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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.5
1,184 reviews
Why Choose Queen Mary 2 (QM2)?

Pro

Drastically improved buffet restaurant; only kennels at sea; excellent specialty dining

Con

Poor quality of food in the main dining room hasn't been addressed

Bottom Line

QM2 retains its unique sense of occasion, melding tradition with fresh touches


Cruise Reviews

Sail Date: July 2018
I choose sailing on the QM2 (this was my 3rd voyage) because it is a civil and upscale voyage and if you want a peaceful journey with nice people, this is it. You are almost guaranteed no children on board because this is not a ship with ... Read More
I choose sailing on the QM2 (this was my 3rd voyage) because it is a civil and upscale voyage and if you want a peaceful journey with nice people, this is it. You are almost guaranteed no children on board because this is not a ship with children's attractions. I was on the July 1, 2018, cruise to Canada and Boston for the 4th of July Fireworks. We left out of Brooklyn, NY. The regular balcony staterooms are a good size and efficiently appointed. There were several noticeable stains in my carpet and also stains in my bathroom sink. Otherwise, the cabin was clean. In the Brittania, Golden Lion and King's Court, the food is mediocre at best and in a few instances the beef was inedible. Portions are average to small. The cocktails are priced fairly but it is about time that Cunard enters the 21st Century and offer an alcoholic beverage package. There is a soft drink package, a coffee package (waste of money as it does not include flavored coffees) and a water package - yes, can you believe it - a drinking water package! The therapy pool (which I love) in the Canyon Spa was closed for one full day for maintenance so people who paid for it lost a day of enjoyment. The excursion I chose in St. John Canada (Skywalk) was a waste of time and money. Crew is polite and friendly but no one goes overboard (no pun intended) with warmth and joviality. I cannot rate the shows as I do not go to them as a rule. Lecture on The Bermuda Triangle was not thrilling. The planetarium is okay. I might be wrong but I don't think there is a general souvenir / sundries store on the ship any longer - at least I could not find it - no where to buy Cunard "logo" type items - shops are upscale and I don't need that as I am a New Yorker and can shop Michael Kors any day of the week. The draw for this cruise is seeing the fireworks in Boston Harbor and from the ship, the viewing is limited. Read Less
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Sail Date: July 2018
Hey honey--I got tickets to Springsteen on Broadway--can we sail on Queen Mary 2? That's how this voyage began... We sailed on the five day portion of this itinerary--from NY to Saint John, New Brunswick, to Boston for the 4th of ... Read More
Hey honey--I got tickets to Springsteen on Broadway--can we sail on Queen Mary 2? That's how this voyage began... We sailed on the five day portion of this itinerary--from NY to Saint John, New Brunswick, to Boston for the 4th of July, and back to NY. We were "trying out" the Queen Mary 2 with the idea of a world cruise in 2021. Five days is nothing like 113 days, of course, but we still felt like we got a feel for the ship, and we loved it. We embarked from Red Hook Terminal in Brooklyn, which definitely doesn't have a five star feel--very industrial port and waiting area. Our embarkation time was listed as 3 PM. but from reading reviews here, I learned that we could ignore that, get there early, and be aboard well before that time. This proved true, and we were aboard before noon. The bigger surprise was that our staterooms were ready, which was a treat. Nothing like a quick glass of bubbly before lunch! I also didn't think the Pol Acker was swill lol. Sail away in New York Harbor actually brought tears to my eyes. Seeing the Statue of Liberty and the New York skyline, sailing under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, where it looks like the ship is going to crash, listening to fun music on deck and waving a little American flag--it was a blast. We dined in Britannia for the late seating every night but one, when we wanted to catch the first show and ate in the Kings Court instead. I requested a large table in the dining room because we love to meet people from everywhere, but it was just the four of us. Table location wasn't great (not a huge deal), but the service was attentive and friendly. Dining choices were varied and generally very good. My daughter went for the Canyon Ranch choices (lots of chicken) most nights and was happy with them. My son and husband did steak/chateaubriand/short rib with good reports. I had an OK lobster tail, a delicious salmon filet, a dry sea bass, and a good sirloin steak. Our servers Ned and Ronald, the sommelier Oleg, and the head waiter Oliver all went out of their way to chat with us and assist us. We love wine, but live at the low end of the Cunard wine list. Oleg pointed us to well priced delicious wines and didn't make us feel cheap. We also paid the 20 dollar corkage fee a few nights. Kings Court was also a nice surprise after some of the reviews here. There was plenty of window seating when we ate there, and a good selection of both healthy and not-so-much options. The chocolate truffles made me grateful that we were only on board for 5 nights. I wish I had stashed some in my luggage though. Entertainment was one reason we chose Queen Mary 2. Our son loves live music of all kinds, so we spent a lot of time at concerts in pubs and lounges listening to a great variety of music. The musicians were without exception talented and professional. There was a guitarist who gave really informative lectures on famous guitarists like Jimi Hendrix and Carlos Santana. He was really knowledgeable and entertaining at the same time. We heard a lovely concert by Alton Fitzgerald White, who played Mufasa in the Lion King on Broadway. Comedian John Joseph had us in stitches, and the Royal Court Players were outstanding. They put on different full shows with great dancing and singing. The Broadway show was especially good. The a capella group Six Appeal was incredible. Our daughter is 23, and she made friends with some of the young women in the entertainment department. There are not many 20 somethings on board, but she still had a great time. We walked around Saint John on our own, found Big Tide brewery, and chatted with some locals. We didn't get off in Boston, as we live nearby and wanted to explore the ship some more. Another reason we chose Queen Mary 2 was because we like to get dressed up. I read some of the controversy on the boards about the "change" in Cunard dress codes, but we didn't really see anything untoward in the clothing department (except that one lady that wore her bathrobe as a coverup in the main area of deck 2--awkward). If I am being honest, what other people wear has no bearing on how I feel about my cruise experience, though I love to see people in their finery. I know my family looked and felt great in their tuxes and gowns. We took lots of pictures, had some delicious cocktails, and generally enjoyed the elegance of the ship and her passengers. Speaking of cocktails, here's my take on Cunard beverage prices. We live in a medium sized city, and when we go to our favorite restaurant, which is not super fancy and is in a mini mall, my favorite martini costs 10 dollars. In the Commodore Club--our favorite pre-dinner cocktail spot--my favorite cocktail was the Sazerac. It was 10.50. It was served with a bowl of spiced nuts and olives, some lovely canapes with shrimp, crab, and prosciutto, and a stunning view of the Atlantic. Well worth the extra 50 cents. My biggest concern with Queen Mary 2 has to do with accommodation choices for people with disabilities. We are a family of four. We were fortunate that our adult daughter could join us for this short excursion, so we booked two staterooms and were very pleased with the accessibility. Our daughter will not be coming on our world voyage, however. Our son’s wheelchair cannot fit through the door of a typical stateroom. But there are no wheelchair accessible staterooms that will accommodate three people. There are also no single wheelchair accessible staterooms. And there are no adjoining wheelchair accessible staterooms in any category except Queens Grill. These are grave concerns for us. When I met with a shipboard Cunard agent, he told me that I would need to book two staterooms and pay the full fare for a 4th person in order to do the world voyage with our son. This feels discriminatory to me, and is our one reservation about booking this dream trip. We're talking about over 30000 dollar difference in what we would pay for the voyage. I drive a crappy car, but that would pay for a pretty nice one. If you've read this far, thank you. If you have any advice regarding how we can reconcile this ship that we love with our predicament, we'd love to hear from you. Except for this major issue (for us), we loved this voyage. For able bodied travelers, we recommend Queen Mary 2 without reservation. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2018
We have cruised numerous times, but had not yet cruised with Cunard. We wanted to experience the Queen Mary 2, and a short, 5 night cruise over the 4th of July was a wonderful opportunity to do so. The QM2 is a stunningly beautiful ... Read More
We have cruised numerous times, but had not yet cruised with Cunard. We wanted to experience the Queen Mary 2, and a short, 5 night cruise over the 4th of July was a wonderful opportunity to do so. The QM2 is a stunningly beautiful ship. The décor is very “art deco” and reminiscent of a more elegant age. The many common areas on the ship are large, well appointed, and, even at capacity, do not feel crowded. In fact, the whole ship feels longer and wider than any other ship we have cruised on. Just being on board was relaxing. QM2 was built as an “ocean liner” and not as a cruise ship. This may account for the fact that it is laid out differently (and sometimes confusingly!) Example: Access to the main pool on Deck 8 is through the Verandah restaurant!! The dinner venue on board the ship is dependent on the basis of the category of room booked. “Queen’s Grill Suite” passengers dine in the Queen’s Grill; “Princess Grill Suite” passengers dine in the Princess Grill. “Britannia Club balcony” passengers dine in the Britannia Grill. All the rest dine in the Britannia restaurant. Anyone can dine at the buffet. There is no poolside grill. Room service is complimentary. The QM2 has a serious dress code. Men must wear a jacket for dinner in the dining room and in many of the bars. A tie is essential for “gala night.” There were many entertainers and lots of venues. The ship also offers a “matinee” at 2:15 on sea days with live performances. There is plenty to occupy one's time. Among the best things on board is an actual, functioning library with wood paneling, comfortable seating, and great views. It is very classy and a great place to just sit and read. We would sail “transatlantic” for 7-9 days on this ship without hesitation. However, we are not at all sure that we would take a longer, more port intensive cruise. This has to do with the fact that the ship offered very few good options for shore excursions and those options that were offered were too short. Read Less
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