Having returned home today from our QM2 back to back transatlantic I feel we should offer this review.
This has been our best holiday to date the QM2 experience was absolutely fantastic. Stateroom was great, not that we spent much time in it as we enjoyed all the opportunities this magnificent ship offers. Embarkation at Southampton was fine with no significant hanging around we were asked to report for 1430, arrived at 1410 and were on board at 1445 and having lunch in Kings Court. Throughout the voyage both ways the food we were offered in the Britannia restaurant can only be described as GLORIOUS. Our table waiters were brilliant, endlessly helpful and courteous with nothing too much trouble. The entertainment was very good in the Royal Court Theatre, we went to the show each night bar one and enjoyed most of them very much with Rolf Harris daytime unscheduled show on the westbound leg being a huge highlight and Adrian Walsh and Craig Dahn providing brilliant shows of comedy and piano virtuosity respectively on the eastbound leg. The day to day entertainment throughout the ships public rooms was very good and we enjoyed the pianists in particular.
We really appreciated the space around the ship there was never a time when a comfortable seat to chill and read a book could not be found and the ambiance in our favourite public rooms, the Chart room and the Commodore club was always very pleasant with the staff always cheerful and helpful. Prices in the public rooms for drinks are certainly not cheap but neither are they a rip off, I consider them on a par with what you pay in a decent bar or club.
The only negative point was our tour in New York - we started off some 50 minutes late did not visit all of the places we should and the lunch stop provided in place of Seaport due to damage from Hurricane Sandy was grubby and most unappealing. The tour was frenetic, uncoordinated and disjointed and was very poor value for money. I made these points that evening at the pursers desk and had no response whatever.
Disappointing, however while a blip it would be impossible to take the gloss off what otherwise was a wonderful holiday on a magnificent ship which handled the rough seas we experienced beautifully and while I gather some people had some problems with sea-sickness we had no problems at all having taken our Avomine each day starting from 24 hours prior to sailing. cant think of anything else to say other than in summary NY tour - yuck!, Pre-sail admin very good,QM2 on board experience FANTASTIC UNTRAMELLED LUXURY. Look forward to next time.