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3 Southampton to Asia Cunard Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Reviews

The Queen Mary 2 is a fantastic liner but as a cruise ship she falls down on her accessibility to cruise terminals due to her physical size. The result of this is that tours have very long coach journeys typically 4 hours or more for the ... Read More
The Queen Mary 2 is a fantastic liner but as a cruise ship she falls down on her accessibility to cruise terminals due to her physical size. The result of this is that tours have very long coach journeys typically 4 hours or more for the return journey. Additionally the inability of the the ship to dock at Hong Kong cruise terminal meant that all disembarking passengers and their baggage were shipped separately out to the expo centre near the airport (a 40 minute ride) and dumped there by Cunard to find their own way back to town. We were only informed of this change at the last minute so pre-booked taxis were unable to be informed of the change. To add insult to injury we had purposely chosen a hotel adjacent to the cruise terminal and instead of it taking just minutes to get checked in to our hotel we were still messing about at our own expense after 2 1/2 hours. Zero out 10 for Cunard. Have you noticed that on all the questionnaires they ask about the quality of the registration process but they never get feedback on the disembarkation process. The other point about Cunard is that they do not inform the passengers of difficult or sensitive changes to the itinerary. We were on a long 38 night trip but we booked an itinerary which included a call at Koh Samui, Thailand. This was dropped from the schedule without us ever being informed. Lastly be aware that if you join a multi sector world cruise for more than one sector , the entertainment package has a considerable amount of repetition. We covered 3 sectors and by the end we were becoming very disappointed. Having said all this we enjoyed our cruise very much. The ship is beautiful. The food is great. The staff are very attentive. Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
People of a certain age just know that you have to wear a duffle coat at sea if there are any ocean days involved.....so I had to congratulate the man who was wearing his as he walked the decks as the QM2 began the run through the Bay of ... Read More
People of a certain age just know that you have to wear a duffle coat at sea if there are any ocean days involved.....so I had to congratulate the man who was wearing his as he walked the decks as the QM2 began the run through the Bay of Biscay at the beginning of the 2013 World Cruise. The QM2 is the last ocean liner in the world and, as such, is not suitable for some. If you don't want to spend some of your day doing "decks"-three times round equals a mile-or want lectures or having to mentally juggle the luggage allowance if flying go on something else because it'll save you getting upset at the Cunard experience. That experience was created when sailing was a different thing to what is expected now and so you could be disappointed if you don't remember this. Yes, the Cunard is clothes. The dressing up at night is what makes it for so many which is why so many still do it with enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment. You can see the man who has been bullied into a dinner jacket reluctantly appear and then catch sight of himself, pause and suddenly James Bond is there in front of you. The gowns have gone-luggage allowance has killed them-but posh frocks are still there a plenty. Effort is made by a good 98% Yes, Cunard is lectures. The speakers are many and varied and obviously some are more accomplished than others but there are a heck of a lot of passengers who are equally varied and they all take great interest somewhere along the line. Yes, QM2 is "the decks". She's a big ship and she demands to be walked upon. Are we a load of sad old people with nothing better to do? For some senior passengers the "deck" may take all day but it is totally absolutely social. They stop every 12th chair for a sit and a talk and there is always somebody to talk to. Walking the decks is how you get to know your ship and your fellow passengers. It clears the lungs and starts the day and it is done in every weather. Yes, Cunard is a different age but many of us were either there, knew people who were or want to experience it for themselves and the QM2 is the mightiest. The Britannia dining room is said to be the finest at sea and is far superior to where the Grills passengers eat. The staff are outstanding and if ever the food isn't to your liking they will do their best to accommodate. After a really beautiful roast beef I said the Yorkshire Puddings were so magnificent they should be served with golden syrup as desert...I got them. Yes, Cunard does overcharge by the ridiculous 15% on everything. Why do they do it? Who knows but it upsets everybody and is very bad PR. It just means you drink less. Yes, the QM2 is a ship to travel on again and again if you have the right frame of mind. The excitement of food shortages, pirates (the men with strange back packs were quickly identified), extremely dull midday announcements and the thrill of Las Vegas in the desert i.e. Dubai made this another fabulous trip because it was something yet again a bit different so it was good!! Read Less
Sail Date January 2013
This was a wonderful cruise on a ship that we had been on twice before. This time we avoided the Brittania restaurant - which is good, but has two sittings and is too large - by booking a club balcony cabin, thus having the Brittania Club ... Read More
This was a wonderful cruise on a ship that we had been on twice before. This time we avoided the Brittania restaurant - which is good, but has two sittings and is too large - by booking a club balcony cabin, thus having the Brittania Club restaurant which was just the right size, open dining, and first class service. Our last cruise was in the Queen's Grill, and although excellent, the service we received in the Club restaurant was just as good. The reason for the Queen's Grill was an upgrade due to a golden wedding anniversary. The food was excellent with such a great choice. The cabin was fine with plenty of drawer and cupboard space and the cabin service was excellent. Only complaint was that although the towels are of good quality, the size of the bath towels leave a lot to be desired. The ship was spotlessly clean and all the staff very friendly and helpful, apart from the pursers office where one did not always get the best service. O.K they are the ones who take all the complaints, but they were on several occasions, not the nicest of folk to deal with and gave one the impression of being superior, and not there to serve the guests. Two good things came out of this cruise. You can now buy Gin or Vodka (certain brands)plus 6 cans of tonic for $25 for consumption in your cabin, and they also turn a blind eye to you taking spirits or wine on board. Think they had to do it as P & O were already doing this. The prices charged in the bars and restaurants are exhorbitant especially with the 15% service charge, so we did not use them very much. One only had to look at the tables in the Brittania restaurant in the evening to see that there were not many bottles of wine on the table. They did actually reduce the price of some of their wines when we were aboard, but they need to reduce them even more for us to buy one bottle a day. Other cruise lines do not charge as much. Only did one tour as there again they are much too expensive and as seasoned cruisers we know how to do them much more cheaply. All in all a wonderful cruise, and one will always have some complaints after such a long time. I sincerely hope to rejoin QM2 in Capetown next year for parts of the cruise that I did not do this time! Read Less
Sail Date January 2010
Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 4.3
Dining 4.0 3.9
Entertainment 4.0 3.7
Public Rooms 5.0 4.4
Fitness Recreation 4.0 3.9
Family 3.5 3.9
Shore Excursion 4.0 3.4
Enrichment 5.0 3.9
Service 4.0 4.2
Value For Money 3.5 3.7
Rates 4.0 3.8

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