On November 6, 2000, the French shipyard Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire received the order to build the passenger ship Queen Mary 2. At the end of 2003 the work was done.
More than 800 million US dollars was paid for Carnival group belonging Cunard shipping company cost to build their flagship. Never before had so much been paid for a passenger ship. For the proper baptism none other than the British Queen Elizabeth II was won. On January 12, 2004, the ship set out on its maiden voyage.
Queen Mary 2 (QM2) is currently still one of the largest passenger ships in the world with a tonnage of 148.528 GT. The midnight blue hull, the snow-white superstructures and the elegant lines look exquisite.
Queen Mary 2 - Brooklyn Cruise Terminal / NY
The unmistakable hallmark of the ship is its massive red and black funnel. Queen Mary 2 was designed as a transatlantic liner and not as a cruise ship. This explains certain peculiarities of the ship, such as the suspension of the lifeboats. These are positioned significantly higher than usual.
Queen Mary 2 - The distinctive chimney
Information about Queen Mary 2
|Dimensions||Length 345 meters; Width 37 meters, draft approx. 10 meters|
|Passenger decks||12 decks|
|Machine||4 Wärtsilä diesel engines; plus 2 gas turbines|
|Electric drive||4 propeller pods; 2 gondolas that can be rotated 360 ° serve as rudders|
|Geschwindigkeit||maximum 30 knots (55 km / h)|
|passengers||2.620 (with double occupancy; maximum 3.090|
|Crew||about 1.250 persons|
|Flagge||Bermuda, home port Hamilton|
|Werft||Alstom Chantiers de l'Atlantique, Saint Nazaire / France|
|Shipyard overhaul||several, most recently at Blohm + Voss, Hamburg, in 2011|
|Board language||English; German-speaking guest service|
|Currency on board||U.S. dollar|
Queen Mary 2 runs regularly between Hamburg or Southampton and New York. In the breaks between the scheduled services, it is used worldwide as a cruise ship.
Queen Mary 2 - Brooklyn Cruise Terminal / NY
Queen Mary 2 is a magnificent ship. The public rooms are spacious, almost lavishly furnished. They present themselves extremely luxurious. In many areas of the ship, photo walls are used to remind of the glory days of the transatlantic services. In addition, the shipping company tries to maintain its excellent reputation established in the past through rules and procedures. Formal evenings with a set dress code or regular tea hours are just a few examples of how old traditions can be maintained.
Queen Mary 2 - Lush floral displays in the Grand Lobby
However, the audience does not always match the high demands. Insiders criticize the shipping company's tendency to sell the last place on board on short trips at the worst possible conditions for the company. The guests won in this way offer neither the shipping company nor the concessionaires working on board adequate income. In addition, the level on board drops noticeably.
Obvious defects are noticeable, which indicate a lack of maintenance on the ship and its equipment. The due stay in dry dock was pushed back by a year. Above and probably also below the waterline, painting would be necessary. The "ordinary" passengers sit on sagging chairs or marvel at rust stains on the balconies and leaking insulation material on the windows of the cabins at the bottom (deck 4).
Queen Mary 2 - Damage to balcony cabin 4187
There is also an on deck 7 Buffet restaurantwhich, compared to its competitors, has at most the character of a cafeteria. The variety of dishes on offer leaves a lot to be desired. The group brand AIDA Cruises with its “club ships” can do better. After all, to raise the standard there are high-quality cloth napkins with cutlery rolled up in them.
Queen Mary 2 buffet restaurant on deck 7
On the other hand, things are completely different in the serving restaurants. Almost everything is right there. Suite guests let themselves in the noble Princess Grill and Queens Grill restaurants spoil. The other guests dine in the impressive, two-story Britannia restaurant. The equipment and atmosphere is unique. The choice of dishes is varied and their quality and appearance are first class. The service is prudent and quick.
Queen Mary 2 -Britannia Restaurant Deck 2 and 3
The shipping company is obviously trying to accommodate its German-speaking guests. You can find the German language in announcements, the daily menus of the serving restaurants and the daily printed news services. So that the Germans don't get too bored on the Atlantic passages, eight themed trips will be offered in 2015. Their titles are e.g. B. “50 Years of the Golden Camera” or “Enjoyment on the plate and in the glass”.
Last, but not least: If you like service-oriented, glamorous passenger ships, Queen Mary 2 is warmly recommended despite the weaknesses shown as examples. A trip with QM2 offers unique and unforgettable moments. In the following we report in detail about the amazing ship.