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Queen Mary 2 refit plans announced

The Golden Lion Pub will be completely redesigned
Cunard Line has released details of the planned refit of the company’s flagship Queen Mary 2, in preparation for her eighth birthday in January 2012. The major refurbishment and redesign taking place in Germany includes new carpets, curtains, bedcovers and linens.

To be undertaken at the Blohm+Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, from November 24 to December 7, the refit willl include all staterooms, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants, the Commodore Club, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, Sir Samuel’s and the Play Zone/ Kids’ Zone. The Golden Lion Pub will be completely redesigned.

Tillberg Design company, which was involved in Queen Mary 2’s original design, has been engaged by Cunard to handle the new designs.

The 14-day refit will require a team of thousands of workers replacing the equivalent of almost ten football fields of carpet and manufacturing about 18 miles of fabric into over 6,000 individual items.

Specific plans include:

Staterooms – all 1,310 staterooms aboard Queen Mary 2 will receive a fresh look with new carpeting, curtains, bedspreads and some will receive new furniture.

Golden Lion Pub will benefit from a complete refurbishment and redesign retaining the British pub atmosphere with warm colours and plush seating mirroring the same venues aboard Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Upgraded television screens will also be installed.

An extensive refurbishment of the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub at sea will include the teak surrounds of the hydrotherapy pool and adjacent wet areas and a general upgrade of all the facilities. In addition, new exercise machines in the fitness centre and new and improved features in the Beauty Salon will be installed.

Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants will be fitted with a new, lighter carpet design whilst the Commodore Club will be refreshed with a new carpet design and additions to the white leather furnishings of chairs, sofas and bar stools.

In addition to the refit, when Queen Mary 2 returns to service on December 8, she will introduce several new on board features, details of which will be disclosed soon, says Cunard.