After reading reviews, I was very concerned that our honeymoon cruise was going to be a disappointment. However, after we received an upgrade to a junior suite and Princess Grill accommodations we were quite relieved. Many thanks to our travel agent. As it turned out, we did not know how much a difference the upgrade was going to make.
The junior suite was very nice and well maintained. Room service was prompt and the food was freshly prepared. The Princess Grill service was exceptional. There was an excellent variety of meal choices. The preparation and presentation was done very well. Special requests were always taken care of. We looked forward to every meal. The staff was great. We were also fortunate to be seated with a lovely couple that was celebrating their twentieth anniversary.
While being tendered ashore and in elevators we heard from those dissatisfied with the Britannia and Kings Court food service. More so with the service than the food. There was one area open from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. for sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers and a few other offerings, but it was essentially the same thing every night. It was adequate for a late night snack, but not quite what people were expecting from a cruise line of this caliber.
The island excursions varied. Some did not live up to their description. Being such a huge ship, we had to tender at 4 out of the 5 ports. Luckily, those with shore excursion received priority when going ashore. We heard some dissatisfaction from others regarding excursions and did find out that refunds or partial refunds were given.
The entertainment was very good, there was always something to go to. There were movies, planetarium shows, lectures, comedians, bands, dance performances, a casino, art auctions, and a lot more. If you couldn't find something to do, you weren't looking hard enough. We especially enjoyed The Verano String Quartet and Dan Bennett the juggler. You can’t get more diverse than that. The interactive TV was good, but the TV program selection was limited. There was daily information on the TV from the cruise director and helpful shopping and island information from Jamie. The daily report from the captain was only played in the hallways and not in the staterooms. It was annoying having to go to the door to hear these announcements.
Due to the amount of walking done while on the ship and during the excursions, we never had to use the exercise facilities. We did walk through it and it had a nice selection of equipment.
I know there are things I'm leaving out, but these were some of the areas that I thought people would like to hear about.
Overall, I would highly recommend a cruise on the QM2 if you’re in a junior suite or above. We had our honeymoon expectations exceeded and look forward to some day returning to the QM2 to celebrate future anniversaries. Thanks to all.