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We travelled on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to Rio, via New York, Fort Lauderdale, Amber Cove, Barbados and Salvador, from January to February 2016. The ship then carried on with her World Cruise. We thought the ship was mostly excellent throughout, although there were one or two worn areas of carpet and a cracked tile or two in the bathroom. The ship is due to go to Hamburg for work, when she returns from the World Cruise in May 2016, so maybe these tired areas will be improved then. Food in the Britannia Restaurant was good although some of the portions were quite small. Not to worry though; you could eat as much as you wanted in the self-service restaurant! Entertainment was of a variable standard. There were some very talented acts in the evening shows, but the traditional Brazilian dancers, for example, had people walking out of the theatre. Anybody can bang what looks like an old paint can and wiggle his or her bits around. Guest speakers included Celia Imrie, John McCarthy and Sir Tony Robinson. They were well-received, but I'm not sure if the American and European guests realised who they were! The 'Insights' lectures were varied and you could choose which ones took your interest. I found most of them very interesting. Movie shows were mostly poor. This wasn't just my opinion. There was usually a very small audience (as few as a dozen people at times). For example, there was a film, set mostly in the early 1950s, about a Russian, homosexual, serial child killer. Not quite the thing to cheer you up before bed! We lasted about 20 minutes before walking out, along with almost everyone else. When we raised this with the staff, we were told that they had to show the movies they were sent from ashore. Tours were okay, but as usual with cruise lines, very expensive. When they ran out of places for trips in Rio, they didn't put another coach on, so we went out into the terminal and got a similar one (minus lunch) for less than a third of the Cunard price, saving $250 between us! The ship was, as expected, very big indeed. It was really smooth going across the Atlantic, in very rough seas. Yes, you could tell you were afloat, but the movement was very subdued. We were impressed. Even though there were 2 and a half thousand passengers aboard, it was easy to find a place to sit and many a time, we were alone in an area. New York was fascinating, Fort Lauderdale was okay if you want to see the Everglades, Amber Cove was nothing to get excited about, there wasn't much to see in Barbados, Salvador was worth missing, but Rio was fascinating. What a contrast between poverty and affluence! Beautiful beaches and promenades, great shopping, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.... and not a mosquito in sight! It's a pity we couldn't have stayed on for the rest of the trip. The ship's spending quite a bit of time around Cape Horn, which looks fascinating. However, we both intend to travel on the QM2 again, as soon as possible, so maybe we'll see it then!

Excellent Cruise

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Cactus77

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: January 2016
  • Destination: South America
  • Cabin Type: Oceanview
We travelled on Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to Rio, via New York, Fort Lauderdale, Amber Cove, Barbados and Salvador, from January to February 2016. The ship then carried on with her World Cruise.

We thought the ship was mostly excellent throughout, although there were one or two worn areas of carpet and a cracked tile or two in the bathroom.

The ship is due to go to Hamburg for work, when she returns from the World Cruise in May 2016, so maybe these tired areas will be improved then.

Food in the Britannia Restaurant was good although some of the portions were quite small. Not to worry though; you could eat as much as you wanted in the self-service restaurant!

Entertainment was of a variable standard. There were some very talented acts in the evening shows, but the traditional Brazilian dancers, for example, had people walking out of the theatre. Anybody can bang what looks like an old paint can and wiggle his or her bits around.

Guest speakers included Celia Imrie, John McCarthy and Sir Tony Robinson. They were well-received, but I'm not sure if the American and European guests realised who they were!

The 'Insights' lectures were varied and you could choose which ones took your interest. I found most of them very interesting.

Movie shows were mostly poor. This wasn't just my opinion. There was usually a very small audience (as few as a dozen people at times). For example, there was a film, set mostly in the early 1950s, about a Russian, homosexual, serial child killer. Not quite the thing to cheer you up before bed! We lasted about 20 minutes before walking out, along with almost everyone else. When we raised this with the staff, we were told that they had to show the movies they were sent from ashore.

Tours were okay, but as usual with cruise lines, very expensive. When they ran out of places for trips in Rio, they didn't put another coach on, so we went out into the terminal and got a similar one (minus lunch) for less than a third of the Cunard price, saving $250 between us!

The ship was, as expected, very big indeed. It was really smooth going across the Atlantic, in very rough seas. Yes, you could tell you were afloat, but the movement was very subdued. We were impressed.

Even though there were 2 and a half thousand passengers aboard, it was easy to find a place to sit and many a time, we were alone in an area.

New York was fascinating, Fort Lauderdale was okay if you want to see the Everglades, Amber Cove was nothing to get excited about, there wasn't much to see in Barbados, Salvador was worth missing, but Rio was fascinating. What a contrast between poverty and affluence! Beautiful beaches and promenades, great shopping, Christ the Redeemer and Sugar Loaf Mountain.... and not a mosquito in sight!

It's a pity we couldn't have stayed on for the rest of the trip. The ship's spending quite a bit of time around Cape Horn, which looks fascinating.

However, we both intend to travel on the QM2 again, as soon as possible, so maybe we'll see it then!
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Cabin Review

Oceanview
Cabin EF 6009
We had an outside cabin, (number 6009, near the bow on the starboard side), which was very spacious and clearly intended for disabled people, judging by the folding arms and supports in the bathroom. It had a single porthole and was furnished comfortably but not luxuriously. It did not have a balcony. The 2 single beds had been joined up, giving a very comfortable, 6ft wide bed. The steward was excellent, as most of them are.
Being almost at the front end of the ship, it was very quiet, with hardly any traffic passing the door.
We recommend this cabin to anyone who doesn't require a balcony.
Deck 6 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins

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