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1 Helpful Vote
Sail Date: July 2019
My first impressions began with late lunch on embarkation day in Kings Court. Dodging employees with food carts, they didn’t give way for guests - to the point of being dangerous. Good food selections available, although meat over cooked ... Read More
My first impressions began with late lunch on embarkation day in Kings Court. Dodging employees with food carts, they didn’t give way for guests - to the point of being dangerous. Good food selections available, although meat over cooked to toughness. First day party impressive poolside and music was excellent as we watched NYC fade away. Our eight-person seating companions at dinner each evening were excellent and we promised to stay in touch. Disappointed in repeated shows in planetarium. Was hoping for something other than dark matter and meteorites. Arson lecture was really good. As was lecture on British history. Live shows excellent in theater but very short. My very favorite restaurant was the Golden Lion. Trivia contests and space sharing brought us in contact with so many fine people for the fun competitions. My biggest concern was uneven flooring that felt like rotting wood under carpets, especially in the casino. With all the alleged grandeur, this seemed dodgy. Would not opt for balcony cabin again. North Atlantic, even in dead summer, is not conducive to enjoying outdoors. We didn’t use it. Food good in Britannia but as I don’t drink much alcohol, waiter acted as if I was less than when I ordered a soft drink with my dinner. Public spaces are beautiful. I might do it again, but looking at nothing but water for seven straight days was trying. I was excited on day six when I saw actually spied a bird as we approached land. All in all, I wasn’t all that impressed after reading all the glorious reviews about this glamorous ocean liner. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2019
I choose a transatlantic cruise onboard the magnificent QM2 which departed New York in mid June. I was looking for a complete break after a particularly hectic period and couldn’t have imagined how thoroughly revitalising the experience ... Read More
I choose a transatlantic cruise onboard the magnificent QM2 which departed New York in mid June. I was looking for a complete break after a particularly hectic period and couldn’t have imagined how thoroughly revitalising the experience would end up being. I travelled solo and was amazed at the sheer quantity and variety of things to do - along with the choice to do as much or as little as you like. A typical day for me consisted of breakfast in bed, a walk and sometimes a long sit on the Upper deck, a light buffet lunch, one of the activities in the afternoon (often a short insight tour) or a visit to the library, a workout or pool visit and then the nightly LGBT happy hour each evening at 17:00 in the Commodore Club. I’d then have a late sitting dinner in the Britannia restaurant, where the food was good restaurant quality, on an excellent table of 8 great fellow voyagers, followed by a drink or maybe a spot of roulette in the casino - and repeat! Guests were super friendly and very sociable everywhere onboard and this was really noticeable from day 2, when people started to relax and get into the swing of the voyage. The LGBT happy hour was an absolute blast and a great way to meet like minded people - I met some fantastic people there and also stayed in touch with some of my table colleagues. Service everywhere was genuinely exceptional and the ship is meticulously run - in terms of organisation. As for the ship - she is magnificent in so many ways and I’m so grateful that Cunard had the vision to build a genuine ocean liner to replace the QE2. Gazing out into the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean From the promenade decks is a humbling and wonderful way to spend some reflective tine! I left Southampton totally revitalised with some amazing memories - so much so that I’m doing another crossing, this time from Southampton to New York, just before Christmas and for less than the price of a premium economy airfare. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
We had meetings in Belfast, and wanted to experience the QM2, as we had the privilege of being aboard the final voyage of the QE2, from Southampton to Dubai, and love Cunard. So, with our son and daughter-in-law, all in Queen's ... Read More
We had meetings in Belfast, and wanted to experience the QM2, as we had the privilege of being aboard the final voyage of the QE2, from Southampton to Dubai, and love Cunard. So, with our son and daughter-in-law, all in Queen's Grill really spacious cabins, enjoyed the Cunard service.!!! The crossing was utterly smooth. The food was unbeatable. The service was over the top. The lectures were very interesting. The shows were OK, not breathtaking. We loved the sea days, as there were no stops. The decks were clean, walkable, and fun. The wine was excellent, and the soft drinks were plentiful. Beds, bedding, pillows, towels, all superb. Hydrotherapy pool and sauna and steam rooms were so relaxing. Captain was approachable. We had a daily room for un-hosted Bible discussion group which was really good to have available. Read Less
9 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
This was our first time the QM2. Ae were excited about the opportunity but a little restrained based on the reviews from other travelers, particularly as it related to the food. We traveled with another couple and I would say we had ... Read More
This was our first time the QM2. Ae were excited about the opportunity but a little restrained based on the reviews from other travelers, particularly as it related to the food. We traveled with another couple and I would say we had high expectations regarding the food and service. We also brought on board four bottles of wine from our cellar that included a 1959 Chateau Latour. Let me start by saying that the food was excellent - both in presentation, variety and in preparation. We ate all our meals in the Britannia dining room and the wait staff was highly professional. The sommelier met with us in advance to discuss the wines and the presentation. All of this could not be more professional. We did grab one or two lunches in the Kings Court and it was fine. The speakers were all very interesting and enjoyable. The bartenders were professionals and had a great way of engaging and interacting with the guests. In summary, our week was simply great. Read Less
5 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: June 2018
I have been on several "expedition" cruises which involved small ships and zodiac landings for hikes, etc. I had always wanted to do a grand Atlantic crossing on an ocean liner, and this was it! The cabin and on-board service ... Read More
I have been on several "expedition" cruises which involved small ships and zodiac landings for hikes, etc. I had always wanted to do a grand Atlantic crossing on an ocean liner, and this was it! The cabin and on-board service staff (especially cabin steward and Britannia restaurant waiters) were outstanding, and the overall experience was quite enjoyable. My cabin was immaculate and very quiet and comfortable. But there were some surprising problems. Embarkation in New York was AWFUL, worse than a bus terminal. An hour wait in slow-moving line in a large hangar with no ventilation, no benches and no water available to drink. Given the target age group of Cunard, it was pretty shocking. There was one line at the far side for people with disabilities, but it was poorly marked, and, clearly, the majority of passengers are not able to use it. Really unacceptable. Both a friend and I discovered improper charges on our bill on disembarkation day, and the line was way too long to get it remedied on board. I have sent an email to Cunard and got an automatic response saying I would receive a personal response within 2 weeks. Given that it happened to two of us, I can only assume this is not a rare occurrence. So check your billing statement! It is worthwhile to have breakfast and/or lunch in the peaceful dining room, fussed over by attentive waiters. You feel totally pampered. The Kings Court Buffet offers good food choices (and lots of them) but it is still basically a food court where you have to look for a table and negotiate crowds with plates of food in hand. It was nothing special. The pub is a great place for an informal lunch and a beer. I had room service breakfast once, and it came exactly on time, and exactly as ordered. Remember to spend some time in the observation area off the Bridge, especially if you are traveling with kids. The ship is truly beautiful, and there are many places to discover. Nightly entertainment in the theater featured talented artists with middle-of-the road programs that did not fully reflect their abilities. (A wonderful flautist played an hour of movie theme songs as movie footage and stills flashed on a screen. I guess Cunard thinks we would be bored by just music?) Cunard also must think we all have hearing problems, because the theater was overamplified and it distorted high notes. It was overall a very pleasant week (I was only aboard for the crossing, not the onward Norway leg), but once was enough. Read Less
12 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
Over the years I have done many cruises on many cruise lines and have enjoyed visiting so many places.Now at this time of our life, my husband and I just want a cruise that does not stop anywhere and is totally relaxing.The Queen Mary2 is ... Read More
Over the years I have done many cruises on many cruise lines and have enjoyed visiting so many places.Now at this time of our life, my husband and I just want a cruise that does not stop anywhere and is totally relaxing.The Queen Mary2 is just that. A few years ago we did the Southampton to New York, and now we have just done the reverse in the refurbished Queen.Every minute we spent on board was wonderful and we could not fault it We had a restricted view Balcony cabin, but quite frankly an outside cabin would have been sufficient, as we never sat on the balcony. The fare for an outside cabin would of course be less There was something to do from early morning to late at night If you wanted to listen to music, from Jazz to Classic ,or the sound of the Big Band,there were many places to go to The lecturers we heard were extremely knowledgeable on their subjects and offered topics for everyone to enjoy No other ship has a Planeterian on board,they present 3 different shows all extremely interesting. Entertainment was spectacular varying from Las Vegas type shows to magicians,a wonderful pianist and a comedian.All were first class entertainers Of course one must mention the food.They cater for everyone and would do anything to please you The Kings Court for Breakfast and Lunch produced more than one could wish for,you certainly could not go hungry The evening meal in the Brittania Restuarant was varied and tasty.As well as the above,there was a speciality restaurant,and a pub where you could get a typical pub lunch The QM2 is a gracious ship and I would say that for us, it was the perfect unforgettable cruise holiday Well done Cunard811 Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: August 2017
We have been on 4 previous Transatlantic voyages and as we suddenly found we had a week available we made a late booking with Cunard. Cabin selection was limited and we ended up with a midships deck 8, obstructed balcony that was fine for ... Read More
We have been on 4 previous Transatlantic voyages and as we suddenly found we had a week available we made a late booking with Cunard. Cabin selection was limited and we ended up with a midships deck 8, obstructed balcony that was fine for a Transatlantic crossing. Cunard could only offer us BA London to New York (our least favourite airline) so we opted to do our own flights. Travelled with Norwegian on the day of the voyage. A bit worrying as if you are late they do not wait for you as you have arranged your own travel. However, left LGW 1/2hr late at 6am, arrived JFK on time at 0830am and through immigration by 9am (May 2017 3 hrs at Newark). 5 minute wait for our previously arranged Limo and at the cruise terminal by 1030am. Straight through security and a 45 minute wait for check in to open (3hr queue June 2015). At 12noon wheelchairs were called forward and we were on-board and having lunch by 1230. Best embarkation ever. Second sitting in the Britannia and found we were next to the waiters pantry, but were moved immediately we made a request. Tried a bottle of wine at dinner, $30 plus 15%, greatly overpriced, possibly £5 in Waitrose, and did not go there again. If they made it a more realistic price I'm sure they would sell more. Shows were generally good. I am not into magicians but on the last night the magician was exceptional, well worth going. I felt that the daytime lectures were very slanted and not to my taste but there is always something to do so no problem. One night I was not feeling up to the menu in Britannia and our waiter asked if I would like a steak and I agreed to this. He sent his number 2 off for this and when it was presented to me it had obviously been sitting around for some time. It was overcooked, dry and tough. I showed the waiter this and he immediately sent his number 2 off again, this time with a better result. I did not complain but obviously our waiter did as I was then visited by the head waiter for a personal apology. We did have a problem with our room early in the voyage and they were unable to rectify this and as the ship was full they could not move us. We had to remain out of our room all day whilst they carried out a temporary repair and they did compensate us. However, what has dragged down my rating is the clock changing sequence they now follow. When we first started travelling transatlantic clocks were moved forward 1 hr during the night. During the evening turn down service the steward would tune the TV to show a message advising you to put your watch forward by 1 hr. They now change the clocks a 12noon. My wife is an early bird and we go to lunch at 12 but suddenly find it is 1pm, this rapidly runs into the afternoon activities and you have diners on a late lunch clashing with afternoon tea. This is our second voyage where they have done this, I have written to Cunard to ask why but have not received a reply. Other Carnival lines such as Princess and P&O still change overnight so why do Cunard insist on Mid-Day. The recent refit has greatly improved the Kings Court, and they have changed the soft ice cream machine at long last. As we live in Southampton I offered to send them 50p so they could walk 70yds along the road to IKEA to buy an ice cream and see how it should be done. They now have 2 machines and the product is much better. Little bit of excitement on our final sea day. A passenger had unfortunately been taken ill and we had to turn about at noon for the Coast Guard helicopter. This caused a delay in our arrival in the Solent (10 cruise ships in that day) and so we missed our slot and were an hour late, but I don't think anyone begrudged this and we all wished our unfortunate fellow traveller a full recovery. As a late decision it did work out very well, but it is a bit worrying knowing that you are travelling on the day of departure and if it goes wrong it is down to you, but anything was better than travelling with BA. Read Less
14 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: July 2017
II found it wonderful to be at sea, even though we had dense fog for 4-5 of the 7 days. Properly planned, it's a wonderful way to do nothing, or stay busy for a week. Unfortunately, the only other cruise we've taken was on ... Read More
II found it wonderful to be at sea, even though we had dense fog for 4-5 of the 7 days. Properly planned, it's a wonderful way to do nothing, or stay busy for a week. Unfortunately, the only other cruise we've taken was on Crystal. Cunard's QM2 suffers greatly by comparison. It's a nice experience and I would do it again, although my wife found the crowded conditions to be a turn off. If you're planning to go I would be prepared for a number of things, in no particular order: 1. It's crowded. Our key cards didn't work and there was a half hour wait on the line at the Purser's Office (service desk) to straighten it out. No one from the crew came to speak with anyone on line to speed things up, offer us a drink, or commiserate, which we would have expected on a fancier boat . It was a poor introduction. The computer room always had a line, and I finally gave up on seeking the computer advice I needed. The very nice library had great armchairs looking out forward, but hey were always occupied. There was a wait on the elliptical machines in the health club after about 7 AM. We tried for lunch in the ship's pub, and had to wait and then sit with another diner to get a table. The worst manifestation of the crowding was at the buffet, but more about that later. 2. It's a big boat, a bit unmemorably and haphazardly decorated (but in fine condition as it was renovated last year), and poorly signed. Getting around the boat is sort of like the New York City Subway system: if you don't know it, they don't make it easy for you. It's a small thing, but it would have been nice to have a sign at each stairway/elevator lobby pointing in the directions of the even and odd cabins, or even starboard and port. We didn't even know about some parts of the ship until the last few days: You do get a map, but it might have been nice to have a discovery walk laid out for you. Partly our own fault for not exploring more the first day on board. 3. Regarding information, there's a nice printed newsletter that comes out each evening (late by the time you get back to your cabin) detailing the next day's events. There was plenty to do, but It seemed odd that you had to plan day by day when schedules had obviously been set up for the whole cruise. Also, there was a perfectly fine TV screen in the room that could have repeated or highlighted what was upcoming for the week of the cruise. As far as I could tell there was also no way to access the information by computer or on one's phone. The lack of information was bothersome. 4. The cigar bar was great. I met some very interesting people and we had some lively discussions. 5. We went to one night of live entertainment and it was fine. Many of our fellow passengers looked forward eagerly to the shows and to dancing every night, including one night at a masquerade ball. 6. The New York Times lectures were excellent, and we really heard stuff we had never known. Absolutely worthwhile. The lecturers themselves were approachable and willing to discuss the fields of their expertise if you encountered them around the boat. 7. The food is fine, if not generally outstanding. The most accurate description for the food was someone's remark that it was like "Club food". Generally better than diner food, and some very good, with a few clunkers, like some watery pasta and hockey puck hamburgers we tasted. We had a lovely Indian dinner one night and an excellent sort of Italian dinner another night at alternative restaurant venues on the ship for an additional fee (we were avoiding the main dining room on formal nights). All the restaurant food was presented very beautifully. 8. Drinks are not expensive, approximating the prices of a moderate restaurant in New York (the drink menu is online should you care to review it). Even so, with lots of leisure time and two or three drinks a day, it does add up. There was a drinks package that included a number of bottles of wine, but you had to eat where the bottle was stored. Fine if you always ate in one place (and if you didn't mind drinking the second half of a bottle after it had sat by itself for a day). As far as we could tell, there was no drinks package you could buy that covered wine and hard liquor and mixed drinks at the various bars around the ship. My favorite bar was the Commodore Club, with armchairs and windows looking forward over the bow. Although, as with many of the public spaces, it did get crowded at peak times. Again, we'd been spoiled by Chrystal. 9. The Buffet - Very disappointing, for a number of reasons. Unlike our one other experience on Crystal, which had a few cozy never crowded buffets around the ship, the QM2 has a large, antiseptic, industrial-looking central buffet, Unlike a lush, colorful buffet in any midtown Manhattan deli, with mounds of attractive (and mostly tasty), interesting foods, the QM2 buffet, while it had a good variety, looked sparse and unappetizing and the hot foods looked monochromatic and tired. The desserts, however, were varied and tasty and unfortunately plentiful (there was also a spigot for soft serve ice cream with cones). It was hard to find a seat at mealtimes in the buffet (I know that sounds like the Woody Allen joke that the food's lousy and they don't give you enough), which made the whole exercise of buffet eating a chore. There's a bar with a limited buffet next to it, and it was lovely, but when we went there for a drink, our waitress complained that the non-drinking passengers filled it up with food from the adjoining buffet; apparently, it wasn't meant to be used by the big buffet customers. There might be a nice buffet on the top deck next to the swimming pool, but we didn't discover the top deck until the last day of the trip. I'm sure these problems go away once you upgrade to the Princess Grill and other higher classes. 10. And speaking of class, there are three formal nights. This was the least important part of our decision to go on this ship. However, it appeared that lots of people liked the dress up and they looked swell in their glad rags. We got by on a suit for me and a fancy jacket over nice pants for my wife on the night we went "formal". We also had room service on one formal night and it was fine and prompt. Technically, it's no shorts or tee shirts on any night after 6, but this wasn't strictly enforced. Similarly, on formal nights you're supposed to avoid the public areas if you're not dressed formally. Not enforced, but a bit chilling. 11. And speaking of class again, notwithstanding the three formal nights, we saw lots of tattoos and tee shirts during the day. We took the trip partly because it was relatively inexpensive, so we shouldn't have been surprised that everyone didn't look like an English lord, but there was a bit of cognitive dissonance. 12. The movie theatre is nice. Not a lot of veriety, and only two shows a day of the same picture, but we did get to see two movies that were OK. 13. The last straw – I bought a wifi package on the ship, mostly to permit me to make phone calls without incurring outrageously expensive cell phone charges. However, when I got back, I discovered that AT&T didn’t connect with Cunard’s wifi, and I was charged for voice over internet, meaning that I was paying for wifi and was also getting charged cell phone charges. I called Cunard to complain about their failure to disclose that their wifi might not be compatible with my carrier. I really didn’t expect to get anything out of it, but what I really didn’t expect was the return email message saying that on post-sailing billing matters, they would get back to me in two weeks. I think this says a lot about the level of service at Cunard. It’s simply not a luxury cruise line. They did get back to me in a little over a week, and, not surprisingly, were not helpful. I would do it again, with my advanced knowledge. If I did, I would give myself the following advice: A. Explore the ship from stem to stern and top to bottom on the first day. B. If you're not into it, don't sweat the formal nights and don't overpack for them as we did. I also took two extra sports jackets, dress shoes, business shirts, etc. thinking it would be more formal walking around the boat generally; it's not. Nice casual attire can be worn at all times, even on formal nights, although you might feel a bit out of place. Formal and casual seemed to mix fine in the buffet. I would ignore the formal nights entirely, but that’s personal preference. C. Get as much information about scheduling as early as you can so you can schedule your do-nothing time without missing out on anything. D. Get a balcony cabin. Even with 5 days of fog, it was neat to have the ocean literally at your door. We had excellent sea and wind conditions, and there was only one day when the sea was listed as "rough", but the ship was smooth as silk. We couldn't tell you what our cabin, rather far forward, would have been like in a storm. Weather was in the 50's and 60's except warmer the one sunny day we had, which included a lovely sunrise. E. If you want to see the Statue of Liberty on the way out (Eastbound), get a deck chair before the ship leaves its mooring in Brooklyn. It gets crowded out there. F. Here's a secret we discovered too late: there's a "behind the doors" tour of the ship, including bridge, but it's only open to 10, count 'em, 10 people who sign up immediately on boarding. G. Check whether your carrier accepts the ship’s wifi for telephone calls. Read Less
Sail Date: June 2010
QM2 is a cruise liner, with all the old fashion style of a cruise liner. No purple carpet and flashing neon here! Big but not crowded, very well organized for shore excursion and disembarkation. Food is good, very nicely done especially ... Read More
QM2 is a cruise liner, with all the old fashion style of a cruise liner. No purple carpet and flashing neon here! Big but not crowded, very well organized for shore excursion and disembarkation. Food is good, very nicely done especially the scones in the Grille lounge at tea time.... Service is top notch. The staff is very friendly as are the British passengers, many of which are very well traveled. Great guest speakers and guest artist, excellent big production shows and ballroom dancing on the largest dance floor afloat. North Sea weather can be quite rough, but we had very smooth sailing with "fair-weather" Warner at the helm. Norway is amazing, tho very expensive for buying anything ashore! Go for the scenery of the country. Above the Arctic Circle the sun does not set in the summer which means you can stay up and play longer! Or draw your curtains and have a restful sleep. Our cabin steward kept us tidy, always with a smile. Cabin 10072 is on deck 10 just at stairwell C very spacious with a walk-in closet for me!!!! More that enough storage space if taking a long cruise or someone like me that brings 4 suitcases! We really enjoy the Princess Grille and the goodies that come with "buying up." Enjoyed the Concierge Lounge on deck 9 and the special programs for grille passengers on some evenings. Worth the extra $$$ that really depends on each individual cruiser, for us yes! We had booked this cruise while on board another sailing, thru Yoyo, she is a hoot and even took the time to call us on our first day to welcome us back to the QM2...well done Yoyo. PS: Stayed at the Goring Hotel In London....our new home away from home in London Brilliant! Stravenger Norway Don't miss the sailing into this gem of a port,and oddly also don't miss the Petroleum museum...amazing we spend about 3 hours learning about off shore drilling, how they transport crews, really interesting what Norway does with all their oil money...it was a clear beautiful day and great for walking the small town. The ships tie up right in the heart of town so easy walking. Olden pop.250 Qm2 passenger 2,500! This was the port for visiting the famous Geiranger Fjord, which was part of the itinerary but changed to Olden...still not sure why but on the all day excursion we came away in awe of the scenery. We took a coach tour from the ship which went up over and around the snake like roads that one would think quite impossible to build...we skirted beautiful lakes, and went up to the 4,000 level where there was still snow...then back down the other side to Geiranger Fjord which is wow! had lunch in a lovely lodge then onto a ferry with the bus for a cruise on the fjord, then back to our home for tea & scones! What a day! Tromso, above the Arctic Circle an oil town. It was rainy and quite cold there 44 degree...we opted to take a shuttle into town and walk to the modest Arctic aquarium, Norway is very keen on protecting their environment and it showed with this little museum, loads of local children learning. The town was having some sort of celebration as there were marching bands, and some sort of costumes Norwegian rowing whale boats..what a hoot! Alesund-northern most European city 77 degrees north. Again we docked right in the middle of of this pleasant town so very easy walking about the streets. It was a bright sunny day nice to be out. We always seek local art galleries for local art but did not find anything we liked to bring home...and Norway is very expensive. The one gallery we really wanted to go into was closed...very independent I guess! Hommingsvag-North Cape. Well above the tree line and very rugged land. It was raining but we did a walk-about before getting on a coach for a drive around the area. The thrill of this port is not the "frontier town" as it was pretty much closed up, guess they don't need any tourist $$$ as there were 2 other ships there as well....anyway a drive around was ok not really much to see except some raindeer along the road...they are much smaller than I thought. The coolest thing is actually being that far north! Read Less
Sail Date: April 2006
Review of the Celebrity Constellation, transatlantic eastbound, 04/28/06 This review is based upon my observations onboard the Celebrity Constellation on her transatlantic voyage leaving Bayonne, NJ on 04/28/06. My husband and I have ... Read More
Review of the Celebrity Constellation, transatlantic eastbound, 04/28/06 This review is based upon my observations onboard the Celebrity Constellation on her transatlantic voyage leaving Bayonne, NJ on 04/28/06. My husband and I have cruised the Caribbean before, however this is our first transatlantic cruise Embarkation- Pros- The online check in really helped reduce the check in time. With all that you are trying to keep track of, you simply show your I.D. and a method of payment for incidentals and you are moved to the queue for transport to the ship. Check in is at a separate facility, once complete you are then bused from this facility to the ship. If you are with someone who has difficulty walking, you may want to have a portable chair close as they will tire. Cons- Given the reviews I had read, I anticipated a quicker embarkation that we actually received. There is a flat rate of 35.00 from the Newark airport to the cruise pier.. Once at the pier, we gave our bags to the porters, and walked inside the building. You will have to stop celebrity personnel and request a wheelchair. We were onboard within 60 minutes after having our hand luggage passed through security and a metal detector. Once onboard we received a glass of champagne or orange juice. Our room was not ready for another 2.5 hours and we were invited to enjoy the buffet on 10 deck aft during this time. Accommodations- Pros- We had purchased a category Z guarantee. We ended up with an oceanview room at the front of the ship Rm. 6007. The room was well thought out with plenty of mirrors to give the illusion of additional space and every square inch of usable space was available for storage. The room had excellent lighting. This is important to me in that often there is not good light for reading or other tasks. That was not the case with this cabin. There was a large (48 X 48)-porthole window in the cabin. The bathroom was great, with a shower that didnt leak and strong pressurized hot water on demand at all times of the day or night. There was plenty of storage for toiletries. The cabin was kept very clean and orderly by the cabin attendants, however they were not obtrusive. The Constellation is a large ship. There were 1900 people on board, yet we never felt crowded or waited in line. That was a pleasant surprise as we wondered if with so many people, we would feel like cattle being herded. Cons- The only problem was that the in-room computer locked safe did not work consistently. Often we would have to re-program the system 5 or 6 times before the safe would lock. Service- Pros- The service was relaxed but very good. The cabin attendant Servio is great. He anticipated our needs, gave good counsel and took care of minor details. If you have him as a cabin steward, you are lucky. Service in the public areas and food areas was good, Tables were cleared quickly and if it appeared that you needed assistance with your tray, there was someone to help. Cons There were two onboard gratuity forms left in our room at different times. One form listed 10.50 per day and one 14.00 per day. We dont know if there was an increase during our trip. Common Areas The common areas were kept very clean. The ship has a modern, rather minimalist dEcor and I do not remember a common area that was less than spotless at anytime during the day or night. Food- Pros After reading the reviews in CC, I had downgraded my expectations on the cuisine. I expected standard cruise fare in the main dining area and the food met that level of expectation. Our waiters, Lazaro, his assistant Koerng were excellent. We did not go to the Ocean liners restaurant and cannot comment on the service or food. The courses were served ably and confidently and we were pleased with the service offered. We brought wine for dinner and were charged a 15.00 corkage fee each time we opened a bottle. Our tablemates were great company and we spent many evenings laughing over the days events. The best coffee on the ship is found in the Cova Cafe on deck 5. It has great pastries in the morning (directly across the deck and at no charge). The Cova Cafe and turns into a wine bar in the afternoon. It is also where the string quartet plays in the early evening. Cons None Entertainment. There was a regularly scheduled string quartet on the 5th floor each evening that received a lot of attention. They did an excellent job We did not go to any of the evening shows. We did go to the masquerade party for a short time. Everyone appeared to be having a good time. General comments 1. If this is your first transatlantic crossing be prepared for rough water. We had cruised in the Caribbean in the past, but were unprepared for the roughness of the Atlantic. At one point, the pools and elevators were closed down due to the pitching of the ship. There were 40-50 foot swells. Anyone who is taking a transatlantic for the first time should give thought to the air/water temperature and the time of year they sail. Many of the cruisers who had done transatlantic trips before didnt seem surprised at the roughness of the seas. 2. Consider bringing your own beverages. Celebrity charges 2.50 ea. for soft drinks (there is a daily plan offered at $5.00 per day; however it must be purchased for the duration of the trip). Additionally, you are charged for bottled water. While the wine list is acceptable, if you are looking for a specific wine experience, it may be more cost effective to bring your choices with you and simply pay the corkage fee. You can check the Celebrity wine list online. We brought wine, water and soft drinks in checked baggage. We asked that the mini-bar be emptied so we had space in the refrigerator and again, it was done immediately. Even though the Celebrity brochure says that alcohol brought onboard will be confiscated, no one questioned us or seemed upset in any way. We feel this was the best choice for us. 3. There were few children on the ship. Out of a complement of more than 1900 people there were fewer than 20 children onboard. 6. Consider your Internet and news information needs. If being connected is important to you, there is a 24-hour Internet cafe onboard, however, connection is .75 per minute. Our Sprint wireless card did not work onboard, but my T-Mobile cell phone received a signal when we reached the English Channel. I had read that taking a class would allow you free Internet time that was not the case in the class that I took. Celebrity indicates that all rooms have access to CNN, in actuality; we were out of range after 24 hours at sea and did not have CNN access again until Thursday. 7. Be aware of the time change. On the east bound voyages, you lose an hour each evening. This time change really sneaks up on you and you dont realize that you are awaking 4 or 5 hours earlier. In summary, this was a wonderful cruising experience. I would recommend that anyone considering this cruise understand that the Atlantic can be a very active body of water and that crossing the Atlantic passengers should expect seas that are active. Read Less
Sail Date: July 2004
As the English prayer goes,"Lord, Save us from the Norsemen'" I would say."Travel Agent, save me from Holland America." We took the 17 day "Norther Lights" cruise to Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, etc. ... Read More
As the English prayer goes,"Lord, Save us from the Norsemen'" I would say."Travel Agent, save me from Holland America." We took the 17 day "Norther Lights" cruise to Newfoundland, Greenland, Iceland, etc. Let me site some of the issues: 1. Arrived a day early to be greeted by a HAL representative who kept us waiting at the baggage collection point for over an hour before we got on the shuttle to a Holiday Inn, 10 minutes away. 2. Next day we all (about 70 people) met in the lobby for transit to the dock. Person who was the HAL representative was absolutely confused. One bus was late and the whole process was a mess. Arrived dockside to be met with more confusion. Boarding was a nightmare with insufficient help. 3. Aboard ship - tour prices were outrageous, very expensive relative to the last 25 cruises we have taken. Several tour guides spoke broken english and were difficult to understand. Mixed drink prices were 20-25% higher than Princess and doled out with an eye dropper. 4. Self service laundry was equipped with the smallest washers I have ever seen and a $2.00 charge for each load. Dryers did not dry. 5. Dining room people tried, but they were understaffed. This resulted in long waits for food and tables to be cleared. 6. Entertainment was outstanding (the HAL dancers and singers - that is). They really tried hard and should be commended. 7. Departure of land tours was not coordinated with dining room seating. You could go to the dining room for breakfast between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM. What if your tour left at 7:30 AM. Try the lunch line on the Lido deck. 8. Tendering was a joke. The crew could not land a rowboat and the result was long lines at the dock waiting to return to the ship. This caused a delay in reaching the next port which delayed the tours. Mismanagement is the only possible reason. 9. Disembarkation went smoothly - what a relief to get off. Read Less

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