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  • Aims for big-ship luxury; still has "Golden Era" feel
  • Classic transatlantic crossings as well as other itineraries
  • Afternoon tea is a white-glove affair
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812 Cunard Southampton Cruise Reviews
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BaddyPurt
Member Since 2016
1 review
19 helpful votes
Sailed December 2016
PART ONE Where am I ?, Well mid Atlantic actually, and travelling over a relatively smooth, rough ocean. The decks are closed again as they always seem to be on transatlantic crossings during the winter months and everyone appears to ... Read more
bandakirkham
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
3 forum posts
Sailed December 2016
...the level of entertainment in the theatre. Not a major issue but annoying to be offered third class acrobats, jugglers and so-called comedians. Cunard should try to understand that a Butlin's type inter-active panto style offering is ... Read more
cunardaddict
Member Since 2013
2 reviews
880 forum posts
2 helpful votes
As a regular (Diamond WC) I noticed again lowered standards. The meals in the Britannia restaurant have again lost quality and taste. Almost every dish was served cold. It was impossible to have a beer or a wine with a lunch neither at the ... Read more
seasoned cruiser 1000
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
What a surprise we had with this ship. Having read the reviews on cruise critic we were a little worried about what we we find with this ship but we were so pleased to find that she is amazing. Clean, good food, excellent ... Read more
Tim B
Member Since 2016
1 review
13 helpful votes
This was for us a "taster" cruise to see if we liked the whole concept of a cruise break/holiday - having become disillusioned with airports and the delays and waiting times. The experience could not have been smoother and more ... Read more
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NHarwood1979
Member Since 2016
1 review
1 forum post
13 helpful votes
My friend and I booked this cruise as she wanted to go the Christmas market in Bruges, Cunards dates Friday to Monday worked best for us and I live in Dorset so Southampton is an ideal port for me and a free day at sea to make use of the ... Read more
Eric2005
Member Since 2015
1 review
17 forum posts
8 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
The Queen Mary 2 has a virtual monopoly on trans-Atlantic service. Cunard is also probably the most traditional line today. This is why I chose the QM2. Cabin was more than I had expected - far better than what I had experienced on the ... Read more
bklynlinny
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
9 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We have never been on any of the Queens and felt that the time had come to have this unique experience.. a time warp.. a visit to an era long past. We are experienced cruisers, being frequent passengers on the Celebrity, Regent and ... Read more
iandjm
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
1,610 forum post
10 helpful votes
Sadly this cruise was totally miss-sold as a Big Band Cruise, as the only sign of the theme was on the Saturday Night with a Big Band Ball in the Queens room (The theatre orchestra joined up with the Queens Room orchestra) Most of your ... Read more
David Wheeler
Member Since 2014
7 reviews
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Embarkation at Southampton was acceptable - much as other cruise companies. Our cabin, a sheltered balcony was, again, quite acceptable - and albeit winter, I in particular appreciated the balcony. But we were fortunate in having ... Read more
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bklynlinny
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
6 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
We have never been on any of the Queens and felt that the time had come to have this unique experience.. a time warp.. a visit to an era long past. We are experienced cruisers, being frequent passengers on the Celebrity, Regent and ... Read more
dreich
Member Since 2016
1 review
5 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Very poor food and menu. Better in Britannia class! Head Waiter and Maitre "D" completely uninterested in passengers. This was evident throughout most of the ship although one or two staff were excellent. Suite had ... Read more
Hallpark
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
This was the longest cruise we had ever done and I wasn't sure we would find enough to do during all the sea days. I certainly needn't have worried, the days just flew by, if it wasn't our best cruise it came pretty darn close. Check ... Read more
Dunomhain
Member Since 2016
1 review
12 helpful votes
We booked this holiday as first time cruisers thinking it would be a memorable and wonderful way to renew our wedding vows, see a few places and relax. Embarkation went smoothly. The room was like a small premier inn room but was clean and ... Read more
Beena
Member Since 2016
1 review
10 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This was a first for us- I would consider us well travelled but always by air. The glamorous image of this crossing was appealing. It was for a special occasion so we booked a Queens Grill suite, expecting a luxurious experience. The ... Read more
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nasus2
Member Since 2012
1 review
61 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Review QM2 Nov 2016 I was so excited at the thought of sailing on the QM2, the ‘crème de la crème’ of ships, however I was disappointed. I am fairly new to cruising having only cruised twice on Celebrity in ... Read more
karenbecs
Member Since 2013
3 reviews
3 forum posts
7 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
Our 3rd Transatlantic round trip 1st after remastering . Ship still in excellent condition , lots of new carpets and upholstery gave a modern feel without losing charm of ship. We had booked last minute trip at £949 pp which we ... Read more
Bluenose 47
Member Since 2007
17 reviews
28 forum posts
10 helpful votes
Sailed November 2016
This Trans Atlantic crossing started off very badly for us. Air Canada unfortunately did not see fit to send our bags with us from Toronto, and so we arrived at the ship with the clothes on our back, and no toiletries. Just our meds and a ... Read more
threej
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
This was a second cruise for me on the QM2, and it began with a delay boarding in Southampton, surprising after literally walking right on the ship after my arrival earlier in October in NYC to travel to the UK. It proved to be a ... Read more
bobjimshaw
Member Since 2016
1 review
4 helpful votes
We booked parking recommended by Cunard. We arrived at the ship and within two minutes our baggage and car had been taken, what a great start. Our balcony cabin was incredible and everything was spot on . We received a half bottle of ... Read more
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Bogof1
Member Since 2011
2 reviews
776 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We chose this short 4 day cruise to take the QM2 experience . We live on the Isle of Wight and regularly see the vessel arriving / departing Southampton ,which is only a ferry trip away for us . We have previously cruised on Princess ... Read more
Elley
Member Since 2016
1 review
9 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
This was our first cruise and we were not dissapointed. We didn't know anyone who had sailed with Cunard and did not think their description of cruises they had been on were for us (not into water slides rock climbing or hundreds of ... Read more
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Paulosprey
Member Since 2016
1 review
8 helpful votes
First cruise, indeed first 2 week holiday for over 20 years. We had spent a Iot of time looking 18 months in advance and it was the port destinations that had decided our cruise. Very impressed with the Cunard organisation embarkation was ... Read more
Johntilley
Member Since 2016
1 review
6 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Length and time of the year means little or no chance of children on board. Britannia balcony cabin on deck 5 toward the front was ideal for us and as we did not intend going ashore too often we were well placed for the ships facilities ... Read more
JTor
Member Since 2008
3 reviews
166 forum posts
11 helpful votes
It was on my husband's "bucket list" to cross the sea on a real ocean liner, and this is the only one sailing today. We also love to ballroom dance and were intrigued to try "the largest ballroom at sea". We travelled ... Read more
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