Trondheim is the third largest city in Norway, one of Norway’s oldest cities and between 1030 and 1217 it even was the capital of Norway then called Nidaros. This city was the fourth stop on our cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 and we were looking forward to discover the city on our own. Read More
Our journey aboard the Queen Mary 2 took us further north. The next stop was Åndalsnes. Åndalsnes is situated in one arm of the Romsdalsfjord and is a small town with about 2,500 people. Åndalsnes is particularly well-known for the Rauma railway, the Trollstigen and the Troll Wall. Read More
After a wonderful day in Oslo, we had a day at sea, before we reached the magical city of Olden at the inner end of the Nordfjord. Read More
Oslo is the capital of Norway and has not only many famous sights to offer but also culinary treats. We explored the northern harbor metropolis and collected our favorites of the city so you can discover Oslo on your own. Your city tour begins in the port area of Oslo. Read More
On our cruise with the Queen Mary 2 we explored the Norwegian fjords and fell in love with the beautiful landscape of Norway. We will show you 25 impressions of our journey to the north. Feel the magic!
On sea days on our Norway cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2, we always had good luck with the weather. Bright sunshine and little wind greeted us in the morning on our sheltered balcony. But what is there to do on board? We were looking forward to discover what is offered on a sea day. Here are our top 15 activities on sea days aboard the Queen Mary 2:
The Queen Mary 2 entered service in January 2004. Cunard therefore decided to renovate the old lady. In May and June 2016, the Queen Mary 2 was left for refurbishment in the dry dock at Blohm + Voss in Hamburg for 25 days. A total of approximately 100 million euros were invested in the renovation and the result is quite impressive.
What is new aboard the Queen Mary 2?
- 50 new cabins
Overall, 50 new cabins were built during the renovation. These include 15 Britannia single cabins for solo travelers on deck 2 and 3L, 30 additional Britannia Club Balcony cabins and 5 Britannia inside cabins on deck 13.
- A new and modern design
The whole cruise ship got new carpets. Altogether there were more than 40,000 square meters of carpet laid. In addition, more than 6,500 new pieces of furniture were brought on board and more than 4,000 new images hung. In the Grand Lobby, the glass elevators were removed and they laid a new colorful carpet with a starburst design. The lobby gives an open, elegant and very modern impression.
The Kings Court buffet restaurant was completely rebuilt and refurbished. The buffet area is now more open, bright and modern. Instead buffet islands there are central areas and in some places you get served behind the counters. For example, you can’t take cheese at the cheese counter yourself, but you will be served. The pieces of cheese are all cut right in front of you.
The Princess and Queens Grill suites have all been renovated to meet today’s demands of luxury and comfort. The 172 suites have been refurbished and redesigned to offer more space and a modern design. The associated restaurants were also rebuilt. Now there are many more for two and there is more space. The atmosphere is quiet and more private. There are also new menus.
- New bars and restaurants
The Sir Samuel’s is home to the first Godiva chocolate café on board a ship. Here you can buy the chocolate of the famous Belgian chocolatier as well as hot drinks with chocolate, cake and ice cream. You can also purchase gift boxes with fine chocolates on board. A box of 6 chocolates costs incl. taxes $ 10.64. And every night you will find a Godiva chocolate on your bed inside your cabin.
The former Todd English has been replaced with the French specialty restaurant The Verandah. The first Verandah Grill restaurant was built in 1936 on the first Queen Mary cruise ship. This restaurant is also available aboard the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. You can eat lunch and dinner in this restaurant for an extra charge. You can read more in our restaurant review soon on our blog. The restaurant is decorated with art works with circus motifs. Here are some impressions of the elegant design of the restaurant:
The Carinthia Lounge on deck 7 was formerly the Winter Garden. The Carinthia Lounge is one of the public areas and reminds you of the Carinthia Cunard ships. Here you can get special snacks in the afternoon and many coffee specialties by illy caffè. In the evening the Carinthia Lounge offers a unique collection of Port wines. Read more about this in our next blog post. The lounge is decorated in an elegant manner, like the rest of the cruise ship. Many chairs and sofas invite you to relax and have a drink.
- For your dog
On deck 12, they built 10 additional kennels. Thus there are a total of 22 kennels for pets on board. There is also a streetlight from Liverpool and a fire hydrant from New York to go for a walk. Thus, British and American dogs on board can feel comfortable and at home.
- Other refits
The ship features four new exhaust washes and the corresponding exhaust filters. Furthermore, there is a new drinking water plant and all equipment and lines were maintained and overhauled. The entire ship has also received a new coat of paint. With more than 35,000 liters of paint, the Queen Mary 2 shines in new splendor.
A cruise with the Queen Mary 2 – this is a dream for many. Why? Because it is a classic experience. The Queen Mary was already used in the 30’s as a transatlantic cruise ship. At that time it was the largest cruise ship in the world. In the 60’s cruises were unprofitable and the Queen Mary was decommissioned in 1967. However, in 2004 the new Queen Mary 2 entered service as a transatlantic liner between Southampton and New York with an exclusive and luxurious charm. We wanted to try out how a cruise aboard the Queen Mary 2 feels like and whether this cruise meets our expectations of luxury and tradition. That is why we went on a 13-day Norwegian Fjords cruise with the Queen Mary 2. Read More