Queen Mary 2Cunard Line AU
Perhaps no ship currently at sea excites a lover of maritime history like the Queen Mary 2. The flagship of the Cunard line and successor to the much-missed QE2 does its best to echo the company's storied past, evoking as much traditional 'Britishness' as possible, despite being part of US-owned Carnival Corp. Launched in 2004 with a christening featuring Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen Mary 2 attempts to conjure the traditional charm of ocean voyages with classic afternoon tea, elegant decor and dressy eveningwear, along with an outstanding outdoor Promenade ringing Deck 7. No neon, no PA announcements and no vendors enticing you to buy things all contribute to a refreshingly adult cruising experience. QM2 is also the world's only purpose-built liner, as opposed to a ship, designed especially for Transatlantic crossings.
In 2014 the ship marked its 10-year anniversary with another suitably royal occasion -- a tour by Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who was by his wife's side when she christened the ship 10 years previously. Yet for a ship that's so formal, a cruise on QM2 doesn't always deliver the level of luxury that you might expect. The sprawling Kings Court buffet on Deck 7 can be a zoo at peak hours, with passengers jostling for prime window seats, and service in the shops can be indifferent. Even within the sanctuary of the vessel's upper echelons -- the Princess and Queens Grills Restaurants and Lounge -- some staff can still be stiff and unhelpful.Thanks to its size (at 1,130 feet, Queen Mary 2 is longer than three football fields, and one of the longest passenger ships afloat) the ship can seem surprisingly quiet in spots -- despite carrying 2,600 passengers. Indeed, it has the hihest passenger to space ratio in the industry, and as we prowled the corridors reading the delightful historical placards, we found ourselves alone in some hallways. Part of the appeal of this ship is just these nooks and crannies where you can read, play cards or simply stare out to sea.
Queen Mary 2 features a broad range of accommodations, from the most economical 157-square-foot inside cabins to lavish duplex suites. All in all, from a total of 1,310 cabins, 955 are fitted with the private balconies. As a rather unusual feature -- otherwise found only on Royal Caribbean's Voyager-, Freedom- and Oasis-class ships -- there are also 12 cabins looking out onto the atrium.
Inside cabins, including those overlooking the atrium, measure 157 square feet. They are still spacious and attractive, with beds that can either be two singles or one double, along with extra storage available around the headboard. Oceanview cabins are a similar size, at 159 square feet, but they have small, non-opening portholes behind the beds to let in natural light.
The largest number of cabins falls into the category of deluxe and premium balcony. The 248- to 269-square-foot (including the balcony) cabins are spread over six decks. They include beds that can be either two singles or one queen, a sitting area with a sofa, a wardrobe space and a bathroom with a shower. A handful of the cabins have connecting doors and/or a third berth as a single sofa bed. Be careful if booking a cabin with a connecting door, as the soundproofing is not great.
The desk is rather small but can accommodate a laptop computer. The corners for both the bathroom unit and the wardrobe are rounded, which gives a feeling of more space. The closet space itself is ample, and there is also a safe and drawer space. The colors in the cabins are light and airy. Suitcases can be stored underneath the beds, and all staterooms have both American and U.K. electrical sockets.
The shower-only bathroom itself is spacious, but there is no light inside the shower, and as there is no shower door (instead, there's a thick curtain), it's rather dark in there. Bath products, including shampoo, conditioner and body lotion, are Gilchrist & Soames, and all passengers are given bathrobes and slippers to use. The hair dryer is oddly attached in a top drawer.
Other comments: The balcony is spacious, but there is no teak flooring (except in the most expensive range of suites). The balcony furniture consists of plastic lounge chairs, but there are cushions; if your steward doesn't put them out, check under your bed. Smoking is no longer allowed on the balconies, some of which are covered. (Some also have views obstructed by lifeboats; ask your travel agent when booking.)
All cabins on Queen Mary 2 are also equipped with a fridge and interactive TV. Called QM2TV, it features several channels of movies, documentaries and satellite channels. Don't count on following your favorite channels every day, as the lack of satellite connection during the crossing may cut all the programming, except the ship's own. Many shipboard activities, such as the celebrity lectures, can be watched on the TV later on.
QM2 Interactive Television allows passengers to order room service (when we tried, the breakfast order arrived on time in the morning), review your folio and order pay-per-view movies (from kids' shows to adult movies). As a hint: When reviewing your folio, please note that purchases might not show up immediately but can appear a day later.
The Princess and Queens Grill suites provide slightly more amenities, as well as bathrooms with tubs and walk-in closets. The Princess suites start at 381 square feet and come with a bottle of sparkling wine and a bowl of fruit at embarkation, as well as significantly larger balconies.
Queens Grill cabins range from 506 square feet to 2,249 square feet for the Grand Duplex Suites. This top tier also features butler service, flat-screen TVs, Frette linens, nightly canapes and wine.
Besides the standard 506-square-foot Queens Grill Suites, this class has four additional levels of increasing luxury. The 758-square-foot Penthouse Suites each have a separate powder room and whirlpool bath. Located in the bow of the ship, the 796-square-foot Royal Suites have commanding views from large windows in the living and dining areas (but no balconies). The bedrooms are in a separate spaces behind the living areas.
The Queens Grill Duplex Apartments, which range in size from 1,194 to 1,566 square feet, are bi-level suites, each with an upstairs bedroom, an oversized balcony and two marble bathrooms. At the top of the luxury scale, the two Grand Duplex Suites are sprawling 2,249-square-foot, two-level apartments with grand views, tons of space and the ship's top amenities. Both The Queens Grill and Grand Duplex Suites have separate kitchens for food preparation and exercise equipment.
Besides having access to the Queens Grill Lounge -- our favorite bar for pre-dinner drinks on the ship -- both Princess and Queens Grill passengers have their own outdoor Terrace, complete with whirlpool, on Deck 11. It's a nice option on days when the pool is crowded.
Another perk given to Princess and Queens Grill passengers is access to a separate concierge lounge on Deck 9, where you can grab a cup of coffee and a pastry and read a newspaper. The on duty manager will book shore excursions, make restaurant reservations and book exercise classes for the week (rather than having to sign up each morning). You can also pick up tickets to the Planetarium shows, which are laid out daily in the mornings.
Queen Mary 2, and fleetmates Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth, are the only ships afloat to assign dining based on a class system. Or, to be more charitable, to assign passengers to dining rooms based on the cabins they occupy.
As such, only the top-priced cabin categories entitle passengers to eat in the ship's most exclusive dining rooms -- Princess Grill and Queens Grill. These restaurants feature anytime seating between 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. (although you're still placed at a regular set table) and menus with more flexibility, as well as access to the charming Queens Grill Lounge, which is across a hallway from the Queens Grill and just a few steps from Princess Grill.
Remaining passengers -- and these account for the vast majority -- are assigned to dine in the ship's eye-catching, double-deck Britannia Restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are open seating; passengers receive set tables and dining times -- either 6 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. -- at dinner. One fare class, Britannia Club, does allow passengers to select anytime dining in the main dining room, with those tables set off in a corner of the restaurant.
In the Grills and Britannia, breakfast is served from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m., lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m. One interesting fact about Queen Mary 2's transatlantic sailings is that the lack of ports (and the subsequently more relaxed approached to dining) means that the restaurant tends to fill quickly for both meals (only the lower level is open). So get there early or late.
Overall, while the food in all the standard dining rooms is of average quality, the mealtime service is impeccable, and there are plenty of choices for picky eaters, including Canyon Ranch spa cuisine. Even passengers in the Princess and Queens classes should give dinner in Britannia a try, as the energy of the larger dining room gives the experience a more festive feel. Wine-lovers will be thrilled to find a dedicated button on in-room phones that connects to the sommelier, though there's a $20 corkage fee for personal bottles brought into the restaurants.
Kings Court serves as Queen Mary 2's lido buffet, located on Deck 7. It's a rather vast and complicated area, and it can get extremely crowded at prime breakfast and lunch hours. Snag a table near the bay windows if you can. While the waiters and waitresses do not offer to carry your trays to the table or get refills, they do bus the tables when you're finished. The area opens for continental breakfast at 4 a.m., and full breakfast runs from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
For lunch, Kings Court has several themed areas: The Carvery (roasted meats and contemporary British cuisine), La Piazza (Italian) and Chef's Galley (hamburgers and sandwiches). These buffets are open from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. At night, the different dining areas all get linen table cloths and decorative screens, along with waiter service, but are sadly lacking in any sort of atmosphere. One section is designated as a rotating alternative a la carte option -- American Bistro, Lotus (Asian) or Coriander (Indian) -- which comes with a $15 cover charge. However, a note of caution: As ever, when the buffet area on a ship is 'transformed' into a specialty restaurant do not expect the quality you would get in a dedicated specialty restaurant. We made the mistake of eating in Lotus one evening and although the service was superb, the cuisine was inedible: it looked (and tasted) as if it had been reheated from the buffet earlier in the day, and rearranged on our plates. Reservations are encouraged. Hours range from 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., with late snacks offered from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Todd English is the ship's alternative restaurant. While the restaurant used to charge per person, it is now a la carte and it can add up mighty quick, with appetizers averaging $5, entrees $10 to $12 and desserts $5 to $7. Advance bookings for dinner are especially crucial. If you're a foodie, a meal there is well worth it; we felt the signature "love letters" -- potato ravioli stuffed with beef in truffle butter sauce -- was the best dish we tasted during our trip.
Another popular but completely free alternate dining area is the ship's Golden Lion Pub. It serves authentic pub food from noon until 2:30 p.m. and is often crowded with passengers seeking bangers and mash, fish and chips with mushy peas, and ploughman's lunch. You can dine at tables or at the bar. Light lunch choices, such as salads and quiches, and snacks are also served at Sir Samuel's, the liner's coffee bar.
Two other lunch outlets can be found on Deck 12, namely the Boardwalk Cafe and Pavilion Pool & Bar. While the Boardwalk Cafe is not open during inclement weather, the sliding-glass roof in the Pavilion ensures service during any kind of climate. The menu in the Boardwalk is typical of that found in onboard grills, while Pavilion serves a limited number of items, such as soups and sandwiches. Don't even attempt to go to Boardwalk Cafe if the weather is windy or rainy, as there's no indoor seating (or indoor access to the grill counter) available.
Beginning at 3:30 p.m., afternoon tea is available in three different areas. While Queens Grill Lounge is open only for "premium" passengers, Kings Court serves casual self-service snacks. More traditional English afternoon tea is served daily in the Queens Room, the ship's expansive ballroom. Don't miss an opportunity to sample this "white glove" service, where waiters and waitresses serve tea, finger sandwiches, pastries, and, of course, scones with clotted cream. It's quite an event.
Room service can be spotty; while a pot of coffee arrived quickly one morning, we couldn't even get through during peak hours on another, and Cunard stubbornly still refuse to provide in-room coffee or tea-making facilities which means you are at the mercy of room service. The breakfast menu provides a multitude of made-to-order choices, but the regular room service meal is limited to simple items, such as salads, sandwiches and pizza. Princess and Queens cruisers can order meals to their rooms from the grills.
Cunard's suggested dress code is perhaps the most formal at sea -- and most QM2 passengers are happy to oblige. During the day, people tend toward country club casual, although a transatlantic or European cruise is dressier than a cruise in, say, the Caribbean. A crossing will typically feature three formal nights -- some with a theme, such as Black and White or Masquerade -- and three informal nights.
At 6 p.m., the ship's official dress code kicks in, and jeans and shorts are discouraged throughout the ship, other than at the Kings Court buffet and the Winter Garden bar. An "informal" night on QM2 can feel as fancy as a formal night on other ships, with most women wearing cocktail dresses or stylish separates and men wearing sport coats (note that it is only fairly recently that Cunard relaxed the dress code to allow gentlemen not to have to wear ties on an informal night). And formal nights are just that, with the majority of women in long gowns and men in tuxedos (or dark suits).
Regular transatlantic passengers are generally good self-entertainers, but the ship also provides plenty of organized activities, so no one will be bored.
Passengers looking for like-minded companions can find daily group sessions for bridge, needlework and knitting, watercolor painting, Texas Hold'em, whist, bingo and mahjong. Special classes in flower-arranging and napkin-folding are also held, and a book club meets every voyage. Trivia is always popular with British and North American passengers alike -- some days up to five contests are held -- and it can be hard to get a seat.
QM2 also sets itself apart with its multi-tiered enrichment and speaker program. "Cunard Insights" explores historical and contemporary issues presented by explorers, academics, former politicians, musicians, historians, filmmakers and the like. Obviously, there's quite a bit of variety. One crossing might feature former Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn, another Jeffery Weinberg, an expert on U.S. presidents. On our crossing, author Bill Bryson appeared as the resident "celebrity" onboard; some passengers told us that they had booked the cruise just to see him. And in 2014, acclaimed film director Wes Anderson was onboard, joined by some of his collaborators -- Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola and Tilda Swinton -- to present special screenings of his films as well as a question and answer session for passengers.
There are several other prongs to the enrichment program. Depending on the sailing, the "Julliard Jazz Series" features performances by students and faculty from the prestigious music institution; Royal Astronomical Society presenters talk stars and solar systems; and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts graduate company presents specially edited versions of classic plays and novels, each lasting no more than one hour. There are also movies shown several times a day in Illuminations. The Canyon Ranch spa also hosts daily lectures in nutrition and fitness in the Winter Garden.
Queen Mary 2 also offers an extensive computer learning program in its Apple Learning Centre, across from the ConneXions Internet cafe. Apple iStudy courses, taught on Mac computers, cover topics like basic computer skills on Macs and PCs, photo editing, moviemaking, tablets and social networking. Some classes carry a fee, while others are free.
Many of the QM2 public lounges are in a class of their own. Queens Room is the largest ballroom on any passenger ship, and it also features the largest dance floor afloat. This space is used regularly for Captain's cocktail parties, afternoon teas and ballroom dancing to a live orchestra in the evenings. All beverage service is taken from tables, as there is no bar.
Strangely unobtrusive is the ship's two-level disco, G32. It's tucked behind the Queens Room; you actually have to cross through it to get to the disco. Regardless of its tricky location, the bar can get packed (maybe because of its sleek steel-inspired interior or, perhaps more likely, because passengers heading west on crossings get an extra hour of sleep five evenings in a row).
Apart from the regular melange of public rooms featured on all cruise ships, QM2 offers a few "extras." Illuminations is the only planetarium at sea, and it's used for lectures, movies and, of course, planetarium films -- all of which prove to be very popular. Go early.
Shows and live entertainment are held every evening in the plush Royal Court Theater. Cunard strives for a variety; during our trip, shows ranged from an acrobatic display to a pianist concert and an oldies review performed by a 1950s-style girls group. There's usually an early and a later seating, typically at 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
In addition to regular bars, such as the Golden Lion Pub and the Chart Room, Queen Mary 2 features the first-ever Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar at sea. It serves seven different Veuve Clicquot Champagne labels, with prices from $13 per glass. The best place to enjoy the horizon (and/or sunset) is in the martini-oriented Commodore Club on Deck 9, which offers piano entertainment during the evening. The adjoining Churchill's Cigar Bar provides a haven for stogie smokers.
Live music lovers will find plenty of opportunities to groove. Music starts in the Golden Lion (which also hosts karaoke most nights) and at the Pavilion Pool shortly after noon, and keeps going until the wee hours in the G32 nightclub. QM2 is also a dream for dancers, as classes in line and ballroom-style dance are held daily. Don't have a partner? No worries; QM2 has a Gentleman Hosts program, so single women (or those with flat-footed husbands) can have a chance on the floor.
Finally, the Empire Casino has 11 gaming tables -- including Roulette, Blackjack, Three Card Poker, Fun 21 and Texas Hold'em -- scattered around 100 slot machines. The minimum age to play is 18. Tokens can be purchased at the casino desk, either in cash or via your onboard account if you've registered a credit card. (There's a $1,000 per-day limit.) Some machines take money directly.
For a line that has a more formal reputation, Queen Mary 2 attracts a fair number of children during school holidays. (We were told that families often use crossings to visit relatives overseas.) So it makes sense that services are available for all ages.
A complimentary Night Nursery with six travel cots is open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for children aged 12 months to 23 months. Baby baths and travel cots are available for staterooms, and high chairs can be found in the buffet.
The Play Zone is geared to kids between ages 2 and 7, and it offers typical activities for this age group, including access to a sheltered outdoor play area with tricycles. Evening sessions aim to settle children down, with toys put away and a movie shown.
The Kid Zone adds sports competitions and scavenger hunts to the activities planned for children ages 8 to 12 years old. On some evenings, the group goes to see shows in the Royal Court Theatre. Their play space includes game consoles and a large plasma TV for movies.
While teens don't have their own space, the ship does organize activities throughout the public areas for children ages 13 to 17. These include table tennis and deck sports, as well as pizza parties, discos, trivia and bingo in the evenings.
A children's tea party is given nightly in the Chef's Galley from 4:45 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Children's menus are also available in the main dining room.
While children younger than 18 do not have a dress code, parents are encouraged to dress them "smartly" for dining rooms beyond Kings Court. Children younger than 13 must be with a parent or guardian to watch a show in the Theatre, and those younger than 14 are not allowed to use the gym, sauna or steam room. Whirlpools are off limits to children younger than 16.
As you might expect, given its charge as a transatlantic liner, Queen Mary 2 attracts primarily British and North American passengers, especially on its crossings. The ship's regular cruises to Hamburg also ensure a steady stream of German customers. That being said, the ship's iconic status means that you'll find all nationalities onboard. A passenger breakdown for a roundtrip New York-to-Canada sailing encompassed 26 nationalities.
QM2 passengers skew on the older side, with the average age around 70. Many choose Cunard for its adherence to tradition and a stricter dress code than you see followed on other mainstream lines. You will find more children and teenagers onboard during summer school holidays on itineraries that aren't transatlantic (such as Caribbean, Eastern Seaboard and Norway).
One of the nicest pleasures of a crossing is the luxury of time. And that means time to indulge in spa sessions or exercise. In Canyon Ranch's first-ever at-sea spa, there are 20,000 square feet of space on two different decks.
The Canyon Ranch SpaClub is divided into three different areas: the Fitness Centre foremost on Deck 7, the SpaClub and Aqua Therapy Centre just behind, and the Salon on Deck 8. The Fitness Centre is fitted with latest gym equipment; each has its own TV. The Fitness Centre is open from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, and its use is complimentary. However, if you want to use any lockers or showers, you have to buy a SpaClub Passport to the Aqua Therapy Centre, costing between $40 per day and $105 for a week. The Passport also allows you to take specialized fitness classes, such as Pilates or indoor cycling, and it gives you access to the Aqua Therapy Centre.
The expansive Aqua Therapy Centre is equipped with a good-sized aqua therapy pool, a whirlpool, reflexology basin and sensory showers. Sauna-lovers will be in heaven, as you can choose from a traditional Finnish sauna, an aromatic steam room and an herbal sauna before cooling down with the ice fountain. While access requires the aforementioned Passport, you can also use the center for free with the purchase of any Health & Wellness service, massage or body treatment. If you're a spa hound, make sure you leave enough time before or after your session to indulge.
At the Canyon Ranch SpaClub, services include a range of massages, facials, body wraps and scrubs. All prices include a 12.5 percent gratuity. The therapists also do not try to sell any body care products after the treatment, which is not the case in many other cruise lines' shipboard spas. The SpaClub does have a lounge where you can relax before and after your treatments, with views onto the Promenade Deck; some fashion magazines scattered about, and flavored water and herbal teas.
The Beauty & Skin Care Centre one deck up offers lovely sea views in addition to treatments. It's open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. daily. Make your appointments early, as it's extremely popular. Services include hair styling (shampoo, haircut, blow dry) and nail treatments (ranging from finger or toe polish changes to full fingernails and even a 50-minute "age defying" treatment).
Shipboard sports facilities include a basketball court and a paddle tennis court on Deck 13 and a single Ping-Pong table in the Pavilion pool area. The basketball and paddle tennis courts themselves are nice, but their forward location normally makes them too windy for an enjoyable game. There are also golf simulators called Fairways that book up early, as well as extensive shuffleboard. There's no running track, although some passengers keep up a brisk pace on the Promenade.
Besides the Aqua Therapy Centre, QM2 has four pools (and, for Queens and Princess Grill passengers, a separate outdoor terrace with Jacuzzis). The Terrace Pool on Deck 8 is considered the "main" swimming area, with two whirlpools, the Terrace Bar and its own bandstand, where musicians play during sailaways and deck parties. Because weather on a transatlantic crossing can be iffy, the Pavilion Pool on Deck 12, which features a glass retractable roof, is your most reliable swimming option. When the sun is out, the chairs surrounding the top deck Splash Pool and accompanying whirlpools can get crowded.
The Minnows Pool adjoins the children's play area on Deck 6. Swim diapers are not allowed.
Despite the ship's British flair, the onboard currency is the U.S. dollar. Cunard charges a minimum $11.50 per person, per day, to shipboard accounts for regular passengers and $13.50 per day in the Grills. A 15 percent tip is automatically added to your bill for purchases in the bars and lounges (and there's also a space for an "extra" gratuity). Treatments in Canyon Ranch SpaClub include tips (12.5 percent), but you can add more there, as well.
Queen Mary 2 differs greatly from regular cruise ships in terms of its layout and public room design. Being one of the longest, widest and tallest passenger ships ever built (it trails only Royal Caribbean's Oasis Class), the designers have come up with interesting solutions in terms of traffic flow and public room design. You may need a little extra time to figure out Queen Mary 2; even after five days onboard, we still got lost.
There are four main staircases, and these are marked A to D, with a map of the ship at each. The ship's daily program offers, as a convenience, the deck number and stairway for each place hosting an event, so pay attention to this.
There are up to 14 decks of accommodations and public rooms. Most of the public rooms, such as the reception area, the Royal Court Theatre, Illuminations (Planetarium), Britannia Restaurant and the Queens Room (ballroom), are located on decks 2 and 3. The ceiling height on these decks is awesome at 3.8 meters -- the equivalent of 1.5 decks! Such expansiveness (not to mention fabulous art) contributes to an elegant ambience.
These lower decks also have a few smaller areas tucked away for activities, including the ship's ConneXions Internet cafe, where computers are available for passenger use. Internet and Wi-Fi rates are $0.75 per minute, even if you are on your own device, unless you buy a package: 120 minutes for $47.95, 240 minutes for $89.95 or 480 minutes for $167.95. (These bring the price down to about $0.30 to $0.40 per minute.) Wi-Fi onboard works on all devices and is available throughout the ship, but is patchy and very slow.
Close to ConneXions is the Apple Centre, a classroom where computer instruction takes place. (Some workshops are free, while some charge a fee.) Rooms for card games like bridge or and mahjong are also available there.
Many of the smaller corridors have placards outlining the ship's history. Read them on your own, or pick up a headset at ConneXions that takes you through them. (A few corridors also have interactive kiosks for a kid-friendly history lesson.)
If you simply enjoy watching the sea -- the white caps and the endless horizon -- venture forward on Deck 2, where there are wide windows almost at water level. There you can really appreciate QM2's speed (up to 26 knots).
Deck 7 can be described as the ship's daytime outdoor activity center, and it's where you'll find the very popular encircling Promenade deck -- complemented by comfortable old-fashioned looking steamer lounge chairs -- and the Canyon Ranch SpaClub.
There's also the Winter Garden, a charming bar and "conservatory" modeled on Kew Gardens, with trees and natural light. We saw lots of small groups playing cards, reading or simply dozing in the Atlantic sun. The Winter Garden is also one of the venues where Cunard performs onboard weddings.
The huge, well-stocked library, which has stunning views forward on Deck 8, is deservedly popular, although don't expect to find the latest bestsellers. (Some of the choices are a little dated.) Still, the library has wooden carrels and some wonderful nooks and crannies; on sea days, it proved one of the most popular places to sit and read.
Adjacent is a fantastic book and souvenir shop, specializing in all things maritime (not limited to QM2); you can buy books, postcards, posters and other collectibles, as well as writings by authors and lecturers sailing onboard, who also do their book signings here.
Among more practical concerns: free self-service launderettes with complimentary detergent are found on decks 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Laundry and dry-cleaning services, including pressing for all those formal clothes, are also available for a fee.
A variety of smaller public rooms, including the elegant Boardroom adjacent to the Commodore Club on Deck 9 and the Atlantic Room on Deck 11, are available for small meetings and passenger-arranged cocktail parties.
QM2 does not accommodate bridge visits, but it does have an observation deck behind the bridge. The facility is open on sea days between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
QM2 is one of the few ships that allows four-legged friends onboard, with a kennel on Deck 12 that houses dogs and cats on transatlantic crossings only (for a fee). The kennel master walks the dogs and feeds them with the line's food (or you can bring your own). Not all breeds can be accommodated, however; if you have a big dog, check the line's restrictions.
Also keep in mind that the U.K. has very strict rules about bringing in animals, and Pet Passports are required. Plan ahead for any veterinary issues.
Country of Registration: Great Britain
Regular Capacity: 2592
Maximum Capacity: 3056
Number of Crew:1253
Crew Nationality: International
Officer Nationality: British
Language(s) Spoken: English/French
|Queen Mary 2 is Cunard?s flagship and the most magnificent ocean liner ever built. A Transatlantic Crossing to or from New York on this incredible ship is a holiday like no other but her cruises from Southampton are also very special. She offers so much space on board and such an array of state of the art facilities including a 3D Cinema, planetarium and a superb spa.|
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