Favorite part of our cruise was the good people we met, and the good food at all times, and the calm seas. The only bad part was the embarkation in New York, we stood in line for much over an hour, some of that was outside, with NO seats anywhere. At Southampton, it was very good, with seats and a system with letters to call you for processing. The actual cruise it self was great.
The accommodations were clean and comfortable, first class. The staff were very professional, helpful and courteous. The entire cruise was a pleasure.
This was our first cruise on the QM2. Everything was fantastic, from the food to the service to the many opportunities to practice ballroom dancing! Highly recommend to anyone, though you lose time as you head Eastwards to London, so we will do the Westward crossing next time!
QM2 is big enough to permit the family cuddles and lots of personal time. We live in the W. Indies and flew to JFK, overnighted and down to Brooklyn Pier the next morning to embark and meet the grandchildren and their parents who live near Manhattan. We all did the same voyage two years ago. Food was even better this voyage, there was more space in the buffet breakfast lunch and dinner area, Christmas carols were carried thru to disembarkation, staff were even more devoted to passenger creature comforts, and the cruise itinerary better, in that all ports were visited by tying up at piers - eliminating minor accident risk on tenders. Cunard chaperone for our grandchildren during the day and evening was magnificent, giving the parents a break. We were especially lucky with the onboard spending allowance and enjoyed the shops, specialty coffee and Godiva concession at 'SirSamuels'. The Golden Lion pub is remarkable. We enjoyed the English fish n chips and drinks - you only get a charge to your account for the alcoholic beverages - and believe me, the size of the battered codfish is humungous!
Would highly recommend Cunard if you enjoy ballroom dance.
Beautiful, well-maintained ship, excellent staff.
Stateroom surpassed expectations in every way.
First class entertainment. All musicians played the best of music in various genres.
My only disappointment was the lack of any aerobic/dance classes which promote cardio fitness.
Excellent cruise on the QueenMary - New York to Southampton to New York. Beautiful ship, fine accommodations, excellent food and service, good speakers, good information from the captain. Wonderful table companions, good options for dining. Excellent room steward,Bert. Would highly recommend the Queen Mary for ambience, get away lounges, food options, entertainment, and planetarium. large ship with a small feel.
This was our first experience on Cunard. Our favorite cruise line is Celebrity, so we will be comparing the two. Arrival and check-in in Southhampton were chaotic, staff was hard to find, long walks and long lines. The separation of "classes" was apparent this whole trip. Certain areas and eating venues etc. were only available to the upper classes. Really strange to experience as an American. The room was nicely decorated, but do NOT pay the extra fee for a balcony room. The balcony is enclosed and only gives a view of the sky. Our room steward was very good and friendly. The shower had a nasty shower CURTAIN! Not a door. Also, the shower drain was slow and had a sewage odor. The food was very British....odd offerings and combinations for an American. The dining room menu does not offer any everyday choices (like Celebrity), in case none of the specials appeal to you. Also, even with open seating, they assign a table to you and you are stuck there for the whole trip. Compared to Celebrity, the entertainment was a big zero. It was like being at a cheap amusement park!
It sucked...end of!!!
When I feel better I'll elaborate!
This opinion does not reflect our steward. Suffice it to say, standards have dropped dramatically. It must be a British thing because Harrod's was disappointing, too!
Cannot say enough about the outstanding service and comfort of the QM2, so glad we decided on this way to unwind after a very busy month of visiting friends and relatives. It was a great Cunard experience.
I cannot say the same for the port facilities in Brooklyn. It was unfortunate that we needed to carry all of our bags through Customs - no trolleys or other aids available - for the hour-long queue - not a good first impression to NYC!
After the $132 million dollar renovation some things fell quite short.
First of all QM2 no longer has inside smoking rooms. We cannot possibly
understand how you provide smoking for cigars and pipes and NOT cigarettes in
the same room! The past two voyages were accommodating with an inside smoking room AND smoking outside under the overhang on deck 8 pool level. Now you have to bake in the sun or rain on deck 7. Did Cunard forget that this is a transatlantic voyage and the North Atlantic is a cold and windy place to be. Totally unacceptable and biased.
The new buffet area..If you were trying to get away from a classy traditional atmosphere you succeeded. I know Carrera Marble is the latest "look" but
it made you feel as though you were in a cold "commercial" kitchen. Quite stark and uninviting. Your ORIGINAL separation for food selections was both
inviting and classy. It seemed the daily selection of foods was repetitive. On desert display: boring selections with an industrial display.
SORRY 4 thumbs down
From window washers to officers on this ocean liner, they could not do enough for you. The Queens Grille accommodations were way over the top. Weather it is live entertainment, movies, lectures,food,food, food. We never missed "high tea". In the Queens Grille, if you wanted lobster every night you could have it.All types of table side service. I tried a few special requests to see if the kitchen could accommodate, they were spot on. We definitely would return to this ship again and are looking to go back on in 2018 for at least 21 days. Did I fail to mention they even have a kennel if you want to travel with your pet. Also a casino and many types of bars, libraries,board games and nice quality shops with very fair prices.
The ballroom dancing activities of the cruise are what my wife and I really like the most. The lengthy dancing sessions every night and the Tea Party on sea days are wonderful ways of knowing fellow cruisers and making new friends. Plus, these activities surely get rid of those extra calories from those wonderful foods and desserts. The dance floor is already big by any standard for a cruise ship, but in almost every night, this is being dwarfed by the volume of dance enthusiasts hitting the floor. Since we returned from this cruise, we have been recommending this cruise to a lot of our dance friends.
Favorite: was overall mindset of cruise to have an above average cruise experience and it was. Service, food, music, & many varied activities were all above average. Something to do all day long whatever your interests.
Ship is a study in understated elegance
I am no snob,but Dress code not enforced, more stragglers than I remember from previous cruise.
Cost of theme restaurants too high, cost of water at gangway too high.
Cost of excursions very high compared to same available on shore. I understand the "insurance policy fo leaving no ship sponsored trip behind" BUT
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