Queen Mary is their largest flag ship. It is huge. The atrium is spectacular. The public rooms are many and vast. They have a Theatre, a Planitarium, Casino, Library, lounges, bars, Champagne Bars, Coffee bars etc. You can stand in the corridor outside your room and look all the way down the corridor to the other end of the ship. There are banks of lifts all the way along the ship and they are colour co-ordinated which helps in finding your way around. There are laundry rooms on every other deck but you must take your own washing liquid. Irons, ironing boards and kettles are not provided in any of the rooms. The plugs are mostly UK & US. The hairdryer we had was one of those awful wall mounted jobs. Fairly useless if you have a lot of hair!
Stateroom: We booked Queens Grill Q5 and put our son in an inside cabin. BIG Mistake!!! There is no way they will allow grades to mix. Fortunately though we were offered an upgrade from Q5 to Q1 at a very reasonable price so our son moved in with us and all was well. The room was absolutely fantastic. Two floor of pure luxury. Downstairs was a huge lounge, shower room and kitchen. Upstairs a very large bedroom with a fully fitted bathroom on one side and a fully fitted shower room on the other each with their own dressing rooms. Why would you want to get off in New York!!
Queen Grill Restaurant: Absolutely fabulous. Why eat anywhere else when you have food of this standard. The service was 1st class. Nothing to complain about. They would cook you anything you wanted. The portions were just right, not too large and very well cooked and presented. We were on the next table to family with a gentleman using a mobility scooter. I thought it very rude that every time his assistants came to move him from his chair to the scooter everyone stopped and stared. It wasn't till i met up with a friend while we were waiting to go into the Captains cocktail party that she told me that President Bush Snr was on board. Can't miss him, she said=, he's zipping around on his scooter. With that we were all asked to move over and along came the very man. I then recognised him as the gentleman next to us! Charming man, lovely friends and family.
Entertainment: The Planitarium was really good. Very comfy and unfortunately I dozed off during the show. Never mind I can always see it again. The Theatre shows were quite good but nothing spectacular. The resident singers and dancers were a bit weak but it didn't spoil the rest of it. We went to a very interesting presentation about Rolf Harris in the Gallery. Which was difficult to find!
Bars: There are many bars to sit and watch the world go by. we used to have our morning stroll and sit in the Champagne bar or Coffee bar for a nice rest and chat.
Spa: Canyon Ranch Spa is really good. I had a few really good treatments and they let you stay and use the spa pool for the rest of the day or you can buy a daily pass if you want which is something the Queen Elizabeth don't allow. You have to buy for the duration of the cruise at an exorbitant price or forget it. Plus they only sell 40 places! So bring Canyon Ranch back to ALL Cunard ships please.
All in all it was a wonderful experience, one that I'd do again but this time both ways!