Xmas and New Years aboard the QMII: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Carol Valentine

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) 5
Carol Valentine

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Xmas and New Years aboard the QMII

Sail Date: December 2009
Destination: Southern Caribbean
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
The Queen Mary is divine! We are in our sixties and have been on many other cruises. This one was special. The ship is beautiful. We were advised to book a veranda cabin that has glass surround rather than the ones within the hull of the ship. It was great because you can see the ocean without standing up. It was, however, much more expensive and I'm not sure we'd bother to spend the extra money again because the staterooms with verandas are all fine and all identical except for the veranda...............Because this was a holiday cruise the activities were geared to Xmas and New Years. Cunard did a fabulous job....Christmas Carols sung in the main lobby.....New Years parties all over the ship.....gorgeous decorations throughout, etc. etc....The service was fine except for the deck chairs and lack of them during days at sea. Since the Queen Mary II is not really built as a cruise ship but rather an ocean liner, they are not prepared to accomodate 2000 passengers around the swimming More pools. They did run out of deck chairs on a few occasions. That being said, it was a small complaint during an otherwise wonderful trip.....

FOOD!....The Britannia dining room is just fine. Lots of people find fault with little things. We did not. All the food was more than fine and so was the service. The Lido buffet is divided into sections that can be a little confusing, but so what! There was plenty to eat and plenty of choices were available. Cunard does tea in the late afternoon not to be missed. How elegant!!!

ACTIVITIES....The main activity is BEING on this special ship. If you are interested in wet tee shirt contests and rock climbing this is NOT for you. If you like elegance and dressing to the nines for dinner, then you chose the right ship. People watching is half the fun. The various bars on board are each different and wonderful just to sit there...The shows are typical ship-board stuff but fun if you like that sort of thing.--------All in all, the Queen Mary II is a must experience! Less

Published 07/19/10

Cabin review: BA

Deck 11...Veranda cabin with glass surround....Very beautiful bu expensive. Nest time taking a veranda cabin within the hull of the ship

Port and Shore Excursions

Always wonderful...gorgeous beaches!

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Very Dutch and very charming.

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Dominica is not known for its beaches. Instead we walked around town to see how the locals live. We were warned about crime, but did not feel at all threatened or uncomfortable. Everyone was friendly and helpful. We even bought a passion fruit drink from a street vendor that was delicious, and wound up sitting and talking to the folks nearby who were all from the island.

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Another beautiful beach. Crowded but fun. Bring home nutmeg sold all over the island.

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If you are meeting the ship to sail to the Caribbean, Brooklyn is perfect. It is quieter than the Manhattan piers, and close enough to get to via taxi. Also, if you arrive in the New York area a day or two prior to sailing you get to see the Big Apple and two vacations in one.

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