The Queen Mary 2 (QM2) recently sailed in to Table Bay where it docked it Cape Town for two nights for what was the first stop on her world cruise following a £100-million remastering.
Last year thousands of people worked around the clock in shifts to ensure the work professed rapidly in the 25 days the liner spent the Blohm + Voss shipyard in Hamburg.
Reconfiguration and restyling of all 172 Grills suites was done to ensure space was maximised. The Grills dining experience has been elevated and the two Grill restaurants have been redesigned to offer more table size options and space. A redesigned King’s court buffet means the the central buffet area is now more airy and open and The Carinthia Lounge, formally QM2’s Winter Garden, has been transformed into a refined and versatile venue. The Todd English restaurant has been replaced with The Verandah and now, exactly 80 years after the first Cunard Verandah Grill went to sea on Queen Mary,offers contemporary French cuisine.
After departing Cape Town, Queen Mary 2 set sail for Port Elizabeth, followed by Mauritius. She will complete her World Voyage in April 2017, after which she will commence with her Transatlantic and North America programme.
QUEEN MARY 2 FACTS:
- She is four football fields in length (or three blocks on Broadway) – a total of 345 metres
- She is equal to the height of a 23-storey building with 17 decks that tower 200 feet above the waterline
- She covers an area of 3.5 acres
- Her whistle is audible for ten miles
- Her speed of 29.5 knots is double the speed of a Caribbean cruise ship and nearly three times the speed of a blue whale
- She’s constructed from some 300,000 pieces of steel; her hull is made up of 94 steel blocks and weighs 50,000 tons (more than a school of 330 blue whales). The QM2 gross weight is 151,400 tons.
- She carries 343 different wines on board (with annual wine sales estimated at around 230,000 bottles)
- In total over one year, passengers will consume 38,000 lbs of smoked salmon, 346,000 gallons of fruit juice, 249,000 lbs of potatoes and 420,000 packets of breakfast cereal. Excluding wine, the QM2 serves 1.5 million drinks per annum.
- There are 1,310 staterooms in total of which 955 (73%) cabins feature balconies.
- Maximum capacity is 3,090 passengers.
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