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The Queen Mary 2: Food from the heart

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If you’re going to go on a cruise you’ve got to do it in style, here our guest writer Sophie Rogers talks about what makes the Queen Mary 2 so special….

The Queen Mary 2 has been sailing along the seas since 2004, becoming the prize model for other cruise liner design teams. Built in the prestigious shipyard, Chantiers de l’Atlantique in France, the Queen Mary 2 became the grand ship it is today, matching cutting-edge fine dining with classic entertainment.

The epitome of luxury, the vessel includes high quality eateries and bars, one of which is the Todd English restaurant, created by the Boston-born, celebrity chef who is internationally renowned for his authentic Italian cuisine. Don’t believe us? Celebrities such as Mariah Carey and Bill Clinton are big fans of English’s creations. And you can see why, his most famous restaurant Olive in Massachusetts, aptly named after his wife Olivia, won the best food award in Gourmet, a prestigious food magazine. Now branching out into world-wide cuisine, his restaurant on-board the QM2 sports distinct décor and service.

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Playing Cupid, English had a vision to conjure an intimate space for couples in his restaurant, to create memorable moments for them. With a similar design to the dressing room of a princess, the restaurant looks elegant in rich maroons and soft curtain like material that drapes the entrance to each of the tables. If you want to take a look for yourself, check out this page with the video of Todd English’s restaurant, as well as other information about the celebrity chef.

English is not the only star of fine dining on the Queen Mary 2. There are six other restaurants and cafes that customers enjoy. We have hand-picked two eateries that contrast starkly to Todd English’s restaurants. Kings Court encourages a relaxed atmosphere, supplying a casual breakfast and a buffet-style lunch and dinner. This is a great place to grab a quick bite to eat when you do not have enough time to have a long meal. Alternatively, you can have a classic dining experience in the Queens Room, which comes complete with white gloved waiters serving a proper English high-tea. Aptly named, the restaurant is the epitome of regal dining and will make you feel like the aristocracy.

These restaurants and cafes are a highlight of the Queen Mary 2 and are a huge part of the cruise liner experience. It’s no wonder that the customers of this great ship have devoured 980,000 scones, 22.4 million meals and have guzzled 8.4 million cups of tea, all in only 200 journeys. You can take the Englishman out of England but you’ll never separate him from his tea!

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