The QM2 Story

There are quite a few books covering the Cunard flagship Queen Mary 2. So which one or ones to choose if you looking for one?

For me, I look out for people with real passion versus just an academic interest in Cunard and their ships, and Chris Frame and Rachelle Cross are just this.

Chris has run a popular website about Cunard and their ships for many years, and this is in fact how I first came across him. I was researching my first trip on a Cunard ship (Queen Elizabeth 2) in 2004 and found his insight, information and passion one of the best and clearest I could find. The link to his site is at the end of this posting.

He has written a few books with Rachelle, and this is one of his more recent ones published first in 2010 by The History Press as part of their “The Story” series covering various travel icons. These small hard cover books are around 120 pages, compact in size and in the case of “The QM2 Story” packed full of photographs (many taken by the authors themselves) and then this is a very entertaining and readable history of Cunard, stories about the amazing ship itself. At the end there is a date by date history of the ship, and then facts and figures about the fabulous ship.

Chris and Rachelle are very passionate about Cunard and the ship, and this shows through in the book. This passion and knowledge has also led to Chris being invited to talk on Cunard ships, and so you also know that the company sees the authors as experts. 

I found this book fun, entertaining and very informative. I loved it and recommend it, especially if you are looking for a fairly inexpensive way to find out and get your fix and brief on the ship before you travel on her.

I have put links to and, but the books are also widly available through other online booksellers.

To visit Chris Frame’s Cunard site:




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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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