cunard-kennel-qm2-bulldog-770New kennels for four-legged travellers feature among the new improvements to be made to the world’s most iconic ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, when she spends 25 days in dry dock at the end of May 2016.

Just as families are holidaying across the generations, pets are increasingly seen as integral to the family group. Queen Mary 2 is already the only cruise liner in the world to offer dedicated kennels and currently carries up to 12 dogs and cats on its transatlantic crossings, with kennel places frequently selling out.

With an eye to the detail that differentiates Cunard, both a lamp post (for English dogs) and a fire hydrant (for American dogs) will be installed on the area of deck reserved for dog walking as part of the development, so that dogs from either side of the pond will feel equally at home. This was previously a feature of the kennels on Cunard’s former flagship, QE2, and was first introduced on board Queen Mary at the suggestion of The Duke of Windsor.

Other changes include the introduction of single staterooms in response to the increasing numbers of guests either travelling solo; or in multi-generational groups, where one member of the family is typically travelling as an individual.

Thirty additional Britannia Club balcony staterooms will be created reflecting the growing trend for balcony staterooms and for guests wishing for more flexibility in dining arrangements. Guests in these staterooms will be able to dine at whatever time they choose in the dedicated Britannia Club restaurant, which will also be expanded.

Cunard director, Angus Struthers, said extensive research had informed a series of further developments which will be revealed over the coming months, building on the flagship’s strengths as the epitome of luxury on a grand scale.

Australians can experience the newly refurbished Queen Mary 2 on a number of seven-night east or westbound transatlantic crossings in 2016 and 2017 including a New York departure on 9 August 2016 with fares from $1539 per person twin share. A Southampton sailing for New York on 19 November 2016 is priced from $1399* per person twin share.

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