622 Southampton Luxury Cruise Reviews

Our first Transatlantic crossing on QM2. We had a great time,had an inside cabin which was roomy and very comfortable. The 7 days at sea passed very quickly, plenty to do on board if you wanted to be busy , plenty of places to just sit and ... Read More
Our first Transatlantic crossing on QM2. We had a great time,had an inside cabin which was roomy and very comfortable. The 7 days at sea passed very quickly, plenty to do on board if you wanted to be busy , plenty of places to just sit and relax to read a book if relaxing was a priority. Enjoyed the formal and themed evenings, for us the whole point is keeping up with traditional dress codes. Dining in the Britannia restaurant was good, excellent choice of food, attentive staff - take a torch as reading the menu in the dimly lit areas is quite a challenge !! A new shops company meant the evening we only saw one big show which was disappointing, the other supporting artists were excellent. Daily programme was OK, would have liked more craft activities, the Art course was expensive for those only aboard for 7 days - better value for those continuing to the Caribbean. The choir was great fun, we gave a ships performance !! Afternoon tea was lovely but get there early as tables quickly fill up, at times too cramped which spoilt the ambience , better on Queen Victoria. As always the ships photos were outrageously expensive - even though you order electronically - if cruise lines lowered the cost people would buy more !! Disembarkation was quick and easy as we used self service to save time. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We chose this cruise on the QM2 for our first trip to the Caribbean. Unfortunately, due to two hurricanes passing through the Caribbean earlier this year, two of the scheduled ports were cancelled due to storm damage ashore. Two ... Read More
We chose this cruise on the QM2 for our first trip to the Caribbean. Unfortunately, due to two hurricanes passing through the Caribbean earlier this year, two of the scheduled ports were cancelled due to storm damage ashore. Two alternative stops were inserted into the program, and we accepted that this was necessary, and not the fault of Cunard, both Amber Cove and St Lucia were fine as replacement stops. We were told by others that our lost ports (St Barts and St Thomas) were better than the replacements, but as first timers we were not to know. A couple of criticisms :- In this day and age, I was a little disappointed to be charged a steep rate for the connection of internet access when aboard. The Cunard line is at the more expensive end of the market and purportedly highly provisioned. Most upmarket hotels now provide free WiFi in the room (or at least common ares), and Cunard should start to consider diong the same. Seasoned travelers thesedays are reliant on being connected for social media and emails to continue their lives while "on the road". Also, the cruise missed another port at Antigua, when the ship failed to set the anchor to enable tenders to operate a service to the shore. The reason given was that the wind direction was not favourable, and the anchoring location chosen had a sand seabed where the anchor continued to drag. No-one could understand why this specific location was chosen, the QM2 has obviously been to Antigua many times before, and the seabed and predicted wind directions would have been well known in advance of our arrival. Isn't there a Plan B for such circumstances, rather than sitting 1km offshore bobbing around waiting for the scheduled departure time? Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
A customary trip to the Caribbean in Princess grill, the suite was fine with a very efficient cabin attendant, the kitchens made a good efforts with the food and the service in the Princess Grill was commendable. The Concierge Seltran ... Read More
A customary trip to the Caribbean in Princess grill, the suite was fine with a very efficient cabin attendant, the kitchens made a good efforts with the food and the service in the Princess Grill was commendable. The Concierge Seltran Ebillo was personable and efficient. The evenings entertainment was good particularly from the group called the Rewind Project. However the trip itself encountered bad weather and in particular on the return trip there was storm force 11 and if you have ever been in that you would know. There was little respite at night or day for around 48 hours. Waves hit like torpedos, and everything rocked and creaked. If I had a complaint it was the tannoy system. the Captain clearly liked to speak for far to long and repeat himself( - must have come from a holiday ship or something, experienced captains don't do that) and often announcements were made through the cabin speakers when they needn't have been, ie crew exercises etc. Not great when you are trying to catch up on sleep. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
we were picked up by coach and had a great journey down and embarkation was quick and easy. The ship was great and the food was excellent. The entertainment was very good but we are getting a bit fed up of Roy Walker who seems to ... Read More
we were picked up by coach and had a great journey down and embarkation was quick and easy. The ship was great and the food was excellent. The entertainment was very good but we are getting a bit fed up of Roy Walker who seems to have been on every cruise we have had. We had a couple of stormy days one was a force 10 the day after leaving Ponta Delgarda and the other one was sailing back through the Bay of Biscay which was force 11. In fact the captain (who only looks about 17) came on the speaker in the middle of the night to pacify the passengers. The only complaint was the passengers, we have never come across such a miserable ignorant bunch, The ship seems to attract them so no more Queen Victoria for us. One last thing, do not get on the mini buses in Barbados because the way they jam you in with the fold down seats its just a disaster waiting to happen Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
I have cruised with Cunard and other similar companies before but I choose this specific cruise for its dates, convenience and pricing. The itinerary was not new to me and I embarked with mixed feelings about the voyage. I strongly feel ... Read More
I have cruised with Cunard and other similar companies before but I choose this specific cruise for its dates, convenience and pricing. The itinerary was not new to me and I embarked with mixed feelings about the voyage. I strongly feel Cunard's ships offer very elegant surroundings, ships that feel like ships unadorned with gimmicky features and, of course, excellent service. I like the fact that the dress code is stricter and smart wear is encouraged in the evenings but it is in no way stuffy or superior, everyone is very friendly and relaxed. There are a few areas solely for Queen's Grill passengers but I have never been aware of these or felt excluded as all the main areas and facilities of the ship are open to everyone. I am pleased that fellow passengers respect the standard Cunard offers and behave accordingly so that, for example, sitting in one of the bars sipping a cocktail and chatting or listening to live background music is uninterrupted by noisy behaviour. There is plenty of opportunity for fun and more informal surroundings in the Golden Lion pub and deck parties, etc. I particularly love the Queens Room ballroom as it is spacious with a superb dance floor and a big attraction to anyone interested in ballroom dancing which is held there every evening. There are dance hosts, too, for anyone travelling solo as I do. I found all the evening entertainment in the theatre to be excellent and also enjoyed the lectures on sea days. The itinerary was similar to other ships but mostly enjoyable, especially as we had sunny and warm conditions for most of our ports which felt like a bonus in November! Another bonus was that most of the ports were easy to get around independently, apart from visiting Seville, and it was well worth booking the coach transfer there. The embarkation and disembarkation were extremely efficient and the fastest I have ever experienced. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
Cabin was too warm on embarkation. Technician came in and made adjustments. Cooled off considerably, too much. Had difficulty adjusting it (I like it around 68-70) so kept it on the cold side rather than warm, never right though. ... Read More
Cabin was too warm on embarkation. Technician came in and made adjustments. Cooled off considerably, too much. Had difficulty adjusting it (I like it around 68-70) so kept it on the cold side rather than warm, never right though. Thermostat does not allow you to set temp at precise temperature - you can only turn knob to adjust it. Public areas were warm for me. Britannia restaurant on the first two nights was hot. Waiter suggested men could remove their jackets. In general lounges were kept a bit on the warm side. Food varied. Room service breakfast was a disappointment compared to Queen Mary. Quality of eggs and sausage not good. After first breakfast switched to continental breakfast. Meals in Britannia ranged from good to average. Beef on two occasions was inedible. Missed Queen Mary Chart Room. Found nothing comparable on Queen Elizabeth. Overall did not like design of the ship compared to Queen Mary. Enrichment programme was limited with many gaps that should have been filled. Lectures about ports of call were nothing more than advertising for excursions. There should have been information on history and culture of destinations. Crew were generally efficient. Wine stewards knowledgeable. Not a bad experience but neither was it brilliant. Food needs improvement and public area temps need adjustment - I suspect some people will disagree with the latter as many passengers are quite elderly and may want warmer temps. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
The ship was up to the usual standard with good food, entertainment and service. As usual the service was wonderful as was the food. We went to Southern Spain and got a few days of nice warm sunshine which is what we wanted. There ... Read More
The ship was up to the usual standard with good food, entertainment and service. As usual the service was wonderful as was the food. We went to Southern Spain and got a few days of nice warm sunshine which is what we wanted. There was a bit of rough weather on the way south but the ship handled it well. Cunard have increased the bar prices quite a bit and also the cost of a meal in the Verandah so we only went for our free lunch. Some good news is that Queen Elizabeth now has tea and coffee making facilities in the room. I can recommend lunch in the Golden lion but we only go on boarding day or sometimes a port day when it is quiet. We had lunch one day in the lido due to be back too late to for lunch in the MDR, I was not very impressed with the choice so will not go again unless I really must. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
As a solo traveler this holiday was amazing. Embarkation in Southampton extremely well organised. Cabin 5006 lovely, food good sometimes outstanding.Top tips. Talk to strangers, there are some amazing people onboard. FOD, LGBT+ group at ... Read More
As a solo traveler this holiday was amazing. Embarkation in Southampton extremely well organised. Cabin 5006 lovely, food good sometimes outstanding.Top tips. Talk to strangers, there are some amazing people onboard. FOD, LGBT+ group at 5pm each evening was great. Spa pass brilliant. Flowers in my room, bottle of gin and some of my own wine made all the difference in my cabin. Also fresh coffee, melon and yoghurt with honey in my room at 7am. The passenger choir was great. Like any holiday it is going to be what you make it, if you sit in your room and sulk you will have an horrible time. Drinks very pricy and wifi, best lived without (kind of the point when two days from land.) Some of the entertainment was not quite my thing and I did not use the gym. Deiembarkation was slow, but so what. Overall an amazing holiday and busy saving up for my next trip. Read Less
Sail Date November 2017
We originally booked this cruise to celebrate my retirement (however I decided to stay on for another 6 months ) so we then decided to upgrade from an inside to queens grill This was our first cruise with cunard, We have cruised ... Read More
We originally booked this cruise to celebrate my retirement (however I decided to stay on for another 6 months ) so we then decided to upgrade from an inside to queens grill This was our first cruise with cunard, We have cruised several times with Celebrity and princess We stayed in a B and B (primrose cottage ) the night before, booked again for next cruise We parked our car at cruise park about 5 mins from terminal private taxi to and from the port We arrived at the terminal nice and early 9.30 in the am ( it’s my DH ) The start of the cruise was a bit disorganised due to the late arrival of QE and a broken down cargo ship, however nothing put us off, so we sat and waited, not much to do apart from people watch and get my 12500 steps in Well before we new it we were boarding 12,15 I have to say the boarding was a bit flat, as we steeped into the atrium ie no atmosphere just a few nods from the crew members We were advised that our cabin, stateroom which ever you prefer would not be available until 1pm So off we went doing a lot oh wow look at that over and over, took several photos and then what to do now, although I had read reviews, on cc joined face book cunard groups I hadn’t picked up that queens grill restaurant was open, so we went to the lido and enjoyed a light lunch Then off to find our cabin we knew it was on the back of the ship deck 4 ( after years of cruising I still have no concept of port and starboard - which I feel I should know as I was in the brownies - those of you that were in the brownies will hopefully know what I am referring too Cabin located again we were impressed cabin a lot bigger than we have ever had, more pictures taken as once the luggage arrived it wouldn’t look the same ,!!! Luggage, well 6pm arrived the butler had popped in several times to say hello and he said he would go locate our luggage - I thought I was going to be confined to barracks as the 6pm cut off time for jeans had passed - that was the info I had read up on Anyway all 6 cases arrived probably 2 of those cases were full of just in case clothes and shoes Suited and booted Off we go to dinner, we had requested a table for 8, we were the first to arrive, so I was able to choose my seat - we always use the stairs ( an attempt to keep the lbs off) getting from 4 to 11 in heels was no mean feet I needed oxygen - we did get a few looks Read Less
Sail Date October 2017
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Explorer and thought the ports ideal for us, especially with a Southampton start. We boarded and both said WOW. It really is a fantastic ship. From the artwork to the furnishings and ... Read More
We chose this cruise because we wanted to try Explorer and thought the ports ideal for us, especially with a Southampton start. We boarded and both said WOW. It really is a fantastic ship. From the artwork to the furnishings and crockery. We were 'processed' quickly at 12 noon and then to a delicious buffet lunch. Once the suites were available we unpacked and found we still had spare drawers and cupboards. The room was beautiful, super bathroom with 2 basins, separate shower and bath. Someone had commented earlier that our room (810) had a lot of teething troubles. I'm glad to say that everything had been put right, except what he described as a 50 cent hook replacing a lost one; we mentioned this to Reception and it was changed within an hour. What he failed to add was that the F2 cabin is so spacious. Crew was uniformly brilliant - always a smile. We dined twice in Prime Seven and Chartreuse, once in Sette Mari, and the rest of the time in Compass Rose. Prime Seven just about the best, Compass Rose good too, but we were never disappointed by the choice or the quality. The last dinner in Compass Rose was outstanding. Wine flowed freely, and if we were always offered a wine that was not to our taste we were immediately offered several alternatives. Cruise Critic had organised a Meet and Mingle on Day 2, and we were pleased and surprised that the Master and some senior officers joined us. This was typical of the approachability of everyone on the ship. We don't do many excursions, preferring in general to walk around the town, but those we did take were also well organised. Bilbao was outstanding, mainly because of the Guggenheim Museum, but we love Bordeaux (where we moored right in the middle of the City), Porto and Lisbon. Finally the infinity pool at the Spa deserves a mention. While my wife had a massage I took the opportunity to sit on the aft deck and use the pool as we sailed down the river out of Bordeaux. This was day 4, and I was told I was only the second person to use it - a hidden secret indeed. We can't recommend Regent enough, especially Explorer. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
I specifically chose this cruise for the new ship and the itinerary. Neither disappointed. The ship is absolutely beautiful and anyone who reviews it less than 5 stars I really wonder about... So book with confidence for a luxury ship - ... Read More
I specifically chose this cruise for the new ship and the itinerary. Neither disappointed. The ship is absolutely beautiful and anyone who reviews it less than 5 stars I really wonder about... So book with confidence for a luxury ship - your stateroom, pool, and public areas. See my stateroom review. I would agree with other reviewers service was so-so. Some of the staff were excellent - would address you by name, have a great conversation and remembered your preferences. Those staff members made the cruise super enjoyable. Other staff members, mostly assistants in specialty, staff in the main dining room and at breakfast were fairly checked out and didn't really care. The complimentary beverage selection was very good and fairly large, we never felt a need to order a paid item. There was a huge variation on the wine availability. Some staff would only serve the "one" featured wine. 3 ports in we learned from another passenger who had complained to f&b manager about beverages and food, learned and told us they had a wine list that you could order from. Once we discovered that and ordered our wine by name it was much more pleasant. Other than staff convenience and budget, I'm not sure why they keep that such a well guarded secret. So be sure to ask to see the ship's wine list! Food was average. While the menu was massive in the main dining room, the quality and taste was average. I will throw kudos their way - we ate in the main dining room only twice on a 12 night cruise and both times they allowed my husband to order a dish he made up with ingredients they had on board. That, in itself, says something about the ship. Specialty restaurant food was equally just average. The chef at the French restaurant comes out and chats with each table, a very nice touch. I will say almost every passenger we met had a different opinion on food quality, so it must be driven by what you are accustomed to. We live in a large city and eat in top restaurants so perhaps our expectations are high. The pool buffet offered a rotating menu and the food was great. They did a specialty buffet on sea days. Eating in specialty restaurants more than once is not a problem. If the main dining room is busy they will offer that up as an option or ask to get in again once you board. Theater shows were good - no problem getting a seat with good sight lines - the theater has ample seating. Avoid the balcony as another passenger suggested. Lounge entertainment is all geared to those passengers 70 plus with no variation. Regents has some work to do to appeal to anyone under 70 and should really focus some time on that. Their target audience goes to bed after the show (10:15). By 11:30 only the one front desk person is up. There were times when we wanted to be at the casino and it was closed. They have improved since our last cruise - now in one lounge they have a self service iPad that you can play music from. We met the 2 other couples on board under 70 and made our own fun. Our takeaway is sail with a group of friends if you are under 70. Pool was heated to about 90 and very enjoyable as we had fall type weather with plenty of sunshine. The nice thing with the older crowd, there were plenty of chaise lounges at the pool. Pool service was good and it was very enjoyable to just relax and read. Canyon Ranch needs to ease off the push to sell products. I was a bit disappointed in my ritual massage/scrub experience I booked with them - not quite up to par. Same for hair salon - I paid $120 for a blow out for short hair and got shamed because I didn't want to order Kerastase products - hello I can get them in the US. Shore excursions we did all private, except for 3, as we knew there would be a lot of older folks on board. I loved the overnights we had in two ports as you could really get out and explore in much more depth or enjoy a nice dinner off ship. We did the dinner at Chateau de Tetre - very nice tour and appetizers. Dinner was ok - chicken. If I did it again I would have dined in Bodeaux. We also took the Santiago de Compostela tour with the ship - I would not recommend - there was no need to be in town so long and the food was again a bit of disappointment (chicken). Lastly chef market tour and tapas cooking class. Can't recommend that either - we grilled bread with olive oil on it. I don't quite understand the culinary kitchen - it takes up quite a bit of real estate but all of the classes except the one I took were booked 10 months prior to sailing and there were not that many in total. I would think they should use that venue every day as it is a revenue generator. I did hear from another passenger that the class she took they actually made something. I booked all of my tours on Tours By Locals. The ship's schedule allowed ample time in port to explore. I could not find a tour guide for St Malo so we took a cab to see St Michel and Cannacle. It worked out great and was only 300 euro. We could not tender in St Jean de Lux so we had 2 days in Bilbao. We got off the ship that night for a local dinner at the port town which was quite fun. We took the air credit and booked our own first class air so no issue with that. Langham London was lovely and had a great location. We came in several days early and the hotel worked with our 2 reservations and kept us in the same upgraded room. Regents paid for breakfast and the transfer to Southampton, which was about a 1 1/2 to 2 hour bus ride. In Barcelona, super simple to get off the ship and take a cab to the airport. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
It was my first West bound transatlantic. The embarkation was very smooth. I recommend doing all forms on line before you leave. I sent a bag ahead with the while glove service. It worked prefect. I boarded the ship and my bag arrived ... Read More
It was my first West bound transatlantic. The embarkation was very smooth. I recommend doing all forms on line before you leave. I sent a bag ahead with the while glove service. It worked prefect. I boarded the ship and my bag arrived with in minutes. It is a beautiful and grand ship. The cabins were bigger. They added many new storage areas in the room. The service was unbeatable. From cabin steward to wait staff. The ship was clean and neat. It was very easy to get around. It was quiet and respectful. The entertainment was very talented and a good variety. Before I left I wondered about 7 days at sea. It was easy to stay busy or rest and relax. Your choice. I had read on cruise critic that west bound was easier. I totally agree. Each day at noon you gain an hour which was nice. Your on New York time when you arrive. The food was outstanding. We stopped one stop in LaHavre France. That was amazing port of call. At the end of our voyage we got in the end of a hurricaine. Yes, it was rain and high winds. But the ship is designed for such weather. The crew was always reassuring that the ship would be fine. For a non swimmer that helped me. That can happen. I would definitely recommend traveling on the Queen Mary 2. she is an elegant classy ship. You do need to be aware of the dress codes. The passengers do follow them. guys in Tux and women in long dresses on formal nights. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present. The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they ... Read More
We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present. The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they are our favourite cruise line. Embarkation had a little of a shaky start as the gangway malfunctioned, so we had a bit of a delay. Got on about 1pm. Disappointed no glass of champagne to greet us, which celebrity do. Our cabin was ready, when we got on which was great. The cabin was lovely we were happy with the size, very clean and that we had a sliding balcony door, which saves a lot of banging doors. Lots of clothes hangers as we ended up with too many as we always pack some of our own, I plead guilty in i took my own pillow and quilt with us, so cannot comment of the bedding. The cabin steward we had the first 3 weeks was excellent, we did the little things like clean the bathroom glass every day that we kept our toothbrushes in, as previous cruises and hotels, they do not. The steward emptied our mini bar fridge for us, as we know we will never drink any of it. When we get on board we always check out dining table as we do like a table of 2, so we can eat at our own pace. We were happy they had got this right. The 2 waiters we had for dinner were excellent, you could see they worked well as a team. We heard lots of comments that the service in Britannia restaurant could very hit and miss, as we found out when we decided to try breakfast, where the service and the food was terrible; the food was cold and once the waiter and taken our order and brought it out, we never saw him again. We never went back for breakfast in there again,. We did have room service breakfast as few times and that was always hot and on time. Lunch buffet in Kings Court, could be dull sometimes, the food was good and tasty, but does not even compare to Celebrity's buffet lunches on Oceanview Cafe and the late night snacks were very disappointing. We did have fish and chips in the pub Golden Lion, which was very good, but would not recommend going in when England are playing football; far too crowded. We did go to one afternoon tea in the Queens Room and was very disappointed, it was very noisy, the sandwiches were dry and curled and you had to keep getting the waiters attention if you wanted more. Not the glamorous experience we hoped it would be. The entertainment was excellent except one act (can't remember her name) but she was meant to be a stage show sensation, but she was dreadful. We had Roy Walker (commedian) but sorry he has had his day. The production shows where very good, and we were worried been on the ship so long, we would have lots of repeat entertainment, but we only had the 3 repeat production shows, on those nights we either went to the cinema or the Queens Room. We did learn that to get tickets for the Planetarium, with quite a lot of Americans on board, you have to queue half an hour before they put them out to get one. On our way over the Atlantic we had amazing weather and calm seas, except for the last 48 hours, where we caught the end of Hurricane Hose, so happy i was on QM2 for that, we manages the high seas so well, nothing moved in the cabin and we could walk around easily. The only time we noticed it was when we were in bed, when we felt like we were either floating or going to role out. The ports of calls were great except we had to change one port of call due to the Canadians slowing the speed limit down, so we ended up going to a Canadian port of Sept illes, and it had nothing; very disappointed. We were unable to dock in Rhode Island, due to bad weather, we took it in our stride, but many moaned, but the captain did try up to an hour to see if we could stay. We did excursions on all the ports of call except Sept Illes, and we enjoyed them all. All the days we were on board, we were not bored once, which has got us keen to save up for a world cruise one day. We did not realise how highly the Canadians think of the QM2 and it was great the greetings we received when we arrived and left; apparently QM2 was on the news in Canada when we arrived in most ports. The Captains cocktail parties felt a bit like, here is your free drink, speeches done, now go and have your dinner. Celebrity have free drinks galore and wonderful nibbles. We are disappointed with Cunards loyalty scheme as you do not really get any benefits with them for been loyal, where we get excited with Celebrity when we manage to go up a level, due to the extra perks you get. I agree with most reviews i have read, alcoholic drinks are very expensive, so we did not drink much alcohol at all. As we did a long cruise we did have trouble with the photography side of things as we always had to make sure each week our photo's were saved as they wiped them off as each week was considered a separate cruise, and trying to get the code to get the photos back into our folder could take a couple of days. My husband bought one of the welcome aboard packages and we had trouble with using the vouchers we had for money off spa and photo's as no one seemed to know how they were used, so we had to go the purser desk a few times to get our bill corrected. I liked QM2, as you had lots of places to go and would usually find a quiet spot to sit, as i know with celebrity that is harder to do, but the temperature difference around QM2 was quite frustrating as one minute you would be okay, but then you go to another part of the ship and you would feel cold. We did get woken up on at 7.10am on the morning before we got back to Southampton, with the Coast Guard coming to airlift someone off, which was a bit of a shock as the helicopter was very load. Would i cruise cunard again, yes definately. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Loved the itinary. Saw many places I never been before. Service was great. The quality of service is amazing. Staff knew our names quickly and everyone greeted us when we were walking around the ship. Entertainment was great. The ... Read More
Loved the itinary. Saw many places I never been before. Service was great. The quality of service is amazing. Staff knew our names quickly and everyone greeted us when we were walking around the ship. Entertainment was great. The quality of the singers was outstanding and the magician was top notch. Onboard activities were fun. Disliked the need to make reservations for every meal. Prefer open dining to meet people. Also menus did not change and became boring after 16 days on the ship. The quality of good was very good with the exception of one entree which was Luke warm when served. The variety of shore excursions was extensive and expensive. Preferred just walking around the villages as they were charming. The itinary was great. I have sailed Asilversea wide before and it is my favorite cruise line. It is good value for the money and provided a wonderful experience and way to travel. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this cruise because of: 1) the itinerary; and 2) the fact that it was a "bridge cruise." The itinerary was wonderful, but we felt some frustration at having only a "taste" of some of these wonderful places! ... Read More
We chose this cruise because of: 1) the itinerary; and 2) the fact that it was a "bridge cruise." The itinerary was wonderful, but we felt some frustration at having only a "taste" of some of these wonderful places! We could have used 2 days in Waterford, Galway, Quebec, Charlottetown, Sydney, and a few other places. Unlike other cruises, the excursion guides did NOT have headset systems so they could be clearly heard while walking through attractions/towns. This was our first Silversea cruise. The ship was just beautiful. The stringent dress code and reservation system is going to be changed, I know -- everyone complained. On other cruise ships, we have requested to dine with others -- with the Muse's reservation system, it was difficult to do this. Even when we asked to dine with others, we were placed on our own because that's the way the reservation system worked. We struck up conversations with others who were seated at adjoining tables, and that was fine, even though they were seated when we were already having our main course, etc. We felt that repeat customers were favored (we get why) and that there was an "in-group" of regulars. Even the get-together for first-timers turned out to be just a champagne toast -- they didn't help make connections among the group. The "bridge" part of the cruise turned out to be one daily duplicate game, only on sea days. The directors were helpful, but they told us they were constrained by the ship's other activities. SO -- it wasn't really a "bridge cruise" and the details I had been given over the phone about frequency of games, etc. turned out not to be accurate. (I had been told that there would be two duplicate games per day on sea days.) While the ship was beautiful, we aren't sure we will go on Silversea again. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
A brand new ship. Cost cutting everywhere, from the plastic decor and "modern" drawerless cabin (really? there's no storage!) to the half a pattypan squash and two potato balls accompanying your dinner every single night ... Read More
A brand new ship. Cost cutting everywhere, from the plastic decor and "modern" drawerless cabin (really? there's no storage!) to the half a pattypan squash and two potato balls accompanying your dinner every single night from the same menu. They put it on fancy plates and call it luxury or nouvelle cuisine, but we can't help but call it cutting corners. Flawed concepts ruin your experience, like reservation-only specialty restaurants with no main dining room that leaves hundreds of people to eat at 9:30 or eat outside, covered in blankets, eating pizza or DIY grill while crossing the Atlantic ocean in October. Either that or room service since you can't get a reservation anywhere else. Did they even talk to guests before making this catastrophic change? They did not encourage us to give feedback. Surprisingly, they asked us to leave a review here, on CruiseCritic. Service is still in training, so it's a real mixed bag. While they've taken management off other ships, many others are new to their jobs. Cruise the fjord for a few hours beginning at 9am and not offer coffee and biscuits in the observation lounge? Leave port into the sunset at 5:45 and don't serve drinks at 5:55 because it's not 6:00 yet? No lunch buffets on deck on at-sea days? No regional cuisine? Onions and peppers the only vegetables in many dishes? These examples show the complete lack of flexibility from the set rules, which give the impression of cost-cutting at every opportunity. You can't expect guests on a 2-week+ cruise, even if they do plan months ahead and get reservations, to eat from the same menu every single night and every single day, 3 meals a day. And yet, the Silver Muse tries to make you happy about it. We met others who had booked back-to-back legs and were still eating from the same exact menus a month later. Silversea says they're planning on fixing the food and restaurant issues, but until we hear that actually happen, there's no way we'd cruise this ship again. We just got an email this week that said they were planning to do the same thing on the other ships. On the positive side, the Silver Muse is stable and the basic food quality is good. But give us the old Shadow, the Wind and the Whisper any day. Even the expedition ships are a better value. But maybe Silversea is moving away from the grand days of luxury cruising now, trying to be "modern." There are plenty of low- and mid-market "modern" cruise ships that offer better value. Silversea should be careful not to lose their loyal passengers. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this particular cruise for several reasons. Firstly the Excitement of travel on a new ship. The route was of special interest since we have always wanted to do a transatlantic sail. Finally visiting Ireland was a top priority ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise for several reasons. Firstly the Excitement of travel on a new ship. The route was of special interest since we have always wanted to do a transatlantic sail. Finally visiting Ireland was a top priority It had been a number of years since we had sailed with Silversea and we wanted to try there service again. This cruise was our fourth with the company. The average rating is almost completely because of the restaurant and food service. The 8 venue dining concept sounds intriguing but does not work well. The restaurant reservation system precludes the ability to meet and dine with new friends you may make aboard. The menus are static and do not jot change. In general the food was well prepared but ordinary. Two exceptions, the up scale La Dame, for which a Preimum charge is required, was a disaster. Poorly thought out and execution was not good at all. Service was good however. The other exception was La Terraza the Italian restaurant. This was excellent. Food very well prepared and the venue on deck 7 aft was perfect. Public space is no nice but the color scheme a bit on the gray side. Cabin are large and nicely appointed. Butler service was outstanding. We had sailed earlier this year on the new Seaborne Encore and found it to be a better overall design. The vibrant Seaborne Square concept was in stark contrast to the ordinary La Dolce Vita of the Muse. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose the Muse because we have liked SilverSea based on our previous experiences and we like long transoceanic voyages. So we chose the 16 day UK to Montreal. We were extremely disappointed. Our disappointments went well beyond the ... Read More
We chose the Muse because we have liked SilverSea based on our previous experiences and we like long transoceanic voyages. So we chose the 16 day UK to Montreal. We were extremely disappointed. Our disappointments went well beyond the expected teething issues with a new ship and transplanted crew. SILVER SEA has obviously worked hard to CUT COSTS in the RESTAURANTS and the ACCOMMODATIONS. 1) All the restaurants REQUIRE RESERVATIONS FOR DINNER. It is nearly impossible to get a restaurant you want when you want it, even if you book months in advance. You are stuck with your advance bookings for the duration of your voyage. The preferable restaurants are fully booked all the time. 2) There is NO WALK IN DINNER RESTAURANT on the ship. Every restaurant is a reservation only "theme restaurant," a concept by some "restaurant consultant" who obviously knows little about high end cruising and what high end customers want and expect. 3) The RESTAURANT MENUS ARE FIXED and are VERY LIMITED. Each restaurant has a fixed menu of few items and the menu DOES NOT VARRY day to day. For 16 days we looked at the same food choices. UGH. And if you do not enjoy Asian or "pay extra" you are stuck with Italian or the limited Atlantide menu. 4) The lack of RESERVATION FLEXIBILITY means you cannot change your reservations mid-cruise to include new fiends or acquaintances. 5) The food was often POORLY PREPARED. I had a tuna steak, ordered MR, it was served brown on the outside and still frozen in the middle. The lettuce at the La Terrace buffet for lunch was freshly showered every single day, but not dried. 6) We had to accept a dinner reservation twice at the outdoor GRILL. Outdoor on the pool deck is fine in the Caribbean, but the North Atlantic in September? No. Windy and so cold we needed two hot stone cookers to cook our meal. Yes, they did serve blankets, but most guests gave up for room service. 7) ROOM SERVICE was slow and cold. We quickly gave up on that option. 8) STORAGE SPACE IS ABYSMAL. In the Silver Suite on the older ships we were used to storage space and shelves galore. Muse has NO storage to speak of. The refrigerator cabinet top is completely occupied with the coffee maker etc. There are two small sofa tables and a desk. The desk has two small drawers and the top is largely occupied by the various cruise materials. The vanity is small and without real storage. The hair dryer was stored in the trash can. The "dinning table" and chairs are fine. 9) Our Silver Suite had a big closet, but NO BUREAU, anywhere. The large closet had some closely spaced shelves located below counter level. The only way to access them was to bend way over and struggle to see what was on them. Accessing therm was nearly impossible. There were NO clothing drawers. 10) The furnishings were sparse and not suited to purpose. The big "comfy chairs" for relaxing and reading had no arms and were so uncomfortable that they were useless. Sitting and reading in them was impossible. The sofa (a pull out for a 3rd guest) was so deep that throw pillows were necessary to sit back, uncomfortably. 11) While I cannot point to any specific complaint my sense was that the ship is understaffed. Service in the restaurants was often slow and usually sparse in the lounge areas. 12) The overall operational attitude of the ship is illustrated by this example. The forward 11th deck lounge was teeming with people as we sailed from one port. I went to the bar and asked for a drink. The bar tender told me "no, it is not six o'clock yet." The clock above the bar displayed 5:58. The concept for the design and use of the restaurants and public spaces is poor for the purpose of the ship. The staff is well intentioned, if sparse. I was particularly impressed by the Sommelier and his team. Silver Sea can solve some of the problems with this ship over time, but her basic design will limit resolving most of them absent a total rework. She looks good but does not live up to the hyped brochures or the SS reputation. Silver Sea fumbled with this ship and the concepts supporting it. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
This was our 26th Silversea Cruise, over 300 days, first time on the Muse. Since it was the Muse's maiden crossing, we considered it part of the "shakedown" process. Spent two nights in Southampton before sailing. ... Read More
This was our 26th Silversea Cruise, over 300 days, first time on the Muse. Since it was the Muse's maiden crossing, we considered it part of the "shakedown" process. Spent two nights in Southampton before sailing. Chilly, windy, rainy. Found a good pub/restaurant, the Duke of Wellington, best fishn'n'chips I've had. Visited Stonehenge, but it was very crowded, windy and rainy, so elected to go to the ubiquitous gift shop. Plus, admission is up there in price. Boarding was easy on sailing day. Since suites were not available until 2pm, we were able to have lunch in Atlantide or Terrazza. There were a couple of friends on board whom we had met on an earlier cruise, so that helped pass the time. Found our Silver suite easily, two of 3 suitcases arrived quickly, and we had a sense of how to unpack, i.e. whose stuff went where, etc. It seemed that there were fewer drawers in the closet area. more shelves. The entire suite was larger than on the Spirit, but seemed to have less drawer space. It will be interesting figuring out where a third person's stuff is going to go, since we will be on the Muse again in December, with one of our sons accompanying...he gets the couch. Suite bathroom was adequate. Loved the large shower. "Rainfall" shower head was stationary, i.e. we couldn't position it to direct the water flow. First two nights was difficult getting hot water, took a long time to get it even warm, if at all. After that there was plenty of hot. The shower leaked water under the shower door frame if the movement of the ship made the water in the pan flow away from the drain. That got fixed quickly, the gaps beneath the shower door frame were sealed. I had an iPod with me, so playing our own music on the Bose player in the suite was easy. The rest was as expected; we would have liked to use the verandah more, but the weather was not conducive, except for a day or two in Canadian/St. Pierre waters. The ship color scheme is lighter than on the Spirit, including the carpeting. The carpeting could be problematic in that it will show stains more easily. Plus, it was starting to "pill" in our suite, and it looked like a couple of seams were about to give way. The lighter colors give more of a sense of spaciousness. We felt there was an overabundance of plastic, not a lot of wood trim. Dining: food was overall excellent, service inconsistent at times (almost seemed like we were forgotten, depending on the restaurant). Bar service was the usual. We were victims of the restaurant-dictated dress code (which I understand is reverting back to a ship-wide dress code: much better!). Atlantide was formal, as was La Dame. The rest of the restaurants' attire were informal or casual. Quite a mix of attire in the evenings. We did see some shorts in the evening as well. Not many tuxes in Atlantide that we could see, although I had my own, La Dame seemed more formal than Atlantide, as did the service. Spaccanapoli (pizza restaurant) had very good pizza. You could get a "custom-made" one, there were lots of ingredients. The pool grille at lunch was overall so-so. The Reuben sandwich on the menu was undercooked and not all that tasty OR attractive: the cheese wasn't even melted, even after I sent mine back. Hot Rocks, which we usually visited on embarkation night, was good, more menu selections. But cold and rainy, and no infrared heaters (luckily they provided blankets, but still....). We went to Silver Note once. The menu was confusing, service spotty. Entertainment so-so. One night we had a "campfire" dinner with our friends in our suite. Dinner order was confined to the room service menu, which was adequate, but not what any of us expected. On other ships, dinner is available in your suite course by course via the main restaurant menu, but not so on Muse, since there was no main restaurant. The forward observation lounge on Deck 11 was underused most of the time. No coffee in the morning, had to go to the Arts Cafe on deck 8 for coffee and snacks. Woefully inadequate seating for as popular a place as it was, but what to expect when the Arts Cafe was the only place to get a coffee before 9 am, when the pool bar opened (but just the bar, no food)? Speaking of the bar, the main "bar" is the Dolce Vita, very spacious, large enough for a lot of passengers. Bar service at times seemed non-existent. If you weren't in the bar-staff's line of sight, you got passed over. We did not attend any of the musical shows (usually were too late from dinner). The magician was good, and we got a lot out of the enrichment lectures about ocean liners, the development of the cruise industry, and cruising now and in the future. Didn't attend any of the port talks, but they were available on TV. Seating in the the show lounge was not comfortable. The couches were fine; you had to share the drink table with the people in the single chairs in front of you, IF they were willing to share. The single chairs were narrow and hard. Ports: First one out of Southampton was Falmouth. We did a shore excursion, "Coastal Trek and Pub Lunch". It was about a 4-mile walk on a mostly narrow up-and-down trail, somewhat treacherous from the rain. Even in dry weather it would be treacherous. A lot was along a cliff: if you fell over the side, onto the ricks and into the water you'd go. Far longer and more strenuous than the description led us to believe. The pub was the Witch Ball. We had a separate eating area, seemed jammed in like sardines. Not enough "loo" space. Women were using the gents'. If you were a fitbit user, this trek (and it truly was a trek) gave you plenty of steps. Overall pricey. We didn't go ashore at the Ireland ports. At St.John's, Newfoundland, we went on our own, walked to the Castle Hill area. At St. Pierre we were tied up at the pier...EZ off and on. Caught the shuttle bus from the ship to the "downtown". Colorful buildings, vibrant streets (from kids and traffic). We did plenty of walking around town, two of us walked back to the ship. Very picturesque. We did another shore excursion at Sydney, Nova Scotia: Cape Breton fiddle concert. Was really fun. We even square danced. Then went to a little place for lunch "in town". My wife had poutine, just for once, and I had pizza...which was much better than the poutine. Charlottetown, PEI was the best as far as we were concerned. Weather was gorgeous, there was a farmers' market in town, there were plenty of shops to visit and restaurants serving mussels and other seafood. And good beer. Great walk. We had to skip Gaspe because of speed restrictions on ships due to right whale migration. We didn't see any right whales, probably not being in the right place at the right time. We were also canceled out of a Gaspe shore excursion, a walk through a forest. After our Falmouth experience, we weren't too disappointed. So we spent an extra day "at sea" on the way to Saguenay, PQ. Sailed into the St. Lawrence and up the Saguenay River. Very scenic. Big problem, however, was that the river guide's narration was only able to be heard in the hallways and some of the public rooms and on the decks. Not on the verandahs, as advertised. So we really didn't get much more out of it than seeing the land go by. Luckily the weather was good enough that we could venture out onto the (quiet) verandah from time to time. Saguenay had the best pierside tourist greeting service we have ever seen. Most everyone was bilingual and we were indeed warmly greeted as we got off the ship. We did a little "hike" of our own on some of the city streets. Since the tide was out, we were able to get down to the beach by the pier easily. The pedestrian area on both sides of the pier was more like an esplanade. At Quebec City, we had a private tour that was pre-arranged. Learned a lot, saw a lot. Would recommend. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Interesting ports of call but the free wifi is limited to one hour a day and the actual charges are horrendous. Their advertising is misleading as other Silverseas ships will offer full time wifi to frequent customers but not the Muse. ... Read More
Interesting ports of call but the free wifi is limited to one hour a day and the actual charges are horrendous. Their advertising is misleading as other Silverseas ships will offer full time wifi to frequent customers but not the Muse. Its an example of trying to increase profit at the expense of their customers, for a supposed all inclusive service. The new dining concept causes some problems for the passengers and limits the menu selection available, and it is difficult to book the venues on line before the cruise. This is further complicated by the fact that you don't know the menus for each venue when you are doing the booking. its an interesting concept that simplifies the range of meal options available by transferring the style selection to the specific restaurant. Each restaurant has a limited fixed menu and style, so it will interesting to see of the concept survives. Overall the ship is an excellent design with basically all services at the stern apart from some of the main restaurants, and the view through the windows of these restaurants are rather restricted , I guess to encourage some conversation. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Upon reading reviews of the Muse before leaving, we embarked with open minds; so glad we did! From the minute we boarded until we ended in Montreal, we loved this 6 month old ship and the dining options. Just being a couple who are in a ... Read More
Upon reading reviews of the Muse before leaving, we embarked with open minds; so glad we did! From the minute we boarded until we ended in Montreal, we loved this 6 month old ship and the dining options. Just being a couple who are in a service business, getting away alone is important. We have to be social at home but having the option each night to eat at a table for 2 without seeming antisocial was so nice. Of course we met lovely people at different venues and even our table next to others but for the most part we loved this set up. The work ethic of the entire Muse staff is incredible. Decided instead of full day excursions off the ship, much of the time we just took the provided shuttles into towns and got back on board for late lunch. Loved the ship so much booked another Muse in 2019. Only one suggestion to Silversea: early morning coffee a must in the Observation Lounge, please? Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Wanted to see Ireland and eastern Canada and this did both. The crossing was nice, 4 sea days in a row. A couple so-so ports like Sydney Canada (try and avoid) and western Canada is much more beautiful but still very nice. Loved the ... Read More
Wanted to see Ireland and eastern Canada and this did both. The crossing was nice, 4 sea days in a row. A couple so-so ports like Sydney Canada (try and avoid) and western Canada is much more beautiful but still very nice. Loved the French island of St Pierre. My comment to take or leave; the food is great in all the restaurants but they have raised the premium restaurants (La Dame and Keiseke) to $60 per person. For that you get nothing better than in the others. Food not better, service definitely not better, wine not better...what's the point for $120 extra. Try them if you like. Premium restaurant Champagne was $40 each a year and a half ago and you got a glass of Dom Perignan when you sat down. Not sure what their thinking is. You can get lobster and fois gras in other restaurants so...? Never went to a show, 10 minutes with an OK singer, so cannot comment on those activities. Could use more games on sea days. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
Nautica Round British Isles 9 - 21st September 17 This is our third Oceania cruise. Our first two were on Riviera, but we have cruised on Nautica before when she was Princess’ Royal Princess many years ago. We are English and ... Read More
Nautica Round British Isles 9 - 21st September 17 This is our third Oceania cruise. Our first two were on Riviera, but we have cruised on Nautica before when she was Princess’ Royal Princess many years ago. We are English and live around two hours’ drive from Southampton. We arrived at around 2.30 pm at the terminal. Check in was pretty straight forward as there were no guests waiting and we were soon on board and in the Terrace Cafe having a bite to eat. Our bags were waiting when we got to our stateroom at 3pm. THE ITINERARY Nautica was sailing from Southampton UK and visiting Newcastle, UK, Edinburg and Glasgow Scotland, Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dublin, Ireland, Liverpool UK, Holyhead, Wales , Waterford, Ireland, Portland, UK and finally returning to Southampton. There were two sea days. We had not been to these Cities before. THE SHIP Nautica is very “old fashioned” in the best possible way. Her decor is comfortable and inviting. No glitz. No loud music. Just cosy. There are two sets of lifts and they all face the same direction so you never turn the wrong way to get to your stateroom (well hardly ever), There were only 580 guests on board, short by nearly 100. The majority of guests were American, with the rest made up of Canadians, Australians and Brits with a few Italians, Germans and French. All the British guests we met on board had not visited the ports before! THE STATEROOM We were in Veranda Stateroom 6084. This is the very last stateroom before the Owners Suits on the aft of deck six. The accommodation is small compared with Riviera. There is adequate drawer and wardrobe space, but the entrance, wardrobe and bathroom doors all open onto each other and when you exit the bathroom, you can easily “loose” your travelling companion inside the wardrobe!! The bathroom is tiny and the shower cubicle even tinier. You learn to live with it, but it is not ideal. Bed and bedding is wonderful, but bedside cupboard is ridiculously low and inaccessible. The general lighting needs modernising as it is quite gloomy. At certain speeds and/or wind direction this room is subject to quite lot of engine noise and vibration. I do not recommend it for that reason, even though most of the time it was quiet and comfortable. SERVICE I have read on here that service in the restaurant is not up to scratch; that there are queues at reception and long waits for room service. None of this happened to us. Restaurant service was exemplary. Jacqueline on the desk at the MDR remembered our name and room number within a couple of days. She was always charming. We always got a window table at breakfast. Alan a senior waiter was excellent. Irene was always smiling. There were others who impressed us, but I do not remember all the names. Room service was astonishing. We counted two minutes from ordering our tea in the morning to it arriving in the stateroom……. every morning. The terrace cafe was never full. The cruise was not full to capacity, perhaps that helped. PORTS We enjoyed every port but one. We did not take Oceania’s tours they are much too expensive and not value for money, in our opinion. We used the shuttle bus sometimes and arranged private tours on other occasions. Surprisingly the least enjoyable port was Dublin. After the shuttle bus we took a Hop on Hop off ride. Dreadful traffic, cold and windy quite “run down” in many areas. Nowhere we wanted to have a closer look at. Disappointing. Everywhere else we found interesting and absorbing. We are so pleased we took this cruise. The sea was kind. with only one lumpy day. ENTERTAINMENT This was mediocre. We only tried three shows and walked away from two of them. Tuxedo was the only good one, and it was great. Generally our entertainment was a long leisurely dinner with interesting new friends. We were last in the dining room more than once!! I am sure the waiters were not amused, but of course, they never let us know. To sum up. Excellent trip. Good weather. Oceania did not let us down. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary plus the time of year we could go. Having whittled it down to two possible cruises we went for the cheaper option. It turned out it was probably NOT cheaper at all because we ... Read More
We chose this particular cruise because of the itinerary plus the time of year we could go. Having whittled it down to two possible cruises we went for the cheaper option. It turned out it was probably NOT cheaper at all because we hadn't factored in the 'add-ons', as this was our first cruise and the excitement overcame the research. However it was a good choice because it's a lovely ship and the service is amazing! Finding the dock was the difficult bit but mainly because of our sat-nav abandoning us as 'within the area of your destination' about a mile and a half before we reached it. Embarkation was amazingly fast and easy - for those of us who have only ever experienced the nightmare of airports before, it was wonderful and over in minutes! We had a balcony cabin on deck 4 (BE class) It was about the size of an average hotel room but with a smaller bathroom and a larger wardrobe. The steward to this room was a hard working, helpful and considerate man and nothing was too much trouble for him. The bathroom is a bit tight but was well thought out for space (all that we use by way of toiletries and medical items fitted well. Dining in the Britannia restaurant was lovely, the waiting staff were kind, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. We were pretty unimpressed by the entertainment on all but two evenings to be honest but it did not spoil our enjoyment of the cruise as a whole. The service in every area and from every staff member was second to none. There were seven ports over 17 days, we did four organised excursions. Had we realised what Cadiz would be like we would have done an excursion that day as well. Probably we should have realised that a port town is not the prettiest or most entertaining place to spend a day. Split, being a city, was one of the places we booked a trip and we were glad we did (far too busy otherwise) Dubrovnik is beautiful and we will be hoping to return one day for another look at it. Gibraltar was surprisingly much nicer than anticipated. Messina was interesting but the people who went on excursions seemed to have enjoyed it more than we did. Venice was far too busy to do an organised excursion, it was hard work keeping track of the tour guide with so many people around. Corfu is always lovely. We are a middle aged married couple travelling alone. There was a high percentage of elderly people on this trip but it was billed as the QE 50th Anniversary Cruise so maybe people booked for the romanticism of that. This was probably the most relaxing holiday we have ever had. Read Less
Sail Date September 2017
We had a morning walking around the old town of Southampton as our check in was 2.30pm. and a short taxi ride from the hotel. The QM2 had arrived at 9am. Wow what a sight from the Hotel. Slick booking in, bags disappeared at door and ... Read More
We had a morning walking around the old town of Southampton as our check in was 2.30pm. and a short taxi ride from the hotel. The QM2 had arrived at 9am. Wow what a sight from the Hotel. Slick booking in, bags disappeared at door and a long and well stocked (receptionist line) – zero queue. Only hoot was the discussion about the ESTA rules for expiry (unlike a passport it can be the day after you leave eg current ) we had Dec 2017 on ours and there were conversations about this – but not an issue. Issued with boarding cards. Straight on to ship (we arrived only slightly early, as per the Cunard communications. Cabin 6137 – perfect right in the middle of the ship.great – better than I hoped. Steward Dennis, professional and the room was always well kept and clean. Ship wow Only sea going planetarium, casino, pubs, shops. Only comment the pavilion pool – the tiles are chipped and the changing room (like a public pool from the 1960's) - flooded floor -one cubicle and the entrance door open onto the pool area, so it I was going from the shower to the flooded manky cubicle – I would be on view if someone opened the door – and same for my wife I understand. Crew, food wow. Drinks VERY Expensive. Dress for dinner 3 formal nights – perfect --- we did the 6pm sitting and felt that was just right as we are early up people. Our friends at Table, USE, New Zealand and British were great company. We did breakfast and some lunches in the Kings Court (buffet) and a meal in the pub. All good Shows – really good. Two people playing one piano – amazing. Casino and arranged activities great – QM2 has it all. Took me 5 visits to eventually see the ‘view of the bridge’ well worth it. We did every deck down to 13 – 2. (TIP) The Silly Wrist bands sea sickness Worked. I was ill only on the morning of day two after that even a force 9 gale at night did not bother me. (TIP) Launderette FREE even the wash powder – and well machines broke down on every deck – but FREE .. washer / dryer and ironing board 2/x ( 4 machines on deck 6 6137 side) (Poor) Leaving the ship – not knowing the time until the day before a pain, rang the car transfer (WASTE of Time) - not Cunard's fault. (Poor) Off boarding – the cases were randomly left in a huge deck 6 area - finding all 4 – took ten minutes.(note to Cunard please!) - the ship is run perfect the cases in the harbour, silly badly managed. Come on Captain this could be a lot better. (TIP) Tie a ribbon around each case to find it easier!! Read Less
Sail Date August 2017

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