Not likely to take another cruise with the QM2

Queen Mary 2 Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 1 cruise (first)
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 22

Overall rating:

3.9 out of 5
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Queen Mary 2

8 Night Norwegian Fjords (Hamburg Roundtrip)

Sail date: August 21, 2017

Ship: Queen Mary 2

Cabin type: Balcony

Cabin number: 6253

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

As a first experience we might have been better off picking another cruise line. The QM2 tries to be a bit stuffy (dress code etc...) and it apparently does attract a much older crowd. The Norway landscape was beautiful and this was a nice way to experience the key parts of the country...on a ship vs driving.

Embarkation

5 out of 5
Well organized.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

4 out of 5
Main dining room food was ok to good. Kings Court buffets had a wide selection which was generally good. Alcoholic drinks were on the expensive side.

Onboard Activities

3 out of 5

Entertainment

3 out of 5

Children's Programs

no children

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All the staff and the service was excellent except for one incident with the Pursor's office staff. Most of the staff are from the Philippines and work hard. They see their families maybe once a year. We enjoyed interacting with them.

Ship Quality

4 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

4 out of 5
Overall the cabin was good. Having a non sheltered stateroom would have allowed us to sit on the balcony and actually see over the railing. There were areas on the balcony structure that needed maintenance (significant corrosion on the lower part of the door to the balcony).

Ship tip

The bulk of the customers on the ship were 60+ years old in my estimation...we are in are mid 60's as well. Few children and few younger couples. If you like travelling with mostly older people, this is the ship for you. I personally would have preferred a more evenly distributed age group. Who wants to travel on a floating old folks home?

Ports of call

Hamburg, Germany

3 out of 5
This was our starting and ending point. The port is heavily industrialized.

Bergen, Norway

4 out of 5

Alesund, Norway

4 out of 5

Olden, Norway

4 out of 5

Flaam, Norway

4 out of 5

Stavanger, Norway

4 out of 5
Great oil museum within walking distance of our berth. Highly recommend anyone to visit it.

Disembarkation

4 out of 5
A bit chaotic in that we were told to assemble at a site only to be told by a staff member when we got there that the site was off limits to passengers. Otherwise, easy on, easy off. The luggage was taken on and off the ship by staff.
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