A touch of class!!!!: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Brian Pitts

Queen Mary 2 (QM2) 5
Brian Pitts

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A touch of class!!!!

Sail Date: May 2011
Destination: Baltic Sea
Embarkation: Southampton
Four of us [myself/wife/son/daughter-in-law, travelled on Monday 23rd May last,and stayed one night at the Holiday Inn Express,in Southampton,because of the distance involved,over 250 miles..This allowed plenty of time,especially if anything went wrong....[but didn`t]. We made our way to BCP Cruise International carparking in the morning of 24th May,and they then tranferred us to Southampton dockside,where our cases were taken from the bus and thats all we saw of them until a couple of hours later,outside our cabins.....Embarkation looked impossible when we eventually arrived at the booking section,so many people, but the card we were given "L" was called not too long afterwards and we were then processed and given our QM identification

cards,which acted as "passports/credit cards" for the duration of our holiday period.the whole period of time from entering to actually being in our cabin took about an hour,including passing through Security,before allowed aboard. When we More arrived at our cabin,and used the given card to enter,we were amazed at the interior, Enough storage space for three cases and a king sized bed, two seater[which would have acted as another double bed,small dressing table and a balcony [albeit with an "obstructed" lifeboat view-but nevertheless sufficient for our pleasure] After putting away some of our clothes,hunger and beihg of an investigative nature,the four of us went searching for dinner. The Kings Court on dect 7 was a hive if industry with all new passengers taking advantage of a wonderful spread and we were soon well fed. Because of a lot of passengers coming aboard at the same time,table space was at a premium,but suitable seating was soon found in one of the may available tables. We found details of our dining arrangements in our cabin and went looking for the restaurant..everything found to be fine,including the "Golden Lion" pub on deck two,the facilities on board the QM2 are unbelievable in that nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff at each location, a wonderful start to our cruise......Every evening our dinner table was served by two members of the crew and we were looked after very well by them for the 10 nights.[even to having a birthday cake-on 31st May-plus the birthday song by the serving staff] and at the end of the cruise,we were presented with a copy of the menu`s we had each evening Less

Published 06/20/11

Cabin review: DA8055

Adequate space for all we carried for the 10 nights,considering two were formal.within easy reach of the library,on same deck as our cabin. quiet and balcony used almost every day.. we were not bothered by not haveing a restricted view,but next time will try and get a clear view if we can..Access to all decks never a problem, lifts.staircases within easy reach of cabin.Steward looked after cabin very well and without any intrusion to our peace and quiet

Port and Shore Excursions

we took advantage of the "curtesy" bus from the ship side to the centre of Hamburg. we have always considered the cost of ships excursion`s prohibitive,so always tend to do "our own thing" walking around Hamburg was not a problem and after a couple of hours,took to the special bus,back to the ship.found Hamburg clean and worth the visit

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Used the same method of expedition as the first port of call, and had time for a drink in one of the many pavement venus found in the city. we even took to shopping in one of the big supermarkets, weather both times was good and fine. What makes this port so special is that BOTH our outward paths were celebrated with a Giant Firework Display by the City authorities and truly well appreciated by all the Cruisers on board the QM2 as we departed from the berth.

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This port was the height of our cruise. directly outside the dock gates was a city bus [hop on/hop off] and the cost 25Euros, the whole journey takes appros 90 mins,and you are able to dow what we did,take the first trip in the morning,then hop on again after dinner,and hop off,as we did, at the Viking ship museum. worth the entry fee and from there about a mile walk to the KON TIKI museum. This is an absolute must for anyone who can remember 1947,during which time Thor Hyadahl and four other warriors,took to sailing the Pacific on a BALSA wood raft,taking 101 days...THOR`s contemporaries discounted all his views that it was possible.and he undertook this to prove his point. Truly an amazing experience to me as I spent all that time listening to the radio and looking at Photo`s taken by passing ships etc of this raft. worth every cent of our entrance fee [11 Euros] Not to be missed.

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