The world’s largest ocean liner ever built, will be 15-years-old by next November, making this refit her third five-year overhaul.
Queen Mary 2 last received a refurb in June, 2016 with a US $110-million upgrade that included a redesign and refurbishment of the Queens Grill and Princess Grill suites and restaurants, as well as other minor and major changes that we covered here.
Cunard Line confirmed that its 2,691-passenger flagship was going in for another refit during a steel cutting ceremony for its new, yet-to-be-named cruise ship this week, but did not say what changes would be made.
“Plans are still being finalised for the update,” Cunard’s Senior Vice President, Simon Palethorpe, told Cruise Critic.
During the 2016 drydock, fifty brand-new cabins were also added and the Winter Garden was replaced with the Carinthia Lounge, so speculation is rife as to what might be in store for the ship next year.
“Only thing that I’ve seen mentioned is a new spa; hard to believe that alone is a three-week job,” a user called rsquare wrote on the Cruise Critic message boards.
Canyon Ranch has created a brand-new menu of spa treatments with more focus on mineral-rich seawater and marine-based experiences.
The revamped spa on Queen Elizabeth for example features a new couples’ suite for seaweed bathing rituals using VOYA seaweed harvested from the west coast of Ireland.
There’s also a new meditation room with acoustic resonance loungers; a reconfigured fitness centre and studio space for classes and new sound therapy facilities in every treatment room.
Another user on the Cruise Critic message boards said that the Britannia category bathrooms and some Grills bathrooms would also be redeveloped, based on information from a housekeeper.
The first sailing after Queen Mary 2’s dry dock will be a three-night Christmas Markets in Belgium cruise, departing from Southampton on November 28th, 2020.