Always wanted to cruise on Queen Mary 2 and experience the legend, Cunard and the past splendour of a transatlantic ocean liner. It was also my first cruise. Sailing from Sydney to Tasmania - return seemed a good way to enjoy this experience. The QM2 sailed from Sydney to Port Arthur, Hobart and return to Sydney. From the moment you board QM2, you are taken to a past luxury and the best of British sailing history. The ship is truly large, beautiful and an experience to do at least one in your life. Staff were always friendly and always able to help you. Service is a hallmark of the QM2, so is the dining experience and entertainment. Tenders to Port Arthur were well organised and presented with no problems.
The Veranda Restaurant - you have to book early to dine at this signature restaurant, but the service and meals were truly wonderful and the price extraordinary value. Food at all the ships dining establishments was good. Entertainment was refined and so was dressing formal. Everything about QM2 is grand.
Cabin was small, but well appointed and clean. Beds were comfortable and so was the selection of pillows. The room steward was always on hand if you needed something and kept the room spotless. Room service was also prompt.
Stay at a CBD hotel the night before you board, it's easier, particularly if you live in the outer areas of Sydney, we did and it meant that we were not rushed and we were able to get to the Overseas Ship Terminal refreshed and get onboard QM2 without to much waiting or fuss.
Port Arthur is a serene and beautiful stop. You can go and just walk around the historic site yourself or if you choose, select a number of tours that you will pay for.
Hobart is a beautiful little city. We were very lucky and enjoyed 30 degree sunshine. Be aware, the sun is Tasmania can burn you very quickly so ensure you use sunscreen and wear a hat. We looked at the antique shops in the city, there is 4 of them with others in Richmond, if you want to go there. We had a look at the historic house Narryna (built in 1840) and enjoyed a seafood lunch at Salamanca and looked at the shops there.