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2 out of 5

Twice the price, half the service by BruceS2

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I was very disappointed. They QM2 had the reputation of being 1 of the best but certainly was not.

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5 out of 5

Brilliant experience by AT346

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
Experience of a lifetime. Enjoyed every minute and could have stayed on and on.

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5 out of 5

QM2 Getaway by MickeyW

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
After having sailed on the QE2 in the past, I was impressed by the size, the staff and the cleaness. We sailed to Boston, etc on July 4th 2006. Ship was sold out but did not feel crowded at all. I also like the fact that security was obvious and well run. You'll feel very safe on board!

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5 out of 5

A Perfect Cruise by MaggiA

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
We chose the eastern Caribbean cruise to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary & everything was just terrific. This cruise was fully booked but because of the QM2's size, we never ran into crowds, long lines, never had to wait more than seconds for elevators. The organization was top notch...only had to wait about 25 mins at embarkation in Ft Lauderdale (had comfortable seats while waiting) & disembarkation went quickly & smoothly.

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4 out of 5

Elegance at sea by HowardN

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
We sailed in Dec '06 to celebrate 31 years of marriage. The QM2 was the perfect setting for our special event. Everything about this ship personifies class and elegance. Public areas are spacious and beautiful. The time spent going from one area to another was always enjoyable as you are amazed at the quality of the ships craftsmanship and design. Our stateroom was very well organized and maintained. There is something to ooh and ahh about on virtually every deck inside and out. Having been on such a special vessel will always be a cherished memory.

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2 out of 5

Queen Mary 2 New Year's Eve Cruise 2007 by SloopJ

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
I recently came home from the Queen Mary 2 New years Eve Cruise. To summarise - for American passangers - give this ship a wide birth. It is expensive, over-crowded, badly air-conditioned, over-hyped, cigarette smoke all over, lousy public rooms,poor excusions, over-priced drinks, and poor cabins. HOTELS: Avoid at all costs the Wyndham Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. It is a dump and fleapit. Stay in Miami. SHIP INFO: Huge and over-crowded. The crew are OK, but basically this a Carnival ship in a Cunard disguise. Do not expect anything but feeble attempts to emulate the old Cunard Line. For $2400 per person, I expected a lot. I did not get it: 1) Breakfast in bed was consistently greasy & bad. 2) The public rooms are small and hot. 3) On New Years Eve, the ballroom accomodated only 500 people. Group tours received preference e.g. Singles Travel International. We could not get in. What a rip-off. We spent the evening in the smoke-filled Golden Lion Pub - what a disappointment. 4) The so-called queensize beds are merely two singles pushed together, with a prominent ridge in the middle. This is very uncomfortable. Cunard also does not provide two sheets: only a cover and a comforter. Make sure and ask for a top sheet (typical money-saving trick). 5) The food in the Britannia is great, but the Kings Court Group is shoddy, poorly planned, and has the atmosphere of a burger at Walmart. 6) Service quite good on the ship as a whole. But drinks on deck are impossible.Very little privacy. 7) On the 4th day of the cruise, Cunard started diluting and underpouring the drinks. I found this unacceptable. 8) Their practice of adding a 15% gratuity and then also leaving space for a tip is ludicrous and dishonest. 9) The ship is very poorly sign-posted, and there are too few restrooms. 10) There are too few observation lounges. 11) Of the 8 nights at sea, 3 dinners were formal. In my mind, this is overkill. 12) The much ballyhood Pirates Ball was a bust. Only very few in costume, chaotic, and not a lot of fun. We left in disgust. Drinks were being diluted and underpoured. I sensed confusion in the crew - often wrong times on the cabin TV, and wrong wakeup calls. ENTERTAINMENT Average, and British oriented. One show was poor. The Royal Court Theatre was too hot. CABINS Only just OK. You should book an in-hull balcony cabin. All others are over-priced or dismal. Size: good. Bathroom nice. Furniture: Beds very poor.. Adequate storage. Couch comfortable. Table much too small. Lighting - not romantic. The in-cabin TV broke down a lot, and the PA system could not be made to work. ACTIVITIES: Very poor. Little going on. Prominent spots for religious services. Few movies, poor lectures, few dance lessons. Very little live music. There was only one chess set & one scrabble set on the whole ship. SHORE EXCURSIONS: Wide choice, but very disappointing, and badly organised. I think Cunard must have outsourced these to some shady operaters. We were crammed in to a shabby taxi on St. Kitts, which was overloaded by two passangers. There was no commentary. Advice: hire your own taxi. Barbados, St. Kitts & St. Thomas are poverty stricken, dirty & a waste of time. TEA 4pm tea is a joke: only one tea available (English Breakfast). Not hot, but luke-warm. Accompanying sandwidges would not be out of place in a homeless shelter. ENTERTAINMENT: Average, and British oriented. One show was poor. The Royal Court Theatre was too hot. DANCES: Outside - only OK. Very expensive drinks. Inside - OK if you could get in. EMBARKATION: Good and fairly quick (2 hours) DIS-EMBARKATION: Chaotic, poorly planned, and a vacation ruiner. All the luggage is piled in one place, when it is supposed to be sorted. It took me 45 minutes to find all my bags. I was on the priority list to dis-embark. This seems a farce, as I was repeatedly held up. The transport bus was hard to find. Hint: use a taxi. Fort Lauderdale airport cannot hold 2000 travellers

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3 out of 5

Good Cruise by KarlonG

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends
Excellent ship, would recommend to an older crowd of clientle only, entertainment, acitivites, day events, all geared toward an older crowd. Even the ladies in our group 60+ felt it was too stuffy.

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3 out of 5

Very nice, but over-rated by Jk3

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Family (older children)
This ship itself is very English, convservatively elegant, stately, and "Titanic"-like. My husband and I thought we'd be much more impressed given the hype and media it has attracted since its debut. The thought of a TransAtlantic crossing on the QM2 with our kids was to be a truly unique experience. It was, but we wouldn't do it again. It's not for kids or teens. Even my husband and I (30's 7 40's) grew bored and longed for a younger crowd. Six days at sea is a long time! My husband was ready to jump overboard by the time we got to Southhampton. From there we went straight to London where the fun really started!

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2 out of 5

big ship with bad attitude by MichaelL22

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group
FIRST OF ALL THE EMBARKATION PROCESS WAS HORRENDOUS. THE LINES HAD SEVERAL HUNDRED PEOPLE ON THEM AND IT TOOK ALMOST TWO HOURS TO GET PROCESSED. THERE WAS NO PLACE TO SIT HAVING SAILED ON OVER 10 CRUISES WITH CELEBRITY WE WERE LOOKING FOWARD TO THE QM2 AND HOPED IT WOULD BE AN "UP SCALE" BUT IT WAS DISAPPOINTING IN MANY WAYS. WE SAILED TO NOVA SCOTIA OVER LABOR DAY AND SAILED THRU THE REMAINS OFA HURRICANE SHE SAILED VERY WELL AND WAS COMFORTAble in rough seas. THE FOOD WAS GOOD IN THE DINING ROOM BUT EXCEPT FOR OUR WAITER WE FOUND THE SERVICE AND ATTIDUTE FROM MOST OF THE STAFF TO BE VERY POOR AND ALMOST RUDE. WE NEVER SAW OR MET OUR CAPT OR THE MAITRE D' OR OUR ROOM STEWARD. IN THE FOOD COURT AREA IT WAS EVEN WORSE BECAUSE THERE WERE PLENTY OF PEOPLE STANDING AROUND BUT THEY DIDN'T DO ANYTHING. THIS WAS SOMETIMES VERY ANNOYING BECAUSE MANY OF THE FOOD STATIONS WERE NOT MANNED AND THE WAY THEY WERE LAID OUT YOU COULD NOT REACH MANY OF THE ITEMS. FOR EXAMPLE, I ASKED FOR A DIET SODA - SEVERAL TIMES AND NEVER GOT ONE THIS WENT ON LIKE THIS THROUGH OUT THE CRUISE IN ALL OF THE PUBLIC AREAS AND MANY OF THE PASSENGERS WE MET SAID THE SAME THING. THIS WAS DEFINATELY NOT AN UPSCALE OR EVEN PLEASANT VOYAGE

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5 out of 5

"Understated Elegance" by JoelA

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Large Group
Having seen many ships from the Carnival "Fun Ships" to the behemoths of the Royal Caribbean line, my recent experience on Cunnard's Queen Mary 2 ranks right up at the top of the list. Understated elegance is an appropriate way to describe Her. Without being gaudy or flamboyant, the QM2 is the personification of class. Every meeting room, lounge, and public area, from the Commodores Club to the Britannia Restrurant, from the library, to the computer education center to the Canyon Ranch Spa and health club, exhudes quality. The service was excellent and attentive. And the food was, well, how many ways can you say excellent. Although the transatlantic crossing was a bit rough, the size of the QM2 made the trip quite comfortable. I would guess that any Mediterranian or Caribbean trips would provide calmer seas, but little on board the ship could be improved upon.

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4 out of 5

Great Ocean Adventure by CharlesD9

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends
The ship was beautiful. The embarcation was the worse I have ever experienced. Did not like the people who went around the ship in bathrobes as they came from the spa. They even went into dining room in this outfit. Menu in the Britannia needsa more variety

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5 out of 5

"A dream at sea" by KjpS

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
Thank you Cruises Only for a great vacation. It exceeded everything we knew a cruise to be.

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4 out of 5

Cultural Crossing by JerryH16

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Well run, very British, large with lots of walking. quite nautical rather than a fun ship.

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5 out of 5

fantactic crossing by HerbA

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
great trip and cunard has done it perfectly

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5 out of 5

Q.M.2 maiden around the world cruise - by LorrainePerkins

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Singles/Friends

From San Francisco to Sydney Australia portion.  Fantastic.

Have been on many other cruises but can't remember enough to be pinned down on lines and dates.  One cruise to Alaska.  At least four in the Caribbean - Western and Eastern.  Three or four from California to Mexico.  Have cruised on the Cunard, Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Holland America, Celebrity and one other that has since disappeared.  Never cruised in Europe.  I particularly like the Royal Caribbean line.

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4 out of 5

Great Mega-Liner by JohnC50

Sail Date: / Traveled As: Couple
We have sailed several times on QM2 and find it and its crew to be of very high quality in all respects. Take either a trans-Atlantic crossing or a warm-weather cruise: this ship will not disappoint.

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