Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is the cruise line’s flagship and one of the most famous liners in the world. Renowned for luxury, it has an incredible array of facilities certain to make guests enjoy every moment onboard. From spas to theatres to a fantastic planetarium, a trip onboard the Queen Mary 2 is a holiday like no other, and is certain to create a lasting impression.
Described as ‘wonderfully grand’, there is no other cruise ship quite like this one.
The educational possibilities onboard are certain to tickle the fancies of passengers: guest speakers ranging from explorers, biographers, award winning actors and politicians elucidate on a diverse and fascinating variety of topics, while acting workshops and Cunard ConneXions (with activities from wine tasting to computer lessons) offer something for everyone.
If, to you, a holiday equals shopping and relaxing, the Queen Mary knows just what to offer: the book shop has a range of nautical literature and souvenirs, while Mayfair shops offer high fashion and designs from high street shops such as Harrods alongside beautiful jewellery and other souvenirs.
The QM2 has Five Swimming Pools
Canyon Ranch SpaClub offers an indulgent range of massages and spa treatments, and the QM2 has no fewer than five swimming pools, as well as a series of whirlpools, perfect for relaxing in after a heavy work out in the ships fitness centre or one of the more energetic fitness classes.
Sporty guests will be passionate about the onboard golf simulators and sports court – and why not try your hand at something new: the nautical games of Shuffleboard and deck quoits can be enjoyed too.
Sit back, relax and enjoy a fabulous production in the Royal Court Theatre – whether it is a musical, a drama or a comedy of errors, it is certain to be an unforgettable event.
Queens Room is a beautiful, spacious ballroom, wonderfully decorated in a traditional fashion complete with crystal chandeliers and a dance floor. Here, themed balls are often held – the perfect opportunity to don a ball gown or tuxedo and dance the night away to the resident orchestra.
If that sounds a little too fancy for your tastes, shake your hips in G32 – a hip, dual level nightclub that offers themed nights from the 60s, 70s and 80s.
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The Queen Mary 2 is known for its luxury, and this certainly encompasses the sumptuous suites on offer: the Queens Grill Suites are extravagantly comfortable, with separate living and sleeping areas as well as private balconies and a reservation at the gourmet Queens Grill dining room is included too.
Princess Grill suites are beautifully appointed staterooms with private verandas as well having automatic reservations at the sophisticated Princess Grill restaurant. Even the smallest of the staterooms available onboard have the equivalent of a deluxe suite on many other ships.
Dining, Bars and Lounges
The Todd English Restaurant has a menu designed by the famous chef Todd English and a décor flush with intimate alcoves overlooking the expanse of Queen Mary 2’s pool terrace.
Having a pre or post dinner drink in the elegance of the Chart Room is certain to help you unwind after a busy day at sea: relax here with your favourite cocktail to the sounds of gentle jazz.
The prevalent image of a cruise is one of sophistication and elegance and even though many cruise lines have tried to move away from this formal nature and instead make themselves much more casual, there is still a yearning amongst many for the high life that some cruises can provide and Cunard are certainly in this category.
The company has been defining cruising since the mid 19th century however they can currently boast to having the youngest fleet on the water with the Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 all having been launched in the past few years.
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Cunard has been a roaring success recently with the amount of awards and critical acclaim that it is received: last year they won 16 awards at 11 separate ceremonies including Cruise Line of the Year at the British Travel Awards and Best Cruise Company from the Daily Telegraph Ultratravel Awards.
However, what kind of service can you get with Cunard cruises that justifies all these accolades?
Cunard for Elegance and Relaxation
As we have already mentioned, the focus on these cruises is very much on elegance and relaxation. All the ships have numerous swimming pools, a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants to choose from, spa treatments, a theatre, film screenings and a casino. So there is certainly enough to keep even the most restless of people occupied on board these liners.
Dinner and evening entertainment is where Cunard really shines and it is all about looking your best and mingling with the other passengers on the ship; on a 7 night cruise aboard a Cunard vessel you will usually have 3 strictly formal evenings, two that are semi-formal and another two for casual wear.
The cruise line has also gained much recognition for its shore excursions. For all the focus that is directed to what is on the ship, much of the emphasis on your holiday is geared towards seeing the places that you are visiting and Cunard offers some enthralling excursions.
These will be organised by the cruise line however you can go it alone if you wish and explore by yourself – something that many people do prefer.
If it is elegance and sophistication that you are after then Cruising with Cunard would be a very good choice.
Whether it is the black tie and ball room dress dinners, the cigar lounge or the entertainment at night, this cruise line certainly offers a classy but relaxed break away and the amount of awards that the company has won in recent years is certainly testament to this.
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