Is a crossing on QM2 great or not so great?: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Travelleer

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Is a crossing on QM2 great or not so great?

Sail Date: September 2011
Destination: Transatlantic
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)

The Queen Mary 2 is big.  Too big to be easy to get around, although, not too big for the task of scheduled crossings on the north atlantic where her size means that even in poor weather the ride is quite comfortable.  She also has a rather peculiar arrangement of decks and public rooms.

If you are traveling in "Grills" class you will have a very nice room, unusually good service, a spotless environment and excellent food.  All of which are important when you are at sea for a week or more.   The experience comes very close to my presumption of what the good old days of trans Atlantic voyages were like.

Entertainment is a very personal matter.  The intellectual and educational programs while well done are offset with a dreadful selection of movies running in the theatre.  Since we are not night-clubbers we can't speak to the quality of that side of the entertainment.

The tacky More bazaar that is laid out every morning in the ship's central lobby on deck three confirms that the Queen has something of a split personality. Perhaps these ships were always this way with their first, second and third classes.  

When you leave the calm of the "Grills" areas the atmosphere changes noticeably and feels as though the line is trading on past glories or perhaps the assumption that the past was glorious.  Perhaps the reason that there are  poor online reviews is that for those in Britannia class the experience doesn't  match the line's marketing.

It appears that the Britannia class trip is no better than a cruise on an "ordinary" ship.  The initial impression of the art deco interior of the public spaces eventually begins to resemble the feel of Disney World's instant plastic history.  The massive bas relief art deco wall panels turn out to be vacuum formed plastic coloured to simulate bronze and pewter.

So strip away the marketing and nostalgia and what is left is a replica of what people wish to believe life on the ocean liners was.  It is a cruise wrapped in a facade of glamour and history.  A very nice cruise in "Grills" and maybe a very ordinary one in "Britannia". Less

Published 09/19/11
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Cabin review: P110065 Princess Suite

Suite 10065 is a very nice size with big comfortable bed an arm chair, sofa, desk, bar with glassware. There is a small walk-in closet plus additional hanging closets along with a large full bathroom. There is also a full width balcony This room is mid-ship on deck 10 which gives the least sea feel and is very close to the elevator/stairway B. It is a long way aft to the Princess Grill dining room but then it is a long way to any place you want to go on QM2.

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