Following a 25-day, $132 million refurbishment, Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 has reentered service, and I was just onboard to evaluate the vessel’s extensive remastering, including shiny new digs for both human passengers and canine and feline ones as well.
The Queen Mary 2 was already a beautiful one-of-a-kind ocean liner, and now she more closely resembles her classic predecessor with fresh art deco styling that is first showcased in the newly opened up Grand Lobby. To accommodate an expanded Kings Court buffet above, two underutilized central elevators were removed here, and the effect is an atrium that better soars with less visual congestion.
Speaking of congestion, the formerly crowded aforementioned buffet has been freed up thanks to a new set of food stations that stretches from one side of the ship to the other, now uninterrupted. Moreover, the decor has been greatly improved and brightened up with beautiful new geometric tiles on the floor and colorful destination paintings along the walls.
Also for dining, the Todd English restaurant has been replaced with The Verandah specialty restaurant as an homage to the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. The carnival aesthetic hosts cuisine that is a step above the former venue. Food is now French and Spanish inspired and features excellent dishes for both lunch and dinner servi