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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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804 Cunard Southampton Cruise Reviews
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iandjm
Member Since 2004
4 reviews
1,607 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
bklynlinny
Member Since 2016
2 reviews
5 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
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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
9 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
50 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
16 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
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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
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
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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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exlondoner
Member Since 2007
2 reviews
921 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We had a most enjoyable cruise. Queen Elizabeth is an elegant and well-maintained ship, which always feels spacious and restful. There were over 2,000 passengers on board but it never felt crowded. It is decorated in an understated and ... Read more
Nonio
Member Since 2012
1 review
184 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed October 2016
Greek ISLES 6/10/16 - 26/10/16 Itinerary: excellent. There were two itinerary changes in the weeks before departure, with Mykonos and Kusadasi being exchanged for Heraklion, Crete and Sarande, Albania. THE SHIP: exceptionally well ... Read more
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Adammara
Member Since 2009
2 reviews
1,263 forum post
8 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
Cunard Queen Elizabeth 7 Day Iberia cruise October 2016 We are experienced cruisers, but have been ‘resting’ since 2012. It a bit long and rambling I’m afraid. This was our second Cunard cruise, but were classed as ... Read more
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FennoExpress
Member Since 2012
1 review
41 forum posts
8 helpful votes
We are a group of friends, two couples in their 40's and two in their 60's. This was our first cruise, previously we have done two Transatlantics on the QM2. We booked our BF-category cabins almost a year in advance so had a lot of time to ... Read more
Too Young for Cunard
Member Since 2015
5 reviews
5 forum posts
15 helpful votes
Sailed September 2016
This was our 9th cruise with Cunard and 6th on the QE. Occasionally Cunard lets us down where elements of Carnivalisation become all too apparent; sometimes the service lacks the finesse I would expect; occasionally a member of staff ... Read more
BurkeHAL
Member Since 2009
4 reviews
4 helpful votes
This was our 5th voyage on the QM2. We chose it due to its recent Remastering. My wife and I embarked from Southampton to New York on Sept. 20th in a Queens Grille stateroom. Our luggage using Cunard's White Star service was the first to ... Read more
Number34
Member Since 2009
3 reviews
234 forum posts
3 helpful votes
Chose this crossing as I don't fly and thought it was about time I visited the US and Canada. Embarkation was quick and efficient although why I had to give my hotel address in NYC when I had ESTA was puzzling to say the least. When I ... Read more
jeffduncan
Member Since 2016
1 review
14 helpful votes
Cunard makes everything easy, from embarkation to disembarkation. While not yet complete, the 2016 refit of the QM2 is nicely planned. They improved the layout of the vessel, while leaving the favorite locations unchanged. The food is very ... Read more
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