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This review is a continuation of '2 Queens on Queen Victoria.......' We disembarked Queen Victoria for our ‘back to back’ cruise on QM2 to Fort Lauderdale - the first 10 nights of the world cruise. It was painless – we put the cases outside our cabin the night before we disembark, collect them in the arrival hall and then hand them over to a Cunard bus which will take them to QM2. We stroll into Southampton and like the rest of Southampton who are awake on a Sunday morning end up in Ikea which offers ‘Free Coffee’ during browsing time between 10-11am. We get a great view of the 3 Queens – the ships I mean – who are all in dock to start their world cruises. It’s a spectacular sight. After our free coffee and internet we avoid ‘browsing’ at Scandinavian Furniture and head instead for Asda to top up our wine before boarding QM2. We board for our next cruise (or voyage as Cunard calls it). Our new Cabin (or stateroom as Cunard calls it) is on deck 8 and has a great view of a lifeboat right outside our balcony. We did know this on booking the cabin and it does not bother us. In fact I look a lot brighter with a shade of orange reflected against my skin. Being back in a ‘Britannia cabin/stateroom’ we are assigned a table of 2 in the main dining room. Although we did enjoy the Princess Grill restaurant on the Queen Victoria, there is nothing to match the main Britannia restaurant on board QM2. It is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. We are on a balcony table to can look across the whole restaurant. The food is excellent as are our waiter and assistant waiter. This cruise (sorry, voyage) has a much more mixed group of passengers – lots of Americans, Chinese, Aussies, Kiwis and of course Brits. Lots of examples of bad plastic surgery. Lots of eccentrics – a lady is in the disco one night wearing slippers and holding onto a full size hula hoop. We don’t stay to watch her twirl. We love to cruise (on a ship) as you get to meet and watch lots of colourful people. We hear more rumours of fighting in the launderettes – much like on Queen Victoria but we also hear that a passenger was thrown off at port on the last world cruise (sorry voyage) for fighting in the launderette. This might be a tall story but we like to believe it. We go to the gym most mornings (hangover permitting) and try to burn some of the excess calories we are about to consume. We walk past the Queens Grill restaurant and notice that a passenger has brought with them a ‘service push bell’ which is on their table. This push bell has a floral design. We keep an eye on this table on future walks and note that the push bell remains. It must drive the waiter mad as well as the other diners. We attend another captains cocktail party and again miss the opportunity to ask him, ‘Captain, if you are here entertaining guests, who is driving the ship??!!’ The captain tells us that it is very windy and to be careful moving around the outside decks. We relay this message to guests we have met during the cruise (sorry voyage) who did not attend the cocktail party, ‘Be careful going out on deck or you might get sucked off’. We love watching the other passengers – the social climbing, the gold digging. All life is here. Lots of American passengers ask us about ‘Down Town Abbey’ – we assume they mean ‘Downton Abbey’ and we tell them we don’t watch it. We arrive in New York and it is cold – but not as cold as Denmark. As we have been to New York a few times we decide to take a walk and avoid the tourist traps. We walk into Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge and all the way to Macys. We have a squirt of free aftershave in Macys and head back via the liquor store to the ship. As we re-cross the Brooklyn Bridge it starts to snow. It is wonderful and the snow is light and magical. As we reach the ship the snow starts to get heavier and we are glad to be back on board. Manhattan disappears as the snowfall increases and we set sail. It’s too cold to go up on deck for sail away so we watch the Verrazano Bridge sailing between the orange lifeboats on our balcony. We have 2 more magical days on board before reaching Fort Lauderdale. It’s a fantastic trip and we make many friends on-board. We stay in Fort Lauderdale for 5 nights – the weather is great apart from one day of rain (we thought we’d left the rain in Wales). Until the next time when Queen Mary 2 will be refurbished and look more spectacular than ever.

2 Queens on Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by BnB Cruiser

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Balcony, obstructed view
This review is a continuation of '2 Queens on Queen Victoria.......'

We disembarked Queen Victoria for our ‘back to back’ cruise on QM2 to Fort Lauderdale - the first 10 nights of the world cruise. It was painless – we put the cases outside our cabin the night before we disembark, collect them in the arrival hall and then hand them over to a Cunard bus which will take them to QM2. We stroll into Southampton and like the rest of Southampton who are awake on a Sunday morning end up in Ikea which offers ‘Free Coffee’ during browsing time between 10-11am. We get a great view of the 3 Queens – the ships I mean – who are all in dock to start their world cruises. It’s a spectacular sight. After our free coffee and internet we avoid ‘browsing’ at Scandinavian Furniture and head instead for Asda to top up our wine before boarding QM2.

We board for our next cruise (or voyage as Cunard calls it). Our new Cabin (or stateroom as Cunard calls it) is on deck 8 and has a great view of a lifeboat right outside our balcony. We did know this on booking the cabin and it does not bother us. In fact I look a lot brighter with a shade of orange reflected against my skin. Being back in a ‘Britannia cabin/stateroom’ we are assigned a table of 2 in the main dining room. Although we did enjoy the Princess Grill restaurant on the Queen Victoria, there is nothing to match the main Britannia restaurant on board QM2. It is a feast for the eyes as well as the mouth. We are on a balcony table to can look across the whole restaurant. The food is excellent as are our waiter and assistant waiter.

This cruise (sorry, voyage) has a much more mixed group of passengers – lots of Americans, Chinese, Aussies, Kiwis and of course Brits. Lots of examples of bad plastic surgery. Lots of eccentrics – a lady is in the disco one night wearing slippers and holding onto a full size hula hoop. We don’t stay to watch her twirl. We love to cruise (on a ship) as you get to meet and watch lots of colourful people.

We hear more rumours of fighting in the launderettes – much like on Queen Victoria but we also hear that a passenger was thrown off at port on the last world cruise (sorry voyage) for fighting in the launderette. This might be a tall story but we like to believe it.

We go to the gym most mornings (hangover permitting) and try to burn some of the excess calories we are about to consume.

We walk past the Queens Grill restaurant and notice that a passenger has brought with them a ‘service push bell’ which is on their table. This push bell has a floral design. We keep an eye on this table on future walks and note that the push bell remains. It must drive the waiter mad as well as the other diners.

We attend another captains cocktail party and again miss the opportunity to ask him, ‘Captain, if you are here entertaining guests, who is driving the ship??!!’ The captain tells us that it is very windy and to be careful moving around the outside decks. We relay this message to guests we have met during the cruise (sorry voyage) who did not attend the cocktail party, ‘Be careful going out on deck or you might get sucked off’.

We love watching the other passengers – the social climbing, the gold digging. All life is here. Lots of American passengers ask us about ‘Down Town Abbey’ – we assume they mean ‘Downton Abbey’ and we tell them we don’t watch it.

We arrive in New York and it is cold – but not as cold as Denmark. As we have been to New York a few times we decide to take a walk and avoid the tourist traps. We walk into Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge and all the way to Macys. We have a squirt of free aftershave in Macys and head back via the liquor store to the ship. As we re-cross the Brooklyn Bridge it starts to snow. It is wonderful and the snow is light and magical. As we reach the ship the snow starts to get heavier and we are glad to be back on board. Manhattan disappears as the snowfall increases and we set sail. It’s too cold to go up on deck for sail away so we watch the Verrazano Bridge sailing between the orange lifeboats on our balcony.

We have 2 more magical days on board before reaching Fort Lauderdale. It’s a fantastic trip and we make many friends on-board. We stay in Fort Lauderdale for 5 nights – the weather is great apart from one day of rain (we thought we’d left the rain in Wales). Until the next time when Queen Mary 2 will be refurbished and look more spectacular than ever.
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Balcony, obstructed view
Cabin DF 8060
Lovely view of a lifeboat
Deck 8 Balcony Cabins, Suite Cabins