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Embarkation at Southampton was acceptable - much as other cruise companies. Our cabin, a sheltered balcony was, again, quite acceptable - and albeit winter, I in particular appreciated the balcony. But we were fortunate in having exceptionally calm weather on both crossings. Our cabin stewardess did her job adequately. But really, no more. What we booked was a cruise encompassing the Atlantic crossings and two weeks along the New England and Canadian coasts. It was the only way, we thought,of seeing a part of the United States and Canada without flying. So, 28 days on board the ship on a round trip. And this is where Cunard failed us. Because what that Company did was to create and market four seperate cruises: Southampton - New York; New York - Quebec; Quebec - New York; New York - Southampton. Everything turned on that weekly cycle. The menu repeated every week. And quite a limited menu at that. The entertainment repeated every week - you could have, for some the dubious, pleasure of the same singing and dancing shows four times. If you could have stood it. We had RADA on board and their main production turned on the same weekly routine. For a company of actors, knowing - because I told the principal on the second day - that many of the ship's passengers would be on the ship for 28 days, they did not extend themselves. Easier, of course, to do the same thing. Each week. But it was so obvious that this was four seperate week cruises. Each week we got the same notice that we were assigned the same table. Granted we were ofthe common herd in Britannia class. So I cannot speak for the higher grades. Those could well be worth the extra money because the standard of food was poor to fair. Never good. Falling well below the standards of P & O. What did change each week were the lecturers and some of these were very good and some were rather average. The emphasis, for the two weeks in the USA and Canada, was in favour of the American passengers and that was understandable. The ports of call were, for us who had never crossed the Atlantic by air or sea before, marvellous. The trips booked via Cunard were good, and other via Viator, excellent. The destinations were, save one, truly wonderful. Would we do it again? Yes. Would we travel on the Queen Mary 2 again? No. P & O have similar tours on Aurora and Arcadia, and, were we to do it again, we would use one of them.

Too many repeats

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by David Wheeler

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: November 2016
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Balcony, sheltered
Embarkation at Southampton was acceptable - much as other cruise companies.

Our cabin, a sheltered balcony was, again, quite acceptable - and albeit winter, I in particular appreciated the balcony. But we were fortunate in having exceptionally calm weather on both crossings. Our cabin stewardess did her job adequately. But really, no more.

What we booked was a cruise encompassing the Atlantic crossings and two weeks along the New England and Canadian coasts. It was the only way, we thought,of seeing a part of the United States and Canada without flying. So, 28 days on board the ship on a round trip.

And this is where Cunard failed us. Because what that Company did was to create and market four seperate cruises: Southampton - New York; New York - Quebec; Quebec - New York; New York - Southampton. Everything turned on that weekly cycle. The menu repeated every week. And quite a limited menu at that. The entertainment repeated every week - you could have, for some the dubious, pleasure of the same singing and dancing shows four times. If you could have stood it. We had RADA on board and their main production turned on the same weekly routine. For a company of actors, knowing - because I told the principal on the second day - that many of the ship's passengers would be on the ship for 28 days, they did not extend themselves. Easier, of course, to do the same thing. Each week. But it was so obvious that this was four seperate week cruises. Each week we got the same notice that we were assigned the same table. Granted we were ofthe common herd in Britannia class. So I cannot speak for the higher grades. Those could well be worth the extra money because the standard of food was poor to fair. Never good. Falling well below the standards of P & O.

What did change each week were the lecturers and some of these were very good and some were rather average. The emphasis, for the two weeks in the USA and Canada, was in favour of the American passengers and that was understandable.

The ports of call were, for us who had never crossed the Atlantic by air or sea before, marvellous. The trips booked via Cunard were good, and other via Viator, excellent. The destinations were, save one, truly wonderful.

Would we do it again? Yes. Would we travel on the Queen Mary 2 again? No. P & O have similar tours on Aurora and Arcadia, and, were we to do it again, we would use one of them.
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Cabin Review

Balcony, sheltered
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We liked the cabin. It was well placed for the stairs, which does help in such a large vessel. It was solid and ship-like - we felt we were on a ship. It was quite roomy and we had no difficuolty with storage,.The bathroom was basic but adequate.
Deck 6 Inside Cabins, Outside Cabins, Balcony Cabins