We recently returned from half world QM2 cruise Singapore to Southampton. Many good things about this 35 day cruise which, overall, we greatly enjoyed and for which the basic price (excluding on-board extras) was excellent value . Unlike some recent reviewers, we were very impressed with quality of food and staff attitudes in Kings Court buffet, which generally also catered well for vegetarians like me – better than the Britannia formal restaurant though food and service there were good too. We didn’t see any need to use the over-expensive specialist restaurants.
Staff service and attitude very good apart from the odd misery-guts in the bars, the coffee bar and the tours office – interesting to note that these are particular venues for the perhaps excessively high prices that we found charged for on-board extras (our main moan on this cruise), so maybe they’re fed up with complaints! That didn’t seem to embitter the equally expensive but reliably cheerful photography staff though...
Pool and games facilities are very good – though of course there’s always the danger that some selfish people will dominate them, as happened on this trip with the table tennis. As for venues, Kochi was a wash-out, due partly, apparently, to the Indian authorities’ cussedness regarding visas, but many of the others were brilliant – especially Langkawi island, Aqaba (where the Jordanian air force display team did a brilliant and moving display and fly-past) Sorrento (a late substitute for Naples) and Cadiz. We’d rather have had an overnight stay at any of these harbours rather than at flashy less impressive and very, very busy Dubai ( a series of traffic jams linking building sites and designer shopping malls...)
Evening shows too dependent on musicals but some of the acts – Kev Orkian, the Barricade Boys, David Copperfield, the acrobats - were outstanding. House band too loud, though! The celebrity speakers were alright (despite a tendency to not show too much of the human being behind the celebrity), but the enrichment speakers – especially history and astronomy - were very good and, at times, quite stretching! Disappointed no drama workshops as on a previous QM2 trip, but very impressed that two of the Ents staff put on an enjoyable poetry show. Other extras – the ship choir, the summer fayre – were enjoyable and imaginative. Selection of movies patchy but again some were very good, even if the daily programme provided details for the wrong movie on a couple of nights! Nightclub facility and house band (Purple Haze) very good indeed, though see entry below re cabin. Afternoon Classical music concerts absolutely fantastic with a brilliant selection of artistes. The house string quartet also very good and fully deserved their award of an evening show in the main theatre.
The library on QM2 remains a wonderful facility – excellent choice of reading matter and a lovely and restful place to sit and read or work even when not open on evenings and early mornings.
We had occasion to use the medical service and were very impressed by its professionalism and efficiency.
There seemed to be a lot of tension and conflict on board regarding use of the limited self-service laundry facilities on certain decks. Is this always the case on cruises, we wondered, or is it something about Cunard customers?!
Roomy, nice balcony, good shower (though skimpy shower curtain!) and brilliant steward service but note that high cabin numbers on deck 4 are directly overhead the dance hall and night club and there is a definite issue with noise (muffled but still annoying) in the late evening.
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