People of a certain age just know that you have to wear a duffle coat at sea if there are any ocean days involved.....so I had to congratulate the man who was wearing his as he walked the decks as the QM2 began the run through the Bay of Biscay at the beginning of the 2013 World Cruise.
The QM2 is the last ocean liner in the world and, as such, is not suitable for some. If you don't want to spend some of your day doing "decks"-three times round equals a mile-or want lectures or having to mentally juggle the luggage allowance if flying go on something else because it'll save you getting upset at the Cunard experience. That experience was created when sailing was a different thing to what is expected now and so you could be disappointed if you don't remember this.
Yes, the Cunard is clothes. The dressing up at night is what makes it for so many which is why so many still do it with enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment. You can see the man who has been bullied into a dinner jacket reluctantly appear and then catch sight of himself, pause and suddenly James Bond is there in front of you. The gowns have gone-luggage allowance has killed them-but posh frocks are still there a plenty. Effort is made by a good 98%
Yes, Cunard is lectures. The speakers are many and varied and obviously some are more accomplished than others but there are a heck of a lot of passengers who are equally varied and they all take great interest somewhere along the line.
Yes, QM2 is "the decks". She's a big ship and she demands to be walked upon. Are we a load of sad old people with nothing better to do? For some senior passengers the "deck" may take all day but it is totally absolutely social. They stop every 12th chair for a sit and a talk and there is always somebody to talk to. Walking the decks is how you get to know your ship and your fellow passengers. It clears the lungs and starts the day and it is done in every weather.
Yes, Cunard is a different age but many of us were either there, knew people who were or want to experience it for themselves and the QM2 is the mightiest. The Britannia dining room is said to be the finest at sea and is far superior to where the Grills passengers eat. The staff are outstanding and if ever the food isn't to your liking they will do their best to accommodate. After a really beautiful roast beef I said the Yorkshire Puddings were so magnificent they should be served with golden syrup as desert...I got them.
Yes, Cunard does overcharge by the ridiculous 15% on everything. Why do they do it? Who knows but it upsets everybody and is very bad PR. It just means you drink less.
Yes, the QM2 is a ship to travel on again and again if you have the right frame of mind. The excitement of food shortages, pirates (the men with strange back packs were quickly identified), extremely dull midday announcements and the thrill of Las Vegas in the desert i.e. Dubai made this another fabulous trip because it was something yet again a bit different so it was good!!