Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cabins
Queen Mary 2 features a broad range of accommodations, from the most economical 157-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.
Inside cabins, including those overlooking the atrium, measure 157 square feet. They are still spacious and attractive, with beds that can either be two singles or one double, along with extra storage available around the headboard. Oceanview cabins are a similar size, at 159 square feet, but they have small, non-opening portholes behind the beds to let in natural light.
The largest number of cabins falls into the category of deluxe and premium balcony. The 248- to 269-square-foot (including the balcony) cabins are spread over six decks. They include beds that can be either two singles or one queen, a sitting area with a sofa, a wardrobe space and a bathroom with a shower. A handful of the cabins have connecting doors and/or a third berth as a single sofa bed. Be careful if booking a cabin with a connecting door, as the soundproofing is not great.
The desk is rather small but can accommodate a laptop computer. The corners for both the bathroom unit and the wardrobe are rounded, which gives a feeling of more space. The closet space itself is ample, and there is also a safe and drawer space. The colors in the cabins are light and airy. Suitcases can be stored underneath the beds, and all staterooms have both American and U.K. electrical sockets.
The shower-only bathroom itself is spacious, but there is no light inside the shower, and as there is no shower door (instead, there's a thick curtain), it's rather dark in there. Bath products, including shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, are Gilchrist & Soames, and all passengers are given bathrobes and slippers to use. The hair dryer is oddly attached in a top drawer.
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. Smoking is no longer allowed on the balconies, some of which are covered. (Some also have views obstructed by lifeboats; ask your travel agent when booking.)
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 passengers to order room service (when we tried, the breakfast order arrived on time in the morning), review your folio and order pay-per-view movies (from kids' shows to adult movies). As a hint: When reviewing your folio, please note that purchases might not show up immediately but can appear a day later.
The Princess and Queens Grill suites provide slightly more amenities, as well as bathrooms with tubs and walk-in closets. The Princess suites start at 381 square feet and come with a bottle of sparkling wine and a bowl of fruit at embarkation, as well as significantly larger balconies.
Queens Grill cabins range from 506 square feet to 2,249 square feet for the Grand Duplex Suites. This top tier also features butler service, flat-screen TVs, Frette linens, nightly canapes and wine.
Besides the standard 506-square-foot Queens Grill Suites, this class has four additional levels of increasing luxury. The 758-square-foot Penthouse Suites each have a separate powder room and whirlpool bath. Located in the bow of the ship, the 796-square-foot Royal Suites have commanding views from large windows in the living and dining areas (but no balconies). The bedrooms are in a separate spaces behind the living areas.
The Queens Grill Duplex Apartments, which range in size from 1,194 to 1,566 square feet, are bi-level suites, each with an upstairs bedroom, an oversized balcony and two marble bathrooms. At the top of the luxury scale, the two Grand Duplex Suites are sprawling 2,249-square-foot, two-level apartments with grand views, tons of space and the ship's top amenities. Both The Queens Grill and Grand Duplex Suites have separate kitchens for food preparation and exercise equipment.
Besides having access to the Queens Grill Lounge -- our favorite bar for pre-dinner drinks on the ship -- both Princess and Queens Grill passengers have their own outdoor Terrace, complete with whirlpool, on Deck 11. It's a nice option on days when the pool is crowded.
Another perk given to Princess and Queens Grill passengers is access to a separate concierge lounge on Deck 9, where you can grab a cup of coffee and a pastry and read a newspaper. The on duty manager will book shore excursions, make restaurant reservations and book exercise classes for the week (rather than having to sign up each morning). You can also pick up tickets to the Planetarium shows, which are laid out daily in the mornings.
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