Queen Mary 2 Cruise Review to Canada, New England, New York

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2 out of 5

The Carnivalization of the QM2

Sail Date: July 01, 2014

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Traveled As: Singles/Friends

Room Type: Balcony

Cabin: 4203

On this cruise at least, the Carnivalization of QM2 seems complete. We boarded shortly after noon on Tuesday in Brooklyn. Went directly to the crowded, badly designed Kings Court buffet for lunch. Surprised to find minimal effort to eliminate cross contamination. Although salt and pepper shakers were not in use, buffets were primarily self-service, with multiple customers handling the same utensils. Why? Presumably to cut service staff. The situation was particularly worrisome because some passengers were in transit. Whether or not there was any wide-spread sickness on board I do not know. But an anecdotal report by a friend stated that one passenger, feeling unwell, called the medical office for advice and was confined to her cabin without so much as a physical examination. In general, the ship needs an overhaul. Scraped walls, worn-out chairs in the buffet, soiled carpets all need attention. Service is attentive in profit centers such as bars but in our experience slow and unsophisticated in the main dining room. Nightly “Friends of Dorothy” parties were a plus. The “Titanic” excursion at Halifax was excellent but disembarkation there, in Boston and back in New York woefully slow. As my well-traveled cabin-mate stated, “This is not luxury.”  


Ship Quality
Needs an overhaul.
Food and Dining
Insufficient staff, hit-or-miss food quality.
Cabin / Stateroom
Great room steward.
Service and Staff Room Steward.
Maritime Historian Bill Miller a great speaker and entertainer. Good floor shows and RADA actors.
Children's Programs n/a
Onboard Activities
Nightly Friends of Dorothy parties a plus.
Destinations and Excursions
Excellent Titanic tour in Halifax.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Titanic tour.


Don't expect a luxury experience.

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