This was our 3rd time on QM2 as we enjoy the ship so much, we prefer the refined elegance and the ship itself more than the theme park gimmicks of other Lines, (I am a great fan of the tradition and romance of the great Lines of the past). ... Read More
This was our 3rd time on QM2 as we enjoy the ship so much, we prefer the refined elegance and the ship itself more than the theme park gimmicks of other Lines, (I am a great fan of the tradition and romance of the great Lines of the past). Embarking was a breeze, had to walk a few steps from the temporary tent to the gangway, a nice touch was the white gloved bell-hops posing for a photo before walking up the gangway. I knew the ship inside out and obviously researched our stateroom location well in advance hence finding our way was no problem, I dont know why some people moan about not being shown to their room, I mean are you 5 years old?
It was first time in a sheltered balcony (previous time was in a glass front, deck 11) and we were very happy with it, I was aware of the issue being the height of the opening and thus it was not a disappointment. It was great to have access to the wind and sun and for the price we paid, it was a steal.
Overall the service was its usual high quality, food superb, possibly the standard was better in kings court for some dishes (lamb cutlets!) , we used to get pre-dinner snacks from KC and take back to our room to go with wine or two. Then to Commodore club for a martini and then the fabulous dinner in Britannia. The weather was a little up and down and one odd thing I have not experienced previously was the kitchen exhaust fumes swirling back onto the pool area out the back, lasted a few days and must have been a following wind. Luckily it was ok for the King Neptune crossing the equator ceremony which the wife and I took part in, a lot of fun!
During the force 8/9 gale, QM2 was a stable as ever which is one strong reason we like travelling on her, plus it is about the ship and I like to try to appreciate what it was like back in the 1930's hey day of great Liners. While she is showing some signs of tiredness, this is to be expected just before a major refit. Loved everything about her (apart from the fumes a few days), and despite 16 days on board we still did not do everything we wanted, I was certainly keen to go back to the high tea, it was so cool, but alas other eating/drinking seemed to always take priority!
We only did 1 organised excursion, that being Shanghai which was reasonably good, now having been there once I would do it myself next time. At Kota Kinabalu we took a local ferry to an island in the marine park, all very good except for the terrible garbage in the water, pretty disgusting. At Cairns it was torrential tropical rain so we didn't get past the yacht club where the tender dropped us (Yorkey's Knob), we had visited it before and was nice to have another few hours there drinking and catch up with the club's manager again. We did a tour of the galley and loads of seminars and shows, all fantastic. Getting off in Hong Kong was perfect, we were up at 4am to watch the amazing arrival and after breakfast, walked off at 7am with our bags and no queues, straight into a taxi and off on our sightseeing tour. Already looking to get back on board next year! Read Less