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We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present. The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they are our favourite cruise line. Embarkation had a little of a shaky start as the gangway malfunctioned, so we had a bit of a delay. Got on about 1pm. Disappointed no glass of champagne to greet us, which celebrity do. Our cabin was ready, when we got on which was great. The cabin was lovely we were happy with the size, very clean and that we had a sliding balcony door, which saves a lot of banging doors. Lots of clothes hangers as we ended up with too many as we always pack some of our own, I plead guilty in i took my own pillow and quilt with us, so cannot comment of the bedding. The cabin steward we had the first 3 weeks was excellent, we did the little things like clean the bathroom glass every day that we kept our toothbrushes in, as previous cruises and hotels, they do not. The steward emptied our mini bar fridge for us, as we know we will never drink any of it. When we get on board we always check out dining table as we do like a table of 2, so we can eat at our own pace. We were happy they had got this right. The 2 waiters we had for dinner were excellent, you could see they worked well as a team. We heard lots of comments that the service in Britannia restaurant could very hit and miss, as we found out when we decided to try breakfast, where the service and the food was terrible; the food was cold and once the waiter and taken our order and brought it out, we never saw him again. We never went back for breakfast in there again,. We did have room service breakfast as few times and that was always hot and on time. Lunch buffet in Kings Court, could be dull sometimes, the food was good and tasty, but does not even compare to Celebrity's buffet lunches on Oceanview Cafe and the late night snacks were very disappointing. We did have fish and chips in the pub Golden Lion, which was very good, but would not recommend going in when England are playing football; far too crowded. We did go to one afternoon tea in the Queens Room and was very disappointed, it was very noisy, the sandwiches were dry and curled and you had to keep getting the waiters attention if you wanted more. Not the glamorous experience we hoped it would be. The entertainment was excellent except one act (can't remember her name) but she was meant to be a stage show sensation, but she was dreadful. We had Roy Walker (commedian) but sorry he has had his day. The production shows where very good, and we were worried been on the ship so long, we would have lots of repeat entertainment, but we only had the 3 repeat production shows, on those nights we either went to the cinema or the Queens Room. We did learn that to get tickets for the Planetarium, with quite a lot of Americans on board, you have to queue half an hour before they put them out to get one. On our way over the Atlantic we had amazing weather and calm seas, except for the last 48 hours, where we caught the end of Hurricane Hose, so happy i was on QM2 for that, we manages the high seas so well, nothing moved in the cabin and we could walk around easily. The only time we noticed it was when we were in bed, when we felt like we were either floating or going to role out. The ports of calls were great except we had to change one port of call due to the Canadians slowing the speed limit down, so we ended up going to a Canadian port of Sept illes, and it had nothing; very disappointed. We were unable to dock in Rhode Island, due to bad weather, we took it in our stride, but many moaned, but the captain did try up to an hour to see if we could stay. We did excursions on all the ports of call except Sept Illes, and we enjoyed them all. All the days we were on board, we were not bored once, which has got us keen to save up for a world cruise one day. We did not realise how highly the Canadians think of the QM2 and it was great the greetings we received when we arrived and left; apparently QM2 was on the news in Canada when we arrived in most ports. The Captains cocktail parties felt a bit like, here is your free drink, speeches done, now go and have your dinner. Celebrity have free drinks galore and wonderful nibbles. We are disappointed with Cunards loyalty scheme as you do not really get any benefits with them for been loyal, where we get excited with Celebrity when we manage to go up a level, due to the extra perks you get. I agree with most reviews i have read, alcoholic drinks are very expensive, so we did not drink much alcohol at all. As we did a long cruise we did have trouble with the photography side of things as we always had to make sure each week our photo's were saved as they wiped them off as each week was considered a separate cruise, and trying to get the code to get the photos back into our folder could take a couple of days. My husband bought one of the welcome aboard packages and we had trouble with using the vouchers we had for money off spa and photo's as no one seemed to know how they were used, so we had to go the purser desk a few times to get our bill corrected. I liked QM2, as you had lots of places to go and would usually find a quiet spot to sit, as i know with celebrity that is harder to do, but the temperature difference around QM2 was quite frustrating as one minute you would be okay, but then you go to another part of the ship and you would feel cold. We did get woken up on at 7.10am on the morning before we got back to Southampton, with the Coast Guard coming to airlift someone off, which was a bit of a shock as the helicopter was very load. Would i cruise cunard again, yes definately.

My 50th birthday treat - first time on Cunard

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by kingfrancere

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: September 2017
  • Destination: Transatlantic
  • Cabin Type: Britannia Club Balcony
We picked the cruise for the itinerary, as i do not enjoy flying anymore. I had the choice as well as it was my belated 50th birthday present.

The only way i feel i can do the review justice is do some comparison to Celebrity as they are our favourite cruise line.

Embarkation had a little of a shaky start as the gangway malfunctioned, so we had a bit of a delay. Got on about 1pm. Disappointed no glass of champagne to greet us, which celebrity do. Our cabin was ready, when we got on which was great.

The cabin was lovely we were happy with the size, very clean and that we had a sliding balcony door, which saves a lot of banging doors. Lots of clothes hangers as we ended up with too many as we always pack some of our own, I plead guilty in i took my own pillow and quilt with us, so cannot comment of the bedding. The cabin steward we had the first 3 weeks was excellent, we did the little things like clean the bathroom glass every day that we kept our toothbrushes in, as previous cruises and hotels, they do not. The steward emptied our mini bar fridge for us, as we know we will never drink any of it.

When we get on board we always check out dining table as we do like a table of 2, so we can eat at our own pace. We were happy they had got this right. The 2 waiters we had for dinner were excellent, you could see they worked well as a team. We heard lots of comments that the service in Britannia restaurant could very hit and miss, as we found out when we decided to try breakfast, where the service and the food was terrible; the food was cold and once the waiter and taken our order and brought it out, we never saw him again. We never went back for breakfast in there again,. We did have room service breakfast as few times and that was always hot and on time.

Lunch buffet in Kings Court, could be dull sometimes, the food was good and tasty, but does not even compare to Celebrity's buffet lunches on Oceanview Cafe and the late night snacks were very disappointing.

We did have fish and chips in the pub Golden Lion, which was very good, but would not recommend going in when England are playing football; far too crowded.

We did go to one afternoon tea in the Queens Room and was very disappointed, it was very noisy, the sandwiches were dry and curled and you had to keep getting the waiters attention if you wanted more. Not the glamorous experience we hoped it would be.

The entertainment was excellent except one act (can't remember her name) but she was meant to be a stage show sensation, but she was dreadful. We had Roy Walker (commedian) but sorry he has had his day. The production shows where very good, and we were worried been on the ship so long, we would have lots of repeat entertainment, but we only had the 3 repeat production shows, on those nights we either went to the cinema or the Queens Room. We did learn that to get tickets for the Planetarium, with quite a lot of Americans on board, you have to queue half an hour before they put them out to get one.

On our way over the Atlantic we had amazing weather and calm seas, except for the last 48 hours, where we caught the end of Hurricane Hose, so happy i was on QM2 for that, we manages the high seas so well, nothing moved in the cabin and we could walk around easily. The only time we noticed it was when we were in bed, when we felt like we were either floating or going to role out.

The ports of calls were great except we had to change one port of call due to the Canadians slowing the speed limit down, so we ended up going to a Canadian port of Sept illes, and it had nothing; very disappointed.

We were unable to dock in Rhode Island, due to bad weather, we took it in our stride, but many moaned, but the captain did try up to an hour to see if we could stay.

We did excursions on all the ports of call except Sept Illes, and we enjoyed them all.

All the days we were on board, we were not bored once, which has got us keen to save up for a world cruise one day.

We did not realise how highly the Canadians think of the QM2 and it was great the greetings we received when we arrived and left; apparently QM2 was on the news in Canada when we arrived in most ports.

The Captains cocktail parties felt a bit like, here is your free drink, speeches done, now go and have your dinner. Celebrity have free drinks galore and wonderful nibbles.

We are disappointed with Cunards loyalty scheme as you do not really get any benefits with them for been loyal, where we get excited with Celebrity when we manage to go up a level, due to the extra perks you get.

I agree with most reviews i have read, alcoholic drinks are very expensive, so we did not drink much alcohol at all.

As we did a long cruise we did have trouble with the photography side of things as we always had to make sure each week our photo's were saved as they wiped them off as each week was considered a separate cruise, and trying to get the code to get the photos back into our folder could take a couple of days.

My husband bought one of the welcome aboard packages and we had trouble with using the vouchers we had for money off spa and photo's as no one seemed to know how they were used, so we had to go the purser desk a few times to get our bill corrected.

I liked QM2, as you had lots of places to go and would usually find a quiet spot to sit, as i know with celebrity that is harder to do, but the temperature difference around QM2 was quite frustrating as one minute you would be okay, but then you go to another part of the ship and you would feel cold.

We did get woken up on at 7.10am on the morning before we got back to Southampton, with the Coast Guard coming to airlift someone off, which was a bit of a shock as the helicopter was very load.

Would i cruise cunard again, yes definately.
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Cabin Review

Britannia Club Balcony
Cabin A1 11046
Cabin was a very good size and plenty of room to move around.
We had sliding patio doors, which we were happy about.
Balcony was a really good size, as the weather was good enough to use it.
Frustrating having a shower curtain.
Deck 12 Inside Cabins, Balcony Cabins