Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Trans-Atlantic: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Parsifal
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Trans-Atlantic
Kings Court Lunch: This area leaves a lot to be desired, but not the food but the organization (if you don't like to wait in line I advise to go at 11am or later after 2pm). The Carvery offers delicious meats, Lotus tasty stir fry's and La Piazza Italian dishes and deserts.Chefs Galley does delectable sandwiches and fresh burgers.I very much enjoyed taking Breakfast there as one has a choice and doesn't need to take full sizes of everything, although on several occasions the "regular" coffee machines did not work.
If you are looking for a midnight snack,BAD LUCK unless you count Hot Dogs,Burgers and Frozen Pizza as your staple foods!This needs strong improvement!
Afternoon Tea: The Queens Room is rather a let down, first of all it is a hurried affair( and this is the opposite of what afternoon tea is supposed to be->relaxing)there are no individual pot's of tea (just 1 kind from tea bags)waiters just race around and give you whatever they have on their trays.The better option I found is having tea on deck 7 in the Lotus section. Yes, it is self service, however the selection is nicer, you can sit by a window and really relax!
Golden Lion Pub: Probably the best fish and chips & minted peas I have ever had (and I had many of those).Really very delicious "Pub Dishes" again GO EARLY, before the "Trivia" or entertainment starts.
CANYON RANCH SPA: A must for everyone seeking relaxation and needing a little TLC, the Canyon Ranch Massage with Joseph is fantastic and the best in the world (go for 80minutes not 50 as this will not be enough to relax) and the Ayuverda Treatment is also very good. The Spa facilities are immaculate and good value for money, also try to avoid the first two days as there will be guided tours and show rounds for all the other passengers.I still give this a 5* as it is a great place to really unwind.
The Library & Bookshop: I have visited the library frequently and there are free copies of the London Times,Frankfurter Allgemeine and the Wall Street Journal available (to read there) as well as a selection of up to date magazines and probably the best selection of books anywhere at sea!
The Commodore Club:I visited several times, mainly to joins the "Friends of Dorothy" meetings, however this seemed a rather excluding group so I enjoyed my afternoon tiple by myself and again the staff especially John the Steward were superb.
Entertainment: This is where I rank the QM2 superior to anything else, as nothing is a must but everything they offer is of superior quality and worth ones time.
Oxford Lectures are a wonderful way to spend time learning or refreshing ones memory. Especially the lectures by Sir John Johnson and Dr. Angus Hawkins as well as Dr.Lucy Worsley.
RADA: A team of superb and charming young RADA graduates who gave refreshing performances of Shakespeare,Oscar Wilde and a Poetry reading.
Pianist Adam Johnson: I attended 2 wonderful concerts by this young pianist and the audience and myself were delighted.
Royal Court Theatre: We saw the Rock at the Opera and Appasionata Shows, which were produced to the highest standards and I actually enjoyed them (although I tend to go only for more serious classical music).
Casino: Supernice and helpful staff and it was fun loosing a few $$$ at the Roulette table and I have no regrets!
Illuminations:We went to see several Planetarium presentations for which I advise you to get tickets EARLY (9am)as they go fast!
The Cruise Director Allistair Greener is very charming and himself quite an entertainer.
Religious: There is a daily Catholic Mass held in Illuminations and on Saturdays one for Sunday obligation, there is also a Sabbath Service on Friday afternoon. I found this very nice, but was wondering why there is no C of E Vicar, as the majority of passengers is British.
To wrap up I would like to say that for me this trip was thoroughly enjoyable and it was everything I expected. I will do it again as soon as possible (time allowing)and can highly recommend it to everyone. One personal note I would like to make is that I wished all passengers should be more geared towards the "dress code", I did see an awful lot of Bathrobes (even Pajamas) in the Kings Court and people in track suits or just jeans in the evening. Now I do not want sound pompous of like stiff upper lip, but I actually planned my wardrobe 6 month ahead and gentleman,one does only need one Dinner Suit and 4 Shirts and a Club Jacket for all other occasions.
I hope you all enjoyed this!Feedback & Questions are welcome! Less
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