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Review: Queen Mary 2

Cruise - Ocean Cruise

Well worth the trip!

  • By SilverTraveller Timetraveller

    30 reviews

    Ribbon Ribbon

  • Oct 2014
  • Partner
  • Special occasion
  • Day Visit

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This visit was courtesy of SilverTravel Advisor as I was the winner of the forum prize earlier in the year. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive from our house to Southampton and the traffic and weather were the worst we have ever seen for that journey. We arrived by the skin of our teeth and were soon on board in a group of 10 led by Les who was the Queens Grill Maitre D' on QE2 for 20 years in his past life. Les did his utmost to show us all the ship and I think we did get to see virtually all of it. We did actually cruise on QM2 3 years ago for 2 nights in an inside cabin and we were not that impressed with the ship. We came away feeling that the ship was difficult to navigate with dead ends and a lot of crowded corridors. We did not feel inclined to cruise on her again. But this Ship Visit has changed all that and I had never realised before, the value of these visits. It gave us a real insight into the layout of the ship and Les pointed out some things we would never have noticed. In fact, we both said afterwards that we hardly recognised any of the ship and had we actually sailed on her before? She is big, that is, very very long and tall. Les was very keen to show us some different cabins before the 11.30 deadline. We saw the Britannina Club Balcony cabin first. These passengers get to eat in a separate section of the Britannia Restaurant and are the only Britannia passengers to get Anytime dining. We had a glimpse of an inside and then entered the beautiful Queen Mary Suite, part of which is in the bridge structure at the front the ship. What can I say? Absolutely stunning. Next was the Queen Anne Suite next door which has windows overlooking the bow. Another stunning suite. Les did say that the sheltered balcony cabins on the decks below the lifeboats are larger than the standard balcony cabins. Next was the very popular Commodore Club which has windows overlooking the bow. A lovely room but, as this is a liner, the windows are a lot narrower than most ships. In the evenings, blinds are pulled down so no view!!! The library is the largest at sea with 8000 books. Very peaceful. We visited both the Queens Grill and Princess Grill restaurants and Les had a couple of anecdotes to share with us. We also saw the speciality restaurant Todd English. The Grills passengers have their own restaurants and adjoining bar but other than that (apart from a Terrace on the aft above the penthouses) they share the ship with everyone else. We saw the Champagne Bar, Golden Lion Pub and the Casino. There was a tour of the Spa (not for me, I'm afraid), a trip to the planetarium/cinema and the theatre. And we finally ended up in the Britannia Restaurant for a delicious 3 course lunch with unlimited wine. Delicious. I always like Cunard food. By this time, we had walked for what seemed like miles and miles and we were glad of the rest. And then it was time to go home. This was well worth the visit as we saw things that we had not seen on a 2 day cruise. How could that happen? Would we cruise on her now? Most definitely. Thank you Silver Travel Advisor for the opportunity to visit her.



Here is the link to my photos.

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Other Members' Thoughts - 2 Comment(s)

  • Cruzeroqueen1
    almost 6 years ago
    Interesting review and great pics, Toptraveller.

    Cheers, Gill
  • Barrowman
    almost 6 years ago
    It sounds like you were impressed TT, I'm pleased you had a good day, and I agree ship visits are worthwhile.