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  • Aims for big-ship luxury; still has "Golden Era" feel
  • Classic trans-Atlantic crossings as well as other itineraries
  • Afternoon tea is a white-glove affair
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102 Cunard First-Time Cruisers Cruise Reviews

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kheaney
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
Sailed June 2016
This is not the quality product I thought I was paying for and would strongly advise people to avoid Cunard ships if you expect this to be a quality upmarket cruise company. Cunard are first class at the glossy branding and marketing but ... Read more
bill1143
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
My husband and I have just completed a 12 night cruise from New York to the Caribbean and we had a truly delightful time. Our cabin on level 12 was quite spacious with a balcony. Greg, the man who serviced our cabin was extremely pleasant, ... Read more
Marjorie Blake
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
This was our first cruise ever and it exceeded our expectations. From the start Staff went out of their way to make us feel welcome and catered to our every need. Personnel could not have been friendlier or more courteous and we ended ... Read more
RosieStay
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed December 2015
We embarked in Southampton, we were booked for 14:30 but arrived at about 13:10. CPS took the car straight off us, and the luggage porter was helpful. There we no queues, and we were on board straight away, very smooth. Oh by the way ... Read more
Jaynehealey
Member Since 2015
1 review
4 helpful votes
Sailed November 2015
What a great way to cruise for the very first time on this beautiful great ocean liner. This ship is huge and very Grand. It's built for this crossing of the the North Atlantic. I would of normally chosen a warmer destination with smooth ... Read more

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PRINTERATSEA
Member Since 2013
1 review
4 helpful votes
Booked what was our 16th Cruise with Cunard and I have to say this was the one we enjoyed the least and will likely be our last. A new menu was imposed in the Grills which was a real retrograde step. What was once the hall mark of Cunard ... Read more
Thane1010
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed October 2015
We booked this as a joint 50th birthday for myself and my husband, we wanted something special where we didn't have to fly, could relax but also see some sights. From arriving at Southampton to being in our Stateroom (BA Balcony) was ... Read more
Swish Flares
Member Since 2015
1 review
12 helpful votes
Sailed September 2015
Review of Cunard Queen Victoria This was our first cruise ever, and for the purposes of the review I suppose it is prudent to note that my partner and I are in our late 30’s - which is quite young for Cunard passengers. SHIP ... Read more
Sybaris63
Member Since 2015
1 review
5 forum posts
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
I'm a retired U.S. Navy Sailor and have spent a couple decades at sea so I knew what to expect as far as the nature and feel of a ship at sea but all I can say after being on the QM2 is Wow!! My wife and I had just spent 9 days in ... Read more
Gary999
Member Since 2015
4 reviews
82 forum posts
6 helpful votes
My first ever cruise was on Queen Elizabeth from Kiel, via Bruges to Southampton. Having flown from Heathrow to Hamburg on a Cunard arranged flight, Cunard staff met us by the baggage carrousel and we were coached to Kiel. Boarding was a ... Read more

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DavidVirginia
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
We booked this trip early, 9 months before, a trip to Southampton, three weeks in Europe and then return passage to NYC. It turned out that the Queen Mary 2 did not sell out for the Aug. 19th sailing, and we and our friend traveling ... Read more
Dhussey4@cogeco.ca
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
Sailed August 2015
I was ambivalent to say the least before embarking on this adventure with my husband and two teenage children, 14 and 17. If it ends up being the only cruise in my lifetime I can tell you it was an emotional, magical experience. The ship ... Read more
Fiona Robinson
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed August 2015
It was the first time my sisters and I had ever been on a cruise and we absolutely loved it! All four of us felt it exceeded our expectations and though it was expensive we felt it was worth every penny. Since coming home we cannot stop ... Read more
TheMillerBoys
Member Since 2015
2 reviews
37 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Other than the horrible experience at the "hotel" in Brooklyn (hint - it was NOT "comfort"able), our trip was absolutely perfect. We were lucky enough to have perfect weather the whole trip. Well, except for the first ... Read more
richatthecroft
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 forum posts
3 helpful votes
We sailed on Queen Victoria to celebrate our 25th Wedding anniversary, and this cruise was our first. We are both in our mid 40’s. We booked this 14 day Western Mediterranean cruise Embarking from Istanbul and returning from Rome ... Read more

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Sherry from Ohio
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
There were good things about this cruise line. We had no problems with the ship or crew. They were kind and helpful. This ship was very clean. The food was best in The Britannia restaurant, but the menu's were very strange offerings, but ... Read more
theqom
Member Since 2015
1 review
3 helpful votes
Sailed June 2015
I've lived in several cruise ports, so because of my "disdain" of how busy and crowded places get on cruise ship days, I've always been reluctant to go on one. This time however it seemed like the best way to explore some ... Read more
Ole-Michael
Member Since 2015
1 review
1 helpful vote
If it was not for the poor experience of embarking and disembarking for this first time surface Atlantic crossing was absolutely great. I realize that it is not all that easy to have many hundred people embark and disembark but it ... Read more
moinmoin
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
41 forum posts
Before and after the booking I was looking for some personal information on weddings on QM2, but it was hardly possible to find a review – therefore I add one to help future brides. Beside fulfilling the TA dream we also got ... Read more
moinmoin
Member Since 2014
2 reviews
41 forum posts
1 helpful vote
We really lived the perfect dream of our life! We had big hopes (not even expectations) on our dream - and also fears. Hopes as we fulfilled a dream of our life and you want to have it perfect then and fears as we thought that a) the ... Read more

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EssexFarmers
Member Since 2015
1 review
2 helpful votes
Sailed May 2015
Embarkation - was a dream, very efficient and in our cabin within an hour of arriving at Southampton. We brought on a bottle of spirits and some mixers with no trouble. I think as long as you are discreet and don't take advantage, it's ... Read more
Ox4dtraveler
Member Since 2014
1 review
3 forum posts
A bit of background: this was the QM2's crossing after the Liverpool salute. It was also our first crossing and first time sailing with Cunard. We were in a mid-ship AA Britannia Club cabin. After booking this crossing many months ago, ... Read more
QuipMC
Member Since 2014
1 review
73 forum posts
1 helpful vote
There have been lots of reviews focusing on the shortcomings or less than perfect elements of a TA on the QM2 due to "tiredness" of the ship in advance of the upcoming retrofit. We had a lovely time and would take this ship on ... Read more
Cotre
Member Since 2015
1 review
Sailed May 2015
Let me start with the only negative in our experience and that was at embarkation. we had been given on our paperwork a time of 1.55pm to arrive for embarkation. However we soon discovered that allotted times were totally disregarded and ... Read more
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Dame Delilah
Member Since 2005
2 reviews
655 forum posts
1 helpful vote
In my opinion, the QM 2 is not a cruise ship, but is a ferry to get from one place to another. We like to take a transatlantic cruise to Europe each year and stay for a month or so. The QM2 is really the only ship returning to the US in ... Read more

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