Having been on several cruises and already sailing on the QE and QV, my sister and I were looking forward our experience on the QM2. We always have our own cabins - this comes at a price but we both loike our own space. To be honest, I think the cabins on all of these ships would be a little too cosy for two people! We got this cruise, tail end of the World Cruise - Dubai to Southampton at a bargain price, an obstructed view balcony cabin each. Cabin was great, had a lifeboat either side of the balcony with a view out to sea in the middle. Absolutely fine. The ship was immaculate and spotlessly clean, the public areas and my cabin was kept really clean by Eddie.
Sadly, the ship is let down by its entertainment - or lack of. Very cheesy acts, surely Cunard could come up with something professional? or even a big name act? The G32 nightclub is a real let down - no comaprison to the ones on QV and QE which are really classy. This G32 looks like an afterthought, very uninviting so consequently hardly used. The DJ is dreadful, it's saving grace is the marvellous band Vibz who play in there most evening. If you have late sitting dinner then you have to wait until 11.30 for them to appear, the trouble is there is little going on until then. I'm not into karioke, bingo or cheesy entertainment.
The Chart room is a lovely bar for pre dinner drinks and afterwards - there is a jazz band that plays later and they're quite good.
If the weather were bad you'd be stuggling if you didn't like, bridge, whist, bingo, ballroom dancing, knitting etc
As usual lots of single ladies on board.... and sadly the ship really is geared for couples and older ones at that. The ballroom dancing couples even ventured onto the disco floor which was quite bizarre! As a single passenger you do feel out of place. We went to two cocktail parties, shake hands with Captain, handed a glass of sparkling wine Captain appears, says his bit and disappears with no mingling at all, the same goes for it's officers and staff who all stand in a huddle and ignore the passengers. Why? is it not part of their job to welcome and mix with the passengers - clearly not. Wouldn't it be nice if they welcomed their passengers, maybe wandered around and actually spoke to you, offered another drink?
Food was reasonable, although we thought the Kings Court buffet food at lunchtime was actually better than dinner in the Britannia Restaurant.
Despite all their notices about saving sunbeds, this happens and no one does anything about it. Also, whilst bunkering, the Bridge announced that there should be no smoking on deck whilst this took place. What happened ? - people continued smoking on the Aft end Deck 7, passengers and some sub-contractors/crew, plus one passenger who took out a huge lighter and lit a pipe! Despite letting the Pursers desk know - no action taken. The impression I got of the QM2 was one of indifference it being a very impersonal ship.
Some staff are very helpful and friendly, and it's a shame they are being let down by some colleagues who quite honestly don't want to know and don't care. Quite a few also don't really have a good command of the English language.
Shame it doesn't live up to the QE & QV