Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by CruiserFromMaine
- Sail Date: July 2017
- Destination: Canada & New England
- Cabin Type: Britannia Club Balcony
We sailed in a Britannia Club cabin on Deck12. It had a nice balcony and fairly good closet space, although one closet was deep and hard to access the full depth. The shower had a hard time with constant water temperature and had a shower curtain rather than a door; a door would have been a step up. The room was made up twice a day although one evening we were down a hand towel. We got chocolate each night.
We thought dining in Britannia Club was a real plus. Having the same table and staff for each meal allowed for better service. Being able to decide on our own when to eat as opposed to first or second seating was a plus, too. We thought the food was really good and the French toast at breakfast was a real treat. Wine service at dinner was good with lots of selections by the glass or bottle and a sommelier to assist. Unfinished bottles can be kept for future dinners.
We went to a couple shows and they were ok. The Purple Haze band that plays around the ship was good. The casino was good early on at the blackjack table, then they raised the minimum bids partway through the cruise so we just cashed in our chips.
We tried the buffet at lunch a couple times and the food was good but the arrangement was confusing. The service at the bars was mixed. The champagne bar and Commodore Club were good; the Chart Room was slow. The BBQ flatbread in Carinthia Lounge was quite good.
We did the special wine tasting lunch on the last day and the food and wine were very good. It took about two and a half hours though, so we thought it could've been a little quicker.
The ship can be a little hard to navigate. There is a lack of symmetry on port and starboard sides and some hard to find areas, such as the scenic elevator and the bridge viewing area.
Embarkation was very slow. We were in line about an hour and a half. It seemed they needed more people processing passengers; a number of windows were unstaffed. There were also big lines on board for clearing US immigration on our way back to Boston. They gave us cards to indicate we cleared immigration but then nobody asked for them when getting off.
In Halifax we docked near the boardwalk so getting into town was easy. We went to the Maritime museum, which was very good. In Boston, they ran shuttles into the Faneuil Hall area which was convenient. The ship was in a good location to watch the fireworks on Independence Day from the top decks.
Disembarking was fairly easy. We did self walk-off and got off early.
Overall, a four star cruise.
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