The Queen Mary 2 is to anchor Friday at Blohm+Voss’ well-known dry dock ELBE 17 where Cunard Line’s transatlantic ocean liner will undergo its biggest refit since the start of services. This marks the ship’s sixth stay at Blohm+Voss.
As part of this year’s master refit, some 50 new cabins will be installed or rebuilt including 35 in Deck 13. Huge renovations will also be carried out in the hotel, entertainment and catering areas, said Blohm+Voss. Fred van Beers, CEO of Blohm+Voss, commented: “We are proud to be carrying out such an extensive master refit on the Queen Mary 2.”
Sailing for New York in June
The shipbuilding and engineering works include modifying the bridge wing, installing nine bulkheads for improved damage stability and repairing the tank. At the time of her construction, Queen Mary 2 was the longest passenger ship ever built, and with her gross tonnage of 148,528 also the largest. Now, her environmental standards will be upgraded as well.
The ocean liner will leave the ELBE 17 dry dock on June 17 and move to the Hamburg Cruise Center Steinwerder. On June 21, passengers will embark on a ten-day transatlantic cruise from Hamburg to New York via Southampton.
Matthias Rieger, Managing Director of Hamburg Cruise Center e. V., said: “In the past years, Hamburg has become the most important German cruise ship location and offers possibilities for repairs, overhauls and renovations similar to the work on Queen Mary 2 – apart from three professional terminals with Blohm + Voss shipyard.