Elegant, not crowded but not friendly: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by karenbeanpole
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Elegant, not crowded but not friendly
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We had a smooth couple of days, but on day 3rd day, it started getting rough. To me anyway as we had 4 metre waves.I had to take some tablets for the nausea and was fine afterwards. Roughest crossing all season apparently, and was told it would have been worse on any other ship!
The QM2 has a very elegant and sedate feel to it. It feels very spacious, never ever crowded (except on disembarkation) and the staff are very polite but never cross over to be friendly. We have cruised with other lines before and find this to be a bit too "distant" for us. We don't have the exuberance of the crew, not even of the cruise director, the orchestra etc. They don't look like they are having fun!
The cabin we had was very nice, on the 4th deck. Very spacious, with lots of storage. Shower has large and altogether the bathroom was adequate. Only the Celebrity Eclipse would beat it More on the shower!
The food in the Britannia was ok. We've had better on other ships (eg Eclipse and Independence of the Seas) but it was gourmet food served in the most elegant way and in a lovely restaurant. But to to critical, some of the food could have been less tough and more of it could be provided. Our waiter was very attentive and never failed in any of our requests.
We hardly ate in the Kings Court, but had 1 breakfast and 1 supper there. Not much choice there again compared to some other ships. I don't like buffets anyway, and it wasn't a particularly inviting buffet. Didn't like the fact that it was in 4 sections. Never knew where we were in the end.
The entertainment was good, there was plenty to do on board - large library, games, table tennis, shuffleboard, etc. The enrichment programme was also excellent. Plenty of interesting lectures, RADA was onboard and we watched their abridged plays.
The gym was small to me. Not large enough weights department. Didn't use it in the end.
We enjoyed dancing in the Queens Room. However, the orchestra in there needed livening up. They just looked so bored!
Lastly, we found our fellow passengers to be on the unfriendly side. We met many friendly passengers, but on the whole, they tended to keep to themselves and looked utterly disinterested in anyone else. I don't know if this is a Cunard feature, but we certainly met a lot more friendly people and crew on previous sailings.
We would certainly cruise TA with QM2 again, as overall, we had a very pleasant experience. Less
Cabin review: ED4007
Cabin was large as it didn't have a balcony. We were in 4007 port side in the front of the ship. Near stairway A, quiet corridor generally, and not far from the laundrette. Large shower, plenty of storage in cupboards and drawers. Small tv. No tea making facilities (we brought our own kettle). Has both American and UK sockets.
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