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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: August 2019
Second time on QM2 & first since a supposed re-furbishment. As always Cunard smugly bang on about their heritage with artefacts & pictures everywhere yet overall the Cunard experience whilst generally very good it's not ... Read More
Second time on QM2 & first since a supposed re-furbishment. As always Cunard smugly bang on about their heritage with artefacts & pictures everywhere yet overall the Cunard experience whilst generally very good it's not 'that' special. Cabin immaculate except that the wooden ornamental balcony railing had come adrift from its metal frame. As to be expected public areas including lounge & bar areas immaculate & rather grand - with one exception ( see later ). Britannia dining room staff utterly charming & food was fine but evening meals taken to the accompaniment of frequent screeching of babies or hyper-active infants not Cunard's fault of course, but why take babies on a cruise it's not a floating creche? The self-service café or Kings Court or whatever still has all the ambience of a 1960's Wimpy bar with many seats in a sort of corridor or in bay windows that have some sort of blue tint on them - weird. The Kings Grille always empty & on the sole occasion I ventured there to get a cheese burger it was tasteless (the burger that is). McDonalds could teach Cunard a thing or two. Food from the café was never ever hot enough, so much so I played safe & stuck to cold meats etc. Given that class division is so obvious on the ship I doubt whether those in Princess or Queens Grille class would ever risk soiling their Gucci loafers in such a place. A certain aspect of the posh Commodore/commode Club was a disgrace. In several places the wood edging to the window apertures had split, come adrift & hanging loose. The inside of the toilet door adjacent to the library was covered in rust. It seems the QM2 is long overdue for it's next mild re-furb. Theatre entertainment was obviously on a low budget e.g. a shrieking girl singer & a so so conjuror/comedian - all a bit village hall I fear. BUT...a guitar concert was a joy as was a talk in the picture gallery. Good selection of day time activities too. Places visited were second time around so need to be ripped-off by over-priced excursions. Took lots of my own photographs including a photograph of a photograph taken with the captain - $35 for one print ! - no way Cunard. However enough good points to be looking forward to next booked Cunard cruise but NOT on QM2. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2019
Would we go again on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth ? Absolutely. This was a late July east-bound transatlantic cruise with stops in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Iceland, Scotland, Dublin and finally Southampton. We were generally blessed ... Read More
Would we go again on Cunard's Queen Elizabeth ? Absolutely. This was a late July east-bound transatlantic cruise with stops in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Iceland, Scotland, Dublin and finally Southampton. We were generally blessed with fine weather and calm seas; there was some movement on the north Atlantic but not enough to bother most people. Try to get your stateroom as close to the middle of the ship and as low as possible; it will minimize the rock-and-roll if there is any. Embarkation from Manhattan Terminal was perfect. From street to stateroom in 30 minutes. The ship is very elegant as others have said. it is sparkling in its art-deco appearance and it is very well-maintained, inside and out. Painting and maintenance are ongoing when we were at port. It is the very model of an elegant luxury cruise ship. We had 4 formal nights on the 15 day cruise; men in dark suits or tuxedos; women in gowns or smart cocktail dresses. Casual during the day but formal at night; it was not mandatory but for those not dressed up they had special dining locations those evenings. After the 3rd night I could get into my tux in 10 minutes, much faster than the first night. It was a chore the first night but it was special to dress up on this elegant ship. It takes a day or two to discover all the places on the ship and I'm sure I missed some. There are many public spaces where you can relax and read; many bars and cafes throughout the ship. Overall you get both a big but also intimate feeling on this ship. The library was very impressive; two stories with dark wood furnishings. My wife and I reserved the Queen's Grill Suite (Q4) Room 7088. On the QE there are 3 passenger classes: Britannia, Princess Grill and Queen's Grill. If it were a plane, Britannia would be economy, PG would be business and QG would be first-class. There is also Britannia Club which is a step above Britannia. The PG and QG restaurants are two, separate but similar restaurants on Deck 11 with similar menus and service. It is hard to tell the difference. They share a common lounge between the restaurants for PG and QG passengers. Apart from that, the rest of the ship is available to everyone. The PG and QG meals are served in their respective restaurants, including afternoon tea. For Britannia class, there is a large impressive restaurant in the aft of the ship; afternoon tea is served in the Queen's Room which is also the dance floor. The staterooms are of course larger for the QG than for the PG than for Britannia. Overall I think the QG is not that much different than PG. Service and attentiveness was very good. The big difference for the Grills is that you can have dinner anytime after 6 pm. For Britannia there is an early and late seating. We found the flexibility of the QG/PG to be very convenient. There are a mix of 2-tables, 4-tables, and 8-table sizes. My wife and I enjoyed our dinner mates very much at the 8-table size and we became friends. Food was very good but not great. The Verandah ($39 supplement) had much better steaks than at the QG; our dinnermates and we decided to go down there one night just to get something different and we all agreed that V was much better. Of course not everyone wants to pay a supplement for dinner when they have already paid for the cruise which could explain why the Verandah was not very busy. But it was worth it for the food. Age group was mainly in the 65+ crowd although there were some people in their 30s and 40s with children (ages 6-10) but this younger group was less than 10% of the passengers. Most were from UK, US, Australia, New Zealand. With QG there is refreshed wine and liquors in your stateroom each night, as well as refilled min-fridge at no charge. An Illy coffeemaker with refreshed tea, creamer, and coffee is provided. As well as evening canapes. This is in QG. Certainly nice touches but I think you could scrape by on PG or Britannia depending on what you are looking for. Activities on the ship were fine with lectures and high production value shows every night at 8:30 and 10:30 each night. Lectures on Broadway, Weather Prediction, Space Exploration, the upcoming ports were very good. The port excursions were generally well-organized and interesting. They are not inexpensive! And you may be able to find better value with some planning. But be sure to return to the ship on time! There are a few washing machines and dryers on each deck but not anywhere enough, so there was jockeying and some harsh words in the competition for them. Better to do your own delicates and send out the rest to the ship laundry which has a charge. I agree with others about the atrocious internet. Slow to connect, slow to use, and slow to disconnect. At $45 for 2 hours, Cunard probably makes as much on the internet as the cruise! You can't just shut off the computer because your account is still open until you sign off which was so slow I didn't know if I signed of at all. I had to call the purser every time to make sure they signed me off. Fortunately the long-suffering IT guy gave me back 45 minutes which was spent trying to get on and off the service. Befoe leaving home,sign on with your local wireless provider to use the port-days with discounted International Roaming. It is much faster and less expensive. Disembarkation was also perfect.Remember to leave some day clothes out before you go to sleep on the last night. Your luggage will be off the ship overnight so make sure you have something to wear on the last morning! We had a great time and we would do it again although we might try PG or Britannia Club for comparable value since 90% of the rest of the ship and activities are open to everyone. Read Less
1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: June 2019
We live in Vancouver and one night after too much wine drinking the Cunard Ad for Queen Elizabeth is coming to Vancouver showed up on my Ipad. I remember checking the itinerary and was amazed that when it left Vancouver we could sail all ... Read More
We live in Vancouver and one night after too much wine drinking the Cunard Ad for Queen Elizabeth is coming to Vancouver showed up on my Ipad. I remember checking the itinerary and was amazed that when it left Vancouver we could sail all the way to NYC. This seemed like a very rare opportunity to come to New York the old fashioned way aboard a Cunard Liner and sail around the North American continent while doing so. I originally booked an ocean view in Britannia but the next morning when I realized what I had done I was a bit shocked at how much I had bit off. I also read some reviews and had some misgivings that I had booked us on an Old Geezer cruise. My wife and I talked it over and she said it doesnt matter what's going on onboard as we always do our own thing and we will have a great time no matter what. After a couple months went by I realized 24 days is a substantial cruise and with a Panama Canal transit I should have got a balcony. I phoned Cunard and the lady informed me that there was only one balcony cabin left so I grabbed it. It was right at the front with the full metal enclosure below the railing which worked out great as it had a steel reinforcing girt halfway down giving us an extra shelf for our feet and drinks when enjoying the view. Embarkation day came and I drove our luggage to Canada Place early in the am, this went very smoothly as they were surprisingly well organized and I would recommend this for Vancouver locals. We took the bus and Skytrain in the afternoon with just our hand luggage no problem. I followed the 3:00 pm schedule and was a bit dissapointed at how much running around and up and down between US customs and boarding lounge was involved, that could give some frailer passengers a good workout. We checked into our room and the luggage was there, all looked good except the old couch, I've seen better on our sidewalks on large item pickup day. No problem the drawers under the bed held extra Royal Blue throws which dressed that thing up quite nicely. The rest of the room was fine with us and our 2 large KLIM bags fit under the bed no problem, plenty of storage in the closets and drawers. There was a card from our room Steward Mike, we got to know him quite well over the weeks to come and he was awesome, always had a greeting and a smile on his face couldnt do enough for us 5 Stars for him! Time to explore the ship and with blue skys and sunshine it doesnt get any better for a Vancouver departure than than this. I wasnt expecting an awesome Rock Band but they had one playing on the rear pool deck, they also played in the Yacht club, I could tell we were in for a great cruise. This ship is beautiful and it had a very relaxing ambiance throughout, its not a floating amusement park. We had many meals in the Lido and contrary to other reviews found the tables got cleaned off promptly and some sections there do have at table coffee service. You have to pay attention to the meal times which are posted as different areas come available at different times of the day which can lead to a bit of confusion. We had a lot of fun in the Brittania dining room, Oscar and Neil were our waiters and the place would not have been the same without Paco the wine Sommelier, he got a lot of laughs from many tables. I actually got used to dressing up collecting ties and shirts along the way during shore excursions, the Maitre'd lent me one and tied it for me the first time. We got to try some exotic dishes like pigeon, pheasant, wild boar etc all perfectly done, it helped the waistline by eating many meals in here. The food in the Lido was great Frank the French Chef was in charge and he was a lot of fun especially in the Chef's competitions in the Queens room. We liked the variety and the specialty nights, Indian, Asian, German after the Costa Rica stop awesome Pineapple and fresh fruits came aboard. No complaints about the food at all it was excellent at all times! I really thought we would spend more time in the Golden Lion Pub, we mostly enjoyed lunches and beers but found ourselves too busy with other activities. We had a good time at the jewelry auction, its a great way to get all the free champagne you can drink and my wife came away with a lovely modestly priced ring she really loves. There is actually plenty of free liquor to be had if you go to the tastings and special events available, we downed some expensive brands without spending a nickel, check the daily itinerary. We found the drinks onboard to be reasonably priced not more than at a descent hotel and they serve chips and nuts at no charge along with them and the ambiance of the Commodore Club is fabulous. The High tea is quite an event at 3:30 daily, never expected to enjoy it as much as we did and we took part often, it was wonderful! The walk around deck is also very cool we did 5 rounds a day of speed walking which kept us in shape for the shore excurions. This deck also has the old fashioned wooden padded lounge chairs, great for relaxing on with a drink and a book. We got to know some of the onboard entertainment staff as they also helped out with the Tenders and Port excursions. The shows were great and very well done, different entertainers got on and off at different ports and they got a lot of standing ovations they were that good! The laundry was a bonus all free including detergent, I even learned how to iron my fancy shirts from the Australians, that was a hangout for them. I tried to book the shore excursions privately but found the Prices through Cunard were much better especially in Sanfransico, Cabo, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama and the Everglades. The highlight was the July 4th fireworks where we were back to back with Cunards old Lead Ship the Queen Mary in Long beach. Our room key gave us free passage and tours of this old ship, the Cunard exhibit onboard the Queen Mary is not to be missed. We enjoyed all of our shore excursions especially the Pamana Jungle river canoe trip to the Embera Indian village, it was awesome! The Panama Canal transit is quite spectacular, the ship is a Panamax size hull which fills the entire lock and we had access to all the foredecks etc. great experience! All the ports were great but you have to watch your boarding time, it was surprisingly difficult to find a Taxi in Ft. Lauderdale to take us back to the ship, get that Uber App! There is nothing like sailing under the Varrazano Bridge and by the Statue of Liberty at the crack of dawn and up the Hudson to dock at ancient pier 90 in Manhattan, it was a spectaular Cunard experience and they have been doing this for over 100 years. We thoroughly enjoyed this voyage, it was not a Geezer Cruise even though there were plenty of them aboard, everyone seemed to be having a great time. There are always a few grumps on a ship like this but that is on them. The staff were most kind and helpful, they seemed funloving and enjoyed the activities as much as we did. The only negative we found was some passengers had a cough or a cold and were coughing into their hands instead of their elbows or holding a napkin to cough into. I expected more from mature adults and even spoke to a lady who just seemed to be coughing into her hands and touching everything like she was deliberately spreading it around, she told me to leave her alone and go away. We were sick for a few days because of people like her, dont buy the meds at the ships store they are expensive. Go down to the medical clinic and ask for some cold meds, they cost us 68 cents per box best deal on the ship! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
We took a repositioning transatlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton on Celebrity’s Silhouette, then took Cunard’s QM II back to the States. Taking longer trips is one of the perks of being retired! Retired or not ... Read More
We took a repositioning transatlantic cruise from Ft. Lauderdale to Southampton on Celebrity’s Silhouette, then took Cunard’s QM II back to the States. Taking longer trips is one of the perks of being retired! Retired or not though, I don’t appreciate Cunard’s ineptitude at getting passengers on and off the ship; a basic and routine task. As Platinum members we had a special line for embarkation. We waited until noon to get on, but I could hear the same announcements that I’ve heard on each of the 6 times I’ve been on Cunard about how something "unexpectedly" went wrong which was causing the long delay. I had boarded, had lunch, came off again, walked to the Southampton shopping mall, came back at 4 pm for a 4:30 all aboard, and the area was still jam packed with passengers waiting to board. Cunard really needs to stop making excuses and get this simple job done right, every time. Of the 43 cruises we’ve been on with various cruise lines, I’ve never been on a cruise that I didn’t absolutely love. This cruise was no exception. We had a great time. My taste is contemporary, so QM2’s old ship décor charm was somewhat lost on me. We were in a “sheltered balcony cabin” # 5023. Sheltered means the outside of balcony wall is not glass, but metal (although oddly, I couldn’t get a magnet to stick to it). Often we take the extra savings provided with an inside cabin since we really only sleep and shower in the cabin. However, we “splurged” this time since I do like the ceiling-to-floor, wall-to-wall daylight. The cabin was inconveniently away at the front and normally we pick a more strategically located cabin when we pick inside. Turned out we spent more time in the cabin than planned as the ship was very cold and we often dashed back to the cabin where we had the heat cranked up. On Celebrity Silhouette the towels were old and thin, so we felt like royalty with Cunard’s plush soft thick towels. The food was good, but not as good as Celebrity’s. For instance, my husband is a meat-and-potato guy so he’s so easy to please. At lunch first day he looked for his usual ham and cheese sandwich only to be told it was way at the other end of the cafeteria. When he got there they directed him back to where he’d started. Now, uncharacteristically frustrated, he went back and demanded his simple request. They told him he couldn’t get it today, but each day he could order one for the following day! On ANY of the 43 cruises we’ve been on, there’s a deli-like sandwich bar where you can have any sandwich of your choice for lunch. From there, as far as food was concerned, it was just all downhill for him. As for me, I missed my daily salad for lunch. Sure, there were salad offerings, but just not as many items to include in it as I’m used to (never grape tomatoes) and certainly there were never fresh berries of any kind, at any time. I’m a chocaholic and on one formal night, the cafeteria had 1” chocolate Cunard-logo logs with flavors inside to die for. I’d go on the cruise again and again just for those little chocolates! Cruising transatlantic is different from Caribbean cruises in that Cunard emphasizes dressing up. On the 7-day Atlantic crossing there are three formal nights, but actually every night is pretty much a formal affair (although the food doesn’t always reflect it). There are more guest lectures and I enjoyed the short plays as slightly different entertainment. There are more guest “competitions” (golf, hoops etc.) than other ships; Zumba is free and there’s a variety of ballroom dance classes as well as line dancing. Cunard ships have a large ballroom which is unique, and even more unique is that it is actually used at night for ballroom dancing, complete with a half-dozen men who are paid to ask single women to dance. The ballroom of course has many other uses during in day time. Celebrity arrived in Southampton one day, and the next day we sailed back to the States. We've been to London several times and we'd both spent our first 20 years in Scotland so we weren't interested in visiting there. Celebrity arrived at 5:30 am and we took the 8 am ferry to the Isle of Wight where we visited Osborne House (Queen Victoria's vacation home and where she eventually died) and Carisbrooke Castle where Charles the first was imprisoned before being beheaded. Pretty island and worth the trip. Fish and chips on the ferry on the return journey just hit the spot. We spent the night at the Holiday Inn on Herbert walker Ave (highly recommend it) which is just outside the gate of the port where we docked so we walked straight there and next morning we walked to the nearby Titanic sites and around the Walls of old Southampton. We still had time to shop at the shopping mall right down town and Cunard's ship was also within walking distance. So we had two days and one night before sailing home. A trip I would have like to have taken would be to Highclere (Downtown Abbey) but they have limited opening days. With the ship arriving at 5:30 am you could take a train to London and enjoy the day there, but of course you would want to spend the night somewhere. With our Celebrity ship we could have taken a back-to-back to Norway (kicked myself when I realized this too late) and since Cunard's QM2 leaves Southampton (alternatively New York) every 2 weeks, we could have taken a later cruise back to the States. Oh well, maybe another time. Yes, I’d say when I take another transatlantic cruise from (or back to the States) in Europe I’d travel to Southampton to take this ship back to the States rather than fly. The 2 week cruise on Celebrity was great, changing the clock only every other day. On Cunard it was almost every day (shorter cruise) but far better than changing the clock 5 hours in one shot when flying. Flying is tough enough. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
This Cruise was chosen as our first with Cunard because we have always wanted to visit St Petersberg & other venues along the way, which did not disappoint. Our cabin was ideal being kept very clean & comfortable. Our evening ... Read More
This Cruise was chosen as our first with Cunard because we have always wanted to visit St Petersberg & other venues along the way, which did not disappoint. Our cabin was ideal being kept very clean & comfortable. Our evening dining experience in the Britannia Restaurant was exceptional with the most delicious food every day, along with exceptional service ...…. However, the breakfast service left a lot to be desired, after twice being left to ask when our breakfast was going to arrive & mistakes being made with other orders on our table, after that we ate in the Lido most mornings! Embarkation was a breeze making for a very pleasant, stress free start to our holiday. Plenty to do on board at all times. Excellent entertainment & speakers. Attention to cleanliness (offering hand sanitizers at entrance to all restaurants), health & safety was noticeably paramount. Spa experience & services offered therein were grossly overpriced. Drinks on board were vastly over-inflated, I paid 5 times what I would normally for a bottle of wine at home plus a service charge on top, which only added insult to injury! A drinks package on offer only allowed you to purchase the wine that Cunard chose! Cocktails were vastly over-inflated too.... We consider that if the drinks cost was reduced we would certainly have enjoyed more cocktails and wines across the board as would our other fellow passengers (a view not limited to ourselves but others we talked to), thereby increasing the feel good factor & increasing Cunard's revenue in a more pleasant way! Sadly, because of financial advantage taken by Cunard at every opportunity, (charging for water in room too)…. we will not be joining you again...…….. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We chose this cruise after enjoying a Queen Mary 2 circumnavigation of New Zealand a few years ago. Our boarding time was 2.30pm and we arrived at Station Pier, Melbourne, 10 minutes before the scheduled time to encounter a long and ... Read More
We chose this cruise after enjoying a Queen Mary 2 circumnavigation of New Zealand a few years ago. Our boarding time was 2.30pm and we arrived at Station Pier, Melbourne, 10 minutes before the scheduled time to encounter a long and mutinous queue stretching along the pier. We had to queue for 40 minutes on Station Pier in 30 degree heat. Several elderly passengers were becoming quite distressed. Passengers were being allowed into the Cruise Terminal in groups of about 20. Here we queued for a further 40 minutes in a hot, stuffy antiquated building - the air conditioning unable to cope with the passenger numbers. I understand the problem was due to multiple computer crashes and a passenger who fainted in the airless terminal having to be medivaced. Cunard could, and should have handled the situation better. They could have sent a ship's officer down onto station pier to explain the situation first hand. They could have set up the cold drink stations and gazebos on the pier as they did at every port stop. They could have provided temporary seating for elderly passengers. An apology would have been nice. Maybe even a voucher for a complimentary drink once on board. This was hardly Cunard's famed White Star service and the problem was exacerbated by Melbourne Port's antiquated facility. Overall the embarkation was a tedious, unpleasant experience. Most reasonable people accept that things can go wrong. Unfortunately, the bad embarkation experience got the cruise off to a bad start with some passengers just looking to find fault wherever they could. Once on board things changed considerably for the better. Our cabin was spotlessly clean and well appointed. Our steward, Alfie, was an absolute treasure. There were a couple of minor issues with our cabin - a blown light bulb and blocked toilet. Both were fixed very promptly following a call to the Pursers office. Like one of the other reviewers, i was slightly irritated that there was no pen provided in the cabin. On our QM2 cruise there was a nice faux "Mont Blanc" style pen. Cost cutting to save a couple of dollars on a cruise costing several thousand dollars just doesn't make sense. The ship itself is fabulous with its art deco interior, artworks and magnificent staircases. It is only spoiled somewhat by the gaudy poker machines that occupy too much premium space. Surely they could have been placed somewhere less conspicuous (preferably down on Deck 1). I find it hard to understand why some reviewers complain about the food. The dining choices are many and varied. We ate most of our meals in the Britannia Restaurant where the meals were excellent, as was the service (and we're fussy). We had a couple of meals in the Lido buffet where there was plenty of variety and we had no problem with service. We loved the Golden Lion pub and the English fare. The Fish 'n Chips were great and I enjoyed one of the best chicken curries I've had in a long time. Our favourite bar was the Commodore Club for pre-dinner drinks. Service was always excellent and the complimentary canapés were a nice touch. Our only problem with service was in the Verandah Bar where we once waited 20 minutes to get any service. The waiter seemed more interested in chatting with the barman than attending to guests. Drink prices were high for guests paying in AU dollars. Beer was best value with prices being about what you would pay in a good quality hotel, even after conversion. Wine was expensive for Australian travellers who love their wine. The wine list provided an excellent selection from around the world and I enjoyed attending the wine tasting and sampling wines that are not easily available in Australia. Our sommelier was very knowledgeable and happy to share his expertise. The enrichment lectures were of a very high standard as were the song and dance routines accompanied by an excellent band. We had no problem with the embarkation and disembarkation by the ship's boats in Akaroa as reported by another reviewer. We also opted for the Train excursion in Dunedin which was well organised and well catered for. The train came right onto the Jetty at Port Chalmers. The highlight of the trip was the navigation of Doubtful Sound and Milford Sound which was accompanied by an excellent commentary form a local expert. Would we book Cunard again? Definitely. We have already booked the QE Christmas and New Year cruise to NZ. I'm pleased to report that the disembarkation ran a lot more smoothly than the embarkation. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
We took a cruise from Singapore to Dubai, on part of the QM2 around the world trip. The cabin with sheltered balcony was great and we had an ice bucket with champagne waiting for us when we embarked. The ship is beautiful and the staff ... Read More
We took a cruise from Singapore to Dubai, on part of the QM2 around the world trip. The cabin with sheltered balcony was great and we had an ice bucket with champagne waiting for us when we embarked. The ship is beautiful and the staff were helpful and efficient. The negatives for me were firstly the standard of food in the Britannia Restaurant which we were assigned to. The food was generally not prepared in a manner fitting the ship or the price of the cruise, meat and fish were dry and needed sauces, the vegetables were often hard - beyond al dente and almost uncooked, and the desserts were tasteless and unimaginative. The chefs seemed to focus more on presentation than the taste and texture of the food. We went to the buffet on deck 7 quite often which had a bigger variety of better prepared food and enjoyed it more than the restaurant. The other negative is the fact that there are two very small pools for a large number of people, the limit in each pool is 14 (I think) and there was hardly any room to move around if there was half that number in the water. As the temperatures were around 30 degrees and more, a lot of people were in and out of the pool especially on sea days. I preferred my previous cruises on smaller ships that had better food and bigger pools. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
From the first of our 6 cruises with Cunard we have respected the dress,hand gel,guest conduct expected by Cunard that results in many guests returning,however!!! We wish to offer the following observations whilst on board for 26 nights ... Read More
From the first of our 6 cruises with Cunard we have respected the dress,hand gel,guest conduct expected by Cunard that results in many guests returning,however!!! We wish to offer the following observations whilst on board for 26 nights recently over Christmas and new year. 1. Some Guests refusing to use the hand gel on entrances to food areas giving the following excuses. I washed my hands earlier in the cabin I take vit C tablets each day It makes my hands sticky It has an affect on my skin I washed my hands earlier in the toilet All these excuses even though they all used hand rails,buttons in lifts and handles on doors on the route to the food halls and restaurants. When the staff are asked why they did not insist the guests to use the gel,the staff said they were accused of harassment and did not get backing from their supervisors. 2. Guests using the beautiful coffee tables in lounges as foot rests with and without shoes. Again when staff asked guests not to do this they refused,claiming they paid the bill not the staff. 3.Guest wearing baseball caps,sporty tee shirts,torn jeans some looking like they have just come off a building site,around the ship and in the restaurants on formal nights sitting amongst smartly dress guests who had followed the issued instruction on dress code. Again when staff tried to insist on the code they were accused of harassment not getting support from their supervisors. 4. A guest walking around the ship and through the kings hall carrying a dog. Nobody stopped and challenge this action 5. Male and female guests in the kings hall wearing only swim wear and bath robes Again when staff tried to challenged this they were accused of harassment. No support given by supervisors. 6. Guests laying full length along the beautiful settles in the lounges with and with shoes on. Again when challenged by the staff the offenders claimed harassment ,without support from supervisors. 7. More and more guests failing to attend the compulsory safety drill claiming they did not care and having to do it the next day in the lounge disturbing other guests comfort. When questioned about the guests conduct,the officer just shrugged his shoulders. All in all this made the cruise quite disappointing and we will question wether we would want to go on Cunard in the future. What was great was the captain and staff,so friendly and polite,the serving waiters,excellent as always. Cunard please take note!! Many of these offending guests were not British, give it some thought. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
This was our fourth crossing of the North Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2. As on the previous trips we opted for a obstructed view cabin on deck 8. We like the location, close to the gym, Commodore Club and buffet and outdoor promenade on ... Read More
This was our fourth crossing of the North Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2. As on the previous trips we opted for a obstructed view cabin on deck 8. We like the location, close to the gym, Commodore Club and buffet and outdoor promenade on deck 7. As it was a winter crossing we got some of the famous North Atlantic weather (motion of the ocean as the captain put it), two days of huge swells and waves and after that heavy wind. The ship pitched quite heavily but did not roll, it was a humbling experience to watch the sea wash by when enjoying a cocktail in one of the ships many comfortable bars. We had breakfast in our cabin for six days out of seven. It was delivered promptly as ordered but lukewarm. Lunch in the Kings Court buffet was a positive surprice, with good selection, no queues and wonderful views from the bay windows overlooking the promenade deck. We especially liked the sushi assortment. Lunch and dinner in the graceful Britannia restaurant was ok, with some hits and some misses. Food was always delivered quickly, service was impeccable and portions of good size. Some of the fish was a bit overcooked, some dishes lacking in taste, but in general we were always well fed. This time we chose late dining at 20:30 which in our opinion is better than the early 18:00 sitting, especially if you can't decline the delicious afternoon tea at 15:30. Late night buffet in the Kings Court was a bit of a disappointment. But you will never feel hungry on the QM2. As the outdoor promenade was closed for two days due to high winds we began our day on the treadmill in the gym. After that it was time for some tea, reading and wave watching in the Commore Club, followed by the nautical announcement at noon by the wonderfully entertaining captain Chris Wells. After lunch some more reading or attending lectures or simply having a nap before afternoon tea. Then a visit to the planetarium, some more reading perharps, enjoying the wonderful Ukrainian string trio in Carinthia Lounge with a glass of wine, before dressing for dinner. On day two everybody was invited to the Captain's Cocktail Party and on day four we attended Cunard World Club party, hosted again by the captain. After dinner it was time for the show, which we saw on four nights on this crossing. The performances consisted of some average singing and dancing, easy to watch for an hour but you weren't left hungry for more of the same. The music heard around in the ship in various locations by the harpist, pianist and the mentioned string trio was very good and fitting to the upscale surroundings. The lectures, pub trivia and planetarium shows seemed to be very popular as was ballroom dancing in the Queens Room and G32 disco for late night entertainment. The best thing to do on the Queen Mary 2 is to enjoy the wonderful public spaces of the ship. As the ship is designed for the Atlantic crossing where there may be days on end when you can't enjoy the open decks there must be enough interior space to accomodate the whole population of the ship without feeling crowed. In this the QM2 excels and you always manage to find a nice spot for yourself. Commodore Club, Carinthia Lounge, Chart Room and the Champagne Bar are extremely comfortable and classy spots to look at the waves and people passing by with a nice drink in your hand. Luckily the drinks are of good quality and made of premium brands, as the prices are not cheap. Tea in the Commodore $4, Vesper martini $15. A bottle of perfectly drinkable white wine in the Britannia can be had for $35 which is not that bad. Service in the bars was impeccable, friendly and courteous without being intrusive. Crossing on the QM2 is not for everyone, but if you feel even a little inspired go for it. Average age on this winter voyage was 60+, with just a handful of children and hardly any teens. It is the only ship in the world where you can relive some of the romance and thrill of the way how people travelled a hundred years ago in the first class of the grand ocean liners. It is a very well built quality ship and it's owners and officers are very proud of her. She was designed to feel classic and classy, not modern and she has aged well. With some attention to the cabins in the future she will an even more enjoyable experience. As this was our fourth crossing in five years I think it's now time for a brake but we will be back. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2018
Quite a long cruise -28 days. The cruise was enjoyable and the staff fantastic. The food in the Britannia restaurant was sublime. We mainly found the entertainment boring. Some of the good speakers had uninteresting subjects while others ... Read More
Quite a long cruise -28 days. The cruise was enjoyable and the staff fantastic. The food in the Britannia restaurant was sublime. We mainly found the entertainment boring. Some of the good speakers had uninteresting subjects while others had a poor delivery. Eg a lecture on dining at the White House was 40 years out of date and not very interesting at that. My biggest disappointment was the excursions I took 3 trips all overpriced. On one we visited a pulp mill, a small house that had survived a flood and a large pyramid made out of road signs! That cost £100 between my husband and myself for 2 hours. The biggest rip off was in Halifax NS. We left the port, having had to change our plans. We decided to go independently on a hop on hop off tour. At the desk I asked for the price. Which ship was I on. I asked why? “Well we need your cruise card” I wanted to pay cash. No. QE2 cost $64, Celebrity $49 I subsequently found Viking passengers paid $35, same bus, same seat same tour. I walked!! Lastly I found 3 of the 5 Canadian ports not worth the visit. There was not enough to interest us, having said that the locals were wonderful, they threw themselves into making us welcome. On place handed out for free 2000 portions of blueberry pie but corner Brook charged us $10C for a shuttle bus to nowhere Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
As an experienced cruiser with Cunard (34 cruises) I feel able to comment, Firstly I was travelling in Princess Grill. The cabin was fine albeit needing a new carpet or at least a good wash, the attendant was helpful and a good worker ... Read More
As an experienced cruiser with Cunard (34 cruises) I feel able to comment, Firstly I was travelling in Princess Grill. The cabin was fine albeit needing a new carpet or at least a good wash, the attendant was helpful and a good worker The ship itself was clean and tidy in all public areas and a credit to the brand The shops whilst shiny held a lacklustre stock but had a friendly staff to try and sell it. Standard perfumes and drink and high end art and jewellery, but a great place to spend on board credit The trip and itinerary were great, the weather hot, we didn't get off in Gibraltar since we had been there a month earlier and it was only a pitstop of a few hours . Dining experience onboard is worthy of comment, We chose not to eat in the princess grill restaurant at all, neither did we last cruise or most likely wont in the future. We see it as far too status orientated( and that's a different tale to tell!),its crowded and whilst fine dining is exciting, it takes forever, so we opted for the Lido. A great selection of help yourself, didn't always have to dress up, best soups ever and a much more casual atmosphere after a hot day out. We also ate in the Verandah on one night but it was not as good as it used to be. Service was less ( not saying bad but was not as great as it was with waiters synchronising delivery of food), food undercooked and all in all a disappointment. But will try again next cruise. Ironically that should be the eating venue for Queens Grill in staged sittings due to it being better ( we have done Queens grills before and never again!) Cunard need to change and adapt to the realisation that the world has changed and the formality that they strive to keep needs to be more flexible and not based on how much you pay or what grade cabin you are but to concentrate on all customer needs and wants and realise that the problem with that is that they change daily but cunard stay rigid Drinks are in my view overpriced as is wine in particular. Even a bottle of water comes in around £4.50 ($5.64) and the bottle size reduced from 1.5ltr evian to 1ltr. But why I am having to pay a 15% service charge for drinks even at the bar or for bottled water I am not sure nor do I like The other question is why you have to pay for alternative dining, its simply a food of the same standard as any dining room. The verandah , an exception, extra charge was introduced originally to forestall the hordes of people from eating there but now is a supplement of $39.99, that started life as $10 not many years ago and that was because it had a celebrity chef endorsement ( Todd English whoever he is). I don't know who endorses it now except me on a good day! Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2018
First, this review is my personal opinion. This is my first time on the QM2 and second cruise ever. My first cruise ever was an inside cabin on the Crown Princess cruise in the Caribbean. For background while I enjoy cruising I would ... Read More
First, this review is my personal opinion. This is my first time on the QM2 and second cruise ever. My first cruise ever was an inside cabin on the Crown Princess cruise in the Caribbean. For background while I enjoy cruising I would not consider myself a diehard cruiser. Also, if something is really subpar I will say so. I do not think the QM2 is subpar in any way for a mass market cruise ship. A Note on the Weather: We encountered fog on the way up and back. You might want to check to see if this is normal this time of year for this itinerary and decide for yourself if this would affect your enjoyment. The seas were generally calm. A bit of excitement: On the way north a passenger got sick and a US coast guard helicopter landed on the top deck to pick them up. I didn’t think there was room up there for a helicopter but apparently there was. Bottom line: We liked the cruise and would consider the QM2 for another cruise however my biggest problem was the price. I thought the $300 per person per night for a Britannia class obstructed view balcony cabin was not justified by the value received. I don’t feel cheated, just that it was a little overpriced. I would probably consider the QM2 for a transatlantic return to the US or possibly some other itinerary. More extensive review: This is a mass market cruise ship and so I review it as such. After 2 cruises I have learned that on cruises the attitude and how other passengers act very significantly affects your enjoyment of the cruise. If the other passengers are loud, obnoxious, rude and do not dress appropriately they can ruin your cruise. On the other hand if the other passengers behave appropriately for the cruise then you can have a better time. On this specific cruise I think the majority of passengers dressed and behaved appropriately, even the children. In my opinion, based on this cruise, the QM2 is appropriate for passengers wanting the following type of cruise: • a nice calm relaxing vacation, e.g., to destress, read a book from their extensive shipboard library • low key • dressing for dinner • ballroom dancing • afternoon tea • trivia contests • sipping a cocktail or glass of wine in one of the many bars or by one of the pools • enjoying a lecture on weather or whatever else is being discussed or maybe taking a class on fencing (personally I would have liked to try the fencing but never quite made it to the class) While most of the passengers were older there were younger passengers and some children a few of which dressed for dinner. I thought I saw a five year old in either a dark suit or tuxedo on formal night. If you enjoy the following I suggest you find a different ship or you will be wasting your money, will not be happy, and annoy other passengers: • drink a lot and get drunk • be loud and party (this is not a party ship, even on the Crown Princess cruise which skewed older there were more 20 and 30 year olds who discoed and drank more and were loud) • want to wear casual clothes at dinner • want water slides, rock climbing walls, etc. The food: On the whole I thought the food was fine. We ate most dinners in the main dining room (MDR). This is not a five star or Michelin rated restaurant in a large city. However, overall the service was excellent and I though the meals we had were Ok to very good considering the number of meals they serve. We had a 2 person table at the early seating which we requested when we booked the cruise. There is a dress code at dinner. I saw the crew turn one person away who was not properly dressed although I did see someone who was not properly dressed sneak in. As I stated before, if you do not want to dress for dinner (men wear jacket without tie on informal nights) you should probably pick a different cruise, you will be wasting your money on this ship. We also ate breakfast twice in the main dining room, once in our room, and once at the buffet. The breakfast in our room was very enjoyable, came on time and hot, same with the MDR. We didn’t particularly care for the buffet, the food was not necessarily bad. It is just that it gets crowded, can be hard to find a seat and generally reminds me of the buffets they have in US casinos in Atlantic City and Las Vegas. The one nice thing is it is open early if you need to get to an excursion and we found our way there at 1 AM one time and they still had a small selection of food available (some hot). For lunch I didn’t think the menus in the MDR were up to par, we never tried it. We did have lunch in the Golden Lion Pub on embarkation day (really glad we chose to go there instead of the buffet) and one other day. It can get crowded in the pub for lunch when it first opens so get there early or wait for a seat. It is a limited menu however, we very much enjoyed it and the atmosphere. They actually had some beers that had to be hand pumped out of the barrel. They let me sample a beer or two before I purchased, very civilized. They had 2 dart boards in the back and they play trivia here. They also serve a small selection of hot snacks and deserts in the Carinthia Lounge for breakfast and lunch. Given its proximity to the buffet at breakfast or lunch you can grab something in the buffet and from the Carinthia Lounge to round out your meal. The QM2 also has a proper afternoon tea in the Queens Room. We tried it once and it was very nice. Actually they do a very nice afternoon tea on the Crown Princess (my wife thought they were equivalent to the QM2) however it is much more crowded on the QM2 compared to the Crown Princess so they line up early on the QM2. On the QM2 they had a selection of teas (you can purchase champagne by the glass), finger sandwiches, scones with what they called clotted cream (I am not really sure it was true clotted cream although it tasted fine), and other nice deserts. They had chamber music during the tea. They also have scones etc. in the buffet which you can grab and enjoy out on the promenade if the weather is nice (the buffet and the promenade are both deck 7). Bars and night clubs. There are several bars on the QM2. Most of the bars have some form of live music or entertainment at various times of the day and evening (e.g., piano player, harpist, jazz band, rock group). For some reason they close the shades in the Commodore Club at sunset, wish they didn't. I thought the live music was on par with the Crown Princess. I think the Carinthia Lounge is the place to go if you want to try ports. I did a port flight there. In general I thought the cocktails in the bars were properly made and reasonably priced by US large city standards. Way better than the cocktails on the Crown Princess, maybe because they do not do drink packages on the QM2 for Britannia class. I tried a couple of mixed non-alcoholic beverages (smoothies, mock tails) that I thought were quite good. They have wine by the glass which we tried, it was OK. It is probably less expensive to buy wine by the bottle which they will supposedly hold for you until it is finished, another passenger told us that this is what they do. You can also bring your own wine onboard and consume it in your room for free which we did (supposedly you can pay a corkage fee and have it in one of the public venues, we didn’t try this). We also brought our own bottled water and soda on board, it was not inconvenient for us to do this. There is one location on the ship that I would consider a night club, it is G32. We looked in but did not stay, they had live music at night. Seemed nice and there were people there. The big thing about the QM2 is that they have a real ballroom for dancing (fox trot, waltz, tango, etc.), the Queens Room (proper dress required). The dance floor is relatively large. They have live music from a good band at certain times of the evening. Even if you don’t dance it is worth going there to watch other people dance. Personally, even if you are younger I would suggest trying to learn a little ballroom dancing, you might hate it however you might also like it. Personally, while some may consider it heresy, I would suggest to Cunard that they add some line dancing in the ballroom for the younger crowd, you DO NOT have to nor should you reduce/eliminate the dress code for this. The ship as a whole. I thought the ship as a whole was nice. I thought the ship itself was on par with the Crown Princess however, my wife really liked the QM2 better. A lot of time on the Crown Princess they are trying to sell you stuff. The pools were nice and one of the pools (Pavilion Pool) they will close the glass cover when the weather is inclement so it can still be enjoyed. I think they have live music by the pools at certain times however we didn’t see it. Other things we did on the ship. Saw a planetarium show, it was nice (you need to get tickets in advance). Saw a 3d movie in Illuminations. Played trivia in the pub one evening. Saw the show in the theater first night out, it was fine, not spectacular. Watched a lecture on the weather which I enjoyed. Listened to a ghost story in Carinthia Lounge, it was OK but should have been done later at night when it was dark. Took a book out of the really big library, for a ship. Walked the promenade a few times and sat out on deck a few times. Really liked the promenade. Tried shuffle board. One thing I did miss that they have on the Crown Princess is outdoor movies however I assume that they don't have this because it is more appropriate to the Caribbean as opposed to the itinerary that the QM2 usually has. Service overall was very nice everywhere. Shore excursions. As a whole we really didn't care for Saint John (not that much to do) however I did enjoy the Fundy Coastal Photography tour. I like and always have liked Boston, we are about a five hour drive from Boston.. Didn't do any of the ship sponsored tours, didn't need to. I did like that Cunard provided a free shuttle to and from a center of Boston. We could see some fireworks from the upper deck and other passengers chose to watch the fireworks there however you are pretty far away and do not have the same experience as if you are up close. We live near Brooklyn so we just drove there and left the car until we returned. If you have never been to New York before and your cruise either starts or ends here I strongly recommend allowing at least 2 to 3 full days to explore he city either before or after your cruise. Disembarkation was fine however embarkation could have been organized better. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We have sailed several times on both the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. There is very little difference from one to the other and we feel completely at home on each of them. However, if we did not like Cunard's itineraries ... Read More
We have sailed several times on both the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Victoria. There is very little difference from one to the other and we feel completely at home on each of them. However, if we did not like Cunard's itineraries we would find another line. While we had visited Baltic States before what whet our appetite were stops at three new countries; Riga in Latvia, Klepedia in Lithuania and lastly, Gdynia in Poland. In addition the ship was stopping at a little known Swedish island, Visby. ( This port was perhaps the highlight of the cruise in that it was such a complete surprise; dating from Medieval times it has a tiny walled village which delighted us) Generally the cruise was a pleasure as is every Cunard cruise for us. There are some little things that we would change if we could but, as always, we booked another cruise while on this one and we will look forward to it. One drawback for us was the shore excursions. My husband has limited mobility and there are not enough tours geared toward easy activity. I realize that this could be due to the ports that we visited. There were narrow cobblestone streets in most of them. A plus for me on Cunard is that in the past there has always been someone from the crew backing up the tour guide so that if one has any problems one can fall back on that person. I would have thought that this was especially needed in ports that Cunard had not visited before but, unfortunately, this did not seem to be the case in one of our ports, Gdansk Our tour to Gdansk was a disaster and there was no backup person. We almost got separated from the group. Part of the problem was a very young child who cried continually into the city ( about an hour) so that it was hard to hear the tour guide's instructions for the meet up after doing Gdansk on our own Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
This cruise had a good itinerary with plenty of stops in great places. My wife and I travelled in Princess Grill accommodation which was adequate ( this was our 31st cruise nearly all Cunard). We elected to avoid the Princess Grill dining ... Read More
This cruise had a good itinerary with plenty of stops in great places. My wife and I travelled in Princess Grill accommodation which was adequate ( this was our 31st cruise nearly all Cunard). We elected to avoid the Princess Grill dining room altogether and enjoyed buffet service in the Lido.. Now bearing in mind that cruising seems to be all about dining and its experience we definitely were 'off message' Efforts were made to encourage us to go to the Grills restaurant. The service we received was attentive and friendly and we had a great time doing our own thing. The shops were actually lacklustre with stuff we wouldn't normally buy, high end is great but very limiting. On this cruise the theatre was also a bit mundane although it was packed so glad that others enjoyed it night after night. we are back on the ship for 2 months next year ( 2019) so is indicative that things were good. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: May 2018
Spring is a great time to cruise the northern area, and we hit it just right by sailing from Hamburg on May 12, 2018. The cruise started on May 10 in Southampton with a boatload of folks from Australia doing the "Three Queens", ... Read More
Spring is a great time to cruise the northern area, and we hit it just right by sailing from Hamburg on May 12, 2018. The cruise started on May 10 in Southampton with a boatload of folks from Australia doing the "Three Queens", and picked up passengers from The States, Canada and Germany itself in Hamburg. My friend and I had two of the new solo cabins on Deck 2. Until now, there had been no passenger cabins on that deck, and we found it necessary to get help from a ship's officer to locate ours. Just pass the wall of slot machines in the casino and enter an alcove with a large white door that had nothing to indicate there were now cabins in there. Open said door, and there is a hallway with nine ocean view solo that had just been added. A great three quarter size bed - no mere twin here! A three drawer dresser as well as bedside drawers and the good sized closet gave all the space a solo traveler could use. There was an electric kettle, china and silver, and all the bits and pieces needed for a cuppa tea or coffee. The bathroom was compact and had the cloth shower curtain that no one especially loves, but it was well arranged and had plenty of shelf areas for cosmetics. Best of all, our huge windows matched those in the dining room in size and shape. What more could you ask for ? We had booked many of our excursions with the ship, and a two day independent with ALLA Tours for our St. Petersburg visit. We had a day at sea to settle in, followed by our visit to Copenhagen. The Tivoli & Harbour Cruise was not quite up to our expectations. We were dropped at Tivoli with instructions "enjoy yourself" and meet in two hours to make the canal boat connection. We arrived at the boat after two other groups had already boarded and taken the majority of the seats....not much of a scenic cruise over shoulders and past heads of those near the windows. We had a few minutes to view the Little Mermaid, and back to the ship. Our Stockholm day included the Vasa museum which is always interesting, and a city tour on the bus. Tallinn offered "Rags to Riches" with visits to parts of the city where both categories of natives had once dwelt. Nice stops with plenty of photo ops overlooking the towers of the city. We arrived in St. Petersburg early in the morning, and met our ALLA tour bus at 0830 after clearing Russian customs. They had booked our needed visas, and we had no problem with moving through the arrival area. I had been in St. Petersburg many years before, and found this a marvelous company. Our hostess spoke perfedt English, and we had those ear pieces that allowed you to follow your guide easily. The tour covered every possible cathedral and palace the city had to offer, and a grand lunch was included. Our 16 passenger Mercedes bus was comfortable, and our driver was always ready to assist as you got on and off. We returned to the ship in time for dinner, and were met the next morning at 0730 for another full day of touring. A ride on the subway was one of the most interesting times. The subway passes under the Neva River, and returning to the surface on the fast moving escalator took a full three minutes. Amazing! My friend's watch kept tract of steps, and we learned we had walked five miles each day without actually realizing we had done so. The royal wedding of Prince Henry and Meghan took place while we were docked, but a special dinner was set up for Saturday (19 May) evening with a souvenir menu that had a beautiful photo of the couple and a list of all the Royals who had sailed Cunard since l861. Replays of the wedding were run on ship's television several times. Our next port was Kiel, but the excursion titled Castles and Boats never stopped in the city for a look around. We drove quite a way to look at a few schloss buildings (no entry) and then had a little boat ride around several small lakes that had nothing to offer. This was another disappointing tour that cost $97.00 for very little. The final stop was at the far north end of Denmark in the city of Skagen. The locals were very welcoming of cruise passengers, and the tour covered an outdoor museum and a trip to the far spit of land by a tractor pulled "sandworm". Really a fun day this time. Next day was "at sea" and we docked in Southampton on 24 May. A transfer to Heathrow had been prepaid, and all went perfectly. It had been a good cruise, with weather you could not have ordered to be any more perfect....warm and sunny most of the time but never chilly or too hot. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2018
We have previously travelled on many Celebrity ships and also Victoria and QM2. We loved Victoria and hated QM2; we liked Elizabeth as much as Victoria. They both compare plus/minus with Celebrity. I have to disagree with some of the last ... Read More
We have previously travelled on many Celebrity ships and also Victoria and QM2. We loved Victoria and hated QM2; we liked Elizabeth as much as Victoria. They both compare plus/minus with Celebrity. I have to disagree with some of the last few reviews posted. The food was good, service was good, the shows were virtually all good, Speakers were mostly very good. The balcony cabin was very good. The theatre was good. The Art Deco interior design is beautiful. Shore excursions varied but they always do. Embarkation and disembarkation were always good. So what is there to criticise? The temperature control round the ship was much poorer than Victoria and I suspect it was not being managed properly and was generally too cold so take your overcoat around the ship :-). Our cabin thermostat had a mind of it's own and the mid-point was incorrectly set. Our cabin at the front of the ship suffered in the Atlantic storm with constant loud banging with wave movement. Go for mid ships or rear if you can. Wine prices are completely silly so bring your own on board and drink in the cabin. Also Cunard keep pushing champagne. Read Less
6 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
We chose this cruise on the QM2 for our first trip to the Caribbean. Unfortunately, due to two hurricanes passing through the Caribbean earlier this year, two of the scheduled ports were cancelled due to storm damage ashore. Two ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the QM2 for our first trip to the Caribbean. Unfortunately, due to two hurricanes passing through the Caribbean earlier this year, two of the scheduled ports were cancelled due to storm damage ashore. Two alternative stops were inserted into the program, and we accepted that this was necessary, and not the fault of Cunard, both Amber Cove and St Lucia were fine as replacement stops. We were told by others that our lost ports (St Barts and St Thomas) were better than the replacements, but as first timers we were not to know. A couple of criticisms :- In this day and age, I was a little disappointed to be charged a steep rate for the connection of internet access when aboard. The Cunard line is at the more expensive end of the market and purportedly highly provisioned. Most upmarket hotels now provide free WiFi in the room (or at least common ares), and Cunard should start to consider diong the same. Seasoned travelers thesedays are reliant on being connected for social media and emails to continue their lives while "on the road". Also, the cruise missed another port at Antigua, when the ship failed to set the anchor to enable tenders to operate a service to the shore. The reason given was that the wind direction was not favourable, and the anchoring location chosen had a sand seabed where the anchor continued to drag. No-one could understand why this specific location was chosen, the QM2 has obviously been to Antigua many times before, and the seabed and predicted wind directions would have been well known in advance of our arrival. Isn't there a Plan B for such circumstances, rather than sitting 1km offshore bobbing around waiting for the scheduled departure time? Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2017
A customary trip to the Caribbean in Princess grill, the suite was fine with a very efficient cabin attendant, the kitchens made a good efforts with the food and the service in the Princess Grill was commendable. The Concierge Seltran ... Read More
A customary trip to the Caribbean in Princess grill, the suite was fine with a very efficient cabin attendant, the kitchens made a good efforts with the food and the service in the Princess Grill was commendable. The Concierge Seltran Ebillo was personable and efficient. The evenings entertainment was good particularly from the group called the Rewind Project. However the trip itself encountered bad weather and in particular on the return trip there was storm force 11 and if you have ever been in that you would know. There was little respite at night or day for around 48 hours. Waves hit like torpedos, and everything rocked and creaked. If I had a complaint it was the tannoy system. the Captain clearly liked to speak for far to long and repeat himself( - must have come from a holiday ship or something, experienced captains don't do that) and often announcements were made through the cabin speakers when they needn't have been, ie crew exercises etc. Not great when you are trying to catch up on sleep. Read Less
7 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2017
We (an old friend and I) chose this cruise because we got a good deal on a balcony (my 8th cruise but first balcony) and because of the itinerary. We started in Venice which is one of my favorite cities and went to Kotor, Corfu, Cagliari, ... Read More
We (an old friend and I) chose this cruise because we got a good deal on a balcony (my 8th cruise but first balcony) and because of the itinerary. We started in Venice which is one of my favorite cities and went to Kotor, Corfu, Cagliari, Naples and ended at Rome. Embarkation was remarkably easy. The ship is beautiful, not at all glitzy, but understated. The service was exemplary, everybody was friendly and accommodating. We liked our cabin which was kept spic and span, but wished it wasn't so far forward. Dinner was enjoyable with congenial companions, all from the UK, which was fun for us Yanks. Still, it would have been nice to have an "anytime dining" option. The food was fine but I remembered better food on QM2 ten years ago. In general, since my first cruise in 1999 the food has deteriorated on most middle level cruise lines. We liked the various bars we tried and enjoyed the wine. As Americans we are used to paying a gratuity when we order drinks and they all seemed fairly priced. The entertainment that we saw was good but one night we went to the theater five minutes before the show started and could not find two seats together. We enjoyed watching the ballroom dancing at night but declined offers by gentlemen hosts to dance due to knee issues; still it was nice to be asked. We enjoyed the ports, having a bite to eat, a glass of wine and shopping. We went on one excursion to Pompeii which was fascinating but hard to keep up with the group on uneven surfaces. We disembarked at Civitavecchia which is really not all that convenient for Rome. In general we loved this cruise - I'd give it four and a half stars if I could. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2017
We chose this cruise so we could see the Magellan Straits from our balcony (even chose starboard side to make sure of the best view) and the ship sailed through the Straits in the dead of night! That was disappointing, but cruising by ... Read More
We chose this cruise so we could see the Magellan Straits from our balcony (even chose starboard side to make sure of the best view) and the ship sailed through the Straits in the dead of night! That was disappointing, but cruising by the islands and coast of the deep south of Chile, glaciers and all, almost made up for it. Service on board was amazing. Cruise lines -- and not just Cunard -- owe a great deal to their Filipino staff. They are friendly without being over-friendly. They remember your name and your likes and dislikes. Our lovely cabin steward soon realized that we liked to leave the bathroom light on, and left it that way. He learned our hours, so the cabin was always made up when we returned from breakfast. Food in the Britannia was the best of all the three Queens. Not so marvelous in the Lido buffet, but eating in the main restaurant was always a pleasure. The duck liver pate and the roast breast of duck were divine. Again, wonderful service. We never had to choose bread or order dessert and tea, as the waiters knew what we liked from the first day. The lectures and entertainment on the Queen Victoria were not up to the standard of the other Queens. Apart from Mike Gibson's lecture on Eva Peron, which was wonderful, the presentations were awkward. The Royal Court orchestra is wonderful. The dancers and singers did their absolute best, but they were obviously working at it. It made you feel tired, rather than uplifted. The costume designer is amazing, as is the stage management. Changes of costume were very deftly done. The cabin was the same design as on Queen Elizabeth, but much more annoying. On the QE, the full length mirror is on the outside of the wardrobe. On the QV, it is stuck on the inside of the door. Every time you want to check your dress, the door swings back at you. It is very dark by the wardrobes, too. And the wall at the end of the bed has no pictures. It made for a very boring and annoying cabin. But it was kept spick and span Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2016
This was the 2nd time that we embarked on the carribean cruise but first time with transatlantic crossings. The staff were as last time, wonderful. The room on deck four was adequate but we could hear the old guy in the room next ... Read More
This was the 2nd time that we embarked on the carribean cruise but first time with transatlantic crossings. The staff were as last time, wonderful. The room on deck four was adequate but we could hear the old guy in the room next door coughing every day/night and the TV from the room on the other side. We were given a choice of deck 4, 5 or 6 when we booked and after visiting other passengers rooms on deck 6, they were exactly the same it just meant we could easily walk down one flight of stairs when going to dinner and the entertainment downstairs. We were midship as we found out that it is the steadier/quieter part on our last visit. The transatlantic crossing over was quite rocky with waves crashing up as high as the dining room on deck 3 and many were complaining of feeling unwell but after 3 days people seemed to get used to it better. Sea sickness pills were sold without having to see the doctor. A cold/flu outbreak began in that week and was still very evident on week 4 with many people coughing. With not much to do on the transatlantic crossing it was a surprise to see they had reduced the casino down and had removed the craps table and other space. This has been done so they can received more income from the single cabins they have put in the space but it doesn't give the casino any identity to make it so small, may as well just take it out completely as it is too crowded at night and people don't stay very long because of this. So if you enjoy a casino as part of your cruise experience then this one is not very good. The lion pub has an extremely strong smell of cigarette smoke outside it, not surprising when the staff smoking room is below that area. The passengers however are not so lucky to have a sheltered smoking area unless they are a man. Very sexist for Cunard to provide a cigar/pipe smoking room (churchills) and yet I lost count of how many women in cocktail dresses were forced to brave the bad weather on deck 7 because there was nowhere else for them to go. I understand people want to smoke on their vacation but what a terrible way to enforce it. Another note...deck 7 smokers area was the most socialable area on the ship. In the evening it was always packed full of smokers and non smokers chatting and drinking whereas in the lion pub people tend to sit in small groups an not interact. Never enough tables and chairs but still always very busy. On deck 7 there was also a lot of joggers which other passengers on deck 6 said was very annoying as they could hear them bounding around. The spa area was very nice but after buying a week pass on my first week, I went to buy another for the second week and was told that they were not selling them anymore because too many had been purchased. I wanted to use the spa pool and looked to see how busy it was....4 people in there. Seems as though management would rather turn away my money an issue a block ban on purchases rather than try to accomodate or work with the passengers to try to make everyone happy. I was informed by another passenger that I could have bought a 4 week pass for all my cruise but Cunard did not inform me of this at all. On a daily basis the ships photographers would take photos...warning they cost a fortune. 20 images on a disc for $525. RIP OFF. Better to take a camera of your own and stand next to their photographers to take it. The food was fantastic with something to suit everyone. The carribean islands were good but I would give Tortola and Dominica a miss as they felt very unsafe. It rained all day in Dominica and apparently this is the norm. Finer touches have been replaced with cost saving and the quest for implemented gratuities is evident. Everything seemed to have a 12.5% gratuity on automatically and that's on top of the daily gratuity that has to be paid per person at the end of the cruise. Bingo was very expensive at $30 a time for 4 quick games on a daily basis and it would be interesting to know how much Cunard make from it as the prizes do not reflect the number of people playing. Interesting to see how many new embarkes at New York were queuing at the pursers office to complain in the hope of getting an free upgrade on their room. The alternative dining was very good, staff made it a great experience. Cleanliness of the ship was okay but staff were slow to act on a couple of occasions such as it took more than 20 minutes to clean up a toilet that had leaked and the water fountain had a customer vomit in it which took more than 20 mins again after being reported. Net curtains in Queens room desperately need a clean as they are very yellow and smokey coloured. Technically the ship is way out of date. Daily iternary papers printed and given to each customer are ok but do I really want to carry it around with me all day to see what is happening. Why not have customer information screens around the ship so people can see what is happening around them and when. Would say it is definitely not a ship ran with children in mind, more elderly people. All in all though I loved being on the ship for 26 days as I love the motion of the ocean, especially when it's a rocky ride and I would definitely do this trip again. Read Less
11 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
We were delayed going out to Barcelona with Titan Airways. When we eventually went through the gate there were buses to get us out to the plane. It was awful for the elderly - we were like sardines and had to wait over an hour on the ... Read More
We were delayed going out to Barcelona with Titan Airways. When we eventually went through the gate there were buses to get us out to the plane. It was awful for the elderly - we were like sardines and had to wait over an hour on the plane due to a technical fault with the baggage hold. Then the same at Barcelona, more buses from the plane to the terminal as the plane was way away and there were also lots of steps. To top the lot, the transfer coach from the airport to the ship would not let us take our bag with all our valuables onto the coach as they said the bag was too big. Surely Cunard should advise what size the bag needed to be. Nobody took it off us on the way back!! We had all our money, jewellery, computers, iPad, kindles and didn't want to leave them in the hold so we had to get a taxi - 39 euros !!!! Nice start. Wouldn't book the flight ever again with Cunard or any of them for that matter. First time we did and it is the last. We usually arrive the day before and get a hotel with the saving on a cruise only basis. We took 3 cases going - paperwork said 23kg in weight and NOT how many pieces. On the way back at check in - Titan tried to charge us for a 3rd piece of luggage. Nobody said anything on the onward journey. We refused and they said they would make an exception!! Be careful. Apart from that we had a lovely cruise. Food in the Britannia was good, (beef wellington was lovely), Verandah - need to check the menu, we didn't and wish we had. The lamb made up for it and was really good. The Lido Alternative 'Coriander Night' was a bit disappointing and the 'Prime' night was just ok. Entertainment was good but nothing amazing. Staff were really nice. We used the Spa for one day which cost 35 dollars each. That was lovely. Don't bother with the hairdressers. Rip off. I booked for a blow dry and the price is 'from' $35 depending on the length of your hair. She said mine was medium. When I got to the till I was charged for long hair and it was $56. A big difference. It was as flat as a fluke and washed it the next day anyway. Never seen such a hash of bingo in all my life. Not the usual bingo tickets and everyone was making false calls. Pillows and bed were very very comfortable. We had a balcony mid aft 6127 nice room. Drinks are very expensive - $12.95 dollars plus 15% service plus 10% spanish tax for a glass of wine. $40-50 for a bottle of wine at the dinner table. I did manage to find a bottle of Picpoul de Pinet (french dry white) which was nice for $35. Again plus 15% plus 10% tax as we went from Barcelona. They have to add Spanish tax. Lovely ship and lovely cruise. Would go again but not using their transfers. Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
Length and time of the year means little or no chance of children on board. Britannia balcony cabin on deck 5 toward the front was ideal for us and as we did not intend going ashore too often we were well placed for the ships facilities ... Read More
Length and time of the year means little or no chance of children on board. Britannia balcony cabin on deck 5 toward the front was ideal for us and as we did not intend going ashore too often we were well placed for the ships facilities and reasonable vantage point to view our entry into and out of ports. We are very regular travellers with Cunard, we are Diamond level, and we are disappointed at the extortionate price of drinks even before the 15% service charge is added and a further 10% when in Spanish waters!! All other activities now mostly carry an additional nominal charge from $150 to €15 The daily programme is mostly filled with tasters for the Spar so they can sell products and treatments at enormously inflated prices! As a result of the pricing policy the Captains, World Club and senior Officers parties have become a mass scramble for a free drink The ship now bears all the indications of grabbing margin at any cost, The White Star service which Cunard believe they are delivering is no longer there Evening entertainment is at best reasonabley good but never top rate or excellent Every seat everywhere on the ship need reupholstering they have all sunk! Harsh words but very very true and echoed by all our fellow passengers, Cunard really need to take notice of the views of Britannia level customers, where the volume and growth potential is and stop pandering to the Grills passengers Read Less
8 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: October 2016
And a very good experience too! Did not know what to expect but enjoyed this cruise very much. Although it is quite different from American cruise lines, we (my sister and I) found Queen Victoria restrained but very easy to ... Read More
And a very good experience too! Did not know what to expect but enjoyed this cruise very much. Although it is quite different from American cruise lines, we (my sister and I) found Queen Victoria restrained but very easy to navigate and quite nice. The food in the dining room was superb as were our waiter, Emmanuel, and his assistant, Marcelito. Very professional all the time. We really liked them. The cabin was pretty large and spacious. The ports were excellent and we enjoyed especially Zakynthos and Salerno. Quite different but both very enjoyable. The crew, unfortunately, is a little surly and perhaps a refresher course in just simple hellos and smiles would go a long way with crew-passenger relations. Most passengers were very elegant in both formal nights and even regular nights. Embarkation and disembarkation were smooth and we left having enjoyed our cruise with Queen Victoria to the Eastern Mediterranean feeling very pleased. Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: September 2016
We are a group of friends, two couples in their 40's and two in their 60's. This was our first cruise, previously we have done two Transatlantics on the QM2. We booked our BF-category cabins almost a year in advance so had a lot ... Read More
We are a group of friends, two couples in their 40's and two in their 60's. This was our first cruise, previously we have done two Transatlantics on the QM2. We booked our BF-category cabins almost a year in advance so had a lot of time to imagine how the experience would be. Some expectations were fulfilled, some not. Smiths for Airports transported us from Heathrow to Ibis Southampton Centre the day before embarkation. As usual their service was excellent. Next day after breakfast we walked to the WestQuay Shopping Centre to buy some boarding champagne. We arrived at the Mayflower Terminal around 12.30pm and were in our cabins in less than half an hour. Excellent! Cabin was as expected with lots of storage space, nice light colours, big balcony and a full bottle of sparkling wine greeting us. Before the drill we went to the Lido buffet for lunch. It took us some time to find the main serving area, the staff was not very active in helping us to find anything. But the food was good. First impression on embarkation was the much smaller scale of the ship's interior in comparison to the QM2. The ceilings are lower, stairways steeper and corridors narrower, she looks much bigger in pictures. Some spaces are impressive, like the midships atrium, the central well in the Britannia restaurant, the Verandah restaurant and the Royal Court theatre. But the decor in the Commodore Club, the Lido and Garden Lounge is a bit tired and dated. It is quite evident that the ship is lacking at least one public room. The Cafe Carinthia serves the role of the non-existing Chart Room, my second favourite space on the QM2 and the Midsips Bar is a crowded combination of champagne bar and a place for aperitifs. I'm not sure if there really is the need for all that space for a card room, internet room and the shops of the Royal Arcade. The Queen's Room is an impressive two deck high ballroom used for various activities during the day and dancing in the evening, but to some extent it suffers from being divided by the main corridor on deck 2. The Golden Lion pub is big and seemed to be very popular. The Commodore Club is a vast space with wonderful views over the ship's bow. In the evening there is a pianist playing, which perfects the mood for a cocktail bar but if you are seated next to the piano forget about conversation. The adjacent Yact Club night club serves it's purpose and the library is beautiful with a good stock of books and magazines. We had a table for four at the stern on the upper level of the Britannia restaurant. The view was nice but we were so far from the central well that it was easy to forget about the lower level and the size of the restaurant. Here QM2's Britannia wins hands down. Food was good with swift and even a bit hurried delivery, we were out of the restaurant in little more than an hour. Service was efficient and correct but not very personal. We ate a couple of luches in the Lido buffet but found the layout a bit confusing. It was hard to find a free table and the walk from the service area was sometimes long. Plus for some reason the napkins there must have been washed with paper as you were covered in white dust all over as soon as you unfolded it! Fortunately the same problem did not occur in other restaurants. One day we tried the pub for lunch which was nice, but due to lack of staff we had to fight to be served. Breakfast in the Britannia restaurant was good, but again service was not very enthusiastic. We took most of our breakfasts in the cabin and they were delivered promptly before the ordered time, with lukewarm coffee and tea. One morning my partner was given a youghurt with best before-date two weeks old. A new one was brought swiftly with apologies and later the room service manager sent us some chocolate strawberries as a compensation, a nice touch. The best meal of the cruise was our dinner at the Verandah restaurant. I had big expectations and it fulfilled and exceeded them all. The service was impeccable and the food delicious, our dinner took over three hours. It was worth every single dollar and more. We took the afternoon tea almost every day. The sandwiches, cakes and scones were delicious, but the service was better executed on the QM2, where you didn't have to ask for additional servings as they were automatically offered. The drinks selection in the bars was good. Overall service was a bit lacking in enthusiasm. Nobody was rude or unattentative but it felt like they were not proud to be working on the QE, again a stark contrast to how the staff were on the QM2. Best were the staff at the bars. The Britannia dining room staff were getting better towards the end of the cruise so they deserved the tip which we first thought to withhold. My friend took a massage package in the Spa and said praises of the staff there. We didn't take any of the Cunard's excursions as we felt they were overpriced and anyway our main motivation for the cruise was the dining and the ship itself. In Vigo we walked around the city centre, everything was closed as it was Sunday but in the end we found a cafe and sat there for a while before heading back to the ship for lunch. We all know Lisbon well so took two walks in the city with a lunch onboard in between. The sailing into the port was a fabulous sight, with just a few meters clearance to the bridge. Porto was very interesting, shame about the 30 minute shuttle from the port to the city. We took a port wine tasting there and spend most of the remainin time in a traffic jam, so have to go back there some day to explore the city properly. Cherbourg was nice, the weather there was cold and windy and not much to see in the city centre, except for the Maritime Museum located right next to the terminal. I guess we are seaday people because we enjoyed those the most. Breakfast in the cabin, jog on the treadmill, some lazy reading and then the fabulous formal dinner in the evening, followed by some drinks in the Commodore Club. Entertaintement was good, especially the harpist and violinists. The Royal Court theatre looks great, but if you are seated in the boxes or on the upper level the safety glass obscures your vision. Disembarkation was efficient. We had an early breakfast in the Britannia, had to vacate our cabins before 8:30 and then sat in the theatre for some 45 minutes before being let out. Smiths took us to Heathrow, where we checked in our bags and took the tube to visit the Osterley House before our late evening flight back home. Overall we had a fabulous time. We like Cunard and the Queen Elizabeth is a nice ship, well maintained and clean. Most of the other guests onboard were elderly Brits, with some 200 Japanese giving a bit of international feeling. The weather in Spain and Portugal was very good and the Bay of Biscay was gentle on us. But now we also know that the Queen Mary 2 is something very special, so most propably we'll book a crossing for next year to see how she looks after the remastering. Read Less
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