Travel Weekly Readers Name Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 “Best Luxury Cruise Ship” for Eighth Straight Year

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22 December 2011 – Cunard Line’s flagship Queen Mary 2, renowned for her signature trans-Atlantic Cruise, has been named “Best Luxury Cruise Ship” for the eighth consecutive year by the readers of Travel Weekly, the national publication of the travel industry. The award signifies the ocean liner’s dominance in providing the ultimate luxury cruise for which Cunard is known. Bestowed at the magazine’s ninth annual Readers Choice Awards gala event, held on 15 December 2011 at The Plaza Hotel in New York City, the awards are presented annually to industry suppliers who set the highest standard for product and service during the past year.

Recently,  Queen Mary 2 completed a significant 14-day refurbishment of all 1,310 staterooms, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites and Restaurants, the Commodore Club, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, Sir Samuel’s Bar and Lounge, and the children’s Play Zone. The Golden Lion Pub also received a complete redesign, including upgraded flat screen televisions.

“It is most rewarding to see Queen Mary 2 named ‘Best Luxury Cruise Ship’ year after year by Travel Weekly’s distinguished readers since she was appointed flagship of Cunard in 2004,” said Peter Shanks, president of Cunard Line. “The accolade is a testament to our ongoing commitment to provide unforgettable experiences, and the ship’s recent enhancements will ensure that guests continue to enjoy the grandest ocean voyage experience aboard our flagship liner.”

In 2012, Queen Mary 2 will depart on her fifth World Voyage, continuing the Line’s rich tradition of offering legendary and exotic itineraries. Queen Mary 2 will sail roundtrip from Southampton on a unique 108-day cruise which will include a maiden call to the spectacular sand dunes in Namibia’s Swakopmund before a two-night stay in Cape Town. She will then resume her iconic trans-Atlantic Crossings, sailing 20 of these legendary voyages in 2012, including six nine-day extended trans-Atlantic cruises between New York and Hamburg.

Queen Mary 2 is the grandest ocean liner ever built and offers many distinctive features which reveal why she deserves to be called the “Best Luxury Cruise Ship.” Along with Cunard’s impeccable White Star Service, guests revel in the luxury of time as they enjoy the countless unique amenities on board – including the largest library at sea, the only planetarium at sea, the first Todd English Restaurant at sea, and the first Canyon Ranch SpaClub aboard a ship, as well as the largest ballroom at sea where guests get decked out for glamourous evenings at Royal Nights Themed Balls. In addition, renowned guests and speakers provide intellectually rewarding lectures as part of the award-winning Cunard Insights enrichment programme, from NASA astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman to former CNN correspondent and novelist Kitty Pilgrim.

Intimate luxury on a grand scale is the experience that awaits in the famed Queens Grill and Princess Grill Suites, where guests are pampered with the finest service and amenities, priority embarkation, a dedicated concierge, and exquisite cuisine in exclusive and elegantly appointed single-seating dining rooms.

For more information about Queen Mary 2 and to book a voyage, consult your travel professional, call toll-free 1-800-728-6273 or go to www.cunard.com.