We chose this cruise for three reasons:
1. it stopped at many ports/countries we had never visited,
2. we wanted to be away for much of the Canadian winter.
3. we've travelled on Cunard, QM2 in the past and enjoyed the luxury and amenities it has to offer.
It's been 4 years since the shipped was refurbished, and while still beautiful, she'showing the wear & tear in some areas (carpet in the Grand Lobby Hall had pulled away and created a walking hazard, especially for guests who had mobility issues.
The only port that was not satisfactory was Goa, India. It is a commercial/industrial port, not set up to receive the travelling public. The whole process for getting the VISA was troublesome, and the process to clear immigration was disgustingly long and poorly organized. You can't expect seniors to have to stand in line, some up to 2 hours, for Immigration Inspection. On-boarding 4 Officers to clear 2700 passengers was ridiculous! Suggest Cunard take this port off their itinerary, unless the India Officials are prepared to make better accommodations and arrangements.
Also, the calibre of the lecturers was fantastic, especially Judith Hinchcliffe, the Forensic Odontologist. Her presentations were AMAZING. Also, Roy Hunt, who presented on the lives of legendary musicians, Berlin, Gershwins, Hammerstein & Sinatra was wonderful, taking us down memory lane
The first cabin 4041 was HORRIBLE......don't take that cabin if you like to nap in the afternoon or are someone who goes to bed early. It is right over the Royal Court Theater and you can hear the bands playing!!
However, our complaint and request to move was handled by Noma, Reception Supervisor, immediately, finding us a more suitable cabin, 4164 and arranged that we remained in that cabin for the balance of the voyage.
We had the most wonderful experience on the QM2 - Southampton to Hong Kong leg of this world voyage. Our dinner companions at Table 57 in the Brittannia Dining Room were a pleasure to spend time with, hearing their stories and life experiences, which made going to dinner a real pleasure. The service provided by our Dining Room Stewards was exceptional! The evening performances, guest lecturers, daily activities and of course, the on-shore excursions were well planned and for the most part, thoroughly enjoyable. A trip of a lifetime!