Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Gilllizzie: Flawless Transatlantic
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Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We are a couple in our forties with a 14 year old son. We flew to Boston, spent a week travelling down to New York before joining our friends, another couple, and boarding for what was our second transatlantic crossing with Cunard. I find it hard to find fault with anything about the QM2. Although we has rough seas during the crossing, it was hard to detect much more than the slightest movement. The ship is elegant, classy, and beautifully maintained. Our cabin, sold as restricted view balcony, actually had quite a good view between lifeboats, and was a good size. We rarely saw the cabin stewardess, but that's fine, since the cabin was kept clean and tidy without any intrusion.
Every mouthful of every single dinner in the Britannia was excellent! The portions here are quite small, but that suits me fine as I can enjoy a five course meal without feeling uncomfortable. The sommelier was among the most attentive I have met, More the table waiters looked after us superbly, striking the perfect balance between being friendly without intruding. We tried all the breakfast options, room service, self service and full service, and all were equally good. For lunch we ate either in the Britannia or the Red Lion, where the fish and chip lunch was delicious. We didn't try the Todd English, as we couldn't see the need to pay when the quality was already so good.
The onboard activities presented some tough choices! There always seemed to be at least two things we wanted to do at the same time. The quizzes in the Red Lion each afternoon were superbly presented by the charming and intelligent Gun. The lectures were good, Rada productions likewise, and the unadvertised galley tour was another unexpected highlight. Facilities in the gym are excellent, and again kept clean and well maintained. I had artificial nails applied in the beauty salon, and they were done with exceptional care and looked perfect.
Our son was entertained well by the teen club staff on board. I glimpsed him only occasionally over the six days! We returned home sad that it was over. The only cure for the mild depression that ensued was to book another T/A for August, and both families can't wait to get back aboard the lovely QM2! Less
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Cabin review: DA8057
Sold as restricted view, but does have quite a good view between lifeboats. Good sized balcony.
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