Better than before: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by BurkeHAL
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Better than before
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
We left Brooklyn Terminal in great weather and was thrilled with going under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridges, again. Our PF suite, 10022, was perfect (381 Sq. Ft.). Last voyage in PRincess Grill made us opt for the same.
Our room stewardess, Donna, was fantastic for the entire 19-day voyage. Stanley Williams, our PG Maitre'D assigned us to a fabulous table for two at the window. This perk was requested by our travel agent through Cunard's special service desk. Andrea and John were our primary lead waiters in the PG restaurant for the different segments.
They both gave us top service along with the other PG staff. The food and presentation were excellent and has improved over the two years. St. Peter's Port, Guernsey and Bruges were superior ports to visit. Definitely, book an early Cunard 9:00 bus tour for "Bruges on your Own" as it gets you in town by 10:00 More which allowed us to make the first 10:00 water canal tour. Unfortunately a light but constant drizzle started after the canal tour and chilled the day.
The secrets of sea days, especially transatlantic, are to savor the style, lectures, and elegance of the QM2. Formal evenings and ballroom dancing in the Queens Room are always wonderful.
We used White Star luggage for the first time from our home in Virginia to and from the ship.
It was well worth the money. The 50-lb. luggage arrived in our stateroom that morning. Everything is trackable online through FedEx's website. Truly, a piece of mind.
We were so impressed with this voyage that we booked another 18-day voyage in June 2014, NYC-HAM-NYC. Less
Cabin review: P210022 Princess Suite
10022 Princess Grill (P2), Quiet cabin, Large walk-in closet, Comfortable beds, Port side location almost mid-ship; large bathroom. No feeling of claustrophobia. Movement of ship is minimal.Read All Princess Suite (P2) Reviews >>
Port and Shore Excursions
Canal Boat Tour
Glad we beat the lines and got the first 10:00 canal tour. Started to rain for the whole day after we got off. Fortunately, we our foul weather rain gear. The city itself was quaint. Bring lots of Euros and many shops do not take MC and.or VISA.
The hills are easy walking. The whole island reminded us of Bar Harbor, Maine and Gloucester, Massachusetts. Most of the shops were closed as we arrived on a Sunday. There were tents of food and crafts to purchase. Similar to "farmer's markets" in the US.
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