We sailed out of New York Jan 3, 2012 on the World Cruise. Cabins have been refurbished since the previous year but a lot of other changes that some newbies might not notice have taken place.
First as we know,there are 4 classes. Don't confuse those in the Queens Suites(1st class) Princess Suites (2nd class) Britannia Club (third class) and then the steerage passengers as all being equal.
The dining venue and quality of food is completely different. Not that the Britannia is bad just compare the grills with a Michelin star restaurant to a greasy spoon.But whether you are in a Queen's suite or down beside the anchor the public space is the same for everyone to enjoy.
The Ship is no longer British registry. I am not fool enough to believe that this is to accommodate people wanting to get married. Think cheaper insurance, not having to pay overtime. Fewer staff but more work, including waiters in dining room.Food quality and variety.
Now you have to pay for the so called venues to eat at in the evening. There was no charge before. Where you used to be able to go upstairs and eat at 3 very distinct areas, Asian, Italian or British in the evening that no longer exists.
The ship is still the same with friendly staff and lots to fill your time. But the theatre shows are the same as previous years and the entertainment in the bars is repetitive.
They are very accommodating to the passengers when we dock putting on buses when needed to take you into the centre of town and back if you do not choose to go on a tour.
Would I sail on the QM2 again, yes I would. I like that it is a liner, the space, the clientele and the overall ambiance of the ship and staff.