(10:30 a.m EST) — Cunard has released more information on its refurbishment plans for Queen Mary 2 with a major redesign planned for Kings Court, the self-service buffet area.
Kings Court, a vast and somewhat confusing central buffet area in the middle of the ship, will be completely redesigned with a more open, “intuitive” central buffet area and reconfigured seating to create a less crowded self-service experience.
Kings Court will feature new menus, pre-set tables and waiter-served drinks, to alleviate some of the overcrowding the space suffers from.
“The remastered Kings Court is one of the most exciting innovations of Queen Mary 2’s dramatic refit,” said Richard Meadows, president, Cunard North America. “From new culinary experiences, to a pleasant, easygoing flow, we are confident that this thoughtfully re-designed dining experience is befitting of our guests’ sensibilities, tastes and expectations.”
Cunard passengers and the onboard QM2 galley teams have been extensively canvassed to get their views over the last 18 months on how best to redesign the area.
Another major changes will be chefs based in the center, offering live cooking demonstrations highlighting the new menus and ingredients.
Different food options include hot and cold buffet meals to light snacks, afternoon treats and alternative evening dining cuisines such as Indian, Italian, Pan Asian, and Tex Mex.
The popular Chef’s Galley area, serving Italian pastas and pizzas for lunch, will also offer a Chef’s Table tasting menu on select evenings. Hosted by the Executive Chef, the Chef’s Table will offer guests the opportunity to hear insights and recipe tips while enjoying a tasting menu expertly paired with fine wines.
The new design will be fresh and light, and will feature Art Deco-inspired chandeliers, dramatic artworks, areas of warm timber flooring and mirrors to accentuate the ocean view.
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