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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Review

4.0 / 5.0
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CUNARD MET OUR EXPECTATIONS

Review for Queen Mary 2 (QM2) to Australia & New Zealand
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Solent Richard
First Time Cruiser • Age 70s

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Sail Date: Jan 2009
Cabin: Queens Suite

We joined Queen Mary 2 at Fort Lauderdale having crossed the Atlantic from Southampton on Queen Victoria. Some two hundred passengers had chosen this method of joining Queen Mary 2. The transfer between ships was handled efficiently by both ships. (The only hiccup was a delay due to a high number of German passengers trying to disembark Queen Victoria by ignoring the transfer muster instructions given them, this despite those instructions having been translated into their native language.)

The two Queens were berthed on either side of a wide jetty and each had their own embarkation hall. We had had fun at breakfast in the QV's Queens Grill watching our next stateroom on QM2 being cleaned and the balcony washed. There was a wait for check-in to open, our transfer having run so smoothly, however refreshments were provided by Cunard staff. Check in for our group was uneventful despite Cunard having to undertake additional visa checks. The introduction of the ESTA Visa for non US citizens plus Brazilian Visa checks for US citizens: who are currently undergoing a tit for tat visa programme, similar to ours with India.

We had again been upgraded from Princess to Queens Grill. A smiley greeting awaited us as we embarked and although we were well capable of finding our stateroom, assistance was on hand had we needed it. We were impressed by our welcome from both our new Butler and his assistant. Our speedy arrival at our suite, within minutes of check-in opening, saw the butler dispatching his assistant to expedite our luggage.

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Queens Suite

Queens Grill suites offer amazing quality and space. There was no problem with storage even though, as bllroom dance fanatics, we bring a lot of luggage and footwear. The Butler service was excellent and the balcony a more than adequate size.

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