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  • Aims for big-ship luxury; still has "Golden Era" feel
  • Classic transatlantic crossings as well as other itineraries
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64 Cunard Australia & New Zealand Cruise Reviews
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nitsa
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2015
Having read a review by Bruce Kubik about his experience on this cruise ,I can agree totally with several major point he has raised about this cruise .My husband and I have been on QE2 , until a serious incident in April 2000, when an ... Read more
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judyelg
Member Since 2006
2 reviews
525 forum posts
Sailed February 2015
We sailed on a segment of the Queen Victoria's world cruise from Los Angeles to Sydney. In many small ways this was a disappointing experience. For example: This was the only cruise where we were not welcomed on board with a glass of ... Read more
nztraveller
Member Since 2011
8 reviews
115 forum posts
Sailed February 2015
Boarded the QE one night after leaving the Star Princess on which we had just had a great Mexico cruise. The QE and the way things operate differ some what to most other lines we have sailed with. Our first cruse with Cunard took a few ... Read more
rawl
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
I boarded Queen Elizabeth in Southampton on December 23rd and spent Christmas and New Year on board before returning to Southampton Jan 6th.2015. I then crossed to Hamburg and back before setting off on my half of the World Cruise Jan ... Read more
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excell
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
22 forum posts
Sailed March 2014
Sydney - Sydney... Royal Circumnavigation of Australia 19th February - 14th March Category Q5 Suites 10074 and Q1 9069 ( Sandringham Duplex ) It was the first time I have been on a cruise in over 20 years and the first ever cruise for my ... Read more
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excell
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
22 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed February 2014
My wife has never set foot on a Ship. If I was going to get my wife interested in cruising it had better be comfortable and luxurious. Answer book a cruise first class on QM2. We spent the better part of the voyage in Q5 Queens Grill ... Read more
Ssunflower
Member Since 2014
1 review
2 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Eighth cruise including three previously on Cunard, first time on QM2. Extreme disappointment is an understatement. The food in the King's Court Buffet leaves a lot to be desired and the tables are all set for two people, with a few for ... Read more
rob_rae
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
I fully agree with the comments by Coops51952 and others who were not happy but wish to tell people of some specific problems that we encountered. The Embarkation Debacle: 1. Went through embarkation procedure in the terminal – ... Read more
andypandy1
Member Since 2011
3 reviews
78 forum posts
Having cruised about 4 times before I wondered if QM2 would live up to the expectation and reviews that it would be the most magnificent experience I had ever had. Whilst the overall experience was very pleasant and there were many good ... Read more
coops1952
Member Since 2014
1 review
A Grand Lady but big isn`t always best. We tried hard to find the positives on this cruise as it was expensive and we had high expectations but these expectations were seldom met. WE boarded in Fremantle WA and disembarked in Sydney ... Read more
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Glenian
Member Since 2014
1 review
Sailed January 2014
My husband and I were first time cruisers and therefore did not know what to expect. We embarked at Cape Town where there was a little delay, but everything went very smoothly. Our cases were brought to our cabin and the stewart was very ... Read more
Rbat
Member Since 2014
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed January 2014
My husband and I sailed from Cape Town to Sydney and the the whole experience was fantastic. If only people would realise that the Queen Mary 2 is not a cruise ship it is a liner. If they want glitz go to the other companies where it is ... Read more
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Helenecruise
Member Since 2007
3 reviews
24 forum posts
Sailed January 2014
We boarded Queen Mary 2 and immediately went back in time with the Art Deco design. Our balcony cabins were superb and the first time in all our cruising experience (more than 50 cruises) enough wardrobe space!!!! The dining room, ... Read more
young cruser 60
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed March 2013
My wife and I took the QM2 from Sydney to Perth Australia in March 2013. We had not been on a big ship at sea before so our expectations were based on the glowing reviews we had read and Cunards claim of 5 star service. We now ... Read more
cmtrebor
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
1 helpful vote
I have cruised since 2002, previously with Holland America (excellent experience & after Cunard regard them as much better value for money),Princess (very good, would choose them again) & P&O Australia (probably not again - well, enough ... Read more
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leekkerry
Member Since 2013
4 reviews
32 forum posts
I have just completed 2 nights on the QM2, Sydney to Melbourne. Travelling on my own I paid a huge amount of money. I accepted the money and happily paid for it. But I now discover that the equivalent 2 night cruise from South Hampton ... Read more
coverpoint
Member Since 2009
7 reviews
17 forum posts
Sailed February 2013
Embarkation at San Francisco was not too well organized. As everyone joining Queen Victoria (over 1000 passengers) seemed to arrive at the same time, the queue started on the pavement well outside the terminal building. after about an ... Read more
ABG52
Member Since 2013
1 review
Sailed February 2013
We had planned our trip on the Queen Mary 2 well in advance due to recommendations from our travel agent about needing to secure cabins due to popularity of ship (we had a group of 8 friends travelling together) and we had thought that ... Read more
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easty36
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
Sailed February 2013
This was our first cruise with Cunard and it was with high expectations we boarded the ship in Hong Kong after spending an enjoyable, somewhat frenetic week in Honkers during Chinese New Year. EMBARKATION A very convoluted process ... Read more
Bugis
Member Since 2009
9 reviews
46 forum posts
As QM2 was in Australian waters I thought it an excellent opportunity to experience a voyage on this famous ocean liner without committing to a long flight and sector, just in case we didn't completely enjoy the experience. We flew from ... Read more
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Robin Knight
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed February 2012
NOTES FROM A CRUISE In February ROBIN KNIGHT* and his wife Jean spent 24 days on board the 90,000 ton Queen Elizabeth as the cruise ship sailed 9,200 miles from San Francisco to Sydney on her second world voyage. Here he reports his ... Read more
Rozzie22
Member Since 2010
2 reviews
1 forum post
As my partner and I are considering a future world cruise, we took the opportunity to cruise on the Queen Elizabeth from Sydney to Brisbane. We are pleased we did, as we would not cruise on the QE again. Embarkation went well, no line ... Read more
Whitemarsh
Member Since 2010
4 reviews
3,596 forum posts
1 helpful vote
Sailed February 2012
We have just returned to reality after spending 22 wonderful nights on Queen Mary 2 as she circumnavigated Australia during her 2012 World Voyage. Embarkation: The QM2 docked in Sydney at the Garden Island naval base and therefore ... Read more
Jordy
Member Since 2009
5 reviews
60 forum posts
Sailed February 2012
We have just returned from the "Royal Circumnavigation of Australia" which is part of the world voyage, the main attraction was being able to board and disembark in our home city, no air travel required and we could take as much luggage as ... Read more
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Cyrix400
Member Since 2012
2 reviews
87 forum posts
HYPE, HISTORY AND REALITY -- 3 Nights ON QM 2 IN AUSTRALIA Since her launch in 2004 I have been fascinated with QM2 -- and still have the very first QM2 brochure. The opportunity to experience all the hype, history and compare it with ... Read more
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