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One of these trips was on-board Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, see how staff at Cruise118.com found life on-board this ocean liner.
We experienced the iconic Cunard transatlantic sailing with seven nights aboard the Queen Mary 2, from New York to Southampton. Embarkation was really straightforward, with no waiting around at the airport and transferring to the ship with ease.
It took us around ten minutes to get on-board, where we received welcome bottle of prosecco in our cabin! The décor on-board was very traditional but with a modern twist. The colour scheme featured plenty of cream and red tones, alongside dark wooden themes to tie it all together. Overall, it was elegant while still feeling contemporary as it was only refurbished in 2016.
We stayed in a Balcony stateroom which had twin beds and felt very spacious and bright, with a modern feel. The bathroom was spacious and the balcony was one of the largest we had seen on a cruise!
It was a sheltered balcony, which was ideal for our transatlantic itinerary. There are tea and coffee making facilities in the room, and the beds were extremely comfy! We even had a pillow menu with nine different options to choose from.
Entertainment on-board included daytime activities such as guest speakers and dancing lessons, there is also a planetarium on-board which you could visit – the only one at sea.
In the evenings, there was a 1920s theme fancy dress and ballroom dancing with a live brass band. We felt that the entertainment really suited the clientele on-board and remained traditional throughout.
During our sailing, we dined in a number of the restaurants. The Britannia restaurant is the main dining room for standard guests which had a fantastic choice of dishes.
We also visited the Veranda steak house which was amazing, with staff explaining which wine complements the food best. The atmosphere in the venue was really relaxed, with a classy and elegant ambience.
Elsewhere on the ship, the bar staff remembered your favourite drinks and topped glasses up each time it was empty without you even asking. Overall, we loved our time on-board but felt it catered to a more traditional cruising era.
The atmosphere was relaxed, with lots of live music in bars and ballrooms to make for a soothing setting. Areas on-board were spacious and it never felt overcrowded. This was one of our favourite things aboard the ship as it was calm and quiet, which appeals to the Cunard demographic. Service on-board was second to none – they loved making you feel at home and were always polite. It’s this welcoming feeling that many passengers told us was what brings them back to Cunard again and again. We could definitely see why!
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