In just two days, on Sunday 28 November, it’s the long-awaited return to service for Queen Mary 2. It’s been over 19 months since she paused operations, but our colleagues certainly haven’t paused their roles!  

During Queen Mary 2’s six-week refit at the Damen Shipyard in Brest, a team of over 370 colleagues and contractors worked tirelessly to refresh, repair and refurbish the ship, working on improving guest areas and maintaining our service standards.

Here’s a highlight of their achievements:

  • New carpet fitted in guest staterooms – over 2,000 of them!
  • Hull and funnel repainted – the official name of the hull paint is ‘Federal Gray’
  • Steel wastage repaired – removing rust from internal spaces around the ship
  • Replacement of the four original AAQS towers – AAQS stands for Advanced Air Quality System and there’s one fitted to each of Queen Mary 2’s engine exhausts. The AAQS cleans the engine exhaust before it leaves the funnel.
  • Bridge, navigation and steering Azipods control systems upgraded – the Azipods are the large propellor systems that propel the ship through the water. Queen Mary 2 has four; two fixed and two that rotate to steer the ship. The control of the two steering pods was upgraded.

Thank you to all of our amazing colleagues and contractors for all their hard work. 

The refit was also supported by a small team of medical technicians from Dante who carried out over 3,000 Lateral Flow and PCR tests as part of our COVID-19 processes and procedures. Thank you to this team for keeping our colleagues and contractors fit and well.

Join us on Sunday as we celebrate Queen Mary 2 setting sail. Find out where and when you can see her sailaway here.

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