November 2015 - Queen Mary 2 to Caribbean
WOW this has been an amazing vacation in so many ways. Booking through United Cruises went better than we expected and they gave us a great rate. And cruising on such an iconic ship was amazing, the food, services, on board activities, the Britannia Restaurant and even King's Court where we ate our breakfast or lunch, the lectures and the entertainment were top notch!! This is a ship that caters to an older crowd so you don't have the excitement and business a Carnival or Royal Caribbean cruise has BUT the lectures and the evening shows we thought were amazing!
We have two main concerns that keep me from giving this cruise 5 starts, first the nursery on bard the ship. The manger Chris was great, so nice and professional but the British nannies there didn't seem very friendly and interested in spending time with our 1 year old (not sure why, there were so few kids on board on our cruise!) so the baby didn't like it there much and we didn't leave her in the nursery very often. We missed several shows because of that or took turns going to the shows which was tough but it worked! The second concern is the high gratuity charged on the final bill for all three of us. We are Americans, we always tip for good service, OK so we tipped personally everyone who was nice and helpful to us and our baby and we felt the extra tip was excessive and imposed on us. We chose not to contest or remove it from the bill because it felt awkward doing it and I know some of the people working there make little money but it just didn't feel right spending 700 dollars in tips on that ship (the tips we gave PLUS the ones Cunard charged us at the end!) That's just too much and we did go over our set budget for this vacation. Otherwise, we met amazing speakers and had a great vacation.