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8 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney

8 Night Australia & New Zealand Cruise from Sydney (Australia)

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Queen Mary 2 (QM2)
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  • Day 1
    Sydney (Australia)
  • Day 2
    Cruising
  • Day 3
    Melbourne
  • Day 4
    Cruising
  • Day 5
    Adelaide
  • Day 6
    Cruising
  • Day 7
    Cruising
  • Day 8
    Busselton
  • Day 9
    Perth (Fremantle)

Queen Mary 2 (QM2)

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Cunard Line

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

I wish we had been told this was a "Stars at Sea, David Garrett" cruise when we booked it. David Garrett is a German violinist who plays Metallica and ACDC to the violin (plus some other stuff). He has a small bunch of German ... Read More
I wish we had been told this was a "Stars at Sea, David Garrett" cruise when we booked it. David Garrett is a German violinist who plays Metallica and ACDC to the violin (plus some other stuff). He has a small bunch of German fans who are crazy about him. The problem was I was expecting the usual Queen Mary 2 shows to be performed and had no idea that that wouldn't be happening. Instead, David Garrett performs 3 concerts and you get tickets to just one of those concerts, so basically on the 5 night cruise there's only one evening of entertainment. The David Garrett concert begins at 10pm and has a 30 minute interval. The concert finishes at 00:30am. There are four entrances to the theatre and no organisation. So when one section is full they don't tell people which section still has seats (remember this is a ticketed event). The German people will happily take 3 seats for 2 people because that's how they are and there's no one overseeing this. The food was also adjusted for the Germans on-board. It was ok, but not as good as other cruises I've been on. On the first night I ordered sirloin steak because I didn't like any of the choices and it was just ok. Comparing the steak between my last Celebrity cruise with the Queen Mary and it's disappointing that Cunard doesn't match up. Having said all that, it was my first time on the Queen Mary 2. I loved that the ship didn't feel crowded. I loved deck 7 for walking around the ship. I enjoyed the company we had in the restaurant in the evening. If I was travelling to New York and there was a good deal going, I would happily book to go on the Queen Mary again. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
Always wanted to cruise on QM2 and we chose to do this for our Golden Wedding celebration. We booked a Princess Grill Suite. Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise sailing on QM2 did not come up to my expectation. The ship itself had a ... Read More
Always wanted to cruise on QM2 and we chose to do this for our Golden Wedding celebration. We booked a Princess Grill Suite. Whilst we thoroughly enjoyed our cruise sailing on QM2 did not come up to my expectation. The ship itself had a significant amount of rust showing on the superstructure and a number of the seating areas needed reupholstering. Our suite was quite spacious but there were stains on the carpet and on the settee. Bearing in mind the price we paid the on board credit was limited and there was no internet time included. The brochure suggests that dining in the ‘Grills restaurants make your every meal something extra special to savour.....’ . I’m afraid it wasn’t that special, whilst the food was good it was not extra special. We frequently had to ask for extra vegetables but All were steamed and lacked variety. The ship arranged shore excursions were very expensive for what was on offer and the onboard drinks were also expensive for the quantity of the drink served. Cabin staff, restaurant staff were great and couldn’t do enough to help you. The other admin staff were not as friendly. The theatre shows were the poorest we had seen on any cruise line we have sailed with, again not what I would have expected from the flag ship on Cunard. Read Less
Sail Date October 2019
This was a 3 segment cruise, 1. Southampton to New York via Le Havre, (this was Space Week). 2. New York sailing up the East Coast of USA and Canada returning to New York. 3. New York to Southampton. We had always wanted ... Read More
This was a 3 segment cruise, 1. Southampton to New York via Le Havre, (this was Space Week). 2. New York sailing up the East Coast of USA and Canada returning to New York. 3. New York to Southampton. We had always wanted to visit the East Coast of USA and Canada and to hopefully see the fall colours. Just a note about fall colours as you progress north you may miss the colours and New York was normal colour Friday 4 October and on return Friday 18 October, but Sept Iles more northerly the colours had finished by Monday 14 October. Weather - crossing the North Atlantic can be rough with storms, rain (Sunday 29 September), force 8 gales going west to New York and force 10 gales coming south from Quebec and Saguenay but the ship is so big you have some movement but feel really safe. The Captain and navigation team modified our route from Southampton to New York to avoid the worst of any storms. Food- we eat in Kings Court and Chef's Galley (on an evening), Breakfast - cereals, cooked eggs, bacon, sausages, kippers, cold meats, cold fish, sushi - very comprehensive coverage. Lunch and Dinner - soup, many hot dishes, root vegetables, salad dishes both prepared e.g. Caesar salads and help yourself to salad. Desserts range from cheese cake to pancakes and flambé fruits e.g. bananas. The food is monotonously good, tasty and plentiful. My wife and I went a number of times to the Chefs Galley on an evening as they have an Italian menu cooking the food in an open kitchen for you to see, 5 types of pasta with 5 different sauces - bolognaise, spicy arrabbiata, carbonara, tomato and basil, and aglio E olio. They make 5 types of pizza - Caprese, Pepperoni, Tuscan Baked Chicken, Hawaiian, and Diavola. A nice evening and lovely food. Entertainment - I went to the Cunard Insights lectures, my wife went to the art classes, and we went to the cinema in Illuminations to see the film "Red Joan". Lectures were on the rise of Islam, the Crusades, rise of the American Skyscraper, space law - yes you read right space law and it was fascinating, astronomy, black holes, and astrophysics with the lecturer doing a tutorial after his talk to help people understand and to clarify any points. An astronaut, Dr Robert Thirsk gave a number of talks on the International Space station, living in space, and he did a q and a in the Carinthia lounge. My wife and I attended the Golden Lion pub to listen to the guitarist and music expert Paul Garthwaite play and explain guitar music of various bands - Leonard Skynard, and Rolling Stones etc. Gym - we went to the gym - my wife to do her aerobics and I my weight training - plenty of free dumbbells 1-30 kg and aerobic machines - Technogym brand. You can also lap the promenade deck - 3 laps is 1.1 mile for aerobic fitness. Thursday 3 October we had a meet the speakers in the Commodore Club on deck 9 bow, it is a semi circular bar so not sure how it would work and no chairs arranged for the speakers nor audience. The speakers were Dr Robert Thirsk, astronaut, Dr Seth Gopin, art historian, Dr Dan Wilkins, astronomer / astrophysicist, Sir Simon Mayall, military historian, Amy and Susan Bean, wife and daughter of the late astronaut Alan Bean. This was excellent and the easiest way to describe was like a university tutorial with each speaker having a number of people around them talking and discussing , then people moved onto another speaker. The Cunard Insights lectures from New York to Southampton were Margaret Gilmore, ex BBC correspondent, Ken Lennox, ex fleet street photographer, Andy Wyatt, pilot and Gloria Barnett oceanographer. Fascinating talks and at meet the speakers at the end of the weeks as a keen photographer it was great talking one to one with Ken Lennox a pro photographer. Sunday 20 October I queued for Planetarium tickets - yes QM2 has a Planetarium at sea. We saw a film on Planetary weather in the solar system - made the Earth look beautiful and benign. Two incidents that irritated me - a German passenger criticised me for having too much ice in my breakfast orange juice thinking I was American liking ice - what give him the right to criticise? one day in the laundry our drying was taken out of a drier by an unknown person and placed on the floor, needing to be washed and dried again. It was wet when taken out of the drier! I cannot understand this behaviour. Thanks to a number of people Captain Hashmi - for his leadership, 12noon navigation announcements, and explanation of certain phrases used in the English language. Csilla, Tito and Sandor, all sommeliers who knew that we liked a certain Italian sparkling water with 2 glasses ice and lemon when in the restaurants and lounges. The staff in Kings Court and Chef galley who cleared our numerous dishes, Chefs who cooked the lovely food and always with a smile. Warren, our cabin steward who expertly looked after us and kept our stateroom clean and fully stocked with toiletries. Read Less
Sail Date September 2019
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