Queen Mary 2 cruise ship guide


The spectacular Queen Mary 2 will be embarking on trips to both New Zealand and Scandinavia this year – and guests will enjoy their trips in true luxury. Featuring pristine accommodation, top-class dining and a range of fantastic amenities, you won’t want your journey on board RMS Queen Mary 2 to be your last.

Take a look at the Queen Mary 2 cruise trips Cruise 1st currently has to offer – or keep reading to find out more about this historic and immaculately presented ship.

History of RMS Queen Mary 2

First launched in 2003, Queen Mary 2 was the first ocean liner built since Queen Elizabeth 2 in 1969. She was built by Chantiers de l’Atlantique in Saint-Nazaire, France; and at the time she was the longest, widest and tallest passenger ship ever built.

She is classed as an ocean liner, as opposed to a cruise ship – and she manages faster speeds than a contemporary cruise ship can manage, reaching some 30 knots per hour (35 mph) at cruising speed. The ship achieves this using a combination of integrated electric propulsion and gas turbines.

She was Christened in January 2004 by Queen Elizabeth II.

Things to do on board

Queen Mary 2 is host to a wide range of amenities that are sure to make your journey a memorable one.

The Canyon Ranch Spa club offers a range of health and beauty treatments in tranquil surroundings. Then there’s the only planetarium at sea, offering virtual tours of the galaxy and beyond. The elegant Royal Court Theatre offers award-winning entertainment night after night. And if you feel like taking in some literature in peace and quiet, the library offers more than 8,000 volumes for your enjoyment.

The ship is no slouch when it comes to dining, either. Enjoy the a la carte menu at the Queen’s Grill; the intimate setting of the Princess Grill; the Todd English restaurant, with dishes created by renowned chef Todd English; or the more laid-back setting of the Kings Court. Whatever your taste, there’s something here for you.


Living spaces on board Queen Mary 2 are all about luxury, from the interior staterooms all the way up to the exquisite Queens Grill suites.

The standard interior rooms are anything but ‘standard’, more closely resembling a deluxe room on other cruise ships. You’ll still benefit from 24-hour room service, nightly turndown service, satellite TV, refrigerator, daily newspaper, fruit basket and more. Ocean view staterooms offer all of the above plus a stunning window view, letting natural light into your room throughout the day. Balcony staterooms also offer sliding doors onto your own private balcony – great for taking in the views.

The Princess Grill suites and Queens Grill suites offer the height of luxury – with supremely spacious and comfortable surroundings, along with additional concierge service, priority bookings, personalised stationery, a bar and even games consoles.

Current trips on Queen Mary 2

In March this year, the ship will be heading for New Zealand on a 12-night trip, starting at Sydney and stopping off at Bay of Islands, Auckland and Wellington.

Then in July, she will be embarking on another 12-night trip from Southampton to Scandinavia, stopping at Stavanger, Olden, Geiranger, and Bergen.

You can take a closer look at our trips on our Queen Mary 2 page.

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