My wife and I are veteran cruisers. However, we had never taken a voyage on an ocean liner until we sailed with the Queen Mary 2. To us, there is a world of difference between a cruise ship and an ocean liner such as the QM2. A major difference is that although the waters may be very rough at times , passengers are not thrown about the ship. Another major difference is the level of service and the entertainment offerings. In addition to having an excellent musical director and two excellent orchestras, the QM2 had classical musicians playing throughout the ship in various venues for most of our trip. The ship also offers excellent plays by members of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Acting (RADA). We were treated to "The Merchant of Venice", "Hamlet" and "Scheherazade". The plays were condensed; however, the storylines and themes were extremely well done. The actors are very well trained and amazed us by making the stories come alive by improvising with very little, in terms of props. They are also very personable individuals.
Food on the QM2 is almost always available during the day and night. It is plentiful and there seem to be dishes for a range of palate. Libations are top notch and there is something appealing to every passenger. The staff of the QM2 is of the highest caliber from my perspective and I do mean every staff member from custodians to directors and the Captain. It was our experience that the staff members were so professional and so accommodating that guests wanted to interact with them.
The entire experience from July 6, 2014 through disembarkation on July 28th was an absolutely "fantastic voyage".
The "Snapshot of Hamburg" was exactly what the title describes. Guests have an opportunity to see and experience numerous parts of Hamburg, including the absolutely gorgeous "St. Michels Church". The people were so friendly and accommodating and all kinds of merchandise, souvenirs, and memorabilia was available and reasonably priced. Our departure from Hamburg was on the 10th anniversary of the QM2 coming to the city. As the QM2 was departing, it was accompanied by numerous boats and yachts that made our "send off" a memory for a life time. German well wishers waved and bid us farewell for miles and miles.