Review: Queen Mary 2
Cruise - Ocean Cruise
Fabulous but divisive
There is no doubt about it, the QM2 is an amazing vessel. From the suites that cost £11,000 for 11 days down to the suites that are within reach of the 'normal' traveller, this ship is fabulous. To me the ship looked immaculate but the Cunard staff told me that she is going into dock soon for a complete renovation, when carpets, fixtures and fittings will all be replaced. It does seem a waste when everything still looks so clean, but I suppose that keeping the ship 'ship shape' (for want of a better phrase) is why they can command such prestige prices. I had the pleasure of doing a complete tour of the ship before she sailed from Southampton and I saw what life is like in the princess / queen grill restaurants as well as in the more standard restaurants. The food was gorgeous in these prestige restaurants and as you would expect the maitre d' and chef are more than willing to accomodate special requests such as odd dietary requirements. My only criticism is that there is a definite 'class' division onboard ship. Occupants of the 'lower class' cabins (if there is such a thing on board the QM!) have one set of restaurants and relaxation areas while those in the upper cabins have a separate area. I can understand this in a way, if I had paid £11k for my cabin I'm not sure I would want to mingle with the hoi polloi. But then for this amount the travellers get a personal butler so if I had paid this much the chances of me leaving my suite would be pretty slim! Although there is a definite division on board this was only really noticeable because it was pointed out to me. I probably wouldn't have noticed it if the lovely man from Cunard who showed us around hadn't pointed out that specific restaurants were for specific cabin types. My view – this is a special occasion trip. It's not one for travellers who want to see the world because on a crossing of the Atlantic the only thing you see is sea! If you want to do this trip my advice is to do the reverse Atlantic Crossing. Travelling back from the US to UK the time is adjusted by an hour each night so by the time you arrive back on UK soil the time difference is negligible and you avoid jet leg. If you have a special birthday or anniversary this is an amazing experience where you can be pampered and spoiled all the way home. But if you want a cruise where you visit a different desitnation each day this is not the one to choose. I did love the piano bars, the planetarium and the art gallery. Especially as there is a section dedicated to Rolf Harris – which probably shows my level :-) Overall, an amazing experience but probably one to do just once in a lifetime.
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