We have mostly cruised on larger cruise ships that have much more activities and options ice skating, wall climbing, wave runners and large malls. We were repeatedly reminded by staff and fellow cruisers that the QM2 is not a "cruise" ship but rather an "ocean liner".
We did enjoy meeting people from all over the world -- with a strong representation from the UK. Everyone was VERY friendly and fun to be with.
The shows were good. We loved the comedian and the Nat King Cole impersonator but we thought that the dancers were not up to the same level as other cruises. We enjoyed the disco club nightly that had a great live band. Didn't care too much for the formal dancing in the main ballroom. There were MANY hired dancers that catered to the single ladies and formal dancers.
The food was good and nice variety. Formal afternoon tea was incredible.
Overall, this was much more formal and traditional than we have experienced in the past. The average age of our fellow cruisers was much older than we are -- and we're 63. I don't mean this to be a knock on the experience. We really enjoyed ourselves and were VERY fortunate to have 3 wonderful dining companions that quickly became friends -- who we still stay in contact.
PS: This ship is extremely accommodating for those with physical challenges.
Grew up in Boston, so we just hit a few favorite places in the North End. Make sure to hit the Freedom trail and Haymarket Square
We tendered into the port and caught a local bus, just a few blocks away. We decided to take the CLIFF WALK on our own. The bus takes you about one block away from it, where you can see the beautiful mansions.
The CLIFF WALK was about 1/2 mile on paved walkway. The remaining 4 1/2 miles or so, was more of a rock climbing adventure. The elderly English couple, thought it was nothing out of the ordinary, as they had walking sticks, and hiking boots. They were prepared unlike us!
The scenery was lovely, as well as the day. Unfortunately we weren't as prepared as our English hikers. The trail was quite strenuous for a non-hiker. Some of the rocky areas involved sitting down on a rock and sliding down. Certainly not what I had expected! I guess I should have researched this more! My husband , who is a runner, had no problems!!
My advice is use the restroom before you start and bring along some bottled water as there are no facilities along the way.
It is about a mile WALK on pavement to get back to the bus-stop. It took about 15 minutes to get back to the port ,where plenty of shopping is available.
This was a wasted stop for us. There were some things to do in the downtown area but we covered that in less than 2 hours. Not very attractive area. Passed on the reversing waters tour since we missed the good viewing times, based on the tides.