Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by MikeB
- Sail Date: April 2012
- Destination: Middle East
Dubai proved to be a disaster as we took an open top bus trip, paid Â£80 and got off after 3 stops to join a Dhow cruise, 50 yards from the dockside the Captain turned back and ordered us all off. To windy he said. No mention of a refund. We ended up getting taxis which we should have done in the first place. Some people really enjoyed it, having spent a couple of days settling in before their excursions.
The next stop was Muscat, clean a less pretentious that Dubai. We took a beach trip. I t was very shallow and clear, having to wade out 100 yards to cover your waist. Hot and pleasant excursion.
Then we set off to "pirates alley" escorted by various naval ships, one of which came close and gave us a helicopter demonstration. Very good to see, made us all feel more comfortable. The ship itself can really travel at speed and had armed guards, so I don't think the pirates would be silly enough to even come close. Not to mention risking a tongue lashing from the blue rinse brigade. From Sohkna we joined the ships excursion to Cairo and the Pyramids. We were very anxious as we set off in an armed coach convoy across the dessert to Giza. We found we had no reason to be anxious. As all the Egyptians were very friendly and pleased to see us. Not many other tourists around and no sign of Egypt's troubles. We were forced to drive through a sandstorm, which was quite exciting, the driver could only see 10 yards ahead, and he was being led by a police escort. Cairo and the Pyramids were filthy, but at $400 it was the best excursion of the whole cruise. You must go there once!
Suez Canal was interesting and took all day to transit. Worth the trip.
Next was Athens and the Corinth can trip ending at Ancient Corinth nice sunny day in pleasant company. Like all these trips you have to endure the visit to a store owned by a family member to make your purchases of the local tourist tat.
Then to Malaga to see the Flamenco dancers, that was quite good, but the trip was expensive. Having had the trip to Lisbon cancelled we settled down for the long run to Southampton.
The Bay of Biscay was rough, and the ship did not ride it as well as expected, many spare places at the dinner table in the evening as a result. Disembarkation was easy.
Would we go on this trip again? Probably not. Too many sea days, not enough ports. Smoking allowed in some areas. Cunard make a big thing of the white star service and its former glories. Truth is, it does cater for a niche market, but the ship was built by the French and the ship, crew and history feel a little tired. Cheaper that many of our previous cruises. We might try Asia next
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
Corinth Canal by BoatAncient Corinth was interesting. We should have read up before we visited it.View All 18 Corinth Canal by Boat Reviews
Corinth MuseumA good tour. Very InterestingView All 11 Corinth Museum Reviews
City TourThis was the highlight of our cruise. If you have not been, then you should go on the ships tour. $400 for the two of us and worth every penny. Cairo is dirty but should be seen. The Egyptians were friendly no security problems at all. Armed guards on coaches and at Pyramids. Giza and the Pyramids were spoilt by the sandstorm and the rubbish. The beggars and sellers were pushy but very easily delt with, no problem. The Belley dancer came from Scotland, which spoilt the image a bit.View All 5 City Tour Reviews
PyramidsNo sign of the troubles.Armed guards on coaches and at Pyramids. Giza and the Pyramids were spoilt by the sandstorm and the rubbish. The beggars and sellers were pushy but very easily delt with, no problem.View All 12 Pyramids Reviews
A must visit once!
DubaiOver rated, no substance. taxis are very cheapView All 174 Dubai Cruise Port Reviews
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City TourA good Flemenco Dancein Malaga which was the substitute for Lisbon. The quide was hopeless. it was very expensive for an afternoon outing. Could have walked off the ship and around the town for free.View All 65 City Tour Reviews
MuscatClean, tidy and friendly. Very rocky a different landscape to desert DubaiView All 111 Muscat Cruise Port Reviews
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