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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review
4.0 / 5.0
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Cruise back to UK after visiting India.

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by stanley18

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: Apr 2018
  • Destination: Around the World
  • Cabin Type: Balcony, sheltered

Part of a holiday which visited Golden Triangle in India before joining QM2 back to Southampton. First time on this ship. Last Cunard cruise was QE2 just before it went out of service.

The cabin was well laid out but I did not want a sheltered balcony which is like a metal box cut in the hull with no view if you are sitting down.

I was disappointed in the food in the restaurant but found the buffet good for breakfast and lunch. Drinks were very expensive. I always ate dinner in the restaurant and had good waiters and a very helpful Maitr d’.

Some of the speakers had very interesting topics but I felt the presentation standard was poor when they read directly from a script or the screen in often a less than enthusistic manner and they made no attempt to engage with the audience. Exceptions were Anthony Horowich and Sally Gunnell both of whom gave excellent presentations. That was the standard I had expected.

Entertainment was variable and not as good as other cruise lines. The professional dance couple and their dance classes were excellent and there was a good hardworking team of dance hosts. That certainly was a very high standard.

Overall however I felt the ship was living on a reputation of a high standard which is no longer being attained.

The ports and Suez Canal were interesting and the problem of not being able to dock at Naples was quickly overcome by tendering (very proficiently carried out) into Sorrento was definitely an added bonus. Shore excursions were well organised but rather expensive compared to other cruise lines.

Overall I enjoyed my cruise but would hesitate to go on QM2 again. Even ‘Cunarders’ were saying the other two Cunard ships are better than their ‘flagship’.

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Cabin Review

Balcony, sheltered
Cabin BV 4037

Good cabin well laid out with all amenities provided. Sheltered balcony gave outdoor space but very little sun, due to being a metal box, and felt quite enclosed. It didn’t give much extra light into the cabin.

Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

Short disappointing bus tour round Aqaba then very interesting tour to desert encampment and lunch of local food.

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