Cruised 10th to 24th November 2011, roundtrip from Southampton UK calling at New York. No Ice Bergs spotted! Choosing this low season option we weren't sure what the weather would be like so packed for all eventualities. The Westbound crossing started off dry, cool and a little windy and as we approached the Bay of Biscay the sea got a little rough, with gale force winds across the decks, but being seasoned cruisers we enjoyed being rocked to sleep in our beds at night. Some delicate souls found it a bit too rough for two days then as we approached North of the Azores the sea calmed and the weather improved. Spent the one day in New York before completing the Eastbound crossing. The rain greeted us in the afternoon of our departure from New York then cleared and as we sailed for home the weather improved daily until we were sunning ourselves trying NOT to get burnt. We could not believe it.
Good mix of fellow passengers from all parts of the world but majority on both crossing More
were from the UK.
This was our second voyage on QM2 the first being in June when we went to the Fjords in Norway for one week.
PROS: Beautiful ocean going liner, styled in the art deco manner with beautiful glass screens, different woods used throughout the ship, chandeliers. The ship is so well designed that you never feel there are two thousand fellow passengers at any one time, the most you see is during the life-jacket drill on day one, and if the theatre or cinema are packed to the roof, which would be most unusual because they have two shows every day.
Food excellent in the Britannia restaurant for evening meals. Used Kings Court Deck 7 for buffet style breakfast and lunch.
Also ate at Oasis one evening paying the $10 per head surcharge for the Asian Tasting Menu which was a good experience.
Tried the King's Court Carvery a la carte menu once evening at $10 per head surcharge but personally we felt it was no better than Britannia.
Service on board by all waiting on staff was excellent. Pursers Office and Tour Office were very efficient and dealt with all queries.
Chart Room lounge, in an evening enjoyed a Jazz trio and on other evenings a resident pianist.
CONS: TV channels in staterooms - choice was abysmal. Cinema - went to 3 showings, one was the opera Carmen in 3D - for us it was awful, made our eyes ache and gave me a headache, left after half an hour, the other two films we went to see, (1) Ghost Writer and (2) Friends with Benefits, not our cup of tea, (1) we have no idea what country it was taking place in, or the plot and it was so boring (left early) and (2) American film, couldn't understand what they were talking about they talked so fast, (again left early).
Daily entertainment lectures, again not to our personal likeness, compared to other ships we found them quite boring, but we overheard others who enjoyed them so it is personal choice.
Theatre, must say that the resident singers and dancers have improved slightly from when we saw them in June, (Same shows though, which was disappointing) but the brass section of the resident orchestra overpowers every time.
Other acts in the Theatre, female singer, male pianist and American comedian.
I hope this appraisal helps others to make their minds up to try out a beautiful friendly ship with lots to do on board if you want it, or plenty of places to relax and unwind. Less
Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruises to Transatlantic
I am afraid our review will probably be a lot different to everyone else's in that because we hadn't seen land or cars or heard noise and mayhem for 6 days and nights it was very much a culture shock to find ourselves being driven from Brooklyn to Manhattan, Central Park, Fifth Avenue. AAAAHHHHGGGG.
So we ended up in Greenwich village surrounded by NYU students all tapping away on their mobile phones or laptops, not talking to each other. We made our way towards the shops at Soho, but we both felt as though we had landed on another planet and we wanted to get off, so went back to our haven QM2 and breathed a sigh of relief as we hit the embarkation area and were able to say "In Transit" and bypass all the queues of newcomers and got back to our lovely safe home.
If we ever have the opportunity to visit New York again, we would stay there for a few days so we could acclimatise to the hub and bub and bustle.