You’ve probably heard of the Queen Mary, one of the most famous and luxurious cruise ships in the world. Launched in 1934, she was famous as the height of luxury travel. The Queen Mary was recognized around the world for carrying the great and good – and their dogs too- from Southampton to New York in absolute luxury.
Queen Mary was retired on December 9, 1967. It was a relic of a time when luxury ocean liners ruled the open seas. Now, it sits as a silent sentinel on the shores of Long Beach, California.
The Queen Mary 2, built-in 2004, is still one of the largest cruise ships worldwide. It offers much space for 2620 passengers and is the only ship going from Southampton or Hamburg to New York within six days.
As her premier ship, Cunard Line spared no expense in building and promoting this great ship. Following a £90 million refit, the iconic Queen Mary 2 is back on the water and set to sail more of the world’s rich and famous across the seas.
The vessel has returned to make the transatlantic voyage from Southampton, England to New York, as she did in his first run in 1936 when she quickly captured the hearts of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, representing the spirit of an era known for its elegance, class and style.
The luxury liner has been carefully remastered with new contemporary interior designs and guest experiences, many of which take inspiration from the original Queen Mary which launched at the height of the art-deco movement in the 1930s. Cunard’s investment, marking 80 years since the original liner launched, has ensured every detail from the carpets to the curtains recalls that iconic vessel which became a symbol of British elegance.
Here are 10 fun facts about the great Queen Mary 2
- Queen Mary 2 has 17 decks. She also towers 200 ft above the water line, the equivalent of a 23-storey building.
- Queen Mary 2 was the first Atlantic liner built in 35 years and the first of the 21st Century
- Her Majesty the Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, named Queen Mary 2 in Southampton on 8 January 2004.
- Queen Mary 2 and also the Queen Victoria are the only Cunard ships to have been christened with champagne. It was Cunard tradition to use wine from Australia or the Commonwealth.
- Queen Mary 2 is 129 feet longer than the Shard in London is tall, 147 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall and more than 3 ½ times as long as Big Ben (Westminster Tower) is high. She is as long as 36 double-decker London buses and only 117 feet shorter than the height of the Empire State Building.
- One of Queen Mary 2’s whistles is an original from Queen Mary so that her famous predecessor’s voice is still heard at sea today. It is audible for 10miles.
- Queen Mary 2 is perhaps the most innovative ship Cunard has built-in terms of her propulsion system and the cache of ‘firsts’ and exclusives when she first entered service – many of them still unique to the flagship today. Among the long list is the first Planetarium at sea, the first cultural academy operated by the University of Oxford and the first Canyon Ranch Spa at sea.
- When Queen Mary 2 arrived in Southampton in May 2014 to celebrate her first ten years in service she could claim that since her Maiden Voyage in January 2004 she had sailed almost 1.5 million nautical miles, completed over 200 Atlantic crossings, undertaken 419 voyages and called at 177 ports in 60 countries with Southampton being the most visited port (186 calls) and New York second (185 calls).
- The annual sugar consumption on board Queen Mary 2 is enough to make eight million scones.
- Queen Mary 2 was used as a hotel ship at the Athens Olympics in 2004.
Aboard the Queen Mary 2 guests can immerse themselves in an atmosphere of sophistication, glamor and luxury that make them lose track of time. Excellent food tasting, accompanied by wines from the best wine in the world at sea, makes the crossing an unforgettable experience.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be treated to the finest service at sea then watch the video for a first class tour of the recently remastered Queen Mary 2, presented by Robert Howie who is the ship’s Hotel Manager.