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14 Night Transatlantic Cruise from Southampton

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
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Itinerary

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    Southampton
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    New York (Manhattan)
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    Southampton

Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

Cruise Critic Editor Rating:
4.0
1,226 reviews
Why Choose Queen Mary 2 (QM2)?

Pros

Phenomenal enrichment, excellent specialty dining and only kennels at sea

Cons

Poor food quality in dining room, abysmally slow internet and mediocre nighttime entertainment

Bottom Line

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


Cruise Reviews

2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
Having been on the QM2 previously in 2013 for a Canaries cruise and realising they had fairly recently Remastered her in 2016, we were keen to get back on board and savour her replenished splendid Character. CPS took the car as usual ... Read More
Having been on the QM2 previously in 2013 for a Canaries cruise and realising they had fairly recently Remastered her in 2016, we were keen to get back on board and savour her replenished splendid Character. CPS took the car as usual and being a rather dreary day its always so nice to just hand over the keys and leave the car in their hands and watch the luggage disappear into the building knowing within a very short time you will be re united with it outside your state room. Within 40 minutes we were on board and after a quick tour around we ventured up to kings court.This was where the difference was noticeable it seemed lighter brighter and large than we remembered and that one of the big bonuses of the QM2 in that its size to passenger ratio is the best we have experienced and that after 21 cruises and 7 different cruise lines and 14 different ships its still a favourite. The food was varied and a great choice possibly the best of the 3 Queens. The state room was very tastefully done ,though the covered balcony seemed rather drab compared to the Victoria or Elizabeth and paint was pealing off around the door lower panel The Blues was unfortunately the rattling door hinges when the ship was travelling at a rate of knots and with a fair wind blowing, it was noticeable when all you crave for is peace and quiet to sleep. The blues continued on table 339 where the vibration of the drive train was felt making the flower's in the vase the bottle of wine and us vibrate. I questioned this with the Waiter's - one told me it was all over the ship, the other that it was localised to a few areas in the dining lounge. So had this been more than a 3 nighter I would have moved and done something about the balcony doors but hey ho a short trip. The first show we had a comedian who was ok everyone who cruises a lot gets to hear similar jokes with a few new ones thrown in. The 2nd night we had the Broadway spectacular (again) but the dance troupe and singers were excellent. Evening 3 saw the 4 D's strut their stuff who with a name like that surprised us and had a standing ovation at the end great stuff. Drinks are served in the Show room and there are tables which is always a nice touch. Afternoon Tea or high tea in the Ballroom be warned --its a bit of a bum fight so get there early if you really want to make sure on a sea day of getting a seat then 3.30pm it starts so get there by 3.15 the latest to Queue up for a chance. Pub food in the Golden Lion a must lunch times all F.O.C and great food with a nice glass of Batemans --magic The main blues is looking at the wine list given to you by the Sommelier and knowing that the Australian Black Shiraz thats listed at $40 dollars plus tax is sitting in your local co op for £10.50 or has been known at £8.95. On a 14 nighter it can be come very expensive and their wine packages are a better deal but still pricey. Cocktails in the commodore club around $10 Gratuities $11.50 per night more blues getting on the 48 seater shuttle coach outside the ship waiting till it fill's up then travelling 150 yards and for some anti Brexit reason told to get off ,with the pretext of showing your pass port to the official in the cruise terminal at Zeebrugge ,finding no one wants to know anything about anything and just usher's you through and points to a door at the side of the building and getting back on the same coach still clutching your passport wondering what the hell was that about ?. happened 2 days running. Off at Blankenburge and a very short walk over the road to the station to buy the tickets to Ghent.Having been to Bruges 5 times before thought we would have a change ,There you find a very nice guy speaking perfect English who hand's you a return ticket for both of you for just 20 euro's on a very nice smooth clean train. At the time it was platform 6 at 10.54 going out so, every hour at the 54 minute out and on the 25th minute coming back on platform 9. Its a 30 minute walk to the town of Ghent --its up Albert street opposite the station initially, then straight across both the road's curving round the green and up to the Canal then right up to the main canal 200 feet, then left and follow into town an easy walk in or nos 2 tram from the station Really worth a visit --great place to shop and relax with a Belgian beer in some lovely place's We got the tram back a number 1 and dont be fouled into thinking you have to deal with the ticket machines as its all coins ,the driver will change up your money when you enter a massive 3 euro's. will get you back to the station in about 12 minutes. So total expenditure for the 2 of us was 26 euro's -- £ 21 Excursion on the ship called "Ghent on your own" a bus ride $ 110 = £84 your choice. Recommendation for a character Beer haven "Duel Griet" 500 different beer's address = Vrijdagmarkt 50, 9000 Gent Besides the small points ,this was a really nice 3 nighter = excellent food ,great service in lovely surroundings. Enjoy Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2018
Ive completed nearly 20 cruises but wasn't sure how I would cope with 7 sea days as I was worried I would be bored. Needn't have worried as there was so much to do we couldn't fit it all in! Cabin was a balcony cabin. We booked a ... Read More
Ive completed nearly 20 cruises but wasn't sure how I would cope with 7 sea days as I was worried I would be bored. Needn't have worried as there was so much to do we couldn't fit it all in! Cabin was a balcony cabin. We booked a sheltered cabin on the advice of the cunard rep and it was great. Didn't use it that much (just to look out to sea and for whale / dolphin spotting) but we were certainly sheltered from any wind and rain. Cabin was spotless and up to the normal standards. Compact but plenty of room for everything. Ive travelled on all the cunard ships, Celebrity, Princess, Royal Caribbean and this was certainly the best food we have had. Evening choices- the lamb rack was excellent, lobster, beef always good. I did have pheasant and don't think it was a popular dish and was a little overcooked as i think it was on the pass too long but was quickly swapped for another choice. Kings Buffet always had a lot of choice and plenty of places to sit. You do have to walk round all the sections as they are split into types rather than all being together but made it feel more like a restaurant than a canteen so appreciated this. Always appreciate having real plates rather than plastic plates and mugs. Entertainment suited us. Really interesting lectures (Tom Parker Bowles, Dickie Arbiter), Planetarium wasn't as good as expected but think i was probably a little tired when we went. We did the bridge classes which were great fun. Lots of good music and dancing all around. We couldn't fit in everything we wanted to do each day. I like dressing up and i think nearly everyone dressed for dinner.Very casual in the day and anything goes. the theatre shows weren't to my taste. The welsh comedian was good. Service everywhere was excellent The art gallery was also excellent and Alex and co did a great job, thank you Would definitely recommend and have booked again (booking onboard is really worth it and you get so much on board credit ) Read Less
Sail Date: October 2018
Just for reference, we have done 16 previous cruises on 6 different lines, none on Cunard. This time we did Hamburg - Southampton - New York. It was, in short, a wonderful crossing. Why did we wait so long to try Cunard? Boarding in ... Read More
Just for reference, we have done 16 previous cruises on 6 different lines, none on Cunard. This time we did Hamburg - Southampton - New York. It was, in short, a wonderful crossing. Why did we wait so long to try Cunard? Boarding in Hamburg was dreadful, great long line-ups. We were afraid it would be downhill from there but the exact opposite was true. The ship is gorgeous and luxurious and celebrates Cunard’s history and traditions. Formal means formal. Staff are friendly and service was great all around. Casual observation would suggest that 95% of fellow guests were over 60. Coming out of Hamburg there were many Germans on board and since it was already dark we enjoyed a fireworks display as we sailed down the Elbe. We had to slow down at one point since we were coming up to the Airbus factory, an aircraft was landing and we didn’t want an A320 clipping off the funnel. Cunard brings on a number of excellent guest lecturers and entertainers. Get there early, the theatres fill up half an hour in advance of start time. On this crossing we had Anthony Inglis and the National Symphony Orchestra (which we did not know at time of booking). That gave one of us the chance to join the passenger choir and be on stage for “Last Night of the Cunard Proms”, an exciting and memorable experience. It was also obvious that Capt. Wells has no future as a symphonic conductor and should stick to steering the ship, but full marks for trying. We did not try the King’s Court buffet. We had a couple of light lunches in the Carinthia lounge where the band played some Dixieland. Most enjoyable. For lunch in the Golden Lion you had to be there before 11:45 or else wait till 1:20. At other times there was often an English soccer match on the screens there. Dinner in the Britannia dining room (with one ’n’) was always good, never superb. Food was artfully presented, not too much and hot, which some other lines can’t manage. China is Wedgewood and waiters are careful to put down plates in front of you with the Cunard crest at 12 o’clock. The ship has by far the longest wine list we have seen on a cruise ship and also by far the best selection of beers. The Royal Court singers and dancers were the best we have seen on a cruise ship. There are talented musicians all over the ship and they got together one night in Queen’s Room for a session of big band music and dancing. Talking of which, after nine days, we never did figure out the very confusing ship design aft. I think I understand Deck 2 and Deck 3 but it also has 3L. Eh?? You can get to Queen’s Room by walking through the middle of the Britannia dining room, but really? We had one stormy day, Wind Force 8 - 9, where the ship was pitching and outer decks were closed. Other than that, it was pretty smooth sailing. We used deck 7 to put in a couple of miles when available and work off some calories. Please, what is the etiquette? Concensus seemed to be anti-clockwise but not everybody agreed. We suggest painted arrows on deck. Getting off in Brooklyn was a breeze. Baggage was waiting for us, the line-up for passport control was all of two minutes (as Canadians we can use the U.S. line) and we were delivered to Newark in the Cunard bus in well under an hour from stepping off the ship. Read Less
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