Cruising with a Hurricane..........can be lots of fun!: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Shuee1

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Cruising with a Hurricane..........can be lots of fun!

Sail Date: October 2012
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: Other
Arrived at a very busy terminal on the 14th and we had to wait approx 30 minutes before being checked in, although well organised they should open more terminals during busy periods. Not a smooth embarkation.
Our cabin was spotless and our luggage was already waiting for us when we opened the cabin door. There was the usual complementary bottle of sparkling wine waiting for us, a very nice touch by Cunard. Our cabin steward soon knocked on our door and introduced herself. Tatiana did a marvellous job keeping our cabin clean and tidy throughout the voyage.
We had a rough crossing both ways but it would appear neither of us suffer from sea sickness or maybe it was the situation of our cabin which was on the fourth deck towards the middle and so not as much movement.
The ship was very comfortable, and the food was good, but we had trouble with the Kings Court which covered both sides of the ship and whichever way we went it seemed to be the wrong one because that side always More seemed closed off and we had to cross over and use the other. We never got it right the whole three weeks.
When we booked Cunard sold us one three week cruise from Southampton to Southampton, unfortunately we received three one week cruises, it was very disappointing to get three Welcome aboard shows, three Appassionata shows, three cinema showings of Men in Black 3 and Madam Butterfly, along with repeats from the RADA group members and the planetarium shows. The menus in the Britannia restaurant were also repeated at least twice over the voyage. The only thing that wasn't repeated were the questions in the daily quizzes or we would have won hands down.
It was also disappointing to see that the dress code was not adhered to as we expected it to be and we saw passengers wandering round after 6 at night in jeans and t-shirts on a regular basis, these passengers were not refused service by the staff even though the daily paper mentioned that the dress code would be strictly adhered to, this was definitely not the case.
In conclusion we have decided that Cunard are living on past reputation and although we enjoyed our holiday it is doubtful we will travel with them again. Less

Published 11/12/12

Cabin review: BD4043

Our cabin was just across from the laundry and was very handy for checking that the iron or machines were free instead of making a trek with a pile of clothes. We were towards fwd of the ship but it was a very comfortable cabin and I would recommend it. We didn't use our balcony a lot because of the rough weather, I would not recommend it for sitting in the sunshine though because of the seclusion of it, you would struggle getting a tan on there.

Port and Shore Excursions

Cunard advertised this excursion to start at 7.00am and pick up at 4.00pm. It wasn't until we got into Manhattan that we were told by one person that the bus would pick us up at 3.00pm, someone else then took over and informed us that the bus would be there at 2.30pm. This cut our excursion by 90 minutes. Apparently we had to get back to the ship by 4.00pm but this was misleading by Cunard. There weren't a lot of options for getting into Manhattan other than take a taxi, the ship moored in Brooklyn, while other cruise ships were going closer to Manhattan.

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