In a word... Elegant
Queen Mary 2 Cruise Review to Transatlantic
Sail Date: August 27, 2015
Ship: Queen Mary 2
Cabin Type: Balcony
Cabin Number: 4073
Traveled As: Couple
Reviewed: 1 year ago
Best advice I can offer is: If you are looking for and really want Elegance for your cruise or travel experience, this is the one for you. You'll LOVE it!
If you don't know what Elegant is, or know but don't care, DO NOT take this cruise. You'll HATE it.
This Crossing consisted of classical music performances (2 piano concerts, 2 POPS-type orchestra concerts), 4 (yes, FOUR) Formal Nights, great food & service at breakfast, lunch and dinner in even the main dining room (Britannia), and other Feast for the Mind options like the 4 lectures on space from a Royal Astronomical Society astronomer. Plenty of time and space for reflection, reading, and relaxation.
No rock climbing, wave pools, zip lines, etc. This isn't Carnival, RCL, Norwegian, folks. If you think Dress Codes are elitist and obsolete, DO NOT get on a Cunard ship.
In sum, if a function on board can be enhanced by British Elegance, Cunard does it very well. Largest library at sea, White Glove service for Afternoon Tea, and fabulous service in the dining room. Cabins understated but flawless. Ship built to cut through the North Atlantic with nary a shimmy or shake. Awesome specialty restaurant in Todd English.
For functions that aren't really responsive to an Elegant approach, like the Kings Court Buffet... Not Good. Cunard's heart clearly isn't in it for generically feeding the masses, and the buffet was just really lame. Take this cruise if you want to DINE, not just graze, feed, or eat.
People of all ages on board, but really not a good choice for the kiddies or teenagers. They would have a lot more fun on just about ANY other cruise line.
I'd guess breakdown was 30 and under: 15%, 30 to 45: 25%, 45-60: 30%, 60-70: 20%, 70+ 10%. So forget that "Average age of 70" stuff you see on other reviews. I didn't flunk Math.
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Caribbean-style cruise ship balconies wouldn't work at all in the seas just south of Iceland & Nova Scotia, folks.