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In preparation for her eighth birthday in January 2012, Queen Mary 2 will undergo a major refit at the Blohm & Voss Shipyard in Hamburg from November 24 to December 7 this year.

Recently released plans reveal the refit consists of a refurbishment of staterooms, the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, the Queens Grill and Princess Grill Restaurants, the Commodore Club, the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, Sir Samuel’s and the Play Zone/Kids’ Zone along with a complete redesign of the Golden Lion Pub.

“A ship that still turns heads everywhere she goes, [Queen Mary 2] is unquestionably the pride of our fleet.  We are committed to maintaining that impeccable reputation, and this significant refurbishment is an important investment on behalf of our guests,” said Cunard Line President Peter Shanks.

The refurbishment will take place two months before Queen Mary 2 arrives in Australia for her historic maiden circumnavigation of the country.