I finally got to tour Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 on August 14, 2013 (she’s been cruising since 2003). While I’ve seen the newer-and-grander Queen Victoria (click here for my Review), my plans to see the QM2 have been foiled (first a car accident, then Hurricane Sandy). While I didn’t fall madly in love with her (deadly dull design and décor of the generic Marriott variety), she is still a good option for Trans-Atlantic crossings offered throughout the year. Click here to see my photos.
Cunard is keeping the traditional glamor of cruising alive offering three classes of service: Britannia (like Coach), Princess Grill (think Business Class) and Queens Grill (perhaps First Class, complete with Butler). Booking Britannia on the QM2 isn’t like being in steerage on The Titanic; but it isn’t like having a standard room on Crystal Cruises either (maybe Holland America is a good comparison, and the price point is similar too). The Grill accommodations offer a ship-within-a-ship experience with upgraded amenities, higher service levels and better restaurants.
The ship is designed for you to spend at least an uninterrupted week on board without getting bored (FYI- the 113-day World Cruise departs London in January 2015). My favorite features include:
- Queens Room hosts formal theme balls
- Illuminations is the only Planetarium at sea
- Canyon Ranch SpaClub with extensive Aqua Therapy Centre
- The enrichment programs are extensive, including RADA Acting Workshops
- Library with over 8,000 titles
For those of us with Trans-Atlantic Cruise or World Cruise on our Bucket Lists, Cunard embodies the classic experience. Plenty of passengers still use it as transportation, especially since there are no luggage restrictions and there’s even a kennel for dogs.