We spent the whole cruise "cruising" from one end of the ship to the other, exploring every beautiful nook and cranny of this big ship. So many places to walk, or sit and watch the waves, or play cards. On the last day we discovered a new place, the ship has so many public spaces.
We thought the food was terrific. We ate most meals in the buffet, and enjoyed having to find which one was open at dinner. We ate in the dining room 3 times for lunch, and enjoyed the company and the food. But the constant changing of time day after day left us hard pressed to find room for a large meal. Because the buffet was open 24 hours we found small meals more to our liking, and ate often. LOL
The one thing we were not expecting: 6 nights of formal night in the dining room! We are not formal, had nothing to wear, and so felt excluded from dinner all week.
We loved our room, forward on the 5th deck, with a small window. The beds were great, plenty of closet space, nice sofa. Why don't other places have this kind of shower, with one handle to turn the water on/off and the other handle to choose the temperature? We loved it.
I was not thrilled to see serving people "managed" by irate superiors in full public view.
The library was wonderful, and we made good use of it.
We went to one of the evening entertainments by the on board musicians. Songs from old musicals, poorly arranged. SO boring, we could hardly sit through it. As we left I said "that must have been for the older passengers." We sat outside the theater and watched all the dressed up folks leave. As one couple left (I swear they were in their 80s) he said to her "that must have been for the older passengers". We roared our agreement! The roving musicians, and canned music was all boring. The speakers were dry and dull.
So what? We loved the cruise!
Embarkation and disembarkation was quick and effortless. The whole ship was spotless and engaging. We met so many nice people, and despite 5 days of wind and high waves, we never got bored, never regretted cruising instead of flying. Upon arrival in Southampton we were fresh and ready for our European tour, not jet lagged and hungry like so many who jet over.
Thank you, Queen Mary, for a fabulous voyage!