Queen Elizabeth 2 & Queen Mary 2
Following the successful refurbishment of legendary Ocean Liner QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, Robert Tillberg was appointed to another highly prestigious project, the design a new ocean liner and flagship for Cunard Ltd.
In December 1998, Cunard released the details of Project Queen Mary. The ship was to be constructed for an even tual replacement of the ageing QUEEN ELIZABETH 2, and the ship’s name derives from the first 1936 namesake ship; RMS QUEEN MARY. The ship hull was designed by a team of British naval architects led by Stephen Payne, and Tillberg’s team of architects worked for two years on optimising the ship’s master planning and room layouts for a shipbuilding contract with the shipyard in November 2000.
All the onboard interiors, graphics and artwork were designed and crafted to resemble an experience of being a passenger on a historic ocean liner, but with contemporary detailing, and fulfilling all of today’s expectations on comfort, safety and service. At the time of her construction, QUEEN MARY 2 was the longest passenger ship ever built, and with her gross tonnage of 148,528 also the largest. The liner was comple ted on schedule, and Cunard took delivery in Southampton, England, on 26 December 2003.
Marking the pinnacle of Tillberg’s career, the new liner was was officially named in January 2004 – again by Queen Elizabeth II.