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Queen Mary 2

The Queen Mary 2

Welcome to the dedicated page for the Queen Mary 2, one of the most iconic and luxurious ocean liners in the world. As the flagship of the Cunard Line, the Queen Mary 2 continues the tradition of transatlantic crossings with unparalleled elegance and modern amenities.


Name: Queen Mary 2
Type: Ocean Liner
Year Built: 2003
Builder: Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Saint-Nazaire, France
Owner: Cunard Line
Specifications: 148,528 GT, 1,132 ft length, 135 ft beam, 236 ft height, 13 passenger decks
Capacity: 2,695 passengers, 1,253 crew
Speed: 30 knots (maximum)

Construction and Design

The Queen Mary 2 was designed to be the largest, longest, and most advanced ocean liner ever built, combining the classic features of its predecessors with modern technology and luxury.

Key Features:

  • Hull Design: The ship’s hull is designed for transatlantic voyages, with a reinforced bow for cutting through rough seas. The hydrodynamic design ensures a smooth and stable voyage.
  • Luxurious Interiors: The Queen Mary 2 features grand public spaces, elegant staterooms, and a wide range of amenities, including multiple dining venues, a planetarium, a grand ballroom, and a library.
  • Advanced Technology: Equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and safety systems, the ship offers a seamless and secure travel experience for passengers.

Transatlantic Crossings

The Queen Mary 2 continues the legacy of Cunard’s transatlantic service, offering regular crossings between Southampton, England, and New York City, USA. These voyages provide passengers with a unique and timeless travel experience.

Key Routes:

  • Southampton to New York: The most famous route, continuing the tradition of transatlantic ocean travel.
  • World Voyages: In addition to transatlantic crossings, the Queen Mary 2 also offers world cruises, visiting ports around the globe.

Notable Features and Amenities

Dining and Entertainment The Queen Mary 2 offers a variety of dining options, from formal restaurants to casual eateries. The ship also features a range of entertainment options, including theaters, a planetarium, and live music venues.

  • Britannia Restaurant: The main dining room, offering a mix of classic and contemporary cuisine.
  • The Verandah: A specialty restaurant serving fine French cuisine.
  • Queens Room: A grand ballroom for evening dances and events.
  • Illuminations: The only planetarium at sea, offering shows and lectures.

Recreation and Wellness Passengers can enjoy numerous recreational activities and wellness facilities, ensuring a relaxing and rejuvenating voyage.

  • Canyon Ranch SpaClub: A luxurious spa offering a range of treatments and fitness classes.
  • Pools and Whirlpools: Multiple swimming pools and whirlpools located throughout the ship.
  • Kennels: The Queen Mary 2 is the only ship with dedicated kennels for pets on transatlantic crossings.

Accommodations The Queen Mary 2 offers a range of accommodations, from comfortable inside cabins to luxurious suites.

  • Queens Grill Suites: The most luxurious accommodations, offering exclusive dining and personalized service.
  • Princess Grill Suites: Spacious suites with access to a private restaurant and lounge.
  • Britannia Staterooms: Comfortable staterooms with a variety of views and amenities.

Historical Significance

The Queen Mary 2 was built to continue the legacy of Cunard’s prestigious ocean liners, such as the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth 2. Launched in 2004, she has since become an icon of modern maritime travel, representing the pinnacle of luxury and engineering.

Key Dates:

  • Launch: March 21, 2003
  • Maiden Voyage: January 12, 2004, from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale
  • Transatlantic Service: Commenced in April 2004

Preservation and Legacy

The Queen Mary 2 stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of ocean liner travel. Her design and service continue to honor the traditions of maritime history while incorporating modern advancements and luxuries.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Best Luxury Cruise Ship: Multiple awards from travel publications and organizations.
  • Green Ship Award: Recognized for efforts in environmental sustainability and energy efficiency.

Further Reading and Resources


  • “The Story of the Queen Mary 2” by Graeme Gleaves
  • “Queen Mary 2: The Greatest Ocean Liner of Our Time” by John Maxtone-Graham


  • “Queen Mary 2: The Greatest Ocean Liner Ever Built”
  • “Inside Queen Mary 2”