joanne4284
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Queen Mary 2

August 2016 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

Blue Note Jazz rocks!

I heard Herbie Hancock and his band,  They were fantastic!  Mr. Hancock also held a question and answer period that was very interesting as well as enlightening.  He is very intelligent and forthcoming with information about his life, how he found and hired his band, what he's doing with his music presently and what he intends to do in the future.  During his performances he gives ample introductions to his band members before having them 'shine'.  He easily admits to following Buddism and seems to follow its tenets.  I would sign up immediately if he did another Blue Note Jazz cruise.

The lectures on this cruise were also interesting and informative.  The speakers were excellent.  The room was frequently full to capacity. 

The food has gone down in selection since last August.  For example, no one at my table ate the lobster after one bite, there were nights when no main options appealed, the starters left much to be desired.  The Veranda (special, extra cost dining) was not good at all.  People were advising others when asked about it to not "bother" as it isn't worth the expense.  It serves French food that is so 'rich' in taste with small portions you are pleased when the meal ends.  The service in the restaurant is far below that in the main dining room. 

The area with shops on board is smaller but there are more store options. 

The re-furbishment is nothing exceptional.  The photo shop is significantly smaller as is the casino.  If you are familiar with the QM2, expect some disappointments.  

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Queen Mary 2

July 2016 - Queen Mary 2 to Transatlantic

QM2 has changed

The ship has been re-furbished but there are some areas they missed:  I observed carpet that wasn't completely attached, where one pattern abutted another there was no way they should have been together as there were no similar colors or patterns among them.  The carpeting in my room was dirty in several places.  The New York Times speakers were less than average as was the evening theatre entertainment.  Food in the Britannia dining room was good as was the food in Kings Court.  All the staff was its usual wonderful and very helpful.  Fellow travelers are quite friendly.  There were many activities for children.  The dance hosts could have been better but were O.K.  I have always recommended Cunard ships and still will do so even with my negative thought as it is so much more than other lines.

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joanne4284's Tips

Southampton (London), England - Free shuttle into town. It lets you off a block from a big shopping mall with nice stores. Town itself is interesting. One could spend a long, enjoyable time just walking around from where the shuttles stops.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 - Free laundries. Many options every day. Hard to be bored. Interesting, friendly fellow travelers. Mostly exceptional help.
Queen Mary 2 Queen Mary 2 - If possible, choose a mid ship room. They have less movement in rough seas. If leaving from New York, choose Starboard (uneven numbered) room as the Statue of Liberty will be on that side as you leave the US.

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