In taking a slightly longer trip on the QM2 this year my wife and I were wondering if it would live up to last year's memories. Fortunately on neither voyage have we come across the 'moaning mingers' who seem to populate the pages of many review websites. Why do so many people fail to realise that "ask (politely) and staff will try hard to please .. moan, complain and you'll find yourself on your own, with even worse service."
The experience held good, in general. Some of the new things we attempted were not quite up to expectations but all of our previous regular features were as good as ever.
1. Eating: the Princess Grill -- accommodation, food and service -- were, once again, all that could be asked or expected. We were recognised by the Maitre d' (who could even recall our previous table location) before being introduced to our waiting staff and then allowed to develop a rapport with them so that dining preferences could be met. No complaints about any of the meals -- any of the drinks (freshly squeezed lemonade appeared one lunchtime) -- or the friendly and still professional level of service. Said M d' also cooperated with organising a special (birthday) treat for my wife and produced Champagne at breakfast-time, with 'Moon River' playing in the background, as I offer her a jewellery gift .. making it a true "Breakfast at Tiffany's". Good man. I had great pleasure in nominating him for Cunard's 'You are a Star' award.
A well-appointed cabin for this grade; clean and tidy; good fittings and fabrics; small, flat-screen TV (with awful sound). Everything that you need and sufficient space - with the balcony - to be able to stay in place and not feel cramped (for the two of you). Good attention from staff.
For those who chose to stay on-board and enjoy the ship's facilities, Rotterdam is a river port full of interesting trade and water-traffic.
Bags to see, all day. Sit back and relax and watch a river port at work.
Here you tie-up alongside a Container-port. 'Big Boys' could send the day just watching the machines moving the containers around; full of envy and admiration for the drivers. The Ladies .. probably less so.
Nice to be in the centre of the town but, once again, its those containers ..
That's the problem with a vessel of this size; it has to use the big jetties, which is where the larger freight vessels dock. Make your choice - stability and comfort vs. better moorings in port but being tossed-about on the ocean wave when travelling.