Cunard’s illustrious fleet is probably one of the most recognisable operating in the world today, with regal names that will be familiar to those who are seasoned cruisers and those looking to take a trip of this kind for the first time. At the head of this fleet is the fantastic Queen Mary 2; following the original Queen Mary ship which sailed its last voyage in 1967.
As well as sailing the famous transatlantic crossing between New York and Southampton, Queen Mary 2 also visits many other world regions, just like Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, and on an annual world voyage. One of the things that helps this iconic vessel stand out from her peers is the briskness at which she can travel. Her top speed of thirty knots and cruising pace of twenty-six knots are faster than any other liner and she achieves it all with such grace and elegance. This is made possible by electric propulsion and gas turbines working in tandem.
If you want any confirmation of her grand stature then all that is needed is a glance at her vital statistics. With a height that reaches 200 feet above the surface of the water and a length of 1,132 feet, she is as tall as a twenty-three story building and three times as long as Big Ben is high. Queen Mary 2 also has 2,000 bathrooms, a hull which weighs more than 300 blue whales, and a group of whistles that includes one from the original Queen Mary in order to preserve her predecessor’s voice.
The ship's fantastic Illuminations movie theatre also converts into the only planetarium at sea. Seating 150 guests, shows run approximately four times per sea day. Passengers can enjoy high-tech programmes, including astronomy shows and virtual reality movies underneath the impressive planetarium dome.
Designed in a classic opera house style, The Royal Theatre features 20 private Royal Boxes which are available for passengers to reserve. These glamorous private boxes, provide passengers with an intimate environment to spend an unforgettable night at the theatre.
Cunard is also famous for it's signature White Star Service, and the Queen Elizabeth is no exception, white gloved officers and crew on hand to provide the highest standards of service.
The wonderful Cunard Insights programme provides a wide range of speakers, from explorers, academics and historians to scientists, novelists and biographers. Former ambassadors and politicians, award winning actors and film makers have also given talks on historical and contemporary issues.
Queens Grill and Princess Grill passengers are automatically charged $13.50 per person per day. Britannia passengers are charged $11.50 per person per day. A 15% gratuity is applied to all bar purchases. Spa treatments have a 12.5% gratuity included in the prices.