Cruise News: Queen Mary 2 Returns to Sea

Jun 24, 2016 | By Zulay Regalado


Queen Mary 2 is ready to resume cruising after multi-million dollar remastering. 

Queen Mary 2 on a transatlantic sailing

After a significant refurbishment, Cunard Line's luxury liner is finally ready to return to sea. The ship sailed into Southampton Water and will then set sail for New York to continue her transatlantic sailing schedule. As a part of the cruise line's multi-million dollar investment, the now 176 year-old ship received a complete interior redesign, including:

  • A redesign of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants
  • Additional Britannia Club and Britannia single staterooms
  • 10 new kennels for dogs, cats and ferrets (yes, ferrets like cruising too) 
  • The introduction of The Verandah, the ship's new specialty dining option.

Speaking of dining, Queen Mary 2's new dining options are every bit as pleasing to the eyes as they are to the palate. We got to sample some of the ship's new sweet treats and let's just say they lived up to their visually addictive appeal.

In honor of her return to the high seas, here's a look at Queen Mary 2's remarkable remastering journey:



Port Everglades to launch two new programs to encourage faster debarkation.

The cruise port is testing out an Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks as well as Mobile Passport Control (MPC) to make it easier for guests to reenter the U.S after their cruise. Both programs put an emphasis on the inspection aspect of reentry by allowing guests to complete their customs declaration via the MPC app.

These programs are currently available in a number of airports and cruisers departing from Vancouver and will be tested at Port Everglades this summer.

MSC Cruises partners with hairstyling brand Jean Louis David for a new salon on board.

MSC Cruises rolls out new Jean David Louis salon across fleet this year.

The Jean Louis David salon will host high-end hair styling and wellness services for MSC cruisers.The exclusive salon is set to roll out cross the MSC fleet by end of this year and aims at enhancing the quality of beauty and wellness offerings fleet-wide.  A well-known name in the world of beauty, Jean Louis David will also bring its internationally recognized products on board for guests to purchase. 

The Jean Louis David salon is currently open on MSC Preziosa, MSC Poesia or MSC Fantasia.





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