Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by mansfieldmickey: No Queen like an Old Queen
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No Queen like an Old Queen
Decided to go to USA for Thanksgiving and thought I'd give the QM2 a try instead of flying, Much, much better and cost was less than I expected, especially including return airfare. Food was superb - could not fault it, or the service. Entertainment was great - a bit "Butlins Redcoats" at times, but I enjoyed the Disco and the Golden Lion pub too. Although the piano player doing tje "English pub sing-song" had a heavy American accent, which rather spoilt his rendition vocals of "Roll out the barrel" lol
Travellied with a friend who is wheelchair bound, and the staff could not have been more helpful and courteous. The layout of the ship was not really disabled friendly, my companion thought. You had to use hand-operated lifts to access some of the intermediate decks, which was impossible to do single-handed. Very poor design for a modern ship, on that score. Loved the library - so restful - and the afternoon tea, the Grand Lobby - all totally charming.
Very conscious More that it is now American owned, with the "Big SEll" from the photographers, and the bar prices were very, very high. Cheapest bottle of very average wine in the Brittannia was over $30 - hey, come on!! A small Can of Heineken was $4 for goodness sake!!
Stayed with my wife on the Old Queen Mary in California Long Beach some years ago, and that old lady has real class. The new QM is very good in parts, like the Curate's egg.
Was slightly disappointed with the Grand Arrival in New York. We only saw both the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline from a great distance.
We hit a storm on the first day and I was seasick for 2 days. Got tablets from the Purser $10 and was ok, but beware of North Atlantic storms in November. they are not nice Less
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