Review Queen Mary 2 June 2007 Itinerary: Southampton, Bergen, Ålesund, Trondheim, Hellesylt, Geiranger, Flaam, Stavanger, Le Havre, Southampton.
This was our second cruise on the QM2 and our second fjord cruise.
Embarkation: We arrived at Southampton dock at about 12:30 o'clock, we were so happy to see QM2 again! (she was too). Embarkation already started, and went ok. We knew were to go to our stateroom and found everything as we left it less than a year ago.
The Cabin: Stateroom 5159 was the same category as last year (5133) a little more aft, very close to the midships elevators. The room was lovely with 2 beds with cushions and a sofabed, closet and drawers, safe, coffee table, interactive TV with a selection of music to choose from, refrigerator. The bathroom contained a very nice shower and storage space. The suitcases arrived very quickly and we hurried to unpack before the drill.
The food: Britannia Restaurant: Our table was in the upper level, it was a table for four and was located in a private corner. The waiters were good and friendly, the food was wonderful, we ate mainly fish for entrEes which were very good, the soups were wonderful, and the deserts were fantastic especially the Cherry Jubilee, the After Eight, the Black Forest cake and the Pineapple Fritters. The headwaiter, Ali, was very friendly and made us a special meal one dinner. We enjoyed going every evening to the Britannia, each meal was special and different.
For lunch we ate sometimes in the Britannia and sometimes in the Kings Court.
Kings court buffet restaurant was quite good, we enjoyed breakfast in our secret table almost every morning there. We didn't try the alternative restaurants.
The Itinerary: The fjords itinerary contains the most beautiful places to see in the world. Since we did a Bergen shore excursion on Connie a few years ago, we skipped it and our first day ashore was in Ålesund. We took the Ålesund - City Tour & Atlantic Park excursion. The weather was wonderful! Ålesund is so beautiful, the scenery is fantastic! The Atlantic park was very interesting and the fish are lovely. We bought some very nice souvenirs in the shop.
Trondheim: We took the Trondheim Panorama excursion. It was nice but nothing more.
Geiranger: It was hot! Surprisingly enough when many parts of Europe were so cold, Geiranger was hot. (more than 25 Celsius)
We took the Eagle's Bend & Flydal Gorge excursion. The scenery throughout the tour was amazing! Geiranger has breathtaking views from Eagle's Bend our QM2 seemed so small and the other ships looked tiny. It was a fantastic tour!
Flaam: We took the Scenic Fjords & Tvinne Waterfall excursion. The weather was great! The bus ride started in a long tunnel ride, it was very dark and, it was the longest tunnel ride we ever took. Afterwards we reached the Tvinne Waterfall. Tvinne waterfall is breathtaking! It is so huge, could even stand near it, it was a little cold as we went closer but it kept calling us. The water was so strong and loud and powerful! It is amazing! Afterwards we drove to the Stalheim hotel for some cakes and tea. The view from the observation point at the hotel is breathtaking. We encountered the same view down the winding road to the ship.
Stavanger: In Stavanger we took the Cruising Lysefjord cruise. The boat ride had some nice scenery, we arrived at Helleren for waffles and tea, which was wonderful! We continued the boat ride to Lysefjord, with lovely views of mountains and birds, the sweetest thing were the goats on the mountain eating. We arrived at the ship after a long ride.
We didn't take any shore excursion in Le Havre, since we've been there a few times before.
Entertainment and activities: The Entertainment was very good, The Royal Cunard singers and dancers gave a few production shows, there were some musicians, singers and theatre. There were also some talks, we enjoyed the movie critique talk and the concorde pilot lecture, which resulted in a visit to the wonderful Brooklands Museum were we "flew" the concorde in a private visit. We saw one planetarium show and a movie.
The Ship: QM2 is the most beautiful ship in the world, the halls and lounges are magnificent. We like especially the Commodore Club, the Champagne Bar, Sir Samuels and of course the Britannia.
See you next time, QM2.