If you yearn for the elegance of an era gone by, for a time of history and romance, when voyage was an adventure, and sophistication and manners were par for the course, step back in time onboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.
The RMS Queen Mary 2 is a transatlantic ocean liner, and the flagship of the storied Cunard Line. For more than a century, Cunard ships have been crossing the North Atlantic, first carrying mail, and now passengers from the Old World to the New. But don’t let history fool you, it is still an ultra-modern ship, with all the comforts of the contemporary age.
When it was built in 2003, the Queen Mary 2 was the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built. Since then, she has been stripped of some of her records by larger ships, but she remains the largest ocean liner ever built.
See the Entire World from the Lap of Luxury
The Queen Mary 2 was designed to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, and indeed, the Transatlantic Crossing is its iconic voyage, counted among the world’s greatest adventures. It has other itineraries as well, from sailing up the Norwegian Coast to visiting the whitewashed ports of the Mediterranean. But if you really want to go all out for sophisticated adventure, you can actually see the entire world by booking one of the Queen Mary 2’s annual World Cruises.
You can spend more than 100 days on the ship, seeing the sights of Australia, Hong Kong, and sailing the Suez Canal. Plenty of time to dance in the ship’s ballroom, or dine in one of the 15 restaurants, or learn about those star-filled skies in the first planetarium at sea.
The ship is named after Mary of Teck, wife of King George V, the grandmother of the current Queen Elizabeth II, who also had a Cunard flagship named after her. It can carry more than 3,000 passengers and more than 1,200 crew, and there are plenty of references to royalty on board. There is the Royal Court Theatre, the Britannia Restaurant, the Queen’s Grill Lounge, and a Princess Grill. A night at the Veuve Cliquot champagne bar may even have you feeling like royalty yourself.
The idea is to embrace the classic style of days gone past. A painting of the ship onboard includes a quotation from the London Times, saying “ She will be heir to all that has gone before, and will carry the grace and elegance of a bygone era into the future.”
While on board, you can attend afternoon tea, or a ball, or take part in the cultural enrichment program where you can learn a new language, or how to paint watercolors.
The ship has also made modern history. In one of its transatlantic crossings, it carried the first U.S. copy of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, autographed by the author herself, and locked safe inside a steamer trunk.
During the Summer Olympics in Athens, the Queen Mary 2 was a floating hotel for the American basketball team, former U.S. President George H.W. Bush, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair and his wife Cherie, and the French President Jacques Chirac. Other famous passengers have included Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Donald Trump, Katie Couric and Rod Stewart.
For cruise lovers looking for a unique voyage into another world on the ocean, book passage on the Cunard’s Queen Mary, step onboard and step back in time, to an era of class and manners on the high seas.