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QM2 and the New York skyline

QM2 and the New York skyline - Credit: Archant

It’s all aboard Cunard’s luxurious Queen Mary 2 as Rebecca Underwood sets sail for an unforgettable transatlantic experience

Renowned for its unrivalled attention to detail and White Star Service, Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 sails from or to New York in seven or eight days and provides the highest level of comfort for her 2,620 passengers.

Accommodation includes the lavishly furnished Queens Grill Suites, measuring approximately 505 to 2,249sq ft. Each suite comprises a sumptuous living area, a luxurious bedroom and a spacious balcony.

Queens Grill guests receive priority embarkation, disembarkation and luggage delivery and are provided with a butler, a concierge service and 24-hour room service. Grill guests have exclusive access to the opulent Queens Grill Lounge and the Grills Terrace; a private deck area furnished with plump sun loungers. Dining options include in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu or a reserved table in the single seating Queens Grill Restaurant.

Cunard’s traditional afternoon tea is served daily in the Grills Lounge and in the Queens Room. Flurries of white-gloved waiters serve selections of dainty sandwiches and delicious fresh scones with clotted cream and fruity jam, while the delightful strains of the resident orchestra entice couples onto the dance floor.

Guests are spoilt for choice when considering evening entertainment. The Royal Court Theatre presents an extensive repertoire of extravagant musical shows performed by the Royal Cunard Singers and Dancers, plus an assortment of guest entertainers and musicians.

After the show, head for the Queens Room where the most wonderful gala balls are held. The largest dance floor at sea will be awash with glamorous ladies in fine flowing gowns and gentlemen dressed in their finest attire. Couples show off their best dance moves accompanied by live bands and there is no shortage of guests keen to show off their nifty footwork.

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For those who wish to work off calories, take a dip in one of the five swimming pools or join the early morning joggers on the Promenade Deck. For a more sedate affair, consider a Yoga or Pilates class or visit the Canyon Ranch and indulge in a relaxing aromatherapy massage. And when the sun sets over the ocean you’ll reflect on another perfect day on board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2.

For passengers disembarking in New York, the Towers at the New York Palace on Madison Avenue is an exceptional hotel, which offers guests the ultimate standards of service and comfort.

Accommodation includes lavishly furnished corner suites measuring more than 1,200sq ft. For those who love to have their head in the clouds, these suites are located above the 40th floor and the views are mesmerising. Each suite features an enormous, luxurious marble bathroom and after exploring the Big Apple you can sink into a huge bath of foaming bubbles, then make your way to the plush master bedroom dominated by a king-sized bed; the plump pillows and crisp linens will ensure a rejuvenating rest. For a sumptuous breakfast, visit Villard Michel Richard, housed in the hotel’s beautiful 19th century drawing room.

Should you wish to see a Broadway show, it has to be the Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre on West 52nd Street. This show is a smash hit and focuses on the fascinating story and the dynamic music of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

For pre-theatre dining, Bond 45 on West 45th Street serves a first class Porterhouse steak, and served with a glass of Chateau Latour 1986, the flavours are exceptional. Or you may prefer Del Frisco’s on the Avenue of the Americas, which serves a delicious bone-in rib eye, and do sample the VIP cocktail; a cool vodka infused with a pineapple martini. For a reliable, private transfer service, Go Airlink NYC provides spacious and comfortable SUVs for up to six passengers.