McCue Marine prepares for Queen Mary 2 refit

McCue Marine prepares for Queen Mary 2 refit
McCue Marine will refit the Queen's Grill restaurant and lounge

McCue Marine is preparing to renovate several dining venues onboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 during her multimillion-pound drydock at the Blohm+Voss yard in Hamburg, Germany between 27 May and 21 June 2016.

The company, which secured its first cruise ship contracts in October 2014 from Thomson Cruises, will upgrade the 2,620-passenger ship’s Queen’s Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, and the Queen’s Grill Lounge.

“This contract is a very big win for us, and testament to our previous work in the fit out industry,” said Stephen Mills, business development manager, McCue Marine. “Particular attention has been paid to take inspiration from the original Queen Mary, enhancing the existing designs and emphasising the feeling of understated elegance that Queen Mary 2 is renowned for.”

To meet Cunard’s requirements for completing the work in a tight timeframe, McCue Marine prefabricated bespoke fixtures and fittings containing a mixture of timber veneers, marble, glass and architectural metalwork at its 60,000sqft production facility in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland.

“This is the beginning of a fantastic relationship with Cunard that I hope will extend well into the future and we are looking forward to beginning work on this spectacular flagship cruise liner,” said Mills.

During the 25-day refit, Queen Mary 2 will also be fitted with 15 new single cabins, 30 more Britannia Club cabins and an expanded area for pet kennels. She will also be updated with new features that have been tested with thousands of past and future Cunard guests worldwide over the past 18 months.

Earlier this year, Cunard also revealed that it will completely redesign the Kings Court buffet dining venue and transform Queen Mary 2’s Winter Garden into the Carinthia Lounge, which will serve light breakfasts and lunch. The venue will also offer a dedicated patisserie and afternoon tea service, including the option of a Veuve Cliquot Champagne Afternoon Tea experience. At night, the Carinthia Lounge will offer ‘premium wine, small plates and relaxed entertainment’.

Rebecca Gibson
By Rebecca Gibson
06 May 2016