As QM2 was in Australian waters I thought it an excellent opportunity to experience a voyage on this famous ocean liner without committing to a long flight and sector, just in case we didn't completely enjoy the experience. We flew from Sydney to Perth, had 2 days there then boarded the ship at approx 1.15pm, all very efficient and seamless. Our B2 stateroom was ready which was acceptable, so we checked it out and within 20 minutes our bags arrived, again great service.
I qualify this review by saying that I was a marine engineer as a young man so have a love and understanding of the technical aspects of ships and the oceans etc. This ship is a genuine marvel and is certainly the greatest ocean liner ever built. It ploughed through the great southern ocean force 7 winds and seas with ease and total comfort for the passengers. The layout is user friendly and has ample lifts and stairways.
First the Stateroom, B2 balcony. Having had similar cabins on HAL, RCL and Carnival this was inferior, size OK but fittings average and they have the dreaded plastic shower curtain and little shelf storage. We didn't like the in hull balcony as it blocks views and makes it feel closed in, which it is.
Staff in bars and restaurants were mostly European and personally we prefer Asian staff as they appear much more friendly and caring, personal thing.
The food overall was good however being QM2 we did have high expectations and that I think is the reality of this. The Kings Court speciality restaurants of a night are a great concept and for a modest $10 fee you get high quality service and very good food. The burger bar on the top deck was very disappointing and not what you would expect on this ship, it should have been attached to one of the pool bars like on other ships so a good atmosphere is created. The Pub was very good and so popular, lunches good and atmosphere great when music on. Overall the food was way below HAL or even RCL standard and as this is QM2 we did expect much better.
Entertainment was also average and seating was always difficult to get unless you arrive very early. The bars had different piano players who were good and other bars had classical artists who were very good however all too regular. Chart Room and Commodore Club high quality rooms.
In summary Cunard do an excellent job in marketing this and their other ships and like other before and after us will sail with them to experience the perceived uniqueness of these ships. In reality apart for the magnificent technical aspects of the ship it has it pros and cons like all ships. Our best overall cruise experience so far is HAL however we are very pleased we had the opportunity to experience QM2.