As this was our first ever crossing on the QM2, we had no plan to write a review at first, especially after seeing Liz McGregor's article. She must be one of our fellow class mates learning to play Bridge during the six day crossing and, furthermore, we utterly and fully endorsed the fair comments in her unbiased review. That was until we saw the grossly inaccurate and untruthful contents in a review by Settle2000. Whatever the reasons, we can only assume they were sour grapes after not receiving a price reduction or free upgrade.
Bathroom toiletries in our state room 4195 were always plentiful and repeatedly stocked up. We chose to have our breakfast and lunch each day at the Kings Court, saving the evening dinner (2nd sitting) in the Britannia Restaurant, where the same table was reserved for us throughout with no specific reservation or prompting. Wherever we ate we always found a wide selection of mouth watering dishes to choose from. Indeed we have saved all six menus at the Britannia Restaurant as souvenoir and we would be delighted to prove Settle2000 wrong by getting them printed if CruiseCritic would allow us to do so. We were amazed by the degree of unbelievable artistry displayed by the talented chefs in Kings Court, ranging from sculptures made of butter, ice or chocolate to flowers made from vegetables. We only went for the Afternoon Tea at the Queens Room served by waiters in white gloves, on just one occasion. That was ok by any standard, but of course we have had the fortunate experience previously to enjoy a ritualistic Afternoon Tea at the Penninsula Hotel, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
There were many activities held each day to satisfy all walks of life, from Bingo or Quiz at the Golden Lion, gambling in the Casino to educational lectures, musical performances and cooking demonstrations.
All the staff, whatever the time of night or day, were noticeably courteous, attentive and efficient. From the Matre'D to the Ship's Captain, they were all easily approachable. We particularly enjoyed the Captain's humorous, nautical daily announcement at noon, with a pinch of salt, in conjunction with his friend Patrick O'Shaughnessy!
To coin the old saying "we'll be back", we have enjoyed so much our first experience on board QM2 that we have already booked the next cruise from Dubai to Southampton in April 2011, within the same category and in the same stateroom.