Cunard Receives Coveted Travel + Leisure 2016 World's Best Award Readers Named Queen Mary 2 Best in the Mega-Ship Cruise Lines Category

VALENCIA, Calif., July 6, 2016 /CNW/ -- Cunard's iconic ship, Queen Mary 2, earned a new accolade in the Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards 2016. The influential travel publication asked readers to evaluate individual ships on their accommodations, dining, service, itineraries, destinations, excursions, activities and value, and Queen Mary 2 was awarded #1 on the list of Mega-Ship Cruise Lines (capacity of 2,200 passengers or more).

Queen Mary 2, Cunard's flagship vessel, is the only ocean liner currently sailing regularly scheduled transatlantic service between New York and Southampton, England. She draws on 80 years of prestigious heritage from her namesake RMS Queen Mary and continues to define sophisticated ocean travel with the most luxurious offerings, unique excursions, and the widest range of entertainment and leisure options available at sea today. 

"We are honored to receive this designation from the readers of Travel + Leisure, who are some of the most discerning travelers in the world," said Richard Meadows, President, Cunard, North America. "We pride ourselves on the level of service and offerings we provide our guests and our ongoing commitment to offer world-class luxury in the cruise industry."

This summer, flagship Queen Mary 2 underwent an extensive Remastering, a refit that cost in the region of $132 million. The renovation included new staterooms, its first staterooms for solo passengers, expanded kennels, new dining venues and public spaces, and 594,000 square-feet of new carpet. This investment marks Cunard's commitment to elevate and improve the guest experience and remain at the top of the industry.

For more information about Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard Line toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit

About Queen Mary 2
Christened by Her Majesty The Queen in 2004, Cunard's flagship Queen Mary 2 defines luxury travel for the 21st Century and continues a 175-year legacy of transatlantic travel. Queen Mary 2 achieved her 200th Transatlantic Crossing in July 2013. Famous names who have experienced this iconic voyage since 2004 include President George H.W. Bush, Desmond Tutu, James Taylor, Wes Anderson, Tilda Swinton, George Takei, Kim Novak, Uma Thurman, Richard Dreyfuss, John Cleese and Angela Bassett.

About Cunard
Defining true excellence at sea with over 175 years of legendary voyages, Cunard is the operator of luxury ocean liners Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth that are renowned for impeccable White Star Service, gourmet dining and world-class entertainment. Cunard has long been synonymous with the quest for new discoveries since the company's first paddle-wheeled steamer, Britannia, crossed the Atlantic in 1840.Today Cunard offers the only regularly scheduled Transatlantic liner service and continues the legacy of world cruising which it began in 1922.

World's Leading Cruise Lines
Cunard is a proud member of World's Leading Cruise Lines. Our exclusive alliance also includes Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line, Princess Cruises, Costa Cruises, Seabourn and fathom. Sharing a passion to please each guest and a commitment to quality and value, World's Leading Cruise Lines inspires people to discover their best vacation experience. Together, we offer a variety of exciting and enriching cruise vacations to the world's most desirable destinations. Visit us at

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