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12 Cunard Western Caribbean Cruise Reviews

We have just returned from a combined transatlantic crossing to New York and Caribbean cruise. We have sailed on QM2 a number of times over the years and were shocked but also saddened to see the state of disrepair, neglect and overall ... Read More
We have just returned from a combined transatlantic crossing to New York and Caribbean cruise. We have sailed on QM2 a number of times over the years and were shocked but also saddened to see the state of disrepair, neglect and overall drop in standards. We were surprised to see that Cunard who heavily market on the ship's iconic history and tradition plus the famous White Star Service, would let things deteriorate so badly. The glossy Cunard brochures certainly do not reflect “What you see is what you get”. Our balcony was covered in rust marks with paint flaking off everywhere including the frames of our deck chairs. We were in cabin 6113 on deck 6. The cabin’s furniture and carpet looked worn and tired and did not reflect the décor of a luxury ship. The towels in particular were old, grey and threadbare with some having holes in them. We were right underneath a door on deck 7, which opened out onto the deck. Form morning to late at night we had to endure the constant noise of door slamming, as people would just let the door slam behind them. This meant we could not sit on the balcony in peace and quiet, enjoying a good book or a glass of wine. Instead we were quite often woken up early in the morning by slamming doors and went to bed with the slamming noise as well. Some of the ceiling panels in Sir Samuel’s were loose and coming off the ceiling. A number of public toilets were blocked and even overflowing. There were cracked tiles and the cotton hand towels have been replaced by paper hand towels from a plastic wall unit, not reflecting the luxury status Cunard keeps advertising but more akin to a public convenience on a Council car park. We saw broken seats in the theatre and broken corners on the orchestra’s screens/QM2 signs. Picture frame sin the corridors were badly scratched and marked. Handrails on corridors were also cracked and badly marked. The security check, when going on shore excursions, was carried out by just one member of staff. In previous years there were at least 2 desks in operation to cope with the volume of passengers, wishing to get on and off the boat. The boat itself had rust marks and was covered in algae on the outside. Against other ships, she looked “bedraggled” and neglected. For the first time I did not take any photos. There was a stale and unsavoury smell throughout the ship, often reminding me of sickness. The food left a lot to be desired. The best meals we had were at breakfast time. The food was repetitive, bland and lacklustre and of low quality. Fresh vegetables and fresh fruit were in very limited supply. In previous years, especially when travelling to destinations like the Caribbean, fresh local fruit would be replenished at some of the destinations and the menu in the Britannia would reflect the destinations travelled to. The time taken to serve meals seemed very long. We experienced 2 hours just to have 2 courses! On occasion we had to run to the theatre so not to miss the show. Some but not all of the waiters appeared demotivated and rude. We sat at table 221 at the late sitting and were allocated one particular waiter who was outstandingly rude and placid when serving. This was not the case this time. The food in the King’s Court self-service restaurant was not just poor but appalling. The dress standard in the evenings was not enforced. Whilst the majority of passengers made an effort, there was an increasing number who did not and strolled around the bars in casual day wear including shorts and Crocs. Cunard uses very stylish and elegant models for their glossy high quality brochures and website. Do not expect to see the standard of dress displayed by the models used on the boat. If you do, you will be disappointed. In fact Cunard would be far better to use photos of real passengers to provide a true reflection of what it is really like on board. Notwithstanding the clientele seems to have changed over the years. The glamorous traveller is a minority now and has been overtaken by a type of traveller who in the past would not have travelled with Cunard and is not shown in their broochures. But even the crew’s uniforms were quite often scruffy and stained. The theatre performances also left a lot to be desired and were of mediocre quality. Performances were repetitive and boring and fell into the category of what is often referred to as “cruise ship material” and not the advertised RADA productions. On disembarkation day our luggage tags turned out to be allocated wrongly and our transfer tickets were missing. Instead to Newark Airport we were sent to JFK. This only became apparent when we were called for disembarkation and added a lot of unnecessary panic and stress. Having travelled on this boat on many occasions I am able to reflect and make comparisons, rather than just merely criticise. We have also been with other cruise lines to enable us to draw comparisons in relation to quality. Yes, we realise the QM2 is a transatlantic liner and not a cruise ship but this does not affect the disrepair, quality of food, standards etc. The ship has definitely seen better times. Summing up, we will not be travelling with Cunard again. Recently we have experienced Celebrity cruises and found them to be of a much, much higher standard. I have got one message to Cunard: you cannot rely on your history alone but you also need to maintain and improve. You are currently not providing what you are selling.   Read Less
Sail Date December 2013
This was our 2nd Cunard cruise this year, the first being in April on the Queen Elizabeth and could not have been further from the experience that we had on the QM2. I do not want to be a bore but the QE was exceptional in all but the ... Read More
This was our 2nd Cunard cruise this year, the first being in April on the Queen Elizabeth and could not have been further from the experience that we had on the QM2. I do not want to be a bore but the QE was exceptional in all but the disembarkation experience, so we were really excited by the QM2 no one more so than our 10 yr old son. Embarkation was smooth and welcoming, with carols being sung by the tree in the main lobby and luggage arrived at the cabin as we did. The card and champagne welcoming us back were lovely personal touches. On closer inspection our bathroom failed our 'clean' test, but I consider myself fussy. Even so the faults were rectified gradually and the cabin staff were lovely. The cabin was fine, roomy and comfortable even with the extra sofa bed. The Britannia Restaurant experience was mediocre, this was a Christmas cruise with 170 children so we were seated at a table of much older people all of whom made it clear that they were not pleased to be seated with a 10 year old! After a 'tip' we were moved but had to sit in a dingy corner on our own, somewhat of a defeat of our objective for choosing this cruise. We discovered that the information given on the booking forms is not passed to the dining room - surely essential when planning table seating? It was the attention to detail last time that made us book this cruise but it is the lack of it and lack of empathy this time that will stop us from doing so again. The food quality was unpredictable as was the service. Some of the guests may have been happy to spend hours over breakfast and lunch but the constant delays in service were excessive with great gaps between courses. The staff, far from milling about were rushed off their feet and behind the scenes was clearly worse. Christmas lunch was uninspirational, we assumed saving the main event for dinner time. I choked on an elastic band in the fish pie, no one on the staff made any attempt to apologise or make up for this appalling experience, after interrogation by the Health and Safety officer as to the exact dimensions of the band (the waiter had whisked it away never to be seen again) I was told that I could see the ships doctor and that he might waive his fee! I decided to pass on that one! Nothing further came of this incident, but we received an invitation to the captains cocktail party where the food was spectacular but drinks service reserved for the 'preferred' guests. And yet two days later my husband found an orange plastic spatula in his carrots at dinner ....... Christmas dinner should have been spectacular (as New Years Eve did indeed turn out to be), but it was as dull as the lunch and just as unappealing. Cold and curled up pile of turkey with inedible Christmas Pudding, very poor. The waiter was embarrassed. The evening entertainment in the ballroom was interrupted with a presentation by the on board shopping advisor giving a talk about gemstones..... We called it a day! On the whole the food was just too inconsistent and the good meals that included perfect souffles for over 1000 people made the insult to the passengers of providing so many mediocre meals so much worse. The Cunard chefs can certainly turn out excellent food, they just don't seem to be able to do so regularly! Todd English, the much hyped speciality restaurant, felt more to us like the equivalent of TGi Fridays, big portions of mediocre food served in what dId at least seem an appealing environment. My scallops were like squash balls and even after returning the first plate the second plate showed little improvement. The food was not a patch on the Verandah Restaurant on the QE and not worthy of the additional charges made. Quite clearly not designed to cater for European tastes. The Kings Court Buffet was a scrum at popular times, but the food was hot and edible, something missing in the Britannia. The staff here were by far the most unhappy. The queue at the 'chef's galley' was always a nightmare that no one seemed to get a grip of regardless of the numerous and agitated complaints made. There was simply no evidence of leadership. This is not my preferred restaurant as we chose this holiday for the dining experience. Incidentally when my husband asked for a drink he was laughed at and told to find a sommelier, which led to complaint directly to the hotel services manager who was in the restaurant for his own dinner! Understandably we then received service and we were given the utmost attention whenever we went into the buffet area, it's unfortunate that only after a complaint to the top did we get service. In the evening the Lotus Restaurant was exceptional while the Piazza a let down, back to the inconsistency, but the dining times were restricted to last seating at 9.30, quite absurd really, and part of the clear focus on the older generation and the Americans that mostly eat early. Entertainment and 'The Zone' (kids club). The staff were a mixed bag, the entertainment director faultless remembering our sons name from day one, let down by a dreadful kids club. Here we were forced to complain because of the poor behaviour of the staff and were told that it was because the regular kids club staff were mostly on holiday and had been substituted with unhappy graduates that had been unable to secure their preferred work. Absurd as clearly Christmas must be a busy time for The Zone! The activities for boys of our child's age were frankly uninspirational which resulted in him and his mates spending most of their on board time in the pool. This led to complaints from the adults that feel that children should not be in the pool on deck 12, or even the minnows on deck 6, the staff were noticeably reluctant to straighten out the skirmishes which resulted in real stress for the mums and dads of these boys, quite unnecessary. As was the fact that the children's team were miserable even on Christmas Day, my film of the day evidences this better than any words. The staff were seen shouting at children and refusing to allow them to play with the toys as they HAD to watch a movie! The entertainment in the evenings was also uninspirational to say the least, too many "club" acts and opera type singing, we had to question whether the entertainment staff knew that there were families on the ship, did they notice that the theatre was never more than just over half full.....? The entertainment was more Butlins than White Star, only the location was different. We were told that on past Christmas cruises there had been some big names, looks like more cost cutting. The pub quizzes were run by an intellectually void yob while the music in the Commodore Club and Chart Room was quite lovely and at times inspirational, these unlike the pub set the scene well and the children just seemed to know what was expected of them in here. The Cunard Big Band were superb, we even gave ballroom dancing a whirl what fun, so were Vibz the band and they played exceptionally especially on New Years Eve getting the crowd going. All of the bars were good, leaving aside the somewhat strange atmosphere in the Golden Lion, strictly for the old lags and the sight seeing groups. The service in the Commodore Club was always impeccable and the staff deserve a special thank you. Life boat drill, normally a painless experience except when the food and beverage manager is in charge of your station and you happen to stand in the wrong place. My husband a chunky six footer was roughly manhandled with no apology from one place to another. We were too shocked to say or do anything but I suspect that his attitude was responsible for such a miserable food and beverage experience overall. Similarly the attitude and behaviour of the woman in the library/book shop. When returning a book from the library I was appalled by the Jabba the Hut impersonator who barely glanced up while demanding that I take the book to the returns counter, when I popped it down where I believed I had been directed I was snarled at and told that i would be charged for the book unless I replaced it in the correct place...... Jabba was undeterred when I enquired as to her line manager. This was a general attitude amongst the crew! The Spa, again exceptional as were the team here, the treatments were wonderful and not pricey when compared with on land resorts. There was the time issue but this was more the company maximising the dollar than the staff. But it is worth noting that they add 15 percent to your bill too, this is how they pay the staff, a crime when you consider the cost of the cruise. Excursions: these are pushed at every opportunity but my are they expensive. We paid 20 dollars each for a tour of Barbados from a great taxi driver in the port, the same was being charged by the ship was more than 3 times this. Similar was the experience in St Lucia, not to mention the snorkeling and rib ride that was changed to just a short rib ride leaving more time for shopping! We went on the ship's tour to the 7 sisters waterfall but actually the tour was led by a bored and unhappy man who warmed up when I flashed a few dollars at him to entertain my son. It transpired that little of the fee paid went to the driver. Eva on the tour desk couldn't have been less friendly or helpful in any circumstances, another sparkling example of the Famous White Star Service. I enquired which tours were most suitable for a 10 year old boy and she sneered and said none before going back to her phone. The ship stops at nothing to promote their preferred shops, but these shops pay a premium to Cunard which I suspect has to be recovered from somewhere..... Back to the destinations they all have the same shops in smaller or larger ranges and the prices were clearly fixed, bargains seemed unlikely. We purchased a camera which was exactly the same price as New York minus the tax, but the HD card was more expensive overall it would have been less in New York. The beaches in Grenada, Barbados and Tortola were the most spectacular but beware of excursions organised by the ship it's cheaper to go it alone. Finally back to the 'child haters', the zimmer users, the kids zone staff, the 60+'s in fact many of our fellow passengers seemed to have failed to take account of the fact that this was Christmas and Christmas is for children especially when they pay their fare just as the adults do. It's true that their needs are a bit different but why should they be sneered at and complained about at every turn? We experienced people on motorised scooters positively charging at the kids and other 'able bodied' passengers. If I were generous I might say that they had 'youth envy' but I don't feel generous as they seemed to want us to pack off the children to The Zone while on the whole they pushed, shoved and moaned their way around the ship. apologies to the lovely senior citizens that were quite the opposite but as even they agree they are in the minority. So beware if you are considering taking children on this Cunard Ships. But even us younger adults are not immune; my husband as I said is not a small chap but he is a gentle and studiously polite man. At the deck party he was pushed out of the way not once but twice by the same rude old man determined to get at the profiteroles, who then refused to apologise! Overall the staff of QM2 just lacked the certain something that had been so apparent on QE, this is driven by the clear management problems as some of the officers are brutish and quite simply rude to everyone regardless. The staff were professional but too impersonal, over stretched, poorly led by officers that passed the buck and generally overworked (lots of examples of either cost cutting or recruitment issues). Cunard confuses us by promoting itself as a modern day olde world when in fact it is poorly disguising the fact that it is there to extract every dollar possible in every way possible. There is in my opinion a lack of honesty and while on the face of it Cunard are great value they are actually much more expensive for not enough of what you are told you will receive. You are forgiven for thinking that we are just another group of moaners, we went with the intention of having a fantastic time as we had on the QE but the ship just let itself down over and over again, and it is only my sense of decency that I am not quoting some of the more honest officers on board. Cunard seem to have overlooked the fact that their future depends on the youth of today, we shall be making different plans for our next holiday along with a number of other families (all repeat cruisers). We had a great time but only because we were pushed to the other families with 10ish year old boys, furthermore we look forward to seeing them later this year. Read Less
Sail Date December 2011
We travelled on Queen Elizabeth's Festive Debut as virgin Cunarders, and we weren't disappointed. We boarded swiftly and were greeted, by smiling crew, all offering to help as we were travelling with my mother and two ... Read More
We travelled on Queen Elizabeth's Festive Debut as virgin Cunarders, and we weren't disappointed. We boarded swiftly and were greeted, by smiling crew, all offering to help as we were travelling with my mother and two small children. The cabin size was fantastic, we had 3 cabins, my mother in one and the 2 cabins between my husband myself and the 2 children, unfortunately one of the cabins must have been occupied previously by a heavy smoker, and the smell remained throughout the cruise, even after cleaning, so we all slept in one cabin, which was fine, as there was a pull out sofa bed. The sail away was wonderful with carols quayside, and excitement in the air. We dinned in the Upper Britannia Restaurant which was fabulous, the waiters went over and above service, and always ensured that the children were looked after, and arranged special meals for them. Yes the wine was a little pricey, but I gathered before we left, so was determined not to get hung up about it. The shows were always fabulous, and varied - the children thoroughly enjoyed them all - although Des O'Connor, seemed to over run slightly, it didn't matter, the youngest just fell asleep. The Queens room had dancing each night which we would watch whilst the children had a go, and then we would go up to The Yacht Club and dance away to Serious Sounds, the DJ was a little disappointing as he couldn't download any recent music??? The Islands we visited were truly breath taking and we were all amazed at the sheer beauty of them all, we didn't book excursions through Cunard - we went independently as this offers more flexibility - especially with children, and this option was cheaper too. Christmas day was wonderful with Father Christmas appearing and giving everyone who wanted one a gift. The children's club was fantastic too, although we only let the children go in for 2 hours on a sea day, was amazed that some parents put their children in on Christmas day???? All in all it was a very relaxing cruise, my only trouble was with the other passengers complaining it made me cringe - we all knew the schedule before we booked, so to complain seems pointless, yes shops were closed, but IT WAS THE HOLIDAYS!!!!! Also my family were in the small minority who hadn't travelled Cunard before and to be honest it was a little boring hearing the constant "its not as nice as the QE2" Well your are on the Queen Elizabeth - so just enjoy it!! I must admit I am looking forward to my next trip to catch up with the crew, and it will most definitely be with Cunard - as to coin the company's phrase "We are Cunard!!" Read Less
Sail Date December 2010
Cruise of Nov 17th out of New York , D8 cabin booked upgraded to D2 , Deck 12 inside, traveling solo. Flew to New York via Jet Blue (excellent flight) from Fort Myers FL, not arranged by Cunard, however I did book a Hotel package with ... Read More
Cruise of Nov 17th out of New York , D8 cabin booked upgraded to D2 , Deck 12 inside, traveling solo. Flew to New York via Jet Blue (excellent flight) from Fort Myers FL, not arranged by Cunard, however I did book a Hotel package with Cunard, I arrived early into New York but the Cunard rep was there. As I was the only Cunard passenger on that flight a Lincoln town car was provided to take me to the Hilton. At Hilton, checking in was easy, the room had recently been renovated and was very clean and bright. However the agency handling the transfers hotel to ship had not left any information with the reception desk . It took two phone calls before getting this at 8.30pm This was a letter but the date of ickup from hotel to ship was given as Nov 16th , the correct date should have been Nov 17th. If you choose to stay at the Hilton, I would suggest tht you make plans to go out to eat , there are quite a few places nearby. The Hotel itself only had one restaurent open for dinner, mostly pasta and very expensive. The breakfast is buffet style, little choice, few actual dishes, and again very expensive. I had juice, tea, sausage , tomatoe, beans, toast, and the bill was $38. Bus to ship on 17th , was without incident, but at port a Longshore man came onto the bus before we were allowed to get off, and made it clear, the handlers expected to be paid for handling the cases to the ship. Paid $5 for one suitcase. Cabin , normal inside cabin, I asked the steward at 1.30p.m to please leave me a full size blanket for the bed when he made up the room for the night. However at 10.30p.m when I went back to the room that night, no blanket.Called steward on cabin phone, he was off duty, called housekeeping , no service after 9.30p.m. Spoke with front desk to be told,it would be difficult to get me a blanket that late, that I should have asked for it earlier! There were sparkles scattered over the carpet obviously from last occupants gowns, so the cabin had not been vacumed before I occupied it. Same sparkles still there when I disembarked 13 days later, so again it was obvious the cabin had not been cleaned very well in that time. Took 3 days before a robe appeared ( I had my own but not every passenger would bring one since Cunard say this is provided) One day he removed the used face cloths and failed to leave fresh ones, so had no face cloths until next day, another day same thing happened with Bath towels,I only had small hand towels for use after shower. Dining, I was in Britannia,first seating Table 95, a table for 7, when #6 and #7 failed to appear we requested table be laid for 5. My companions were great.Two ladies from FL travelling together, a married couple from Canada, and myself. We all found the waiter very morose, he never smiled, never gave any information on the alternatives to menu ( I had to tell my table companions that). One night we were given another tables meals . This was the first cruise out of many that I have not given extra tips 'under the table' to my cabin steward or waiter.None of other four gave any extras either. Every evening I would go into either the Golden Lion or the Chart room for a glass of wine. In the Lion entertainment was a piano player, the the Chart Room it was either a Harpist or a String Quartet. I enjoyed both locations. Each day I would go to Sir Samuels for mid morning 'goodies', sometimes I also had a light lunch there. I also went to the Lion a couple of times, good food but the Trivia event would sometimes run over into the so called lunch hour, so the pub was very crowded and rather noisy. There were several new shows in the Theatre, which I enjoyed, also Classical Piano recital, again very good. I did not go to the see other individual acts, but that was a personal choice.My table companions from Canada seemed to enjoy them. Queen Room Balls, these did not start until 9.45p. and unless you went in by about 9p.m seats were difficult to find. For those travelling as a couple who liked to dance I am sure these were enjoyable. However as a senior solo traveler they had little attraction for me. My two female table companions did comment that the dance hosts seemed to dance with the same females all the time, and you would need to sit at the tables at the side of the dance floor to attract the hosts attention. The hosts did not go into the main body of the room to choose partners. Sales tables/Photographs, The sales tables were extremely tacky, and prevented normal foot traffic . The shops themselves appeared to have limited stock, even though we had sailed from New York. In order to go from one end of ship to the other you had to 'evade' at least 4 areas set upfor portaits night after night.also in the dining room, simply saying a polite "no thank you" did not always work As always I loved the ship itself, but felt that the service needs to be improved, There did seem to be a lack of respect for the passengers wishes It seemed that the staff's wishes,or way of doing things, were of more importance than pleasing the paying customers. Read Less
Sail Date November 2009
Queen Mary 2 "Caribbean Calypso" 10 night Princess Grill Suite Jan 3, 2009 Embarkation: Considering that it was a record day for passenger traffic through the Port Everglades, FL - nearly 50,000 passengers with ten ships in ... Read More
Queen Mary 2 "Caribbean Calypso" 10 night Princess Grill Suite Jan 3, 2009 Embarkation: Considering that it was a record day for passenger traffic through the Port Everglades, FL - nearly 50,000 passengers with ten ships in port - embarkation was especially smooth. I speak only for grill-class passengers as we were onboard early in the afternoon after only a brief wait indoors in air conditioned, seated, comfort. Britannia passengers apparently endured a sometimes many hours-long standing wait in the sun. Fresh from her November, 2008 drydock, the QM2's hull and superstructure were gleaming. Greeting onboard was even more perfunctory than at any time previously as the customary dual-flanking "receiving lines" of liveried crew were not in evidence. Princess Grill Suite Our forward Princess Grill suite on deck 10 was in fine condition (save one bedside lampshade which had a very small hole), spacious and well-appointed. I was surprised to find our balcony teak handrail had some salt stains; however, these were removed and the rail revarnished within two days without our comment. Our steward was excellent - fully and promptly responsive to all our requests. We hardly ever encountered him so he did not function, as some do, as a quasi-butler/host, but we did not mind this at all. Sail-away: This was our first departure from Port Everglades and I count it among my favorites as the residents of the homes and apartment towers along the channel make their evenings' entertainment of the ships' departures. As we passed, we heard shoreside megaphones encouraging Queen's Grill guests to "get your tuxedos on," sirens heralded our passage and, as we left the channel, residents of the tower along the coastline flashed their apartment lights. We responded with three long (and one short, naturally) "audible ten miles away" blasts of the QM2's great whistles. Princess Grill Restaurant, Grills Lounge, Grills Terrace Physically, the Grill amenities on QM2 lack grace, particularly the Grill restaurants when contrasted with the Britannia. Where the Britannia has its unobstructed sea views, sweeping staircases, grand full beam-width, triple-height, tapestry and light well, the Grill restaurants are shunted-off spaces aft of the cafeteria (King's Court) on Deck 7. Long, narrow, and unrelievedly rectilinear, the great majority of their windows face the partially-enclosed sections of the promenade deck. The remainder face the aft sundeck. These prospects would not be so unfortunate were passengers to maintain a greater sense of decorum during the day on deck. Rather, our table far aft gave onto an ever-changing, stomach-turning montage of sunbathers who, in great part, share their physiognomy with the subjects of Lucien Freud's "Naked Portraits." While I appreciate Maestro Freud's interest in people as animals and his aesthetic transfiguration of his subjects, we hapless viewers in the Grill restaurants enjoyed no such transformative artistry. Passengers on this deck displayed their variously hirsute, decayed, obese, and inadequately-clothed bodies in a panorama which filled the Grills restaurants' aft-facing windows. One might hope at least that when these persons laid prone and splayed they would at least lie facing aft (away from the restaurant) or clothe themselves; one would, however, be sorely disappointed. A mitigation of this problem might be to install some form of semi-opaque scrim in the Grill restaurants' aft-facing window walls as, even at night, the windows gave onto a view of the loungers stacked high and close by. Our Princess Grill restaurant table for eight was comfortable, capacious, well-laid, and expertly-attended. We enjoyed, as always on Cunard, the company of friendly and interesting tablemates, this time from the U.K. Their sense of conviviality, warmth, and wit added immeasurably to our enjoyment They told us that they shared our happy impression of our group. Our waiters provided prompt and attentive service enhanced immensely by our assistant maitre d', Fifi. She went far beyond the call of duty time and again on our behalf and on behalf of our tablemates. Ever present with her flambe trolley to finish a rack of lamb in preparation for English silver service or to make a dessert, she also fulfilled special requests, such as ours for an Indian dinner one night and a Philippine cuisine on another. Food quality and presentation were excellent except for the kitchen-prepared desserts which were lackluster. The after-dinner petits-fours were uniformly-excellent, however. The sommelier was by far the worst I have encountered of the dozens whose service I have enjoyed and from whom I have learned so much. He demonstrated no knowledge of wine and was unable to provide any assistance with ordering at all, being unaware even of the vintages of the Bordeaux. To each bottle, red or white, as I tasted it, he commented only: "it has a nice minerality, doesn't it." At least he omitted this comment with the champagne! Moreover, prices have suddenly jumped on the better selections, many of which were in any event unavailable. I was disappointed with the $ 45 surcharge for caviar but it was of very fine quality and the serving was generous, much more so than on the single night when it was offered us gratis. The Grills Lounge is a similarly-unprepossessing space, narrow and awkward. The furniture is also slightly tatty at this point. The Grills Terrace is a mean space aft of the funnel on deck 11, making for less than clean air at times. Smoking restriction was not enforced, forcing us to move at times. Deck service is occasional and listless. Decor is non-existent: were it used instead as a crew area, it would look no different. This is an especially disappointing contrast to the Upper Grills Terrace on the Queen Victoria which is a smashing success both in its design, finish, (except for the ghastly linoleum decking where teak should be found) and stellar deck service. During drydock, the Chart Room was refitted to great effect. It was always a successful room and is improved by the new carpet and furniture. The photographs of the new room available online cannot convey what a complete success it is. Of equal import is the new non-smoking policy there. Indeed, we could never make use of the room before the refit because it, and the furniture especially, always reeked of stale smoke. Unfortunately, the smokers have moved on to the G32 (disco) where, although smoking is only permitted on the upstairs level, people smoked with impunity on the lower level. Vibz, the casual band, is not improving as time goes on. Perhaps it is time for a change. Entertainment: The highlight, for us, continues to be the ballroom orchestra which now plays consistently at strict dance tempo (except during the occasional "slow sways" which are, admittedly, necessary these days to accommodate those who do not know how to dance but enjoy taking to the floor in any case.) Overall, there has been a consistently improving quality of movement on the floor (e.g. couples moving counterclockwise in the smooth dances and staying in their spots in the spot dances), perhaps aided by the gentlemen hosts. Bravo. The lead singer, Michel Chartier, was not of great voice and the ballroom performance dancers were poor; the jazz band (playing variously in the Golden Lion pub or in the Chart Room) was superlative, as always. We avoided the by now five year old shows - never a draw to begin with. I do not exaggerate when I recount that one evening, while window-shopping on deck 3, just aft of the corridor leading to an entrance to the Royal Court Theatre, the door to the theater opened during a highly-amplified soprano aria and my wife asked why she heard a hair dryer blowing. The shopping was as poor as ever onboard but at least the displays of trashy merchandise outside the shops were more occasional and much more restrained than in the past. This is a great improvement. Indeed, we are happy to report that Cunard has implemented many improvements. To wit: children are no longer permitted in the G32, recorded strict tempo dance music is played in the ballroom before the orchestra appears in the evening and also during their breaks, and smoking has been further restricted. The dress code is the most formal at sea (a minimum of jackets being required for men on all evenings in the public rooms, sea days in tuxedo and some evenings in suit and tie) and everyone appears to enjoy it and adhere to it, thank goodness. In contrast, we were awakened early one morning in port to find the Carnival Victory backing in beside us. Awakened, I say, because, even early in the morn', the Victory blasts pounding bass-heavy "music" in its outdoor areas. As we looked down upon her pool deck, the scene was out of Dante: an enormous television screen loomed over a pit containing "water features," levels of tightly-packed loungers, dining facilities with plastic lawn chairs for seating, children running amok while undershirted, tattoo-wearing men and women roamed carrying brightly-colored "slurpee"-style cups while the deafening music played. I suppose I should be grateful for the relative quiet of the QM2's open decks though the incessant musak is ghastly. Fortunately, one can avoid it along the length of the promenade deck. Wireless internet service was poor (my laptop never was able to connect as a result of the ship's technical problems). I know this because I could access the free Cunard website wirelessly but could not logon to my shipboard account. Conexxions technical support was unable to help. We enjoyed and appreciated the privilege of our first-ever dinner at the Captain's table. Word was that, a few nights previously, an obviously dotty woman had received such an invitation, had accepted it, and then could not be found at the appointed hour. A search party was sent out and she was found dining with her friends at her usual table. When reminded to join the Captain, she, like Melville's cracked lawclerk, Bartelby the Srivener, opined that she "preferr[ed] not to." Appalling! At dawn, on the 13th, it was thrilling to see the Queen Victoria coming up the Port Everglades channel behind us and to think, with pleasure and happy anticipation that we will watch from her decks, next January, the jungles of Panama, as we sail from New York to San Francisco, and that we will enjoy as much seeing the waters of the Pacific lap against her hull as we have before those of the Aegean, of the Ionian, and the of Mediterranean and the Atlantic. Happy cruising! Read Less
Sail Date January 2009
This was an eagerly anticipated first trip on the QM2 booked in Feb 07. Our original ports of call included Limon, Costa Rica but this was cancelled by Cunard in December 07 and Barbados added as the alternative. No reason was given for ... Read More
This was an eagerly anticipated first trip on the QM2 booked in Feb 07. Our original ports of call included Limon, Costa Rica but this was cancelled by Cunard in December 07 and Barbados added as the alternative. No reason was given for the change in itinerary. The new itinerary was New York, Cristobal (for the Panama Canal), Curacao, Bonaire, Barbados, St Lucia, St Thomas, New York. We sailed out of New York in the evening as the lights came on in all the buildings and sailed under the Verezzano Bridge. At the end of the voyage we sailed in as dawn broke over New York, magical. The voyage was a wonderful experience (the Commodore was keen to point out to us that it was a voyage not a cruise). The ship is magnificent and it was love at first sight. The transfer from the airport was slightly chaotic (we were told to form ourselves into two groups of 38) but the embarkation process went very smoothly. To celebrate a special birthday we had booked a Queens Grill Suite on deck 9, which was spacious and well equipped with fruit, a free bar including our choice of spirits or wine, a jacuzzi bath and a walk in wardrobe. Plus the usual amenities of bathrobe, slippers etc. The balcony was twice the size of ones we had experienced before on other cruise lines with comfortable wooden loungers. We had the services of a butler but apart from having breakfast in our suite on tour days did not really use the service and truth be told we saw very little of him. The Queens Grill Dining Room where we had a table for two served excellent food at breakfast, lunch and dinner and at dinner the staff tried to satisfy any request for food even if it was not on the table d'hote or a la carte menu. Service was personal and of a high standard. The lead waiter for our table tried so hard to please and I have never seen anyone work as hard the Queens Grill Head waiter. You could also have the full menu served in your suite if you preferred. You could dine any time from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. After dinner if we didn't feel like going to a show or to one of the many bars we could sit in the Queens Grill Lounge and sip cocktails and on several nights listen to a pianist or singer. The staff here were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. The Golden Lion served excellent pub food at lunch time and Sir Samuels Wine Bar had very good sandwiches and coffee. We did not try any of the Kings Court buffet offerings. As Queens Grill passengers we could slip into the Concierge Lounge during the day and have a selection of teas or a coffee together with, depending on the time of day, a sandwich, cookie, or cake and read the selection of daily newspapers available. Then the promenade deck was utilized in an effort to walk off all the calories. We weren't brave enough to try the gym. Whilst I am still enthusing about the food, afternoon tea was excellent. We had this in the Grill Lounge and it was also served in the Queens Room and I think on deck for the sun worshippers. You could also have it served in your suite. There were plenty of loungers on the various decks for those who wanted the warm sun. We enjoy formal nights and had packed for the number of formal, semi-formal, elegant casual found on our final documentation only to learn on boarding that the elegant casual nights had increased, so we could have packed differently. Not sure why this info could not have been changed in the final documentation. The ship is large and we did need the map handed out at embarkation to find our way around and it was disconcerting at times on deck 3 to have to go down stairs walk along a corridor and then up again to find the venue you wanted on the deck you started on. It was fun to sit by the windows on deck 2 and watch the waves particularly on the one day we had rough weather. Shopping was limited and there were the usual table sales outside the shops but as I am not a shopper this was not a problem and as the only thing I needed, for the cold my husband developed, was available from the "general" shop. The library was an excellent resource and we enjoyed the daily crosswords, sudoko and trivia quiz. The view aft from the library windows as you sat browsing through a book or just looking out to sea was very relaxing. We didn't go to one of the Planetarium shows as my husband is not keen on the IMAX type experience and we were told this was similar. We enjoyed viewing the bridge on sea days from the glass partitioned viewing area on deck 11 (I think it was deck 11). There are free laundry facilities on several decks which is a boon for pressing clothes after a transatlantic flight. We did however wash smaller things in cabin and hung them to dry on the wash line over the bath, very handy and time saving as we always found a queue in the laundry. The shows we went to were of a high standard, both in content and technical detail, although the computer crashed for the last show and it was cancelled after one song. There were 3 guest speakers who gave a variety of lectures during the day, an ambassador, a writer and a historian. There were a lot of other activities so you would never be bored, you could be as active or as lazy as you wished. We decided to be lazy. The Canyon Ranch Spa was good and I had prebooked my treatments via email and confirmation of times etc were waiting for me in the suite when we arrived. we had prebooked the Shore excursions which were on the whole good, the big disappointment was the Panama Canal Boat Trip which was too crowded for many people to see anything. This was because many of us on this trip had originally prebooked the train trips by the canal which were then cancelled due to the changes in port and our arrival in Christobal a day early. So the highlight of the trip was disappointing to say the least. Curacao, Bonaire, St Thomas and St Lucia were very good and I think we just chose the wrong trip on Barbados. The excursions were well organized by Cunard. Curacao Country Drive and Island tour of Bonaire were the best excursions and the Panama Canal Boat trip the worst. The immigration process at St Thomas was a little disorganized as we felt there were not enough staff around to direct those on early excursions. We could keep in touch with family and friends by buying an internet package or by using the email facility on the interactive tv in our suite, this was our preferred option and we found it very effective. Cunard send you an onboard email address with your tickets etc so you can let friends and family have this prior to your voyage. Any problems we had in our suite i.e. interactive tv broke down, the safe malfunctioned etc were rectified within 30 minutes of our reporting them. After disembarkation Cunard had arranged a tour of Manhattan for us prior to taking us to the airport. So what could have been a long day was instead a fruitful one. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, nothing was too much trouble for the staff wherever we went on the ship. The voyage was relaxing and the mix of sea days/port days just right. We cannot overstate how good this ship is and I can't wait to sail on the QM2 again. Read Less
Sail Date February 2008
After very long flights from Australia, my husband Fred and I had a chilly weather welcome to New York. The Wingate Inn Midtown was an excellent choice for our stay in Manhattan. Only twelve months old this accommodation included ... Read More
After very long flights from Australia, my husband Fred and I had a chilly weather welcome to New York. The Wingate Inn Midtown was an excellent choice for our stay in Manhattan. Only twelve months old this accommodation included complimentary breakfasts and free internet service. Boy... did I enjoy those make-yourself waffles! It is only half a block from Macy's Department Store so the position was perfect. Very friendly staff greeted us at the desk. We had two full days to explore the city and take in the beautiful sights of the Christmas lights and decorations. Unfortunately we didn't get to see a Broadway Show because the actors were on strike. We arrived at the dock of the Queen Mary 2 a little after midday. I couldn't believe how quickly we were onboard. We found our cabin and then went and had a very nice lunch in the Kings Court. Our luggage was in our cabin when we returned. Everyone was very friendly and all the staff gave us a smile and a greeting. Our Cabin Steward (Lou) spoilt us with excellent service during the cruise. A few extra chocolates on our pillows some nights. Our cabin was below the Promenade Deck and the early morning joggers. We can't say it disturbed us too much but next time we would choose another position. We had first seating in the Britannia Dining Room and shared a table with four great table mates. Our only problem with the food was trying to decide what to order. All meals were wonderful and our Table Stewards Ronchito and Bernadett bent over backwards to please. Now...I must mention how delighted we were to receive an invitation to join Captain & Mrs Rynd for dinner. I found myself very relaxed and enjoyed the experience as Captain Rynd and his wife Julie are especially easy to talk to. Mrs Rynd also proved to be the perfect hostess at our Cruise Critic meetings. She is also an Australian. This Cruise Critic group of happy cruisers were called the "Crown Celebrities" As this was Fred's and my first Cunard cruise and we couldn't believe our luck when we were also invited to join Captain Rynd and Senior Officers for cocktails. The entertainment in the Royal Court Theatre was fantastic. Dancers, magician, singers, etc, excelled our expectations. Magician Philip Hitchcock was amazing. Outstanding evening with Jon Courtenay with his comedy and piano talents. The Planetarium shows were interesting. Harpist Meagan Davis presented some enchanting melodies. The Caribbean Band Vibz set the theme for our destinations. The Barbados Folklore Spectacular entertained us with local traditions of Barbados and the fire limbo dancer had to be seen to be believed. We didn't get time to try out the whirlpools but they did look inviting. Purchased a pair of mystic topaz earrings from a sidewalk sale in the foyer. After testing the perfumes just couldn't resist buying a bottle of YSL Cinema. Attended a class in napkin folding in the Queens Room while Fred went to check out the workings of the ship. So much to see and do! PORTS OF CALL We decided to take two tours with Cunard. (Tortola and St Kitts) An easy way to do tours as Cunard staff are there to help every step of the way. We had booked a taxi tour in Barbados with Glory Tours but had left Australia before we received a reply. Sarah the owner/operator of Glory Tours was there to meet us tell us the taxi was unavailable and asked us to join her group. This proved to be a better option then the taxi and didn't cost as much. A hot lunch and paid admission to attractions were included in this itinerary. An excellent tour!. At St Lucia we had a tour with Bernard (St Lucia Taxi Man) This was the best tour we have ever taken. At a very reasonable price ($35.00) Bernard spent six hours showing us his beloved island. He supplied bananas, bread, biscuits, drinks and his own home made rum punch free of charge. A big man with a gentle heart. We recommend Bernard's tour most highly. At St Thomas we were a little disappointed that Godfreys's Tours didn't meet us at 9.00am as per booking. After telephoning Godfrey he did arrive at 10.20am. After a short time we were changed to another tour and then changed again. We did enjoy seeing the island but I think next time we would try another tour company or do a Cunard tour.We am happy to say we did not encounter any class distinction on Queen Mary 2. Not only were we accepted but we were made to feel very special. This is a beautiful and stable cruise ship and we had a fantastic time. Marleneann for Fred & Marleneann Read Less
Sail Date November 2007
CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 Western Caribbean Dec. 9 - 16, 2006 By Mary & Vincent Finelli In 1840, the Boston Daily News printed the following: "Since the discovery of America by Columbus, nothing has occurred of so much importance to ... Read More
CUNARD QUEEN MARY 2 Western Caribbean Dec. 9 - 16, 2006 By Mary & Vincent Finelli In 1840, the Boston Daily News printed the following: "Since the discovery of America by Columbus, nothing has occurred of so much importance to the new world as navigating the Atlantic by steamers." This is one of the more memorable quotes displayed on the new Queen Mary 2 (QM2) walls. Then, again in 2004, the London Times printed the following: "She {QM2} will be heir to all that has gone before, and will carry the grace and elegance of a bygone era into the future." Cunard has made the QM2 a floating homage to the first Queen Mary which after 33 years in service is now docked in a lagoon in Long Beach, CA. She sits as a beautiful museum to the last of the "Three Funnels." This venerable ship during WWII carried over 1.6 million troops along with her companion Queen Elizabeth. The two were painted battle ship grey, dubbed the "Grey Ghosts" and eluded the enemy with their superior speed. After WWII, the Queen Mary returned to transatlantic crossings with the slogan "Getting there wasn't just half the fun -- It was the fun." On her final voyage in 1967, Queen Mary navigated Cape Horn, South America, for the first and only time, and came to her final resting place in Long Beach. The QM2 maintains the traditions of her Cunard predecessors which includes a "style" of British elegance and the same two octaves below middle "C" horn, which can be heard for 10 miles. In our quest to sail on as many of the new ships as possible, we considered the QM2 to be another great conquest. She is a floating museum to another time and era in sailing and now in cruising. Her many attributes are worthy of a long, say perhaps "Around the World" cruise, where leisurely time on board can be spent in discovering new areas to explore, or visiting her extensive library. EMBARKATION In Ft. Lauderdale embarkation is relatively hassle free. We were scheduled for check in at 1:30pm, since the QM2 operates a staggered check-in schedule by deck number. The upper decks are first and then on down the ranks -- yes, there is still class distinction on board Cunard! This system prevents congestion or overcrowded areas on the piers. But, it can also mean barely boarding in time for Boat Drill for some. We had boarded the Carnival Legend at this same Pier a month before, thus we knew the ropes -- take the elevator up, and we had wheel chair assistance from there on to our stateroom. Now began the interesting discovery of the layout of this ship. We have two names for it, labyrinth or maze -- either will do. THE SHIP Great care has been given in the design of this ship to ensure that it is the continuation of the Cunard Line tradition; some times even to the point of convoluted access to many areas. There are four main stairways paired with elevators and labeled from forward to aft: A, B, C, D. There are thirteen Decks (one of the few ships with an "unlucky" Deck 13). There are two very impressive corridors, both in size and decoration on Decks 2 & 3, leading from the Britannia Dining Room at Stairway C and going forward to Stairway B. On the walls of one, there are faux bronze bas relief of flora, fauna and landmarks of the major continents of Europe, Africa, Asia, N. America and S. America, and the other corridor depicts Aurora Australis and Aurora Borealis. These are of monumental proportions just like a homage to Earth and its inhabitants: very worthy of close examination. These were our first impression of the QM2, when we boarded at Stairway C and walked forward to the Grand Lobby and to Stairway B -- and, as the cruise went on, we still felt in awe of them, whenever we passed by. Deck 1 has the Kensington, Knightbridge, Belgravia and Chelsea Meeting Rooms and the ship's Medical Center. Deck 2 forward has Illuminations, the Planetarium/Theatre, with fantastic science and astronomy shows, lectures and movies. Access to this area is along a museum display of Cunard history and photos of distinction (i.e., launchings, famous passengers, a veritable litany of "Who's Who.") Next, is Connexions -- the on line computer area, the Royal Court Theatre and then the Video Arcade. Here, on both sides of the Theatre, there are two walkways set up with tables and chairs adjacent to windows where passengers can play many kinds of games such as the following: checkers, chess, dominoes,Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, etc., or just relax and look at the waves flowing by. Midship are the Purser and Tour offices, the Empire Casino and the Golden Lion Pub (serving lunch of Shepherd's/Cottage Pie, Fish and Chips, etc.). Aft is the Britannia Restaurant and the Picture and Art Galleries; the latter two are difficult to locate, especially using the folding Deck Plan, given to us at embarkation. Deck 3 forward are again Illuminations/Planetarium and the Royal Court Theatre, the Champagne Bar and the pricey Mayfair Shops. Toward aft is the Balcony of the Britannia Restaurant: a lovely place with simple white double columns, which give stature to the room. The back wall is a huge mural of a "Ship Celebration". Next is the Queen's Room, the largest ballroom afloat, where formal dances were held all week -- Excellent. At Captain Christopher Rynd's Cocktail party, there were royal flags hanging from the ceiling. The night of the Masquerade Ball these were changed to gold, black and red flags. Finally, hidden behind the Queen's Room, is the Disco Club G32 (Shipyard's Hull # of the QM2) where Capt. Rynd hosted the officers Cocktail Party, a very formal affair we attended. Decks 4, 5, & 6 are all staterooms, plus laundries located by B & D elevator's and the Children's Play Zone aft of 6 with the Minnows Pool. Deck 7 is all Public Areas including the outdoor Promenade with excellent chaise lounges, reminiscent of the old liners, and the following dining areas: King's Court which is divided into the Carvery (English fare), Lotus (Oriental Food), La Piazza (Italian & Mediterranean selections) and the Chef's Galley (featuring cooking demonstrations and dining by reservation). Here are located the private Queen's and Princess' Grills, reserved for guests in Suites and Junior Suites, respectively. Forward are the very pretty Winter Gardens and the Canyon River Spa Club and Gym. Deck 8 forward has the largest and most beautiful library afloat; the stacks are all made of burl wood and hold more than 8,000 volumes. Then, there is the Book Shop and the Beauty Salon. The midship is all staterooms and aft is the Todd English Supper Club ($30 per person, reservations required). Its windows overlook the Terrace Bar & Pool. Deck 9 forward has the Commodore Club with Naval memorabilia then a meeting room, "The Boardroom". Here is also Churchill's Cigar Lounge with fine cigars, lighters and liquors. Near Stairwell B is the Concierge Lounge. All the rest of this deck is staterooms, except aft is the Queen's Grill Terrace. Deck 10 is all staterooms. Deck 11 forward are the Observation Deck and the Atlantic Meeting Room. The rest is just staterooms. Deck 12 forward has staterooms; midship is the Pavilion Bar, Pool, Fairways, Shuffleboard and the Boardwalk Cafe`. Deck 13 forward has the Lookout, Sports Center, Regatta Bar, Splash Pool and the Sun Deck. This cursory review of the QM2 does not truly evoke the British ambiance, we so enjoy, that pervades this Cunard ship. All public areas are stately and prominently feature portraits of British royalty as a constant reminder of the ship's origin. There are many areas with uneven walkways and stairs which have individual elevators for the handicapped. There are sloped corridors near the Planetarium and excellent statuary near the entrance to Illuminations. It is true that there are mostly carpeted decks, which make it difficult for those with wheelchairs to navigate around the ship. Many of the other newer ships in public areas have changed to marble or tile on which wheelchairs roll much more easily. CABIN We had stateroom # 6144, Cat. B5 (269 sq. ft. including balcony) on Deck 6, since it was very difficult to book a wheelchair accessible cabin on the QM2 in this category, even when booking several months ahead. When entering on the left is a four section armoire, three for hanging clothes, and one section with shelves and personal safe, plus four drawers. Then, the to be expected seascape on the wall, a small vanity/desk with a narrow black and golden banded mirror and two wall sconces in matching black and gold. There is a TV console and a mini refrigerator. When entering, on the right is a tiny compact bathroom with a black onyx topped counter with a single sink, glass shelves and a mirror. There is a large shower stall with safety bars. Next is a queen size bed, with two night stands and the same black and gold reading lamps. The bed had an odd peaking in the middle, since there was a "bridge" joining the twin units in the center. We asked the Cabin Steward to remove it along with the weighty duvet and add a top sheet. The Caribbean is like our home in Florida, where heavy linens are not comfortable. Many of the newer ships have also gone to quilts or puffs minus a top sheet. When discussing the linens with Hotel Director David Stephenson, he said there are over 17 different ways to make a bed, just ask the steward and it will be done any way you please. The carpet is gold with maroon flecks and the drapes and bed linens beige and gold. Very nice and restful. The balcony had two recliners and a small table. However, in order to see the ocean from this "sheltered" balcony you must stand up to the rail, since the window consists of a 4x6 sq. ft. opening in the hull of the ship. The explanation for these unusual balconies is that the QM2 is an ocean liner and not a cruise ship, thus she has been built for the high seas. However, ocean view glassed balconies are Cat. B1 and B2 on Deck 8 and above; Cat. B6 also on deck 8 have balconies with partially obstructed view; Cat. B3, B4, B5 and B7, on decks 4, 5 and 6, have "sheltered" balconies. Needless to say, Vincent was disappointed in lack of ocean view from the "sheltered" balcony, but one consolation was that when we encountered rough seas, the QM2 was steady in high seas. There is one idiosyncrasy of this specific cabin which should be mentioned. There is a "cazillion" watt spot light placed just over the balcony and used to illuminate the side of the ship when the Pilot's boat arrives or departs in each port. Often this light is forgotten on and the balcony and stateroom are blindingly illuminated late into the night. Twice we called down to the purser's desk to remind them that the spot light was forgotten on well into the wee hours of the night. We always have excellent cruises, because we politely request our needs, and on this cruise Steward Greg was excellent and gracefully met all our requirements. He was both efficient and kind. FOOD AND SERVICE Cunard Line is like no other line and both food and service are typically very British. Hotel Director David Stephenson is quite secure in the Cunard Way. This line caters to a worldly group of passengers and maintains evident class distinction based on accommodations. We found the service all over the ship to be wonderful, but in the Britannia Dining Room it was excellent. We met once again Maitre D' Beniamino Acler (Italy), whom we knew from Princess Cruise Line. He is a wonderfully cordial man, whom we see as the epitome of fine Italian manners and dining service. The Restaurant Supervisor is Luigi Dolge, a very active and observant fellow. Our Waiter was Hansel and his assistant Michael. Most lines have done away with the wine steward, but Cunard maintains a Sommelier and Jaksa was quite up on wine. He enjoyed talking with Vincent about specific wines. Vincent takes his wine seriously, since he is Italian born and bred. The dining room menus were some of the most cryptic afloat, but still more than adequate. If you are a duck lover, you won't be disappointed, since it often appears on the menu. The beef was excellent; the fish was good; however, don't miss the swordfish, which was superior. Dinner in the dining room was usually very formal with so many formal evenings during the week. Alternative dining was either at the specialty restaurants or King's Court on Deck 7. King's Court is basically divided into several sections. Mandatory hand sanitizing is done. Thank goodness, especially since several ships have had Norwalk Virus outbreaks recently. The Carvery section serves typically British fare including roast beef, mushy peas, etc. There were several waiters to help with trays. La Piazza specialized in Pizza, Pasta, Lasagna and vegetables like zucchini and eggplant. The Lotus specialized in Asian cuisine, including soups and rice dishes. The best venue here is the Chef's Galley; we made reservations as soon as possible. Chef's Galley is a small studio that seats approximately 36 guests, with a showcase for the chef who prepares four courses and then after each course the "audience" is served. Chef Ion Lungu prepared each course beautifully and the waitress Karen (a polyglot from Salzburg, Austria) and her assistant Laurence served each table. First course was Tian of Smoked Duck and Cassis Foam. Second course was a Risotto al Barolo with gorgonzola, diced apple and hazelnut. The entree was roasted New Zealand Loin of Lamb with pea and butter crust. Dessert was Todd English's Chocolate Fallen Cake which remains molten chocolate in the middle (this is served with a long handled soup spoon with a huge bowl end)! Excellent Chef, service, food and show, all of which we enjoyed immensely. The Upscale Todd English Restaurant is the provenance of Todd English, owner of Oliver's of Boston, MA voted #1 restaurant in Boston and top 10 in the USA. The meal was interesting in both preparation and service. There was an array of beautifully shaped plates and unusual menu items. The Lobster and Baby Corn Chowder is first served in a huge soup plate with the dry ingredients (the lobster and vegetables) then the creamed broth (the wet ingredient) is poured on at the table from a pitcher. Very interesting! The highlight of our meal was the "Love Letters" -- delicate mascarpone cheese ravioli arranged on an oblong platter. They were excellent. Mary had grilled veal and artichokes, whilst Vincent had Lobster and Ricotta puffs -- the latter were as light as feathers. For dessert try Mr. English's famous lemon tart; it is marvelous. We also enjoyed dining in the Britannia because dinner was more evenly paced than at the other venues, where a meal was 2 to 3 hours long. Daily we went to the Golden Lion Pub, at 11:30am where there was trivia, and sometimes we stayed on for Fish & Chips or Shepherd/Cottage pies. Service was much more relaxed, and there was even live music (a jazz band and singer were tremendous). ENTERTAINMENT Cruise Director Ray Rouse is an old acquaintance of ours from our many cruises on Costa. He has tremendous energy and aplomb, and is savvy about music and dance from his long career in Ballroom Dance. There are the usual activities on board: Trivia, exercise, dance classes, formal dances and balls -- in one week 3 formal nights, 3 elegant casual nights and 1 informal night. If you enjoy dressing up, this is the ship for you! The shows were distinctly sharp and very British. Dancers are of the highest caliber: Petre and Roxana Samoila`, international Ballroom Dancers, are an exquisite couple who both taught and performed at the Black & White Gala and at other Balls. Ray Rouse warned us not to miss "Apassionata" with its cosmopolitan approach to music: Waltzes, Tangos (Nelson of Argentina was terrific in both dance and with Bolos). Many of the dancers were from Moscow, Russia, with deep Ballet background. The leaps and athletic aspects were breathtaking. Ray was right, and the audience agreed with a standing ovation. We felt it was the best dancing afloat. Sergei was the lightest and most spectacular dancer we've seen in person. Another show we enjoyed a lot was the performance of Petrina Johnson, a well known British singer, who not only did justice to many show tunes (including Evita) but also did some wonderful impressions of famous singers like Cher and Judy Garland. Two Thumbs up on entertainment! Illuminations had several extraordinary planetarium shows: we saw "Cosmic Collisions", "Infinity Express" and "Passport to the Universe" -- all excellent. We also saw here the great George Clooney movie "Good Night and Good Luck" and Vincent heard NASA lecturer Richard Underwood and deemed it well worth attending. The full fledged educational program is only on transatlantic crossings. PORTS OF CALL Day 1. Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA Sail Away 4:45pm Day 2. At Sea Day 3. Montego Bay, Jamaica Arrive 8:00am Depart 5:00pm Tendering to shore. Many passengers prefer Ochos Rios, since there is no tendering and all the best excursions are on that side of the island. Day 4. Georgetown, Grand Cayman Arrive 7:00am Depart 5:00pm Tendering to shore. Best attractions here are the Stingray City, sandbar snorkeling and the Seven Mile Beach. Day 5. Mahahual, Costa Maya, Mexico Arrive 9:00am Depart 6:00pm. Great shopping for artifacts and souvenirs near the pier. Excursion to Mayan Ruins at the site of Chacchoben (1 hr. drive). Day 6. Cozumel, Mexico Arrive 8:00am Depart 6:00pm Best port in the Western Caribbean for shopping; close to the pier is the convenient Punta Langosta Mall. Day 7. At Sea Day 8. Ft. Lauderdale, FL USA Arrive 7:00am DISEMBARKATION Again, like embarkation it was done in an orderly fashion, Deck by Deck. We had wheelchair assistance from our stateroom to the Golden Lion Pub, where we waited for our Deck 6 cream color to be called. Luggage was easily located. We were off by 9:15am. There were no problems and it was painless. SUGGESTIONS This was our first Cunard cruise, a good cruise; however, it did not meet our expectation. Let us say we had better cruises on less famous ships. This ship is a classic beauty, the service is excellent, and the food and ambiance is definitely British, but somehow we had a much higher expectation that was not met. A possible explanation for our disappointment may be that we are experienced cruisers and repeaters on the most popular cruise lines (Frequent Floaters) and we know what to expect from each line and how to get the best enjoyment on each ship, whilst we had not experienced a Cunard sailing before. We feel that every cruiser should go at least once on a Cunard ship, and then decide if that is what s/he prefers. We are sure that for some people it will be the only way to cruise, but perhaps not for others. Read Less
Sail Date December 2006
The Voyage A few months ago, an email came to my in-box advertising a few Caribbean cruises on the QM2. Recognizing that this was an opportunity we couldn't refuse, we acted immediately and called our Travel Agent who got us a ... Read More
The Voyage A few months ago, an email came to my in-box advertising a few Caribbean cruises on the QM2. Recognizing that this was an opportunity we couldn't refuse, we acted immediately and called our Travel Agent who got us a Princess Grill guarantee for a very good price. Knowing that this trip would ruin us for other cruises, Cunard got us forever. We sailed on November 25, 2006 and returned December 2. Pre-Cruise We planned our own pre-cruise stay in Fort Lauderdale. Normally I would not discuss the pre-cruise arrangements, but the hotel was so wonderful, I have to mention it. We stayed at the Ft. Lauderdale Doubletree at the Galleria. This was based on a recommendation from a Cruise Critic contributor. We were thrilled with the accommodations and would definitely stay there again. Saturday morning, we were taken to the pier by a car service which was arranged by the hotel. It was the same price as a taxi, but much nicer arriving at the Queen Mary in a Lincoln Town Car than some yellow taxi!! Security and Check-In The check-in was abysmal at best. There was already a large line formed outside the security area. We waited out there for at least an hour. At one point, someone decided to change the entry door and the person who had been at the front of the original line was now at the end of the new line. It was pandemonium. When we were finally allowed inside, they had ropes set up so we could wind our way through a maze before we could go through the security screening. This took another half hour. When we were finally allowed to enter the building to check in to the ship, we were herded into another set of roped off areas (grill and non grill were pointed to opposite ends of the building) At some point, a Cunard representative decided one of the lines was for people in wheelchairs actually asked the men who were at the head of that line to get out of line to allow the wheelchairs priority. Recognizing the stupidity of this plan, those in front, simply held their ground and continued with their check-in. There was no sign for wheelchairs, only the whim of the Cunard dock person. The actually check-in was okay. We were on the ship within mere hours of our arrival to the pier!! On the ship, at last! After a long walk uphill to the ship (and the obligatory photos) we made dinner reservations at Todd English. Upon actually boarding the ship, we were greeted by white-gloved personnel, taken to the elevator where another white-gloved person pushed the button for us. There were still people who didn't get it that they were being assisted and felt like they had to push the elevator buttons or one would not arrive. In fact, they were using a set of elevators for luggage and this is why the woman was there to offer assistance. Okay. We are on the ship. We are in our Princess Grill suite and we are happy. There is a bottle of champagne chilling on the coffee table with a bowl of strawberries. There is fresh fruit on the counter along with another two bottles of champagne. The room was spotless and the closets were beyond adequate. We actually had hangers to spare. The walk-in closet had in it shelves and a dresser of drawers. Also, two robes, an umbrella, some slippers and a clothes brush. The bathroom had Canyon Ranch toiletries, which were replenished every time the stewardess made up the room. The towels were full-size bath sheets. Absolute heaven for me, since this is what I use at home. I am very happy at this point and have all but forgotten the fiasco that was check-in. We were pleased to learn that lunch was being served in the Princess Grill. Can't remember what I ate, but it was good and the service was very good. The second afternoon, we went to lunch in the grill. There was nothing on the menu that looked appealing to me. I was almost reduced to tears, because I couldn't just get a plain burger. (They would fix ANYTHING, but it would take an additional 20 minutes and I was getting upset.) I am pre-diabetic, so my blood sugars sometimes have an evil influence over my personality. I was probably getting a little testy. Someone must have run out to the buffet and grabbed me a burger. I could only eat a bit of it. It really wasn't very good. The headwaiter offered to send menus to our cabin nightly so I could look over the choices and then ask for whatever I wanted to be prepared in whatever way was suitable for my dietary needs. Perfect solution. It was a great idea and it made me very happy. I was able to order my foods cooked without any sauces, butter, cream, cheese or flour. I like my vegetables steamed, not sautEed or sauced. I know it doesn't sound too appetizing, but it makes me happy to be able to eat to my specific needs. We were off to a positive start food-wise! The Cabin A little smaller (aren't they always) than we expected. The walk-in closet could have been a tad smaller and the living area could have been larger. There was very little space between the bed and the desk chair. Also, the coffee table was a little too large for the space. Otherwise, the cabin was clean, very elegant and comfortable. The bed, pillows and linens were the best we have ever experienced on any ship. The refrigerator was actually a useful size and the temperature was cold enough to keep things chilled. Canyon Ranch Spa I made use of the salon and spa. I never took advantage of the facilities, including the therapy pool, saunas and reflexology bath. I felt a little intimidated when I was there alone. I had my hair styled at the salon. I had a facial and an eye treatment. Unfortunately, my face broke out from the facial. They tried to give me some products to help with the breakout, but nothing worked and I'm still looking like an aged teenager. I had a massage, also. Nothing much to say about that, except it was a port day and I stayed on the ship to take advantage of the spa specials that day. A positive note on Spa personnel. They do not push or even attempt to sell products after the treatment. I found this remarkably refreshing. The Buffet  We tried a few times to get coffee or little snacks in the buffet (there are four, but I don't remember which) There was a interesting little pink square of something edible. It was really intriguing, so I took it. It was marshmallow flavored with whatever pink flavoring is  bubble gummy or fruity. I couldn't eat it. But, the buffet had lovely cookies and cakes around tea time. There was a time that I wanted a cup of coffee and the machine was empty. That upset me a bit. Also, there was no Splenda (sucralose artificial sweetener) available (at least not visible) in the buffet. I know they had it on board, because it was readily available in the Princess Grill. The Grill  Lovely, gorgeous, great food, wonderful personnel, from the Maitre d to the Junior Waiter. I couldn't have asked for any better treatment and I certainly didn't expect the level of personal service we were given. I have dietary restrictions and they worked with me for every menu so I could have food I would enjoy. Everything was cooked to perfection and I adored it. The Library Possibly the best room on the ship. I loved being in there. I could always go in there with my Zune and read some trashy gossip magazine! I loved it. Great for people-watching. They had a few computers for internet use. I found the hot spot in the library not always reliable. I enjoyed the bookstore adjacent to the library. Disembarkation The least bad disembarkation we have ever experienced. That doesn't make a lot of sense, I guess, but getting off the ship shouldnt be a negative experience. You should get off as happy as you were getting on. It was a relaxing time in a pleasant waiting area. I looked forward to our next cruise while we disembarked this ship. The luggage was easy to find; porters were accessible. Customs was a breeze and we were in a cab within minutes. The Itinerary Typical Western Caribbean Itinerary: Montego Bay, Jamaica We went on Cunard-sponsored tour to Rose Hall Mansion. It was actually an interesting excursion. Part of the tour description was a shopping opportunity which we believed to be the little gift shop at the mansion, but it turned out to be a 30-minute stop at a tourist mall full of jewelry, coffee and trinkets. I thought the passengers on the bus would start a revolution, because everybody just wanted back on the ship. It was hot and no body appreciated the Shopping Opportunity. Interesting observation  the Shopping Specialist just so happened to be in one of the shops we wandered into. She couldn't believe the loose discounting policy on watches in that particular store. More about shopping later. Grand Cayman We've been here many times. I enjoy shopping on this island. There were seven or eight other ships in port. It was very crowded. We found great bargains at Kirk Freeport Clearance Store and their perfume store. We got back to the ship in time for lunch! Costa Maya Steve went off on an eight hour excursion to two Maya archaeological sites. It was a little anti-climatic after visiting Chichen Itza in the past. They spent most of the time traveling on a bus. Lunch was included, but nobody wanted to eat the cheese sandwich that was provided. Actual ruin-time was one hour at each site. The four buses that took the excursion came back very late after dark. I spent the day on the ship. I had a facial in the morning and had a lovely lunch in the Princess Grill. A ship was trying to dock at our pier. It was an interesting feat. I spent an hour watching the Fantasy back in to her berth. I spent time in the library. Went back to the spa for my massage. Cozumel We were able to dock downtown in Cozumel. In the past, we have docked further out and had to take taxis downtown. This was a very convenient location. We shopped and then went back to the ship for lunch. The Ship I didn't see it all. It is enormous and took me a few days to learn how to find my way around. Everything is beautiful and non-glitzy! I felt very special on this ship. There are some interesting architectural (?) aspects to the QM2. Some of the halls are actually on an incline. I understand this is because some of the rooms on the ship have very high ceilings. There was a little game area where they had set up puzzles, Scrabble, Boggle, Chess, Checkers and other board games. It was a nice touch. We visited several of the bar areas! Again, my favorite spot was the library. I never made use of the pools. I am a little sun-o-phobic, so I don't spend a lot of time outdoors. On some ships, you have to go outside through the pool deck to get to other places on the ship. Not on this ship. I loved not having to be outside if I didn't want to be. We went to one planetarium show. There were three and just not enough time! It was a wonderful experience to be in a planetarium while on a ship. I havent been to a planetarium since I was a child. We never went to see a movie in the movie theatre (Illuminations). We just didn't have enough time to see it all. Adherence to Dress Code This was very interesting. We have been on about a dozen cruises over the last 26 years. We always try to dress according to the requested dress codes. There were far more tuxedoes and dinner jackets on formal nights than not. Most gentlemen wore ties and jackets every night. We were definitely in the minority on elegant casual night when Steve wore a shirt with no tie or jacket. There were three such evenings (first, last and one other night.) Todd English Since I have such a rigid eating regimen, the head chef at Todd English was emailed by our maitre d to alert him that I would request unsauced, plainer food. I ordered the roasted chicken and it was perfect. They did leave the potato cake under the chicken which I did taste and it was really good. I did have dessert. I was pretty strict about what I was eating, but always tried something. The desserts were unbelievable in general, but in Todd English, they were exceptional. After our dessert of crème brule, Key lime pie, and assorted little bon bons and petit fours, they presented us with a gorgeous chocolate cake for our anniversary. They knew we werent going to consume it there, so it was delivered to our cabin later that evening. We gave it to our stewardess because we werent going to eat it. When selecting your table at Todd English, try to stay away from the windows. We initially were seated there. The crew was attempting to set up a buffet outside the restaurant. It was really windy that night and they had trouble setting up. We didn't like the view and thought that they should close the curtains at night. But, we asked to move as soon as we were seated and selected a table closer to the center of the restaurant. Many people were seated by the window and moved away. Same Time, Same Ship, Next Year I said a long time ago that there would never be a cruise longer than seven days for me. I get antsy and just want to be home. This trip was just different. No endless PA announcements for BINGO, for jewelry by the inch; for Tee-shirt opportunities, etc. The only time we heard from the bridge was when our departure was delayed (every port), when they had to close the pier and gangways for a docking ship; when the helicopter had to make an emergency evacuation. We decided to look into booking onboard. The benefits are great. There is a generous ship-board credit depending on the type of cabin and length of cruise; they will hold a deposit for up to four years so they don't pressure you into making a rash decision. Since Cunard will not be doing the Ft Lauderdale cruises next year, we are going to sail from New York on 10-day cruise  November 30, 2007. We booked another Princess Grill Guarantee. We can drive to New York in a couple of hours, so we won't have to worry about excess luggage or fret over the anxiety of flying.   Read Less
Sail Date November 2006
My wife and I have been on eight cruises, three of which have been on the Queen Mary 2. We are in our early 40's with two boys ages 9 and 3. We usually go on two cruises per year. One with the kids and one without the kids. The QM2 is ... Read More
My wife and I have been on eight cruises, three of which have been on the Queen Mary 2. We are in our early 40's with two boys ages 9 and 3. We usually go on two cruises per year. One with the kids and one without the kids. The QM2 is the one without the kids. We love this ship and here are some details of our most recent sailing. Embarkation - Was a complete disaster. Ft. Lauderdale is too crowded and the lines on the pier were long and the organization was awful. Our first two cruises on the QM2 were out of New York and were much better organized. Broward County Ports was in charge of the embarkation process and they totally fouled it up. When I was waiting in the line in the hot South Florida sun, the Cunard representative was yelling at the Port Security guard for sending everyone to the wrong door. So people who were in line the longest wound up at the end of the line. What a disaster!! The ship left three hours late due to the many embarkation issues. Room - We opted for an obstructed balcony (B5 category) as it was much cheaper and a little more roomy than the high priced balconies. The room is typical Cunard. Organized and neat. We received our complimentary bottle of champaign and chocolate covered strawberries from the Cunard World Club staff. The room attendant was friendly and our room was always clean. The Cunard pillow chocolates are the best I have had. Dining - We love the food on QM2. The Britannia is great and the alternative choices of Lotus (Asian Fusion), La Piazza (Italian), The Carvery (Steaks), and The Golden Lion Pub (Fish and Chips at lunch) are all great as well. Nothing like fresh fish and chips with a pint of Guinness for lunch. YUM!!! All of the venues mentioned above are at no extra charge. We ate at Todd English ($30 per person cover) the last night of the cruise. The food was very good, but very rich and very heavy. If you are eating there for dinner, starve yourself all day. I felt like a bloated whale when leaving the restaurant. Public Rooms - Are all beautifully appointed, but not opulent. Cunard tradition is a very understated decor. This is too my liking more than glitz. The Canyon Ranch Spa is where we spent alot of time and ran up a large bill. Wonderful massages and body treatments. I had three massages and my wife had two massages and a mango sugar glow wrap. She loved it. The therapy pool is great too!! We also loved the Connoisseur's Club located on deck 9 above the hair salon. It is a quiet and elegantly appointed bar. My wife and I enjoyed before dinner drinks there on three of the nights. We could talk about the day's events without having to yell at each other. We stayed away from the Casino as we do not gamble. The only real dull area on the ship is the Wintergarden. It is a very nice lounge, but rarely used for anything except the art auctions, which we avoid. We also like the availability of self laundry, which is free. Ports - Montego Bay, Grand Cayman, Costa Maya and Cozumel. We had been to these ports before except for Costa Maya. We took a very long excursion to Dunn's River Falls in Jamaica. It was fun, but the ride to and from took away from the quick 90 minutes we had at the falls. We walked and shopped in Grand Cayman and in Cozumel. My wife bought a beautiful ring at Goodmark Jewelers in Cozumel. We took a highlights tour in Costa Maya, which is really underdeveloped and poor. The authentic Mexican lunch was great and the beach was great. The town of Mahahual is a dump. Entertainment - The shows were ok. The comedian was the best. I like the shows on Royal Caribbean better. The Cunard shows tend to be a little artsy fartsy for us. We avoided most shows and had fun at the planetarium, a must see, and the various lounges and at the pools. A fresh water solarium with a retractable roof!! I love that pool. The main pool is also large and alot of fun. Plenty of deck chairs. We never had a problem finding one. The wait staff on the outer desks is excellent. I never had to flag anyone down to get a drink. Service - The service is very good. Some minor glitches, but nothing worth mentioning. I think Royal does it a little better, but it is close. Disembarkation - Another total disaster. We are never going out of Fort Lauderdale again. Only three customs agents for over 1600 guests. Totally absurd!! Overall - For the third time the QM2 was great!! We had seen most of the ports before, but getting on the ship again was well worth any hassle we experienced going to and from the ship. Read Less
Sail Date November 2006
Queen Mary 2 is, from an interior design and naval architecture perspective, a very significant ship. At the moment however, she clearly has yet to attain the level of personal service that her owners and the public would expect. While ... Read More
Queen Mary 2 is, from an interior design and naval architecture perspective, a very significant ship. At the moment however, she clearly has yet to attain the level of personal service that her owners and the public would expect. While the check in process at Pier 92 New York was smoother than many we've experienced, once aboard the new passenger is left to fen for themselves in trying to locate their stateroom .One would think that if sister company Holland America escorts their guests to their stateroom, this could equally be applied to a ship that touts " White Star Service".  Upon locating the stateroom, there was the nice touch of a complimentary bottle of champagne. Baggage arrived in an acceptable time frame, considering the passenger load. The most pronounced disconnect, and an issue that must be solved sooner rather than later, concerns the Brittania dining room service. Whether the problem rests with the kitchen, the dining room staff or both the end result is marginal service and long waits for the food to arrive. This reality elongates the dining, and not in a pleasurable sort of way, causing wait staff to be rushed...and this was apparent at all meal times. Morning coffee can rival a wait at your HMO doctor's office, and then there is no guarantee you can obtain a second cup with any greater ease. One evening there was just about two hours from sitting down to the entree arrival. Both matre'd and his assistant spent the time working the tables and appologizing. Bear in mind this was the 8th voyage, not the maiden, and the mood was not festive. Passengers at the second seating dinner were often lined up in the hallway, as the first seating ran behind schedule. Any table larger than two seemed to be impacted to some degree or the other. Food quality was for the most part very good. The menus were diverse. A nice touch, post prandial, was the offering of petit-fours in the true continental style. So, there is hope! But, the window of positive publicity trading on heritage, and the statistics of the vessel's size can only be maintained for so long. Many passengers were overhead to say that this would be their last trip on QM2, as the service did not meet their expectations. The guest lecturers and the show productions were excellent, the ship was immaculate and the decor had something to offer everyone. Those who were familiar with the pre-war Queens could see a familial resemblance. The Todd English alternative restaurant was well worth the $30 dinner a la carte fee; the planetarium offered most interesting presentations. Cabin service was excellent, and the rooms were cleaned promptly and effectively. Food service to the room did come on time, or slightly earlier...and was also a plus.  The bottom line on QM2-it has a great number of positive attributes, but must quickly come up to speed in the dining room service. Read Less
Sail Date May 2004
Queen Mary 2 - Panama and Caribbean 16 -26 March 2004 Embarkation and disembarkation were performed well. We had stateroom 5134, 5th deck, located on the portside and between stairwell/elevators C and B. Location was good as elevator B ... Read More
Queen Mary 2 - Panama and Caribbean 16 -26 March 2004 Embarkation and disembarkation were performed well. We had stateroom 5134, 5th deck, located on the portside and between stairwell/elevators C and B. Location was good as elevator B took us to amidships and elevator C directly to the dining area. Our stateroom was small but comfortable. The veranda was not to our liking had a high solid front that obstructed the view unless you stood up. Our room Stewardess was very good. Itinerary from Ft. Lauderdale included Panama Canal city of Chrisobal; Cacuaco; St. Maarten; and St. Thomas. We found the public rooms to be wonderful and often uncrowded. The main dinning room, Britannia was often too crowded, not noisy. Service within the dinning room was often not well orchestrated, especially during the evening meal. All meals, including room service, were excellent and the food was ample and well prepared. The ship's library was wonderful with a fine bookstore. Entertainment: The Planetarium was excellent. Theater shows were, in our opinion, just average. Many lounges had piano players; some good others just average. Favorite Lounge: The Commodore Club, 9th deck forward, with view of bow. Inter-active TV within the stateroom was excellent. During several days of rough seas, the ship was moving at 29 knots and it was not at all noticeable for passenger comfort. Truly, an ocean liner, designed for the worse of sea conditions. Summary: All in all I enjoyed the cruise. I went to experience the Queen Mary 2 and be part of its heritage. I don't believe I'd sail on her again, as I prefer a smaller ship. I rate it 4 stars of 5 stars. Read Less
Sail Date March 2004
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