We have cruised numerous times, but had not yet cruised with Cunard. We wanted to experience the Queen Mary 2, and a short, 5 night cruise over the 4th of July was a wonderful opportunity to do so.
The QM2 is a stunningly beautiful ship. The décor is very “art deco” and reminiscent of a more elegant age. The many common areas on the ship are large, well appointed, and, even at capacity, do not feel crowded. In fact, the whole ship feels longer and wider than any other ship we have cruised on. Just being on board was relaxing.
QM2 was built as an “ocean liner” and not as a cruise ship. This may account for the fact that it is laid out differently (and sometimes confusingly!) Example: Access to the main pool on Deck 8 is through the Verandah restaurant!!
Our room – deck 5, #5.140 - was comparable to a balcony room on Princess and on Holland America’s “compass” ships (Noordam, Westerdam, and Zuiderdam). It was nicely appointed, had adequate closet space and drawers (better than Holland America, but Princess closet space is still the best), a couch, a vanity. The bed was very comfortable. We did not feel cramped in the room itself, although the bathroom (shower only; must upgrade to a suite if you want a tub) was very small.We truly disliked the “enclosed” balcony and would not book a room in that category again. Also, conventional wisdom is that a room mid-ship and low will minimize motion. That was not the case here at all. In fact, there was more vibration in our room than anywhere else on the ship
We had been to this port before. e walked around the downtown area a bit, then had a great lobster lunch at a local restaurant.
If there is one entire category where QM2 fell flat on its face this was it. There were very few tours offered and those that were offered were too short in duration. We took a tour of the JFK Library and the John Adams house. It did not go out until 2:15!! While our tour guide was very good, we needed at least 2 more hours to do justice to the library and the Adams house. It was all very rushed. This is why I would probably not sail on QM2 for a port intensive cruise.