Queen Mary 2 Celebrates a Decade at Sea

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Queen Mary 2

As Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2 turns 10 years old this year, your clients have two opportunities to get on board for two celebratory crossings in May.

Queen Mary 2 is the only passenger ship that has scheduled service crossing the Atlantic from New York, and travelers can take part in the 7-night commemorative Crossings on May 9 (westbound from Southampton, England) and May 16 (eastbound from New York). On both trips, guests will experience two speakers as part of Cunard’s Insights program: Commodore Ron Warwick, who was the first Master of Queen Mary 2, and Stephen Payne, who was in charge of the ship’s design.

Both speakers will attend a gala evening with passengers, and other special guests, including the vocalist/tenor Ben Makisi, magician Philip Hitchcock and violin duo Elektra, will also be on board. For those on the May 16 sailing, comedian Roy Walker will join the festivities.

“Since entering service in 2004, Queen Mary 2 has reigned supreme on the Atlantic and around the world, proudly carrying more than a million guests,” says David Dingle, CEO of Cunard Line. “She has attracted awards, accolades and admiration as the greatest ocean liner ever built for a decade now and we intend to mark her first 10 years of service in style.”

The Queen Mary 2 holds the title for many things in the cruise industry: it’s the world’s tallest, longest, widest and most expensive ocean liner built, taller than even the Empire State Building if it were standing up. Since Queen Mary 2 started sailing in 2004, the ship has carried over 1.3 million passengers on 419 voyages in a total of 60 countries.

So what makes this luxurious ship so luxurious? Well for starters, there’s a Canyon Ranch SpaClub on board, as well as a planetarium at sea, and a library with views overlooking the bow and over 8,000 volumes stacked in lit bookcases. The ship also boasts the largest ballroom at sea, the Queens Room, and the Royal Court Theatre, where passengers can catch musicals and other productions.

Rates start at $1,099 pp dbl. For more information, call (800) 728-6273 or visit cunard.com. For more on Cunard, see Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth from the October 2013 issue.