offered, many with
balconies. Larger junior suites and full-sized suites
are designed to offer more space by providing tables
and chairs and additional square footage. For those
who truly want to travel in style, royal suites,
penthouse suites, duplexes and “Queen” suites are
Over three-quarters of the cabins onboard offer
balconies and/or decks, along with ocean views, and
each exudes a regal décor of light, airy colors. Many
staterooms have a desk, a wardrobe area and a
sitting area with sofa, along with a bed. Each cabin
is outfitted with a refrigerator and interactive
World-Class International Cuisine
Food has always been a highlight on Cunard
cruise ships, and the Queen Mary 2 is no exception.
Headlined by TV culinary icon Todd English, the
cuisine aboard the Queen Mary 2 is simple
superlative. The Mediterranean fare featured at the
Todd English restaurant is fully representative of
English's world-class Olives of Boston restaurant.
English was named one of People magazine's “50
Most Beautiful People” and has also attained
accolades as Best Chef and received the Award for
Nine other restaurants are located throughout
the Queen Mary 2, including those that boast Asian,
Italian and American dishes. Casual buffets are also
readily available for those who prefer less elaborate
dining options. Each afternoon, in typical British
fashion, tea is served in an elegant manner with
white-glove service. Featured are a range of freshly
brewed teas, along with scones, pastries and finger
Cruising onboard the Queen Mary 2 is no time to
count calories. You'll want to relish in all the
delectable meals and desserts available during your
The Play Zone is designed to offer age-
appropriate activities for children and teens. Divided
into two sections, children and teenagers can find a
brightly colored atmosphere with activities that
entertain and inspire them on their levels.
Nanny-equipped, The Play Zone is always
supervised to ensure a safe experience for every
child and young adult who visits.
Party Like A Princess
When night falls, the G32 club or other bars and
pubs are available for those who want to dance 'til
dawn. If a high-tech atmosphere, bright lights and
loud music aren't for you, other options are available,
including a champagne bar.
With outstanding ships, including the Queen Mary
2, there is little wonder that parent company Cunard
(a subsidiary of Carnival Corporation) was named the
2005 winner of the “Best Luxury Cruise Line”
and “Cruise Line of the Year” by the British Travel
If elegance and pampering are on your agenda,
cruising aboard the Queen Mary 2 is simply a must.
The grandest ship at sea won't let you down.
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