This cruise was just like I imagine cruising was like at the turn of the century, with a little bit of modern.

Queen Mary 2 Cruise Review to Europe - Northern Europe

Cruises: 7+ cruises
Reviews: 2
Helpful Votes: 24

Overall rating:

4.9 out of 5
Queen Mary 2

24 Night Grand Land Of The Midnight Sun (New York Roundtrip)

Sail date: June 07, 2010

Ship: Queen Mary 2

Cabin type: Inside

Traveled as: Family (young children)

Reviewed: 2 years ago

Review summary

This was a very special cruise for us. We celebrated 50 years of dating. It was luxurious and a very nice experience. The itinerary was great. Actually it was a three in one cruise. We sailed from New York across the Atlantic to Southampton, then up the coast of Norway to the Land of the Midnight Sun, and back down to Southampton. Then back across the Atlantic to New York. This was the last cruise with my husband. He died the next year.


5 out of 5
Smooth sailing out of New York City. Grand views of the skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
The food was excellent and every night during the crossings was formal and special. We loved the Golden Lion Pub with English menus.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


5 out of 5
The movie theater was called "Illuminations" Not only movies, but a few times a week they turned it into a Planetarium. The seats leaned back and you could enjoy the show on the ceiling. Several different views of the stars at different times and different places. It was cool.


5 out of 5

The "Illuminations" theater was really unique. It turned into a Planetarium several times a week. The seats leaned back so you could see the ceiling better. There were several different shows showing different planets and stars and how the skies are different all over the world.

Royal Court Theatre

4 out of 5

I enjoyed the shows.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
We had excellent service and our rooms were always clean.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5
The Queen Mary 2 is a true 'Ocean Liner' made to do long voyages on the seas. Even though there were 2500 passengers, there were never any lines at the restaurants or theaters.

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5
We like the inside cabins so we can sleep without light disturbing us. Our room was roomy enough and always clean. Our cabin steward was friendly and took care of us very nicely.

Ship tip

The QE2 is definitely a Luxury Ocean Liner. If you want casual, this is not the ship for you. There are formal nights every night of the crossings and semi-formal the rest of the cruise.

Ports of call

Brooklyn, New York

5 out of 5
As we were sailing away from New York City, the views of the skyline and bridges on the East River were amazing. And sailing passed the Statue of Liberty is a very special experience.

Southampton (London), England

5 out of 5
I liked the history and atmosphere of this port. And of course a museum dedicated in part to the "Titanic"

Stavanger, Norway

4 out of 5
Stavanger is a pretty town with an historic cathedral and quaint streets.

Honningsvag, Norway

5 out of 5
It was thrilling to be on top of the world at the northernmost point in Europe. The only disappointing part was that it was cloudy and overcast and we couldn't see the sun that doesn't set. But we do have postcards.

Tromso, Norway

5 out of 5
This was a fun port. We took a cable car up the mountain for spectacular views. We saw the northernmost Catholic Church in the world. We took a picture of the 'Northern Lights' at the Arctic Cathedral. It was the only way we could see and have a picture of them.

Olden, Norway

5 out of 5
A beautiful port surrounded by mountains and with a spectacular view.

Bergen, Norway

5 out of 5
Bergen is beautiful. The city is clean, and has many sculptures and museums. It is a city of art. The ride in a cable car gives wonderful views of the city from on high.


5 out of 5
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