McCue completes share of £90m Queen Mary refit

The Queen's Grill restaurant on board the newly refurbished Cunard liner the Queen Mary II
The Queen's Grill restaurant on board the newly refurbished Cunard liner the Queen Mary II

Northern Ireland ship fit out firm McCue Marine has handed over areas on board Cunard’s luxurious flagship, the Queen Mary 2, the 2,620 passenger ocean liner, after a 25 day multi-million-pound dry-dock at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg.

The update of the company’s flagship liner marked the 176th birthday of the firm which was voted ‘Best Large Cruise Line’ in the 2015-16 Telegraph Travel Awards. The £90 million refit is the largest overhaul ever taken by Cunard.

In partnership with SMC Design and Harding Retail, McCue Marine upgraded the Mayfair Shops, Queen’s Grill and Princess Grill restaurants, in addition to the Grills Lounge and Verandah restaurant.

The Cunard Grills’ experience affords the line’s most selective of guests the highest of standards and comfort at sea and is the epitome of luxury in ocean going travel.

McCue’s wealth of ‘high street’ fit out experience was also a key factor in securing an extensive remodelling in three of the outlets in the Mayfair shop area on board on Deck Three, housing designer brands of fine jewellery, watches, fashion accessories and apparel.

“With dedication and many long days of hard work, the McCue Marine management team and refit operatives not only delivered a quality product but managed to hand over the completed areas extremely efficiently,” said business development manager Stephen Mills.

“This underlines the company’s dedication to best practice, and emphasises that we go above and beyond to ensure that our service is unrivalled and as professional as possible.

“The initial contract with Cunard doubled in value due to the company being asked to tender for more areas on board the ship, another accomplishment we are very pleased of as it speaks volumes of our experience in the industry.”

Originally, McCue Marine had been due to upgrade the Queen’s Grill, Princess Grill and Verandah restaurants, in addition to the Grills Lounge. However, they were then invited to tender for work on the retail areas of the cruise liner, the Mayfair Shops, due to the company’s broad work and knowledge in the retail industry.

“We are incredibly proud of the McCue team involved with this project,” Mr Mills added.

“They put in long hours to ensure the project was finished to the exceptional standard required and expected by the company.

“SMC Design and Harding Retail have also been a pleasure to work with, and we hope to work with both companies again in the future.”