Our next cruise is just around the corner! Next week on 13 July 2016, Gavin and I will be boarding Cunard Line's magnificent flagship, Queen Mary 2 in Southampton for our 4 night voyage.
Queen Mary 2 recently underwent a major refurbishment in Hamburg, Germany costing approximately £90 million. In total over one million man hours went into the 25 day project, which saw over 55,200 square meters of new carpets laid and over 15,000 litres of paint was applied to the liner's hull.
The most noticeable change is the addition of 30 Britannia Club staterooms on Deck 13. Five Britannia Inside staterooms were also added. On Deck 2 the Empire Casino was shrunk to make room for nine Britannia Oceanview Single staterooms and six of these new staterooms were also installed on Deck 3L.
In the Grand Lobby the two glass elevators have been removed making the area much more spacious. On Deck 7, the former underused Winter Garden has been transformed into the new Carinthia Lounge. The Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants have been completely redesigned. The Kings Court buffet has also been thoroughly redesigned and like her fleet mates Queen Mary 2 now offers guests The Verandah restaurant, which is located on Deck 8.
Your four legged friends might be pleased to know that 10 additional dog kennels have been installed and there's even a lamp post from Liverpool and fire hydrant from New York on the deck to make your dog feel at home, apparently!
So as I'm sure you can imagine we're really looking forward to getting on board and seeing all the new changes. Our 4 night voyage departs Southampton and will take us to Hamburg, Germany and back. We will have two sea days, giving us plenty of time to enjoy the ship and relax on board.
Many of you have asked if I will be producing a new drawing and as some of you might have already seen I'm currently working hard to complete a brand new drawing of the remastered Queen Mary 2. The drawing includes the new Deck 13 staterooms. I hope to have the opportunity to present it to the Captain during our voyage.
Harry Cotterill set up his blog when he was just 16-years old, making him one of the youngest cruise bloggers in the world. In later years he became known across the world for his amazing talent of drawing cruise ships!