Cunard flagship Queen Elizabeth 2 will undergo a major modification -- $45 million worth -- of the layout and style of most of its public areas during its scheduled dry docking in November and December. The aim is to create "a new, distinctive lifestyle that reflects the vessel's heritage and tradition."
One of the changes that will be immediately apparent as passengers enter the ship is a new two-story atrium in the Midships Lobby.
Throughout the ship, a Heritage Trail of nautical memorabilia will reflect -- with original charts, ship models and a variety of maritime art displayed in strategic locations -- the history of navigation, of Cunard and of QE2 itself.
In classic English tradition, the Pub will be a new social point on board. It will feature an entertainment center with karaoke and, on another wall, the traditional dart board. Also located on the upper deck will be a new shopping plaza and florist.
The library and book shop will be doubled in size, with hundreds of additional volumes.
A reconfigured Grand Lounge will offer improved sightlines, and the dining rooms and all cabins will be extensively refurbished.
But before the ship is dry-docked, the QE2 will feature a "Celebrities at Sea" program and a complete spa vacation, available on trans-Atlantic crossings July 13 to Oct. 30. For details, contact your travel agent or call Cunard at (800) 221-4770.