This was our 3rd time on QM2 so we knew what to expect in terms of size and layout and we settled in very quickly. We were travelling with a family party, some of whom were 1st time cruisers. Boarding was really easy as we are now platinum members, the luggage turned up quickly and we were having lunch in the Kings Court at 13.00. We went to the sail away party and had some champagne to set the mood.
Ports This was our 3rd cruise to Norway, and as ever the scenery was stunning, Norway is always beautiful. One of the scheduled ports (Stavanger) was changed for Alesund, a number of people were not aware of this, although we had received notification from Cunard a few weeks before the cruise. Other ports were Gerainger, Flam and Bergen, we had visited all of the ports before so did not take any of the ship's tours. The weather was warm and sunny most of the time with some rain in the late afternoon in Flam and Bergen which was a shame as the sailaway party had to be held indoors.
Food Breakfast – most days we had tea and juice delivered to the cabin first thing and then went to breakfast in the Britannia restaurant. On the sea days there were long queues, and breakfast service finished quite early at 9.30. Lunch – a mix of the Kings Court and the Britannia restaurant. The food in the Kings Court, particularly the Oriental section is good, but it was sometimes difficult to find a table for all of us to sit together! Dinner – our assigned table was on second sitting as requested and was in a good position on the upper level, we were able to look out at the scenery, the area felt more intimate than the lower level of the dining room. The food was very good, although some portions were small and we had to ask for additional green vegetables. Service was a little slow and sometimes we did not leave the dining room until 22.30, having arrived at 20.35. Our wine waiter was very good and seemed quite knowledgeable about the wines on offer. One of us has special dietary requirements and the staff were excellent at dealing with these, there was a letter in the stateroom on arrival and the maitre’d came to the table every night to arrange the following days food, which was much appreciated. Entertainment There were some good musical shows and headline acts, the dance shows were great and the band in the theatre was excellent, The dance band in the Queens room was ok although the singer was excellent. Other music around the ship was good, particularly the sail away band. We went to the disco a couple of times, which was quite buzzy until the early hours of the morning.
Staff and Ambience As usual the staff were very helpful and friendly, particularly our cabin stewardess Shirley and the bar staff in the Commodore Club and our wine waiter.
Thoughts We enjoyed our cruise on QM2 and she truly is a great ship, we have also cruised on Queen Victoria twice recently and think that we prefer her layout and size to QM2 we also wish to try the new Queen Elizabeth.