Queen Mary 2.
Queen Mary 2. Supplied

Ocean liner's birthday facelift

FOR Queen Mary 2's eighth birthday, Cunard Line is organising a major refurbishment and redesign of its flagship ocean liner.

Taking place at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, from November 24 to December 7, the ship's staterooms, Canyon Ranch SpaClub®, the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants, the Commodore Club, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, Sir Samuel's and the Play Zone/Kids' Zone will receive new carpets, curtains, bedcovers and linens while the Golden Lion Pub will receive a complete redesign.

To ensure that the latest changes will complement the ship's signature elegance and glamour throughout, Cunard has again partnered with the noted Tillberg Design AB in Höganäs, Sweden, the company involved in Queen Mary 2's original design.

Cunard Line president Peter Shanks said Queen Mary 2 is an iconic leader in the world of luxury ocean travel and continues to receive high ratings by guests and the cruise industry.

"A ship that still turns heads everywhere she goes, she is unquestionably the pride of our fleet. We are committed to maintaining that impeccable reputation, and this significant refurbishment is an important investment on behalf of our guests."

The refurbishment will take place just two months before Queen Mary 2 arrives in Australia in February 2012 for her historic maiden circumnavigation of the country.

The 14-day refit will require a team of thousands of workers replacing the equivalent of almost ten football pitches of carpet and manufacturing about 46 square kilometres of fabric into more than 6000 individual items.

In addition to the refit, when Queen Mary 2 returns to service on December 8 she will introduce several new on board features.

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