Queen Mary 2 features a broad range of accommodations, from the most economical 194-square-foot inside cabins to lavish duplex suites. All in all, from a total of 1,310 cabins, 955 are fitted with the private balconies. As a rather unusual feature -- otherwise found only on Royal Caribbean's Voyager-, Freedom- and Oasis-class ships -- there are also 12 cabins looking out onto the atrium.
The largest number of cabins falls into the category of deluxe and premium balcony staterooms. The 248-square-foot (including the balcony) cabins are spread over six decks. They include a sitting area with a sofa, a wardrobe space and a bathroom with a shower. A handful of the cabins have also connecting doors and/or third berth as a single sofa bed. Be careful if booking a cabin with a connecting door, as the soundproofing could have been (much) better.
The desk is rather small, but can accommodate a laptop computer. The corners for both bathroom unit and a wardrobe are rounded which gives a feeling of more space. The wardrobe space itself is ample, and there is also a safe and drawer space. The colors of the cabins are light and airy.
The shower-only bathroom itself is spacious, but there is no light inside the shower, and as there is no shower door (instead a thick curtain), it is rather dark in there.
All cabins on Queen Mary 2 are also equipped with a fridge and interactive TV. Called QM2TV, it features several channels of movies, documentaries and satellite channels. Don't count on following your favorite channels every day as the lack of satellite connection during the crossing may cut all the programming, except the ship's own. Many shipboard activities, such as the celebrity lectures, can be watched on the TV later on. QM2 Interactive Television allows guests to order room service (I tried mine, and the breakfast order arrived on time in the morning), review your folio and order pay-per-view movies (from children movies to adult desires). As a hint: When reviewing your folio, please note that purchases necessarily don't show up immediately, but may appear there a day later.
Other comments: The balcony is spacious, but there is no teak flooring (except in the most expensive range of suites). The balcony furniture consists of plastic lounge chairs, but there are cushions; if your steward doesn't put them out, check under your bed. Cabins are also furnished with ashtrays, so prepare to smell smoke in your cabin (during my crossing, there was a smell of smoke during the entire voyage).
4072 was an ideal cabin in an ideal location convenient to all the shipboard activities on decks 2 and 3 and very near Sir Samuel's in particular. There was a shipboard laundry just across the hallway. That was convenient though it was often crowded. We had a king-size bed...continue