We were on QM2 for the 21-day roundtrip cruise from NYC to Norway. This was our first voyage back on QM2 since the refit. She received a very nice face-lift along with improvements in food and cabins. (A few quibbles will be noted)
Top 5 things both husband & I liked:
Food across the venues was very good to fantastic.
Tip: This cabin is under the Promenade deck so is not best for noise-sensitive people or late sleepers. I used ear plugs so nothing bothered me. Husband was bothered by the tikka-tikka noise the door makes under certain sailing conditions – we found that a slightly heavy bag pushed against it would stop or muffle the noise. We like the “sheltered” balcony cabin for the extra weather protection provided against the grumpy North Atlantic. Plenty of room for two of us and almost complete visual privacy (openings above and below side doors to neighboring balconies mean you clearly hear and can be heard by neighbors on their balconies). We were pleased with the new aesthetic of the refit done a few years ago. Husband especially liked the newer, bigger TV attached to the wall in front of our bed. Satellite provided surprisingly reliable transmission of multiple news, business and sports channels. Good ship channels still there and multilingual movie channels, too. We both appreciated the elongated (bigger) shower. Having packed according to the needs of our 3-week voyage, I did notice the loss of about half of a hanging closet and 2-3 desk drawers. The loss of upper shelves in bathroom has been replaced with shelves below the bathroom sink. All of our suitcases fit easily under the bed. Outlets near desk have been doubled (2 UK, 4 US outlets now available). A lovely coffee, tea set up is now available in the stateroom. We were welcomed on board by a full, chilled bottle of bubbly (complimentary). Bed was comfortable with variety of pillows but we've learned to bring our own foam-gel pillows when we travel. Quibble – it seems all the ships and many hotels are going to a big single duvet as top cover on the bed. Even in the North Atlantic, this option was often too hot so I requested an extra top sheet from our cabin steward which he provided from our second night on. I also had to request a few extra hangers.
The Brooklyn dock is a bit out of the way but the views in and out of the harbor are fantastic.
Good stop to check out Titanic history, visit a pub, shop at the "mall" (ATM for currency!).
In Stavagner, we took the miniboat tour out to Pulpit Rock. As advertised, we found this to be exhilarating fun
Nice port city with nearby square full of stores/conveniences.