Queen Mary 2

Expensive Large SET SAIL 2004
Illuminations, the only shipboard planetarium in the world
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art theater classes
The impressive, 2-story apartments overlooking the stern
The Queen Mary 2 Orchestra, one of the largest at sea!

Take the most elevated fantasy about cruising, throw in some Old World whimsy with a touch of modern flair and you’ll get a sense of what it’s like to cruise on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, the world’s most luxurious ocean liner. Happy hours feel more like classy cocktail parties when they’re spent at the onboard champagne bar and a stroll down the traditional wraparound teak deck could very well comprise a scene out of Titanic.

With all the pomp and circumstance of cruising on Queen Mary 2 also comes a sense of true relaxation; pay a visit to the Canyon Ranch spa, challenge your kids to a game in the arcade or kick back in one of the largest libraries at sea and you’ll surely remember you’re on vacation.

Queen Mary 2 OVERVIEW

Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner afloat as well as the fastest. British ambience prevails, although she welcomes an international passenger list.

Expect very good food as well as variety of cuisine. The buffet, located at the King’s Court, is a bustling, sprawling area. In the evening, there is a fee to dine in certain sections of the food court, which transforms into four separate casual options. Renowned chef Todd English’s namesake restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, is the only designated specialty restaurant. Elsewhere, the class system still prevails, with the ritziest option being the Queen’s Grill, followed by the Princess Grill. Thankfully, there is no steerage class. Queen Mary 2’s great equalizer? A Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, one of the few in existence aboard a cruise ship where everyone is welcome.

Daytime dress is upscale, and there are usually three formal nights on 7-night cruises. Dramatic Black and White Balls, Masquerade Balls and other themed balls are highlights, as tuxedos and glittering gowns outnumber traditional eveningwear across the cruise ship. More laidback fun can be found at the dual-level nightclub, G32, where guests party the night away dancing to retro tunes.

Passengers on all of the voyages tend to be well heeled, older and retired. On early-spring and late-fall sailings, you’re likely to notice college kids making the crossing after a winter abroad or a summer in the USA.  

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The only cruise ship with regularly scheduled North Atlantic crossings, Queen Mary 2 traverses the pond between New York and Southampton almost year-round. Other times, she can be found in Canada and New England, the Mediterranean Sea, the British Isles and Scandinavia. As with other Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2 sets sail on one world cruise every year.