By Melanie Lieberman
July 11, 2017

This year, Cunard was named the No. 1 mega-ship ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards. And it’s easy to see why when you step aboard the Queen Mary 2, which is fresh off a $132 million stem-to-stern refresh.

Travelers will find the iconic ocean liner decked out in glittering chandeliers, 594,000-square-feet of new carpet, and Art Deco details meant to evoke the early 20th-century, which is often hailed as the golden era of cruising.

The ship is known for its superlatives, which include the largest library at sea and the Illuminations Theater: the only planetarium at sea. Of course, there are more traditional aspects of cruising, like ballroom dancing in the 10,500-square-foot ballroom that glitters with crystal chandeliers.

Sip bubbly in the Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar on Deck 3, or enjoy live music in the Carinthia Lounge.

You can even bring along your favorite four-legged friend for the journey. The Queen Mary 2 is equipped with an outdoor play area for jet-setting pets, and there’s a nightly turndown service with fresh-baked biscuits.

While the Queen Mary 2 sails to destinations all across the globe, it’s best known for being the only ship that still makes regular trans-Atlantic crossings between New York City and Southampton, England.