Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by LAURENCEP
- Sail Date: November 2018
- Destination: British Isles & Western Europe
- Cabin Type: Balcony
CPS took the car as usual and being a rather dreary day its always so nice to just hand over the keys and leave the car in their hands and watch the luggage disappear into the building knowing within a very short time you will be re united with it outside your state room.
Within 40 minutes we were on board and after a quick tour around we ventured up to kings court.This was where the difference was noticeable it seemed lighter brighter and large than we remembered and that one of the big bonuses of the QM2 in that its size to passenger ratio is the best we have experienced and that after 21 cruises and 7 different cruise lines and 14 different ships its still a favourite.
The food was varied and a great choice possibly the best of the 3 Queens.
The state room was very tastefully done ,though the covered balcony seemed rather drab compared to the Victoria or Elizabeth and paint was pealing off around the door lower panel
The Blues was unfortunately the rattling door hinges when the ship was travelling at a rate of knots and with a fair wind blowing, it was noticeable when all you crave for is peace and quiet to sleep.
The blues continued on table 339 where the vibration of the drive train was felt making the flower's in the vase the bottle of wine and us vibrate.
I questioned this with the Waiter's - one told me it was all over the ship, the other that it was localised to a few areas in the dining lounge.
So had this been more than a 3 nighter I would have moved and done something about the balcony doors but hey ho a short trip.
The first show we had a comedian who was ok everyone who cruises a lot gets to hear similar jokes with a few new ones thrown in.
The 2nd night we had the Broadway spectacular (again) but the dance troupe and singers were excellent.
Evening 3 saw the 4 D's strut their stuff who with a name like that surprised us and had a standing ovation at the end great stuff.
Drinks are served in the Show room and there are tables which is always a nice touch.
Afternoon Tea or high tea in the Ballroom be warned --its a bit of a bum fight so get there early if you really want to make sure on a sea day of getting a seat then 3.30pm it starts so get there by 3.15 the latest to Queue up for a chance.
Pub food in the Golden Lion a must lunch times all F.O.C and great food with a nice glass of Batemans --magic
The main blues is looking at the wine list given to you by the Sommelier and knowing that the Australian Black Shiraz thats listed at $40 dollars plus tax is sitting in your local co op for £10.50 or has been known at £8.95.
On a 14 nighter it can be come very expensive and their wine packages are a better deal but still pricey.
Cocktails in the commodore club around $10
Gratuities $11.50 per night
more blues getting on the 48 seater shuttle coach outside the ship waiting till it fill's up then travelling 150 yards and for some anti Brexit reason told to get off ,with the pretext of showing your pass port to the official in the cruise terminal at Zeebrugge ,finding no one wants to know anything about anything and just usher's you through and points to a door at the side of the building and getting back on the same coach still clutching your passport wondering what the hell was that about ?.
happened 2 days running.
Off at Blankenburge and a very short walk over the road to the station to buy the tickets to Ghent.Having been to Bruges 5 times before thought we would have a change ,There you find a very nice guy speaking perfect English who hand's you a return ticket for both of you for just 20 euro's on a very nice smooth clean train.
At the time it was platform 6 at 10.54 going out so, every hour at the 54 minute out and on the 25th minute coming back on platform 9.
Its a 30 minute walk to the town of Ghent --its up Albert street opposite the station initially, then straight across both the road's curving round the green and up to the Canal then right up to the main canal 200 feet, then left and follow into town an easy walk in
or nos 2 tram from the station
Really worth a visit --great place to shop and relax with a Belgian beer in some lovely place's
We got the tram back a number 1 and dont be fouled into thinking you have to deal with the ticket machines as its all coins ,the driver will change up your money when you enter
a massive 3 euro's. will get you back to the station in about 12 minutes.
So total expenditure for the 2 of us was 26 euro's -- £ 21
Excursion on the ship called "Ghent on your own" a bus ride $ 110 = £84 your choice.
Recommendation for a character Beer haven "Duel Griet" 500 different beer's address = Vrijdagmarkt 50, 9000 Gent
Besides the small points ,this was a really nice 3 nighter = excellent food ,great service in lovely surroundings.
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