The Queen Mary 2 will celebrate yet another historic milestone this year when she sails on what will be her 250th crossing of the Atlantic in November.

The giant Cunarder- the largest ocean liner ever built- will sail from New York on November 25th on an eight night, eastbound voyage, scheduled to arrive in Southampton on December 3rd.

Fares for an inside stateroom start at £999.

It’s been something of a banner headline year for Cunard.Tthe company celebrated it’s 175th anniversary this year and, on a more sombre note, there was a pretty emotional voyage of remembrance to mark the centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania off the south coast of Ireland in May.

Having just completed her first, full decade of service, the Queen Mary 2 is also slated for a major refit, which will see the replacement of the mid ship, centrally located Kings’ Court buffet area among other things. The Kings’ Court has been a bone of contention for many QM2 regulars ever since the ship made her debut, back in 2004.

While it is heart warming to see the great liner passing yet another service milestone, I can’t help but point out that the original Queen Mary – half the size of the current one- used to make the same Atlantic crossing in half as many days.

Still, this really is a cause for celebration, and no doubt the event will be marked on board in suitable style. It should be quite a memorable crossing.

The great QM2 will embark on her 250th Atlantic crossing in November this year

The great QM2 will embark on her 250th Atlantic crossing in November this year


  1. I went on the qm2 straight after QE2 was retired and was told by cunard that qm2 was bigger better in every way to QE2. Oh mama ! were we in for a disappointment. It was and remains the worst holiday I have ever had. the ship was filthy . I even took a photo of the only table available in the disgusting Kings court café which showed food splattered up the bulkhead filthy undersides of the table and surly staff who when showed the waste food, shrugged their shoulders and muttered something in a foreign language. That was the first day, on the last day, the same table had not even been wiped despite being used for a fortnight as I compared photos, a sort of, before and after study on filth! The smell in Kings courtcafe was overpowering throughout the ship. and It is not before time that this filthy cesspit is going to be gone. I even ended up in the Captains cabin as he was furious that I dared insult his “boat” as he called it. I never found the library, too far away and no signposts, and the ship was doing everything except somersaults in a force 3 !! perfect conditions. No window seating , No vacant seating at all ! couldn’t even take our coffee on to the stern quarter deck unless you walked miles by which time coffee gone cold. No Siree I will wait till QE2 comes back before I go on Cunard again following experiences on both qm2 and victoria. Not long now till the sales contract of QE2 expires and then we shall see her steaming up Southampton water once again. qm2 was built by accountants, for ease of operation, no tugs required in ports etc etc, the passengers were obviously an afterthought . and that arrangement of a false canoe stern grafted onto the transom of the thing to try and make it look like an ocean liner of the past is just plain amateurish, I studied the underwater shape of the thing in general as I was so worried about its seaworthiness and now I know why it sits and rides so arkwardly in the water its just pure good fortune that it has not come to grief before now. My advice to Carnival is to tie the thing up against the nearest concrete quay and use it as a workmans hut whilst you bring the mighty QE2 back…….before someone else does and pinches what is left of Cunards customer clientele.


    • You never found the library? Too far away? Surely when you boarded the QM2, you were aware of the size of the ship? And, having done many, many trips on the dear old QE2 over the course of some twenty six years, I feel obliged to mention that the QM2 is a far more stable ship on the Atlantic than her beloved predecessor ever was.


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