Queen Mary 2 Cruise Review to World Cruise

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5 out of 5

Elegant Cruise on a Beautiful Ship

Sail Date: January 17, 2016

Reviewed: 1 year ago

Traveled As: Couple

Cabin: 11004

Overall excellent cruise. Great ports of call. Great service, Great food. Interesting entertainment, lectures, and activities. Formal and quiet. Some long periods at sea (8 days at one time). Ship never felt crowded except for a couple of times when there were long wait times prior to excursions and tenders (seemed to be resolved so they did not repeat). Ship was beautiful, though ready for its May 2016 refurbishment. Quite formal and sedate - not a party boat and very few children or young adults. Only about 125 of 2,500 passengers were going all the way around the world. So,our dinner partners changed with every segment or two. Met extremely nice people who became friends.

Cabin / Stateroom
Nice quiet cabin 2 back from bow on port side of deck 11. Close to outside viewing deck on deck 11. Self-service laundry conveniently located on opposite side of ship on deck 11. Near bow elevators which are not heavily used. 2 decks above Commodore Club. 4 decks above Gym. Would book same cabin again.
Embarkation and Disembarkation
Ship allowed us to disembark on first of two days in Sydney (but stilled paid for second day) - as a result, very quick trip off ship and through customs (1,000 people got off on following day).
Ship Quality Overall beautiful art deco. Well maintained, but ready for planned May 2016 refurbishment.
Destinations and Excursions
Onboard Activities
Loved the wine tastings - especially the ones held in Todd English with food pairings.
Service and Staff
Food and Dining
New York, New York
Easy port to access in Brooklyn by cab. Expect a little delay if rough seas prevent both gang planks from being used.
Ft. Lauderdale (Port Everglades), Florida
Cruise port is far from anything, so we stayed on the ship.
Amber Cove (Puerto Plata), Dominican Republic
The deluxe all-inclusive beach break excursion was beautiful. Private lounges (like beds) and great free drinks.
Bridgetown, Barbados
Love to snorkel with the turtles.
Salvador De Bahia, Brazil
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Punta Del Este, Uruguay
Punta Del Este is a beautiful resort area.
Cruise Beagle Channel
Lucked out with great weather.
Ushuaia, Tierra Del Fuego, Argentina
Easy to walk around - long line for return tender (leave a little early if you can).
Cruise Cape Horn
Lucked out with great weather.
Cruise Strait Of Magellan
Lucked out with great weather.
Punta Arenas, Chile
Cruise Amalia Glacier
Cruise Pio Xi Glacier
Valparaiso (Santiago), Chile
Spent two extra hours cruising coast due to medical evacuation. Would have liked to go ashore (only down side of entire trip).
Papeete, Tahiti
Very commercial - rained heavily.
Moorea, French Polynesia
Excursion snorkeling with sharks and rays was awesome - nice lunch.
Cross International Dateline
Auckland, New Zealand
Bay Of Islands, New Zealand
Nice little town to walk/shop in.
Wellington, New Zealand


Commodore club has free appetizers before both dinner seatings if you are having a drink there. Be friendly and kind in self-service laundries - they are busy, so empty your washers and dryers promptly.

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