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Cunard Queen Mary 2

The epitome of authentic British cruising, Queen Mary 2 is an outstanding ship that preserves the golden age of travel. Following an extensive refit in 2016, she is a glamorous and refined ship that is decorated in a contemporary style throughout, with attentive crew and wonderful facilities to help you enjoy every second of your voyage.

There’s much to entertain you, whether you relax in one of the 14 bars or get active in one of the swimming pools. Children are welcome with dedicated kids clubs available, while there are even kennel facilities for guests who wish to travel with their pets.

  • Launched: 01 Jan 2004
  • 1132 feet
  • 2620 passengers

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Queens Grill

Dining

All dining rooms and eateries on-board Queen Mary 2 boast ocean-view windows, offering a dining experience with incredible views. The Golden Lion Pub serves a host of British classics, while the Queens Grill and Princess Grill are exclusive eateries offering impressive a la carte menus. For those staying in Britannia accommodation, the Britannia Restaurant is the place to dine. Kings Court is an informal eatery where you can help yourself to an English breakfast and enjoy a lunch menu that changes daily. Come evening, Kings Court transforms into four different eating venues offering a blend of Italian and British cuisine.

Suite

Accommodation

Accommodating a total of 2,620 passengers, it is no surprise that there is an impressive choice of splendid suites and staterooms available to book aboard Queen Mary 2. With a comprehensive range of staterooms - from Interior, Oceanview, Balcony and a large number of luxurious suites, including spacious Queen and Penthouse suites, there is a lot to choose from.

Fitness Center

Activities

There is an abundance of activities on-board this grand ship. Enjoy a leisurely swim with a choice of two indoor and three outdoor swimming pools, and eight whirlpools. Try hi-tech equipment in the gym or take a fitness class. If you are a keen golfer, choose from 51 courses on the ship’s golf simulator. If you are a fan of fine art, then Clarendon Fine Art has some exquisite pieces on display, or if you like to indulge in some retail therapy, the Mayfair Shops are where you will find top boutiques and world-famous brands such as Harrods.

When it comes to a spot of pampering, you can indulge your body and soul at the award-winning Canyon Ranch Spa Club. There is an abundance of treatments on offer, each of which is designed to completely relax and rejuvenate.

The Play Zone is the ship’s dedicated play area for children and is filled with toys, games and activities. Youngsters are supervised by British nannies and there is a host of activities on offer, including arts, crafts, books and puzzles, toys and computer games.

Planetarium

Entertainment

Queen Mary 2 has the honour of being the only ship at sea to host a planetarium. Here, for a completely different kind of cruise ship experience, you can take a virtual tour into space, view the stars for yourself and embark on a journey to the moon. The main evening show venue on-board is the Royal Court Theatre, which has tiered seating for 1,094 guests. Expect lavish West End-style productions, comedians, vocalists, cabaret acts and more. Or if you prefer, you can dance the night away in the Queens Room, which boasts the largest dance floor at sea. Live music is performed in most of the lounges and bars, including the Chart Room, Churchills, Commodore Club, the Queens Room, Sir Samuel’s, The Pavilion, Verve Clicquot Champagne Bar, and the Winter Garden, among others.

    • Lavish Royal Court Theatre
    • High-tech musical productions
    • The largest ballroom at sea
    • Three-tier Britannia Restaurant
    • The only planetarium at sea
    • Canyon Ranch SpaClub treatments
    • 51-course golf simulator
    • Choice of five swimming pools
    • Dedicated children's Play Zone Area
    • White-gloved afternoon tea service

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Queen Mary 2 Cabins

Standard Inside

Standard Inside

Standard staterooms are anything but ordinary. The smallest is more like a "deluxe" guestroom on other cruise ships. And they're beautifully decorated with fine prints on the walls, soft colours on the sofas and coverlets and turndown service when it's time to retire. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates Daily shipboard newspaper 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets

Atrium View Inside

Atrium View Inside

Standard staterooms are anything but ordinary. The smallest is more like a "deluxe" guestroom on other cruise ships. And they're beautifully decorated with fine prints on the walls, soft colours on the sofas and coverlets and turndown service when it's time to retire. These staterooms provide spacious comfort with king size or twin beds. This Category (Inside with Atrium View) features a picture window overlooking the Grand Lobby. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates …

Oceanview

Oceanview

Choose an Oceanview stateroom of 152-243 square feet and you can dine in the Britannia restaurant with a choice of early or late sitting; 6pm or 8pm. These luxurious staterooms provide spacious comfort in which to relax and marvel at the views from the oceanview window. Our turndown service sets the tone for a comfortable night’s sleep. Your Stateroom Includes: 24-hour room service Bathrobe and slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolate Satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Daily shipboard newspaper Half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine Direct-dial telephone Fruit basket …

Ocean View Stateroom

Ocean View Stateroom

These staterooms provide luxurious comfort in which to relax and marvel at the views from your Oceanview window. And they're beautifully decorated with fine prints on the walls, soft colours on the sofas and coverlets and turndown service when it's time to retire. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. At 159 square feet these staterooms provide spacious comfort with king size or twin beds. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & …

Balcony - Obstructed Views

Balcony - Obstructed Views

At any time of the day your luxury stateroom provides a welcome retreat of comfort and good taste in which to unwind. It would be impossible not to cherish the relaxing lounge area of your balcony stateroom with direct and private access to the ocean breeze. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates Daily shipboard newspaper 220V British 3-pin and …

Balcony - Sheltered

Balcony - Sheltered

At any time of the day your luxury stateroom provides a welcome retreat of comfort and good taste in which to unwind. It would be impossible not to cherish the relaxing lounge area of your balcony stateroom with direct and private access to the ocean breeze. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. 24-hour room service Bathrobe and slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolate Satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Daily shipboard newspaper Half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine Direct-dial telephone Fruit …

Balcony

Balcony

At any time of the day your luxury stateroom provides a welcome retreat of comfort and good taste in which to unwind. It would be impossible not to cherish the relaxing lounge area of your balcony stateroom with direct and private access to the ocean breeze. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. 24-hour room service Bathrobe and slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolate Satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Daily shipboard newspaper Half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine Direct-dial telephone Fruit …

Club Balcony

Club Balcony

For something just a little more special, choose our exclusive Britannia Club accommodation. Guests dine on special a la carte specialties with a select few fellow guests in the intimate single-seating Britannia Club restaurant. And, they enjoy luxurious balcony accommodation with additional lovely details to make an extraodinary stay even better. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates Daily shipboard newspaper 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets A full bottle of sparkling wine upon embarkation …

Queen Suite

Queen Suite

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. Watch the world go by from the balcony of these luxurious Grill Suites. Spacious living area, dressing room and bathroom* with a whirlpool bath and shower. 506 sq. ft. including balcony. …

Penthouse

Penthouse

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. Penthouse Suites feature a living and dining area with large balcony. Bedroom with master bath has a shower and separate whirlpool bathroom, plus a powder room. 758 sq. ft. including balcony. …

Royal Suite

Royal Suite

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. The Queen Anne and Queen Victoria Suites offer commanding views off the bow of the ship. Living and dining area. Bedroom with master bathroom features shower and separate whirlpool bath. 796 …

Duplexes & Suites

Duplexes & Suites

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. Duplex apartments feature an upstairs bedroom, large balcony, 2 marble bathrooms and shower. 1194 – 1566 sq. ft. including balcony. Priority embarkation with separate Grill check-in Full bottle of French …

Grand Duplex

Grand Duplex

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. 2249 sq. ft. including balcony. Priority embarkation with separate Grill check-in Full bottle of French champagne with sugar-iced strawberries at embarkation Complimentary in-room bar set up Fruit basket & bottled …

Princess Suite

Princess Suite

Queen Mary 2's luxury Princess Grill accommodation offers elegant comfort and personal service. Guests enjoy access to private lounges and our Grills concierge, and dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Princess Grill restaurant - plus a variety of exclusive amenities. 381 sq. ft. Priority embarkation with separate Grill check-in Full bottle of sparkling wine with sugar-iced strawberries at embarkation Fruit basket & bottled water replenished daily or as needed Bud vase with orchid Personalised Cunard stationery Single-seating dining in the Princess Grill, or In-suite from the Princess Grill menu 24-hour room service & Grills Concierge services …

Select Deck

Cabin Categories

  • Q5Queen Suite
  • Q4Penthouse
  • Q3Royal Suite
  • Q2Duplexes & Suites
  • Q1Grand Duplex
  • P2Princess Suite
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Deck 12
Deck 11
Deck 10
Deck 9
Deck 6
Deck 5
Deck 4
Deck 7
Deck 2
Deck 3
Deck 13

Queen Mary 2 Cabins

Standard Inside

Standard Inside

Standard staterooms are anything but ordinary. The smallest is more like a "deluxe" guestroom on other cruise ships. And they're beautifully decorated with fine prints on the walls, soft colours on the sofas and coverlets and turndown service when it's time to retire. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates Daily shipboard newspaper 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets

Atrium View Inside

Atrium View Inside

Standard staterooms are anything but ordinary. The smallest is more like a "deluxe" guestroom on other cruise ships. And they're beautifully decorated with fine prints on the walls, soft colours on the sofas and coverlets and turndown service when it's time to retire. These staterooms provide spacious comfort with king size or twin beds. This Category (Inside with Atrium View) features a picture window overlooking the Grand Lobby. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates …

Oceanview

Oceanview

Choose an Oceanview stateroom of 152-243 square feet and you can dine in the Britannia restaurant with a choice of early or late sitting; 6pm or 8pm. These luxurious staterooms provide spacious comfort in which to relax and marvel at the views from the oceanview window. Our turndown service sets the tone for a comfortable night’s sleep. Your Stateroom Includes: 24-hour room service Bathrobe and slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolate Satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Daily shipboard newspaper Half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine Direct-dial telephone Fruit basket …

Ocean View Stateroom

Ocean View Stateroom

These staterooms provide luxurious comfort in which to relax and marvel at the views from your Oceanview window. And they're beautifully decorated with fine prints on the walls, soft colours on the sofas and coverlets and turndown service when it's time to retire. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. At 159 square feet these staterooms provide spacious comfort with king size or twin beds. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & …

Balcony - Obstructed Views

Balcony - Obstructed Views

At any time of the day your luxury stateroom provides a welcome retreat of comfort and good taste in which to unwind. It would be impossible not to cherish the relaxing lounge area of your balcony stateroom with direct and private access to the ocean breeze. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates Daily shipboard newspaper 220V British 3-pin and …

Balcony - Sheltered

Balcony - Sheltered

At any time of the day your luxury stateroom provides a welcome retreat of comfort and good taste in which to unwind. It would be impossible not to cherish the relaxing lounge area of your balcony stateroom with direct and private access to the ocean breeze. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. 24-hour room service Bathrobe and slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolate Satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Daily shipboard newspaper Half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine Direct-dial telephone Fruit …

Balcony

Balcony

At any time of the day your luxury stateroom provides a welcome retreat of comfort and good taste in which to unwind. It would be impossible not to cherish the relaxing lounge area of your balcony stateroom with direct and private access to the ocean breeze. Guests dine in the magnificent Britannia Restaurant with a choice of an early or late sitting. 24-hour room service Bathrobe and slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolate Satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Daily shipboard newspaper Half a bottle of Bon Voyage wine Direct-dial telephone Fruit …

Club Balcony

Club Balcony

For something just a little more special, choose our exclusive Britannia Club accommodation. Guests dine on special a la carte specialties with a select few fellow guests in the intimate single-seating Britannia Club restaurant. And, they enjoy luxurious balcony accommodation with additional lovely details to make an extraodinary stay even better. 24-hour room service Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer Bathrobe & slippers Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates Daily shipboard newspaper 220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets A full bottle of sparkling wine upon embarkation …

Queen Suite

Queen Suite

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. Watch the world go by from the balcony of these luxurious Grill Suites. Spacious living area, dressing room and bathroom* with a whirlpool bath and shower. 506 sq. ft. including balcony. …

Penthouse

Penthouse

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. Penthouse Suites feature a living and dining area with large balcony. Bedroom with master bath has a shower and separate whirlpool bathroom, plus a powder room. 758 sq. ft. including balcony. …

Royal Suite

Royal Suite

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. The Queen Anne and Queen Victoria Suites offer commanding views off the bow of the ship. Living and dining area. Bedroom with master bathroom features shower and separate whirlpool bath. 796 …

Duplexes & Suites

Duplexes & Suites

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. Duplex apartments feature an upstairs bedroom, large balcony, 2 marble bathrooms and shower. 1194 – 1566 sq. ft. including balcony. Priority embarkation with separate Grill check-in Full bottle of French …

Grand Duplex

Grand Duplex

Queen Mary 2's luxury Queens Grill accommodation are unrivalled at sea. From the full bottle of French champagne and sugar-iced strawberries greeting you upon embarkation, to the personal butler service (including packing & unpacking) and access to private lounges, the Queens Grill experience is one to be savoured. Guests dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Queens Grill restaurant, and enjoy in-suite dining from the Queens Grill menu. 2249 sq. ft. including balcony. Priority embarkation with separate Grill check-in Full bottle of French champagne with sugar-iced strawberries at embarkation Complimentary in-room bar set up Fruit basket & bottled …

Princess Suite

Princess Suite

Queen Mary 2's luxury Princess Grill accommodation offers elegant comfort and personal service. Guests enjoy access to private lounges and our Grills concierge, and dine at a reserved table in the single-seating Princess Grill restaurant - plus a variety of exclusive amenities. 381 sq. ft. Priority embarkation with separate Grill check-in Full bottle of sparkling wine with sugar-iced strawberries at embarkation Fruit basket & bottled water replenished daily or as needed Bud vase with orchid Personalised Cunard stationery Single-seating dining in the Princess Grill, or In-suite from the Princess Grill menu 24-hour room service & Grills Concierge services …

Select Deck

Cabin Categories

  • Q5Queen Suite
  • Q4Penthouse
  • Q3Royal Suite
  • Q2Duplexes & Suites
  • Q1Grand Duplex
  • P2Princess Suite
Deck 8
Deck 12
Deck 11
Deck 10
Deck 9
Deck 6
Deck 5
Deck 4
Deck 7
Deck 2
Deck 3
Deck 13

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Departure Date Itinerary Embarkation port Nights Prices from
08 December 2019 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
New York 14
£1829pp view
08 December 2019 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing
New York 7
£769pp view
15 December 2019 Grand Caribbean Celebration
Southampton 19
CALL view
15 December 2019 Transatlantic and Christmas in New York
Southampton 7
£769pp view
15 December 2019 Transatlantic Crossing and Caribbean Celebration
Southampton 19
£3229pp view
15 December 2019 Grand Caribbean Celebration
Southampton 26
CALL view
22 December 2019 Caribbean Celebration
New York 12
£5299pp view
22 December 2019 Caribbean Celebration and Transatlantic
New York 19
CALL view
03 January 2020 New York to Dubai
New York 27
CALL view
03 January 2020 New York to New York
New York 113
£17439pp view
03 January 2020 New York to Hong Kong
New York 46
CALL view
03 January 2020 Eastbound Transatlantic Crossing
New York 7
£769pp view
10 January 2020 Southampton to Sydney
Southampton 56
£14399pp view
10 January 2020 Southampton to Dubai
Southampton 20
£3489pp view
10 January 2020 Southampton to Southampton
Southampton 99
£15089pp view
10 January 2020 Southampton To Hong Kong
Southampton 39
CALL view
10 January 2020 Southampton To Singapore
Southampton 34
CALL view
10 January 2020 Southampton to Fremantle
Southampton 64
£16089pp view
30 January 2020 Dubai to Fremantle
Dubai, U.A.E 44
£5789pp view
30 January 2020 Dubai to Hong Kong
Dubai, U.A.E 19
CALL view
30 January 2020 Dubai to Singapore
Dubai, U.A.E 14
£2519pp view
30 January 2020 Dubai to Sydney
Dubai, U.A.E 36
£4999pp view
13 February 2020 Singapore to Fremantle
Singapore 30
£3919pp view
13 February 2020 Singapore To Hong Kong
Singapore 5
£1679pp view
13 February 2020 Singapore to Sydney
Singapore 22
£2889pp view
13 February 2020 Singapore to Cape Town
Singapore 48
£5789pp view
18 February 2020 Hong Kong to Sydney
Hong Kong, China 17
£2299pp view
18 February 2020 Hong Kong to Cape Town
Hong Kong, China 43
£5389pp view
18 February 2020 Hong Kong to Fremantle
Hong Kong, China 25
£3659pp view
18 February 2020 Hong Kong To Southampton
Hong Kong, China 60
£7259pp view
06 March 2020 Sydney to Southampton
Sydney, Australia 43
£5379pp view
06 March 2020 Sydney to Cape Town
Sydney, Australia 26
£3619pp view
14 March 2020 Fremantle to Cape Town
Perth (Fremantle), Australia 18
£2889pp view
14 March 2020 Fremantle to Southampton
Perth (Fremantle), Australia 35
£4559pp view
18 April 2020 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
CALL view
02 May 2020 Hamburg Short Break
Southampton 2
£619pp view
04 May 2020 Hamburg Short Break
Hamburg, Germany 2
CALL view
20 May 2020 Bruges and Guernsey
Southampton 4
£569pp view
07 June 2020 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1439pp view
21 June 2020 Transatlantic, New England and Canada
Southampton 22
£2579pp view
15 July 2020 The Fjords
Hamburg, Germany 7
£1299pp view
22 July 2020 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Hamburg, Germany 23
CALL view
22 July 2020 Hamburg to Southampton
Hamburg, Germany 2
CALL view
14 August 2020 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1739pp view
28 August 2020 The Fjords
Southampton 7
£819pp view
04 September 2020 Transatlantic, New England and Canada
Southampton 28
£3399pp view
02 October 2020 Transatlantic, New England and Canada
Southampton 14
£1879pp view
16 October 2020 Transatlantic, New England and Canada
Quebec 14
£1869pp view
30 October 2020 Southampton to Hamburg
Southampton 2
£239pp view
28 November 2020 Bruges Short Break
Southampton 3
£379pp view
01 December 2020 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1469pp view
15 December 2020 Grand Caribbean Celebration
Southampton 26
£2789pp view
10 January 2021 World Voyage
Southampton 99
£9649pp view
10 January 2021 Southampton to Cape Town
Southampton 14
£1829pp view
11 February 2021 Fremantle to Hong Kong
Perth (Fremantle), Australia 27
£4339pp view
18 February 2021 Melbourne to Singapore
Melbourne 27
£3949pp view
21 February 2021 Sydney to Southampton
Sydney, Australia 57
£6849pp view
10 March 2021 Hong Kong to Singapore
Hong Kong, China 7
£1639pp view
19 April 2021 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1149pp view
03 May 2021 Hamburg Short Break
Southampton 2
£299pp view
03 May 2021 Hamburg Short Break
Southampton 4
£429pp view
04 June 2021 Rotterdam, Bruges And Guernsey
Southampton 5
£669pp view
09 June 2021 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1389pp view
23 June 2021 Transatlantic, New England And Canada
Southampton 20
£2019pp view
30 June 2021 Transatlantic, New England And Canada
New York 13
CALL view
15 July 2021 The Fjords
Hamburg, Germany 7
£1059pp view
22 July 2021 Hamburg Short Break
Hamburg, Germany 2
£339pp view
08 August 2021 The Fjords
Southampton 7
£919pp view
15 August 2021 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1389pp view
05 September 2021 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1349pp view
19 September 2021 Netherlands, Belgium And France
Southampton 5
£619pp view
24 September 2021 Transatlantic, New England and Canada
Southampton 28
£2549pp view
24 September 2021 Transatlantic, New England and Canada
Southampton 14
£1729pp view
22 October 2021 Roundtrip Transatlantic Crossing
Southampton 14
£1249pp view
15 December 2021 Grand Caribbean Celebration
Southampton 26
£2699pp view
19 December 2021 Dutch Christmas Markets
New York 19
CALL view

Queen Mary 2 Reviews

Kevin Dawber

star rating

Tuesday 9th October 2012, A rainy and cold Autumn day in Southampton…But I bounce out of my bed excited to board a world famous liner, Cunard´s iconic Queen Mary 2!

I had the opportunity to sample all that the largest ever built Ocean liner in the world has to offer, with lunch included inbetween one of her famous Transatlantic sailings and a Euro sampler cruise taking in Rotterdam and Bruges.

Upon arriving at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton, I was impressed by the ship´s exterior which was everything I expected, grand and opulent and even though an enermous vessel, still retained it´s appearance of a ship as opposed to some of the ships in the world now, whilst spectacular in size- reminiscent of an apartment building to put it politely. The black hull demonstrates Cunard´s grand traditions for which they are known the world over and the nautical iconic funnel reinforces that… I am now itching to board.

Upon embarkation of Mary, I am expecting to be taken aback by the "Grand Lobby" they so widely promote, The atrium was attractive but in my opinion not spectacular… I am confident in saying this a very pleasant place to enjoy a pre dinner drink and a very nice place to meet new found friends onboard as a central point in this very large ship, The atrium on QM2 is small for such a large vessel but this is to help increase it´s stability as she was built for Transatlantic cruising but I expected opulent chandeliers for which Cunard are known aswell as the panoramic lifts that even smaller ships offer…Queen Mary does not deliver these at all so the atrium I will say is nice, but by no means spectacular.

Behind the mid-ships lifts is a grand corridor which leads towards the charming Golden Lion pub and the large Britannia Restaurant, this did impress me… I have never been on a ship with such wide, pleasant corridors and the beautiful carvings in the wall enhance this…The deep red carpets were immaculately clean and it is hard to believe the ship is 8 years old…She was truly pristine!

So far, I am impressed, I am not blown away nor am I dissapointed, so we head off in search of my cabin. My cabin was very comfortable indeed and exceeded my expectations with large, very comfortable beds, light bathrooms and Cunard´s signature compimentary arrival Sparkling wine a really lovely touch. The inside was very comfortable. Every time I am on a ship, I fail to comprehend why the demand for accomodation on the higher decks of ships is so high, I personally enjoy being closer to the waves and in a far more stable area of the ship… In my opinion, the more you pay, the more you sway! Here is a tip from me, in my opinion, the ED staterooms (Ocean View) are amongst the most desireable on the ship, situated on Deck 6 (in the centre of the ship) and opulent in their size with large portholes….Better than the balconies and get´s my vote every time!

Moving on to the rest of the ship, this I am afraid is where I am suitably underwhelmed… We headed up to the pool areas inclusive of the aft pool on Deck 7 and the heated indoor pool on Deck 12, I found these unimpressive and on the small side for a ship of this scale that spends so much time at Sea, The pool areas I found clinical and very open, I would feel very uncomfortable relaxing on a lounger in such an impersonal and exposed spot and I think this should be an area of the ship were passengers can relax, regardless of the weather and perhaps drift off into an afternoon siesta which is what holidays are all about, I would be so nervous of breaking into a snore and everybody staring at me…Not my idea of a relaxing afternoon of swimming and tranquility I am afraid.

I sampled the Princess Grill Restaurant and also, the highly acclaimed Queens Grill. I feel Cunard have delivered here in what you would expect from a restaurant of this level, quiet, intimate and pleasant views but I don´t feel they have exceeded… I would have liked deeper colours and perhaps candles on the table to give a more sense of occasion and exclusivity- After all, we are talking a six star level of experience here!

The Library which had an astounding collection but limited seating aswell as low ceilings- I know that this is sometimes unavoidable with ships but having seen the beautiful, airy and wide library on Celebrity Eclipse, a ship that spends so many days outside of ports of call I think should offer a library which one would feel very happy whiling away the hours with the latest bestseller, ocean waves gliding past and a feeling of space… Again, I felt, with the small sitting area, I would disturb by the turn of a page!

The winter Garden, is undoubtebly one of the most redeeming features of the ship, with a grand, yet relaxing atmosphere where I would relax during the day with a light lunch and some soft music… A very pleasant area with full bar and food service.

The Theatre was comfortable but not exceptional with a lack of places to put your drink and also row type seating with no individual or couple seats…Once again, I am a little too close for comfort with my fellow cruisers… I am sensing a theme here! The planeterium which also twins up as a nightly cinema I thought a nice individual feature and the seating here was individual and not "Rack em and Pack em" as I like to call it.

Now down to the important bit- Three Course Lunch in Mary´s large and grand Britannia Restaurant.

In my opinion, this is where the ship really fell down, dining is one the most, if not the most important things about a cruise besides the Desination…Cunard being a 5 star cruise line, I am expecting a spectacular dining experience. I was unbelievably underwhelmed, I started with a chowder/bisque style soup… Now when I cruised with Celebrity, the corn and lobster bisque was amongst one of the most delicious courses I have ever eaten… Britannia Restaurant´s version I found bland and lacked the fresh impact of combined flavours that a bisque should have. I am sure my main will make up for this… Fillet Steak, with caramelised onions, blue cheese mash potatoes and green beans was exceedingly average…I though, once again bland and I could tell that we were eating mass produced food- My steak I had Blue-Rare as I beleive if you are having Fillet then it is best to retain the meat´s texture and flavour, Even cooked so little, the steak was slightly tough and lacked flavour, as did the sauce and vegetables. The caramelised onions were delicious, but I don´t think I have ever had a bad caramelised onion so we will swiftly move on…. In hindsight, I found my meal of fair quality and not bad by any means…However, I expected more from Cunard and can safeley say, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line definitely have the upper hand, I found the food a similar level to sister line P&O cruises and definitely won´t be commmending Cunard on their food, Colleagues have said that this level of cuisine is what they have come to expect with Cunard- Nevertheless, I am dissapointed that such a famous name in the industry with such high regard can´t deliver an exceptional dining experience at every point…Other cruise lines of this quality do this flawlessly so I struggle to see how Cunard with fewer passengers and more crew than it´s competitors fail to do this.

I would end this review by saying that Cunard delivered everything you would expect from cruise, comfortable surroundings, pleasant staff, good food and quality accomodation. In my experience I do not feel they exceed on any level which I think needs to be done when you are trading under a five star brand. With the cruise market being as competetive as it is nowadays I feel Cunard need to realise the competition they have as cruising has come a very long way in the past ten years or so and improve their standards, or maintain their fares of a lead in cabin at £50-60 per day as I feel they offer a cruising experience on a level with P&O- The middle man in the cruise marketplace.

Most cruise ships deliver a WOW factor in at least one area of the ship- be that the ship itself, the cabins, the service, the food or the public areas… QM2 is the only ship I have been on to date which did not deliver this at any point for me. In my opinion, if you are looking for a 5 star WOW cruise experience, Go for Oceania Cruises at the slightly higher end of the market or Celebrity Cruises which deliver in ALL of these areas.

Carl Jones

star rating

Just returned from an amazing cruise on the Queen Mary 2, I can describe this as one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Their was a lot of amazing thinks to do and many friends were made. I found the cabins were spacious and decorated amazingly and the beds were the best I have ever slept in, the food was of the best quality and I could not wait to check out the varied menus which were all different on every occasion. We enjoyed so much we are looking forward to going ahead and booking this again.

Debbie Hooley

star rating

This ship lives up to its name. Oozing grandeur. Be greeted at the Britannia Restaurant where breakfast becomes a real sense of occasion. Start the day with Eggs Benedict… Its a real treat.

Test your brain at the Rose and Crown fun pub quiz, then take your chance to learn the Cha Cha Cha …. in the in the glamorous ballroom, what a great opportunity.

Ready for lunch ?? help yourself to foods from all over the globe or be spoiled for choice, and waited on with White Star service in the restaurant.

Strolling around the promenade deck taking a breath of the freshest of sea air leaves you in need of a siesta. What better place than in your 5 star cabin with all the luxuries you need as you cross the Atlantic to the Big Apple.

Time for refreshment and for me a highlight of the cruise. Afternoon tea brought to you in the best possible manner and served in the finest china. Scrumptious !!

There are so many treats on board this ship including the choice of an Oxford lecture, a rare chance to exercise your Drama skills with RADA or head down to G32 night spot for some disco grooves

Whatever, you wish for ….. the choice is yours !

Nina Wyatt

star rating

I was a bit overwhelmed when I first set eyes upon this beautiful Queen. I could not believe what I was seeing! She was stunning and huge and I couldn’t believe she was going to be my home for the next seven nights. I was sailing a Transatlantic Crossing so would be spending the entire voyage onboard, and was a little worried I wouldn’t have much to do. Turns out I was so wrong; I was spoiled for choice for things to do. I myself felt like a queen the way the friendly and brilliant staff treated me! As a single passenger, I really did think I was going to be very lonely, but the male hosts were there to dance with me and made me feel very special.

I particularly liked the Cunard Insights programme where guest lecturers were onboard providing seminars and discussions. I love learning and taking part in new activities so this was perfect. I also couldn’t believe my eyes when I went to the only Planetarium at sea, the 3D cinema hosting exciting shows!

There just wasn’t enough time to fit it all in! There were art auctions, wine tasting and waltzing classes! I sat with complete strangers at dinner and came away with life long friends. It was all just so grand and luxurious and I felt I was living a life of someone rich and famous. I very much felt the sophisticated lady and especially enjoyed the formal nights where I could get my ball gowns out because it had been far too long!

Roger Marr

star rating

We love the atmosphere and traditional values that the ship holds. Had a great cruise to New York and the service was faultless.

Phillip Edwards

star rating

We have never cruised before so were not sure what to expect but we were impressed from the moment we first stepped on board. The ship is a beautiful, grand ship with pliantly of polite helpful staff ready to greet you as soon as you board. Our first experience of the food was in the Kings Court buffet it was very busy but there was plenty on offer. There was a wide variety on offer with the entertainment too from Romeo & Juliet to The Lion King. An overall spectacular atmosphere from the décor, to the selection of drinks and all of the dining experiences. We could not recommend Cunard enough and are currently deciding where we’ll be going next.

Ronald Bergman

star rating

After travelling on the Iconic QE2 many time I didn’t know what to expect with the QM2. I must say she really holds up the traditions of Cunard but very cleverly manages to bring in a lot of modern touches to the ship as well. I treated myself and my wife to a Princess Grill cabin on a New York crossing and can safely say it was the best holiday experience we have ever had. I would guess the Grill restaurant must be one of the best in the world !

Gemma Moon

star rating

I recently did a transatlantic sailing with my partner on the QM2 and was incredibly impressed. We have some reservations about our age as we assumed there would be a lot of older passengers on board, and we are in our 30’s, but there was a real fun element to the entertainment which made it perfect for us!

The food was amazing, and especially the “Todd English” restaurant, but on the last night of the cruise all the staff from the kitchens did a parade in the main restaurant and was such a lovely experience.

They had some great pub quizzes in the “Golden Lion” pub as well, which my partner really enjoyed, and they had so many sales in the shops, so I came back with some fantastic treats for me!

I’m not a good flyer at all, so it was a really lovely, relaxing way to get over the New York and will definitely do it again. This time we might treat ourselves and upgrade to a balcony cabin as well…I think it’s well worth the money after having a quick look at a couple’s cabin we met on board.

Great ship, great staff and excellent value for money!!

Gloria Liddicoat

star rating

I am just writing to say that I had a fabulous time in every way on my Cunard cruise on 4th September. The ship was perfect everywhere you looked.... the decor was so well thought out. The walls, the lighting, the carpets... just so lovely and very tastefully done.

The Britannia Restaurant was wonderful, the food 'to die for' and the service excellent, the waiters couldn't do enough to help. We were very lucky as we had a table for 10 and all got on so well together.

The theatre was so lovely… You could have been in London or Paris and the entertainers were marvellous. The singers and dancers took your breath away and the lighting, props and costumes were unbelievable.

The room service was excellent, our young man, Ricardo, was so kind to us and very unobtrusive and always happy and smiling. We didn't take any of the tours, but went ashore and really enjoyed every stop. The interview with the Captain was very informative and we learnt a lot about the running of ship. I managed to get a lovely suntan on deck and enjoyed the pools. It was so nice to lie in the sun and listen to the Reggae Band who played every day and were so talented. It was ten days of Heaven! Thank you. WONDERFUL!

Gwyneth Jannels

star rating

We have never cruised before and chose the QM2 with Cunard as our friends recommended it to us. Our boarding at Southampton was much more organised than we could have ever imagined. It was smooth and easy and done in no time. I couldn’t imagine how they would get so many people onto a ship so quickly, but they did! The cabin was lovely, no faults. We had a beautiful afternoon tea in the Queens Room which was home to the Grand piano. It was a lovely afternoon which I thoroughly enjoyed. When I was told it held thousands of people, I was scared it would be crowded all the time but far from it. Cunard is very elegant and the staff are an excellent example of perfect service. The formal evening was magnificent and people truly do make a great effort. It was lovely to see. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and I think we’ve spoilt ourselves a little bit as we would definitely choose Cunard for our next cruise!

Neil Denison

star rating

Me and my partner loved cruising on the QM2 with Cunard, this was our first cruise with Cunard, but we loved the formal dining and the sense of space onboard was great! The food was superb in the main dining room and our large table meant we got to meet loads of new people! The traditional feel was lovely and meant we had a much more enjoyable experience and our Atlantic 7 night crossing from Southampton added to this! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone and there is so much to do onboard on those sea days – we had a few extra nights in New York which was beneficial!

Marion Williams

star rating

I always dreamed of sailing from Southampton on one of the great liners from a child . Imagine my surprise when my husband booked a transatlantic sailing to New York for my big birthday . From the moment we sailed from Southampton with the band playing the feeling of nostalgia for days gone by was ever present. There was always something to do or somewhere to spend a quiet moment I felt pampered and relaxed , wined and dined .

As we arrived into New York the Big Apple called and plenty of shopping of course it was then that I appreciated that I should have flown out and sailed home without restriction on my shopping.

Peter Racine

star rating

Excellent ship, although a BIG ship it made everything on board very relaxed and a ‘home from home feel’. Food excellent – staff very friendly – entertainment outstanding – cabins pure luxury. Highly recommend.

Roxy Wickenden

star rating

It was our first transatlantic cruise we choose the famous QM2. What an incredible liner. We thought we would get a little bored spending all them days at sea but that wasn’t the case. We spent most days in the Spa or by the pool reading one of the many books from the library and in the evenings we really enjoyed the fabulous entertainment from ball room dancing to the cabaret shows we also had a little flutter in the casino.

The food was first class my favourite was the Todd English Restaurant. But even the boardwalk café was great. We had a truly memorable holiday I would recommend adding extra nights in New York we stayed at the Four Seasons close to central park.

Henry Patrickson

star rating

We enjoyed an absolutely splendid cruise with Cunard. We cruised on board Queen Mary 2. We enjoyed fantastic views of New York as we left the city. The grandeur of the city was mirrored on board. My wife and I thoroughly loved the dancing each night. We were able to Waltz the night away, something we have not been able to do on the many other cruises we have been on. This was a definite bonus for us and something that will keep us coming back to Cunard time and time again. The genuine service of all staff members on board was both sincere and courteous. We have booked our next Cunard cruise and we are already looking into a world cruise with them for early next year!

Elizabeth Berkely

star rating

Very Elegant, cabins a really good size. Food AMAZING and I would say don’t miss the High tea in the queens room. Just too good. Staff really friendly and couldn’t try hard enough for you. 1st time on Cunard and wouldn’t be my last.

Kim Henderson

star rating

As a retirement present this year, my partner and I decided to treat ourselves and do what we have always wanted to do. Sail across the Atlantic to New York and spend a couple of days in the city before flying back. We did that on Queen Mary 2. What a fantastic ship. So elegant and sophisticated, yet not stuffy or pretentious. Our balcony cabin was just perfect. Light and airy, very clean and spacious. How nice it was to sit on the balcony with a glass of wine right in the middle of the Atlantic. We thoroughly enjoyed the ship, the voyage across and New York City is something else. Loved it!

Kevin Dawber

star rating

Tuesday 9th October 2012, A rainy and cold Autumn day in Southampton…But I bounce out of my bed excited to board a world famous liner, Cunard´s iconic Queen Mary 2!

I had the opportunity to sample all that the largest ever built Ocean liner in the world has to offer, with lunch included inbetween one of her famous Transatlantic sailings and a Euro sampler cruise taking in Rotterdam and Bruges.

Upon arriving at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton, I was impressed by the ship´s exterior which was everything I expected, grand and opulent and even though an enermous vessel, still retained it´s appearance of a ship as opposed to some of the ships in the world now, whilst spectacular in size- reminiscent of an apartment building to put it politely. The black hull demonstrates Cunard´s grand traditions for which they are known the world over and the nautical iconic funnel reinforces that… I am now itching to board.

Upon embarkation of Mary, I am expecting to be taken aback by the "Grand Lobby" they so widely promote, The atrium was attractive but in my opinion not spectacular… I am confident in saying this a very pleasant place to enjoy a pre dinner drink and a very nice place to meet new found friends onboard as a central point in this very large ship, The atrium on QM2 is small for such a large vessel but this is to help increase it´s stability as she was built for Transatlantic cruising but I expected opulent chandeliers for which Cunard are known aswell as the panoramic lifts that even smaller ships offer…Queen Mary does not deliver these at all so the atrium I will say is nice, but by no means spectacular.

Behind the mid-ships lifts is a grand corridor which leads towards the charming Golden Lion pub and the large Britannia Restaurant, this did impress me… I have never been on a ship with such wide, pleasant corridors and the beautiful carvings in the wall enhance this…The deep red carpets were immaculately clean and it is hard to believe the ship is 8 years old…She was truly pristine!

So far, I am impressed, I am not blown away nor am I dissapointed, so we head off in search of my cabin. My cabin was very comfortable indeed and exceeded my expectations with large, very comfortable beds, light bathrooms and Cunard´s signature compimentary arrival Sparkling wine a really lovely touch. The inside was very comfortable. Every time I am on a ship, I fail to comprehend why the demand for accomodation on the higher decks of ships is so high, I personally enjoy being closer to the waves and in a far more stable area of the ship… In my opinion, the more you pay, the more you sway! Here is a tip from me, in my opinion, the ED staterooms (Ocean View) are amongst the most desireable on the ship, situated on Deck 6 (in the centre of the ship) and opulent in their size with large portholes….Better than the balconies and get´s my vote every time!

Moving on to the rest of the ship, this I am afraid is where I am suitably underwhelmed… We headed up to the pool areas inclusive of the aft pool on Deck 7 and the heated indoor pool on Deck 12, I found these unimpressive and on the small side for a ship of this scale that spends so much time at Sea, The pool areas I found clinical and very open, I would feel very uncomfortable relaxing on a lounger in such an impersonal and exposed spot and I think this should be an area of the ship were passengers can relax, regardless of the weather and perhaps drift off into an afternoon siesta which is what holidays are all about, I would be so nervous of breaking into a snore and everybody staring at me…Not my idea of a relaxing afternoon of swimming and tranquility I am afraid.

I sampled the Princess Grill Restaurant and also, the highly acclaimed Queens Grill. I feel Cunard have delivered here in what you would expect from a restaurant of this level, quiet, intimate and pleasant views but I don´t feel they have exceeded… I would have liked deeper colours and perhaps candles on the table to give a more sense of occasion and exclusivity- After all, we are talking a six star level of experience here!

The Library which had an astounding collection but limited seating aswell as low ceilings- I know that this is sometimes unavoidable with ships but having seen the beautiful, airy and wide library on Celebrity Eclipse, a ship that spends so many days outside of ports of call I think should offer a library which one would feel very happy whiling away the hours with the latest bestseller, ocean waves gliding past and a feeling of space… Again, I felt, with the small sitting area, I would disturb by the turn of a page!

The winter Garden, is undoubtebly one of the most redeeming features of the ship, with a grand, yet relaxing atmosphere where I would relax during the day with a light lunch and some soft music… A very pleasant area with full bar and food service.

The Theatre was comfortable but not exceptional with a lack of places to put your drink and also row type seating with no individual or couple seats…Once again, I am a little too close for comfort with my fellow cruisers… I am sensing a theme here! The planeterium which also twins up as a nightly cinema I thought a nice individual feature and the seating here was individual and not "Rack em and Pack em" as I like to call it.

Now down to the important bit- Three Course Lunch in Mary´s large and grand Britannia Restaurant.

In my opinion, this is where the ship really fell down, dining is one the most, if not the most important things about a cruise besides the Desination…Cunard being a 5 star cruise line, I am expecting a spectacular dining experience. I was unbelievably underwhelmed, I started with a chowder/bisque style soup… Now when I cruised with Celebrity, the corn and lobster bisque was amongst one of the most delicious courses I have ever eaten… Britannia Restaurant´s version I found bland and lacked the fresh impact of combined flavours that a bisque should have. I am sure my main will make up for this… Fillet Steak, with caramelised onions, blue cheese mash potatoes and green beans was exceedingly average…I though, once again bland and I could tell that we were eating mass produced food- My steak I had Blue-Rare as I beleive if you are having Fillet then it is best to retain the meat´s texture and flavour, Even cooked so little, the steak was slightly tough and lacked flavour, as did the sauce and vegetables. The caramelised onions were delicious, but I don´t think I have ever had a bad caramelised onion so we will swiftly move on…. In hindsight, I found my meal of fair quality and not bad by any means…However, I expected more from Cunard and can safeley say, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line definitely have the upper hand, I found the food a similar level to sister line P&O cruises and definitely won´t be commmending Cunard on their food, Colleagues have said that this level of cuisine is what they have come to expect with Cunard- Nevertheless, I am dissapointed that such a famous name in the industry with such high regard can´t deliver an exceptional dining experience at every point…Other cruise lines of this quality do this flawlessly so I struggle to see how Cunard with fewer passengers and more crew than it´s competitors fail to do this.

I would end this review by saying that Cunard delivered everything you would expect from cruise, comfortable surroundings, pleasant staff, good food and quality accomodation. In my experience I do not feel they exceed on any level which I think needs to be done when you are trading under a five star brand. With the cruise market being as competetive as it is nowadays I feel Cunard need to realise the competition they have as cruising has come a very long way in the past ten years or so and improve their standards, or maintain their fares of a lead in cabin at £50-60 per day as I feel they offer a cruising experience on a level with P&O- The middle man in the cruise marketplace.

Most cruise ships deliver a WOW factor in at least one area of the ship- be that the ship itself, the cabins, the service, the food or the public areas… QM2 is the only ship I have been on to date which did not deliver this at any point for me. In my opinion, if you are looking for a 5 star WOW cruise experience, Go for Oceania Cruises at the slightly higher end of the market or Celebrity Cruises which deliver in ALL of these areas.

Carl Jones

star rating

Just returned from an amazing cruise on the Queen Mary 2, I can describe this as one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Their was a lot of amazing thinks to do and many friends were made. I found the cabins were spacious and decorated amazingly and the beds were the best I have ever slept in, the food was of the best quality and I could not wait to check out the varied menus which were all different on every occasion. We enjoyed so much we are looking forward to going ahead and booking this again.

Debbie Hooley

star rating

This ship lives up to its name. Oozing grandeur. Be greeted at the Britannia Restaurant where breakfast becomes a real sense of occasion. Start the day with Eggs Benedict… Its a real treat.

Test your brain at the Rose and Crown fun pub quiz, then take your chance to learn the Cha Cha Cha …. in the in the glamorous ballroom, what a great opportunity.

Ready for lunch ?? help yourself to foods from all over the globe or be spoiled for choice, and waited on with White Star service in the restaurant.

Strolling around the promenade deck taking a breath of the freshest of sea air leaves you in need of a siesta. What better place than in your 5 star cabin with all the luxuries you need as you cross the Atlantic to the Big Apple.

Time for refreshment and for me a highlight of the cruise. Afternoon tea brought to you in the best possible manner and served in the finest china. Scrumptious !!

There are so many treats on board this ship including the choice of an Oxford lecture, a rare chance to exercise your Drama skills with RADA or head down to G32 night spot for some disco grooves

Whatever, you wish for ….. the choice is yours !

Nina Wyatt

star rating

I was a bit overwhelmed when I first set eyes upon this beautiful Queen. I could not believe what I was seeing! She was stunning and huge and I couldn’t believe she was going to be my home for the next seven nights. I was sailing a Transatlantic Crossing so would be spending the entire voyage onboard, and was a little worried I wouldn’t have much to do. Turns out I was so wrong; I was spoiled for choice for things to do. I myself felt like a queen the way the friendly and brilliant staff treated me! As a single passenger, I really did think I was going to be very lonely, but the male hosts were there to dance with me and made me feel very special.

I particularly liked the Cunard Insights programme where guest lecturers were onboard providing seminars and discussions. I love learning and taking part in new activities so this was perfect. I also couldn’t believe my eyes when I went to the only Planetarium at sea, the 3D cinema hosting exciting shows!

There just wasn’t enough time to fit it all in! There were art auctions, wine tasting and waltzing classes! I sat with complete strangers at dinner and came away with life long friends. It was all just so grand and luxurious and I felt I was living a life of someone rich and famous. I very much felt the sophisticated lady and especially enjoyed the formal nights where I could get my ball gowns out because it had been far too long!

Roger Marr

star rating

We love the atmosphere and traditional values that the ship holds. Had a great cruise to New York and the service was faultless.

Phillip Edwards

star rating

We have never cruised before so were not sure what to expect but we were impressed from the moment we first stepped on board. The ship is a beautiful, grand ship with pliantly of polite helpful staff ready to greet you as soon as you board. Our first experience of the food was in the Kings Court buffet it was very busy but there was plenty on offer. There was a wide variety on offer with the entertainment too from Romeo & Juliet to The Lion King. An overall spectacular atmosphere from the décor, to the selection of drinks and all of the dining experiences. We could not recommend Cunard enough and are currently deciding where we’ll be going next.

Ronald Bergman

star rating

After travelling on the Iconic QE2 many time I didn’t know what to expect with the QM2. I must say she really holds up the traditions of Cunard but very cleverly manages to bring in a lot of modern touches to the ship as well. I treated myself and my wife to a Princess Grill cabin on a New York crossing and can safely say it was the best holiday experience we have ever had. I would guess the Grill restaurant must be one of the best in the world !

Gemma Moon

star rating

I recently did a transatlantic sailing with my partner on the QM2 and was incredibly impressed. We have some reservations about our age as we assumed there would be a lot of older passengers on board, and we are in our 30’s, but there was a real fun element to the entertainment which made it perfect for us!

The food was amazing, and especially the “Todd English” restaurant, but on the last night of the cruise all the staff from the kitchens did a parade in the main restaurant and was such a lovely experience.

They had some great pub quizzes in the “Golden Lion” pub as well, which my partner really enjoyed, and they had so many sales in the shops, so I came back with some fantastic treats for me!

I’m not a good flyer at all, so it was a really lovely, relaxing way to get over the New York and will definitely do it again. This time we might treat ourselves and upgrade to a balcony cabin as well…I think it’s well worth the money after having a quick look at a couple’s cabin we met on board.

Great ship, great staff and excellent value for money!!

Gloria Liddicoat

star rating

I am just writing to say that I had a fabulous time in every way on my Cunard cruise on 4th September. The ship was perfect everywhere you looked.... the decor was so well thought out. The walls, the lighting, the carpets... just so lovely and very tastefully done.

The Britannia Restaurant was wonderful, the food 'to die for' and the service excellent, the waiters couldn't do enough to help. We were very lucky as we had a table for 10 and all got on so well together.

The theatre was so lovely… You could have been in London or Paris and the entertainers were marvellous. The singers and dancers took your breath away and the lighting, props and costumes were unbelievable.

The room service was excellent, our young man, Ricardo, was so kind to us and very unobtrusive and always happy and smiling. We didn't take any of the tours, but went ashore and really enjoyed every stop. The interview with the Captain was very informative and we learnt a lot about the running of ship. I managed to get a lovely suntan on deck and enjoyed the pools. It was so nice to lie in the sun and listen to the Reggae Band who played every day and were so talented. It was ten days of Heaven! Thank you. WONDERFUL!

Gwyneth Jannels

star rating

We have never cruised before and chose the QM2 with Cunard as our friends recommended it to us. Our boarding at Southampton was much more organised than we could have ever imagined. It was smooth and easy and done in no time. I couldn’t imagine how they would get so many people onto a ship so quickly, but they did! The cabin was lovely, no faults. We had a beautiful afternoon tea in the Queens Room which was home to the Grand piano. It was a lovely afternoon which I thoroughly enjoyed. When I was told it held thousands of people, I was scared it would be crowded all the time but far from it. Cunard is very elegant and the staff are an excellent example of perfect service. The formal evening was magnificent and people truly do make a great effort. It was lovely to see. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and I think we’ve spoilt ourselves a little bit as we would definitely choose Cunard for our next cruise!

Neil Denison

star rating

Me and my partner loved cruising on the QM2 with Cunard, this was our first cruise with Cunard, but we loved the formal dining and the sense of space onboard was great! The food was superb in the main dining room and our large table meant we got to meet loads of new people! The traditional feel was lovely and meant we had a much more enjoyable experience and our Atlantic 7 night crossing from Southampton added to this! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone and there is so much to do onboard on those sea days – we had a few extra nights in New York which was beneficial!

Marion Williams

star rating

I always dreamed of sailing from Southampton on one of the great liners from a child . Imagine my surprise when my husband booked a transatlantic sailing to New York for my big birthday . From the moment we sailed from Southampton with the band playing the feeling of nostalgia for days gone by was ever present. There was always something to do or somewhere to spend a quiet moment I felt pampered and relaxed , wined and dined .

As we arrived into New York the Big Apple called and plenty of shopping of course it was then that I appreciated that I should have flown out and sailed home without restriction on my shopping.

Peter Racine

star rating

Excellent ship, although a BIG ship it made everything on board very relaxed and a ‘home from home feel’. Food excellent – staff very friendly – entertainment outstanding – cabins pure luxury. Highly recommend.

Roxy Wickenden

star rating

It was our first transatlantic cruise we choose the famous QM2. What an incredible liner. We thought we would get a little bored spending all them days at sea but that wasn’t the case. We spent most days in the Spa or by the pool reading one of the many books from the library and in the evenings we really enjoyed the fabulous entertainment from ball room dancing to the cabaret shows we also had a little flutter in the casino.

The food was first class my favourite was the Todd English Restaurant. But even the boardwalk café was great. We had a truly memorable holiday I would recommend adding extra nights in New York we stayed at the Four Seasons close to central park.

Henry Patrickson

star rating

We enjoyed an absolutely splendid cruise with Cunard. We cruised on board Queen Mary 2. We enjoyed fantastic views of New York as we left the city. The grandeur of the city was mirrored on board. My wife and I thoroughly loved the dancing each night. We were able to Waltz the night away, something we have not been able to do on the many other cruises we have been on. This was a definite bonus for us and something that will keep us coming back to Cunard time and time again. The genuine service of all staff members on board was both sincere and courteous. We have booked our next Cunard cruise and we are already looking into a world cruise with them for early next year!

Kevin Dawber

star rating

Tuesday 9th October 2012, A rainy and cold Autumn day in Southampton…But I bounce out of my bed excited to board a world famous liner, Cunard´s iconic Queen Mary 2!

I had the opportunity to sample all that the largest ever built Ocean liner in the world has to offer, with lunch included inbetween one of her famous Transatlantic sailings and a Euro sampler cruise taking in Rotterdam and Bruges.

Upon arriving at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton, I was impressed by the ship´s exterior which was everything I expected, grand and opulent and even though an enermous vessel, still retained it´s appearance of a ship as opposed to some of the ships in the world now, whilst spectacular in size- reminiscent of an apartment building to put it politely. The black hull demonstrates Cunard´s grand traditions for which they are known the world over and the nautical iconic funnel reinforces that… I am now itching to board.

Upon embarkation of Mary, I am expecting to be taken aback by the "Grand Lobby" they so widely promote, The atrium was attractive but in my opinion not spectacular… I am confident in saying this a very pleasant place to enjoy a pre dinner drink and a very nice place to meet new found friends onboard as a central point in this very large ship, The atrium on QM2 is small for such a large vessel but this is to help increase it´s stability as she was built for Transatlantic cruising but I expected opulent chandeliers for which Cunard are known aswell as the panoramic lifts that even smaller ships offer…Queen Mary does not deliver these at all so the atrium I will say is nice, but by no means spectacular.

Behind the mid-ships lifts is a grand corridor which leads towards the charming Golden Lion pub and the large Britannia Restaurant, this did impress me… I have never been on a ship with such wide, pleasant corridors and the beautiful carvings in the wall enhance this…The deep red carpets were immaculately clean and it is hard to believe the ship is 8 years old…She was truly pristine!

So far, I am impressed, I am not blown away nor am I dissapointed, so we head off in search of my cabin. My cabin was very comfortable indeed and exceeded my expectations with large, very comfortable beds, light bathrooms and Cunard´s signature compimentary arrival Sparkling wine a really lovely touch. The inside was very comfortable. Every time I am on a ship, I fail to comprehend why the demand for accomodation on the higher decks of ships is so high, I personally enjoy being closer to the waves and in a far more stable area of the ship… In my opinion, the more you pay, the more you sway! Here is a tip from me, in my opinion, the ED staterooms (Ocean View) are amongst the most desireable on the ship, situated on Deck 6 (in the centre of the ship) and opulent in their size with large portholes….Better than the balconies and get´s my vote every time!

Moving on to the rest of the ship, this I am afraid is where I am suitably underwhelmed… We headed up to the pool areas inclusive of the aft pool on Deck 7 and the heated indoor pool on Deck 12, I found these unimpressive and on the small side for a ship of this scale that spends so much time at Sea, The pool areas I found clinical and very open, I would feel very uncomfortable relaxing on a lounger in such an impersonal and exposed spot and I think this should be an area of the ship were passengers can relax, regardless of the weather and perhaps drift off into an afternoon siesta which is what holidays are all about, I would be so nervous of breaking into a snore and everybody staring at me…Not my idea of a relaxing afternoon of swimming and tranquility I am afraid.

I sampled the Princess Grill Restaurant and also, the highly acclaimed Queens Grill. I feel Cunard have delivered here in what you would expect from a restaurant of this level, quiet, intimate and pleasant views but I don´t feel they have exceeded… I would have liked deeper colours and perhaps candles on the table to give a more sense of occasion and exclusivity- After all, we are talking a six star level of experience here!

The Library which had an astounding collection but limited seating aswell as low ceilings- I know that this is sometimes unavoidable with ships but having seen the beautiful, airy and wide library on Celebrity Eclipse, a ship that spends so many days outside of ports of call I think should offer a library which one would feel very happy whiling away the hours with the latest bestseller, ocean waves gliding past and a feeling of space… Again, I felt, with the small sitting area, I would disturb by the turn of a page!

The winter Garden, is undoubtebly one of the most redeeming features of the ship, with a grand, yet relaxing atmosphere where I would relax during the day with a light lunch and some soft music… A very pleasant area with full bar and food service.

The Theatre was comfortable but not exceptional with a lack of places to put your drink and also row type seating with no individual or couple seats…Once again, I am a little too close for comfort with my fellow cruisers… I am sensing a theme here! The planeterium which also twins up as a nightly cinema I thought a nice individual feature and the seating here was individual and not "Rack em and Pack em" as I like to call it.

Now down to the important bit- Three Course Lunch in Mary´s large and grand Britannia Restaurant.

In my opinion, this is where the ship really fell down, dining is one the most, if not the most important things about a cruise besides the Desination…Cunard being a 5 star cruise line, I am expecting a spectacular dining experience. I was unbelievably underwhelmed, I started with a chowder/bisque style soup… Now when I cruised with Celebrity, the corn and lobster bisque was amongst one of the most delicious courses I have ever eaten… Britannia Restaurant´s version I found bland and lacked the fresh impact of combined flavours that a bisque should have. I am sure my main will make up for this… Fillet Steak, with caramelised onions, blue cheese mash potatoes and green beans was exceedingly average…I though, once again bland and I could tell that we were eating mass produced food- My steak I had Blue-Rare as I beleive if you are having Fillet then it is best to retain the meat´s texture and flavour, Even cooked so little, the steak was slightly tough and lacked flavour, as did the sauce and vegetables. The caramelised onions were delicious, but I don´t think I have ever had a bad caramelised onion so we will swiftly move on…. In hindsight, I found my meal of fair quality and not bad by any means…However, I expected more from Cunard and can safeley say, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line definitely have the upper hand, I found the food a similar level to sister line P&O cruises and definitely won´t be commmending Cunard on their food, Colleagues have said that this level of cuisine is what they have come to expect with Cunard- Nevertheless, I am dissapointed that such a famous name in the industry with such high regard can´t deliver an exceptional dining experience at every point…Other cruise lines of this quality do this flawlessly so I struggle to see how Cunard with fewer passengers and more crew than it´s competitors fail to do this.

I would end this review by saying that Cunard delivered everything you would expect from cruise, comfortable surroundings, pleasant staff, good food and quality accomodation. In my experience I do not feel they exceed on any level which I think needs to be done when you are trading under a five star brand. With the cruise market being as competetive as it is nowadays I feel Cunard need to realise the competition they have as cruising has come a very long way in the past ten years or so and improve their standards, or maintain their fares of a lead in cabin at £50-60 per day as I feel they offer a cruising experience on a level with P&O- The middle man in the cruise marketplace.

Most cruise ships deliver a WOW factor in at least one area of the ship- be that the ship itself, the cabins, the service, the food or the public areas… QM2 is the only ship I have been on to date which did not deliver this at any point for me. In my opinion, if you are looking for a 5 star WOW cruise experience, Go for Oceania Cruises at the slightly higher end of the market or Celebrity Cruises which deliver in ALL of these areas.

Carl Jones

star rating

Just returned from an amazing cruise on the Queen Mary 2, I can describe this as one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Their was a lot of amazing thinks to do and many friends were made. I found the cabins were spacious and decorated amazingly and the beds were the best I have ever slept in, the food was of the best quality and I could not wait to check out the varied menus which were all different on every occasion. We enjoyed so much we are looking forward to going ahead and booking this again.

Debbie Hooley

star rating

This ship lives up to its name. Oozing grandeur. Be greeted at the Britannia Restaurant where breakfast becomes a real sense of occasion. Start the day with Eggs Benedict… Its a real treat.

Test your brain at the Rose and Crown fun pub quiz, then take your chance to learn the Cha Cha Cha …. in the in the glamorous ballroom, what a great opportunity.

Ready for lunch ?? help yourself to foods from all over the globe or be spoiled for choice, and waited on with White Star service in the restaurant.

Strolling around the promenade deck taking a breath of the freshest of sea air leaves you in need of a siesta. What better place than in your 5 star cabin with all the luxuries you need as you cross the Atlantic to the Big Apple.

Time for refreshment and for me a highlight of the cruise. Afternoon tea brought to you in the best possible manner and served in the finest china. Scrumptious !!

There are so many treats on board this ship including the choice of an Oxford lecture, a rare chance to exercise your Drama skills with RADA or head down to G32 night spot for some disco grooves

Whatever, you wish for ….. the choice is yours !

Nina Wyatt

star rating

I was a bit overwhelmed when I first set eyes upon this beautiful Queen. I could not believe what I was seeing! She was stunning and huge and I couldn’t believe she was going to be my home for the next seven nights. I was sailing a Transatlantic Crossing so would be spending the entire voyage onboard, and was a little worried I wouldn’t have much to do. Turns out I was so wrong; I was spoiled for choice for things to do. I myself felt like a queen the way the friendly and brilliant staff treated me! As a single passenger, I really did think I was going to be very lonely, but the male hosts were there to dance with me and made me feel very special.

I particularly liked the Cunard Insights programme where guest lecturers were onboard providing seminars and discussions. I love learning and taking part in new activities so this was perfect. I also couldn’t believe my eyes when I went to the only Planetarium at sea, the 3D cinema hosting exciting shows!

There just wasn’t enough time to fit it all in! There were art auctions, wine tasting and waltzing classes! I sat with complete strangers at dinner and came away with life long friends. It was all just so grand and luxurious and I felt I was living a life of someone rich and famous. I very much felt the sophisticated lady and especially enjoyed the formal nights where I could get my ball gowns out because it had been far too long!

Roger Marr

star rating

We love the atmosphere and traditional values that the ship holds. Had a great cruise to New York and the service was faultless.

Phillip Edwards

star rating

We have never cruised before so were not sure what to expect but we were impressed from the moment we first stepped on board. The ship is a beautiful, grand ship with pliantly of polite helpful staff ready to greet you as soon as you board. Our first experience of the food was in the Kings Court buffet it was very busy but there was plenty on offer. There was a wide variety on offer with the entertainment too from Romeo & Juliet to The Lion King. An overall spectacular atmosphere from the décor, to the selection of drinks and all of the dining experiences. We could not recommend Cunard enough and are currently deciding where we’ll be going next.

Ronald Bergman

star rating

After travelling on the Iconic QE2 many time I didn’t know what to expect with the QM2. I must say she really holds up the traditions of Cunard but very cleverly manages to bring in a lot of modern touches to the ship as well. I treated myself and my wife to a Princess Grill cabin on a New York crossing and can safely say it was the best holiday experience we have ever had. I would guess the Grill restaurant must be one of the best in the world !

Gemma Moon

star rating

I recently did a transatlantic sailing with my partner on the QM2 and was incredibly impressed. We have some reservations about our age as we assumed there would be a lot of older passengers on board, and we are in our 30’s, but there was a real fun element to the entertainment which made it perfect for us!

The food was amazing, and especially the “Todd English” restaurant, but on the last night of the cruise all the staff from the kitchens did a parade in the main restaurant and was such a lovely experience.

They had some great pub quizzes in the “Golden Lion” pub as well, which my partner really enjoyed, and they had so many sales in the shops, so I came back with some fantastic treats for me!

I’m not a good flyer at all, so it was a really lovely, relaxing way to get over the New York and will definitely do it again. This time we might treat ourselves and upgrade to a balcony cabin as well…I think it’s well worth the money after having a quick look at a couple’s cabin we met on board.

Great ship, great staff and excellent value for money!!

Gloria Liddicoat

star rating

I am just writing to say that I had a fabulous time in every way on my Cunard cruise on 4th September. The ship was perfect everywhere you looked.... the decor was so well thought out. The walls, the lighting, the carpets... just so lovely and very tastefully done.

The Britannia Restaurant was wonderful, the food 'to die for' and the service excellent, the waiters couldn't do enough to help. We were very lucky as we had a table for 10 and all got on so well together.

The theatre was so lovely… You could have been in London or Paris and the entertainers were marvellous. The singers and dancers took your breath away and the lighting, props and costumes were unbelievable.

The room service was excellent, our young man, Ricardo, was so kind to us and very unobtrusive and always happy and smiling. We didn't take any of the tours, but went ashore and really enjoyed every stop. The interview with the Captain was very informative and we learnt a lot about the running of ship. I managed to get a lovely suntan on deck and enjoyed the pools. It was so nice to lie in the sun and listen to the Reggae Band who played every day and were so talented. It was ten days of Heaven! Thank you. WONDERFUL!

Gwyneth Jannels

star rating

We have never cruised before and chose the QM2 with Cunard as our friends recommended it to us. Our boarding at Southampton was much more organised than we could have ever imagined. It was smooth and easy and done in no time. I couldn’t imagine how they would get so many people onto a ship so quickly, but they did! The cabin was lovely, no faults. We had a beautiful afternoon tea in the Queens Room which was home to the Grand piano. It was a lovely afternoon which I thoroughly enjoyed. When I was told it held thousands of people, I was scared it would be crowded all the time but far from it. Cunard is very elegant and the staff are an excellent example of perfect service. The formal evening was magnificent and people truly do make a great effort. It was lovely to see. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and I think we’ve spoilt ourselves a little bit as we would definitely choose Cunard for our next cruise!

Neil Denison

star rating

Me and my partner loved cruising on the QM2 with Cunard, this was our first cruise with Cunard, but we loved the formal dining and the sense of space onboard was great! The food was superb in the main dining room and our large table meant we got to meet loads of new people! The traditional feel was lovely and meant we had a much more enjoyable experience and our Atlantic 7 night crossing from Southampton added to this! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone and there is so much to do onboard on those sea days – we had a few extra nights in New York which was beneficial!

Marion Williams

star rating

I always dreamed of sailing from Southampton on one of the great liners from a child . Imagine my surprise when my husband booked a transatlantic sailing to New York for my big birthday . From the moment we sailed from Southampton with the band playing the feeling of nostalgia for days gone by was ever present. There was always something to do or somewhere to spend a quiet moment I felt pampered and relaxed , wined and dined .

As we arrived into New York the Big Apple called and plenty of shopping of course it was then that I appreciated that I should have flown out and sailed home without restriction on my shopping.

Peter Racine

star rating

Excellent ship, although a BIG ship it made everything on board very relaxed and a ‘home from home feel’. Food excellent – staff very friendly – entertainment outstanding – cabins pure luxury. Highly recommend.

Roxy Wickenden

star rating

It was our first transatlantic cruise we choose the famous QM2. What an incredible liner. We thought we would get a little bored spending all them days at sea but that wasn’t the case. We spent most days in the Spa or by the pool reading one of the many books from the library and in the evenings we really enjoyed the fabulous entertainment from ball room dancing to the cabaret shows we also had a little flutter in the casino.

The food was first class my favourite was the Todd English Restaurant. But even the boardwalk café was great. We had a truly memorable holiday I would recommend adding extra nights in New York we stayed at the Four Seasons close to central park.

Henry Patrickson

star rating

We enjoyed an absolutely splendid cruise with Cunard. We cruised on board Queen Mary 2. We enjoyed fantastic views of New York as we left the city. The grandeur of the city was mirrored on board. My wife and I thoroughly loved the dancing each night. We were able to Waltz the night away, something we have not been able to do on the many other cruises we have been on. This was a definite bonus for us and something that will keep us coming back to Cunard time and time again. The genuine service of all staff members on board was both sincere and courteous. We have booked our next Cunard cruise and we are already looking into a world cruise with them for early next year!

Kevin Dawber

star rating

Tuesday 9th October 2012, A rainy and cold Autumn day in Southampton…But I bounce out of my bed excited to board a world famous liner, Cunard´s iconic Queen Mary 2!

I had the opportunity to sample all that the largest ever built Ocean liner in the world has to offer, with lunch included inbetween one of her famous Transatlantic sailings and a Euro sampler cruise taking in Rotterdam and Bruges.

Upon arriving at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton, I was impressed by the ship´s exterior which was everything I expected, grand and opulent and even though an enermous vessel, still retained it´s appearance of a ship as opposed to some of the ships in the world now, whilst spectacular in size- reminiscent of an apartment building to put it politely. The black hull demonstrates Cunard´s grand traditions for which they are known the world over and the nautical iconic funnel reinforces that… I am now itching to board.

Upon embarkation of Mary, I am expecting to be taken aback by the "Grand Lobby" they so widely promote, The atrium was attractive but in my opinion not spectacular… I am confident in saying this a very pleasant place to enjoy a pre dinner drink and a very nice place to meet new found friends onboard as a central point in this very large ship, The atrium on QM2 is small for such a large vessel but this is to help increase it´s stability as she was built for Transatlantic cruising but I expected opulent chandeliers for which Cunard are known aswell as the panoramic lifts that even smaller ships offer…Queen Mary does not deliver these at all so the atrium I will say is nice, but by no means spectacular.

Behind the mid-ships lifts is a grand corridor which leads towards the charming Golden Lion pub and the large Britannia Restaurant, this did impress me… I have never been on a ship with such wide, pleasant corridors and the beautiful carvings in the wall enhance this…The deep red carpets were immaculately clean and it is hard to believe the ship is 8 years old…She was truly pristine!

So far, I am impressed, I am not blown away nor am I dissapointed, so we head off in search of my cabin. My cabin was very comfortable indeed and exceeded my expectations with large, very comfortable beds, light bathrooms and Cunard´s signature compimentary arrival Sparkling wine a really lovely touch. The inside was very comfortable. Every time I am on a ship, I fail to comprehend why the demand for accomodation on the higher decks of ships is so high, I personally enjoy being closer to the waves and in a far more stable area of the ship… In my opinion, the more you pay, the more you sway! Here is a tip from me, in my opinion, the ED staterooms (Ocean View) are amongst the most desireable on the ship, situated on Deck 6 (in the centre of the ship) and opulent in their size with large portholes….Better than the balconies and get´s my vote every time!

Moving on to the rest of the ship, this I am afraid is where I am suitably underwhelmed… We headed up to the pool areas inclusive of the aft pool on Deck 7 and the heated indoor pool on Deck 12, I found these unimpressive and on the small side for a ship of this scale that spends so much time at Sea, The pool areas I found clinical and very open, I would feel very uncomfortable relaxing on a lounger in such an impersonal and exposed spot and I think this should be an area of the ship were passengers can relax, regardless of the weather and perhaps drift off into an afternoon siesta which is what holidays are all about, I would be so nervous of breaking into a snore and everybody staring at me…Not my idea of a relaxing afternoon of swimming and tranquility I am afraid.

I sampled the Princess Grill Restaurant and also, the highly acclaimed Queens Grill. I feel Cunard have delivered here in what you would expect from a restaurant of this level, quiet, intimate and pleasant views but I don´t feel they have exceeded… I would have liked deeper colours and perhaps candles on the table to give a more sense of occasion and exclusivity- After all, we are talking a six star level of experience here!

The Library which had an astounding collection but limited seating aswell as low ceilings- I know that this is sometimes unavoidable with ships but having seen the beautiful, airy and wide library on Celebrity Eclipse, a ship that spends so many days outside of ports of call I think should offer a library which one would feel very happy whiling away the hours with the latest bestseller, ocean waves gliding past and a feeling of space… Again, I felt, with the small sitting area, I would disturb by the turn of a page!

The winter Garden, is undoubtebly one of the most redeeming features of the ship, with a grand, yet relaxing atmosphere where I would relax during the day with a light lunch and some soft music… A very pleasant area with full bar and food service.

The Theatre was comfortable but not exceptional with a lack of places to put your drink and also row type seating with no individual or couple seats…Once again, I am a little too close for comfort with my fellow cruisers… I am sensing a theme here! The planeterium which also twins up as a nightly cinema I thought a nice individual feature and the seating here was individual and not "Rack em and Pack em" as I like to call it.

Now down to the important bit- Three Course Lunch in Mary´s large and grand Britannia Restaurant.

In my opinion, this is where the ship really fell down, dining is one the most, if not the most important things about a cruise besides the Desination…Cunard being a 5 star cruise line, I am expecting a spectacular dining experience. I was unbelievably underwhelmed, I started with a chowder/bisque style soup… Now when I cruised with Celebrity, the corn and lobster bisque was amongst one of the most delicious courses I have ever eaten… Britannia Restaurant´s version I found bland and lacked the fresh impact of combined flavours that a bisque should have. I am sure my main will make up for this… Fillet Steak, with caramelised onions, blue cheese mash potatoes and green beans was exceedingly average…I though, once again bland and I could tell that we were eating mass produced food- My steak I had Blue-Rare as I beleive if you are having Fillet then it is best to retain the meat´s texture and flavour, Even cooked so little, the steak was slightly tough and lacked flavour, as did the sauce and vegetables. The caramelised onions were delicious, but I don´t think I have ever had a bad caramelised onion so we will swiftly move on…. In hindsight, I found my meal of fair quality and not bad by any means…However, I expected more from Cunard and can safeley say, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line definitely have the upper hand, I found the food a similar level to sister line P&O cruises and definitely won´t be commmending Cunard on their food, Colleagues have said that this level of cuisine is what they have come to expect with Cunard- Nevertheless, I am dissapointed that such a famous name in the industry with such high regard can´t deliver an exceptional dining experience at every point…Other cruise lines of this quality do this flawlessly so I struggle to see how Cunard with fewer passengers and more crew than it´s competitors fail to do this.

I would end this review by saying that Cunard delivered everything you would expect from cruise, comfortable surroundings, pleasant staff, good food and quality accomodation. In my experience I do not feel they exceed on any level which I think needs to be done when you are trading under a five star brand. With the cruise market being as competetive as it is nowadays I feel Cunard need to realise the competition they have as cruising has come a very long way in the past ten years or so and improve their standards, or maintain their fares of a lead in cabin at £50-60 per day as I feel they offer a cruising experience on a level with P&O- The middle man in the cruise marketplace.

Most cruise ships deliver a WOW factor in at least one area of the ship- be that the ship itself, the cabins, the service, the food or the public areas… QM2 is the only ship I have been on to date which did not deliver this at any point for me. In my opinion, if you are looking for a 5 star WOW cruise experience, Go for Oceania Cruises at the slightly higher end of the market or Celebrity Cruises which deliver in ALL of these areas.

Carl Jones

star rating

Just returned from an amazing cruise on the Queen Mary 2, I can describe this as one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Their was a lot of amazing thinks to do and many friends were made. I found the cabins were spacious and decorated amazingly and the beds were the best I have ever slept in, the food was of the best quality and I could not wait to check out the varied menus which were all different on every occasion. We enjoyed so much we are looking forward to going ahead and booking this again.

Debbie Hooley

star rating

This ship lives up to its name. Oozing grandeur. Be greeted at the Britannia Restaurant where breakfast becomes a real sense of occasion. Start the day with Eggs Benedict… Its a real treat.

Test your brain at the Rose and Crown fun pub quiz, then take your chance to learn the Cha Cha Cha …. in the in the glamorous ballroom, what a great opportunity.

Ready for lunch ?? help yourself to foods from all over the globe or be spoiled for choice, and waited on with White Star service in the restaurant.

Strolling around the promenade deck taking a breath of the freshest of sea air leaves you in need of a siesta. What better place than in your 5 star cabin with all the luxuries you need as you cross the Atlantic to the Big Apple.

Time for refreshment and for me a highlight of the cruise. Afternoon tea brought to you in the best possible manner and served in the finest china. Scrumptious !!

There are so many treats on board this ship including the choice of an Oxford lecture, a rare chance to exercise your Drama skills with RADA or head down to G32 night spot for some disco grooves

Whatever, you wish for ….. the choice is yours !

Nina Wyatt

star rating

I was a bit overwhelmed when I first set eyes upon this beautiful Queen. I could not believe what I was seeing! She was stunning and huge and I couldn’t believe she was going to be my home for the next seven nights. I was sailing a Transatlantic Crossing so would be spending the entire voyage onboard, and was a little worried I wouldn’t have much to do. Turns out I was so wrong; I was spoiled for choice for things to do. I myself felt like a queen the way the friendly and brilliant staff treated me! As a single passenger, I really did think I was going to be very lonely, but the male hosts were there to dance with me and made me feel very special.

I particularly liked the Cunard Insights programme where guest lecturers were onboard providing seminars and discussions. I love learning and taking part in new activities so this was perfect. I also couldn’t believe my eyes when I went to the only Planetarium at sea, the 3D cinema hosting exciting shows!

There just wasn’t enough time to fit it all in! There were art auctions, wine tasting and waltzing classes! I sat with complete strangers at dinner and came away with life long friends. It was all just so grand and luxurious and I felt I was living a life of someone rich and famous. I very much felt the sophisticated lady and especially enjoyed the formal nights where I could get my ball gowns out because it had been far too long!

Roger Marr

star rating

We love the atmosphere and traditional values that the ship holds. Had a great cruise to New York and the service was faultless.

Phillip Edwards

star rating

We have never cruised before so were not sure what to expect but we were impressed from the moment we first stepped on board. The ship is a beautiful, grand ship with pliantly of polite helpful staff ready to greet you as soon as you board. Our first experience of the food was in the Kings Court buffet it was very busy but there was plenty on offer. There was a wide variety on offer with the entertainment too from Romeo & Juliet to The Lion King. An overall spectacular atmosphere from the décor, to the selection of drinks and all of the dining experiences. We could not recommend Cunard enough and are currently deciding where we’ll be going next.

Ronald Bergman

star rating

After travelling on the Iconic QE2 many time I didn’t know what to expect with the QM2. I must say she really holds up the traditions of Cunard but very cleverly manages to bring in a lot of modern touches to the ship as well. I treated myself and my wife to a Princess Grill cabin on a New York crossing and can safely say it was the best holiday experience we have ever had. I would guess the Grill restaurant must be one of the best in the world !

Gemma Moon

star rating

I recently did a transatlantic sailing with my partner on the QM2 and was incredibly impressed. We have some reservations about our age as we assumed there would be a lot of older passengers on board, and we are in our 30’s, but there was a real fun element to the entertainment which made it perfect for us!

The food was amazing, and especially the “Todd English” restaurant, but on the last night of the cruise all the staff from the kitchens did a parade in the main restaurant and was such a lovely experience.

They had some great pub quizzes in the “Golden Lion” pub as well, which my partner really enjoyed, and they had so many sales in the shops, so I came back with some fantastic treats for me!

I’m not a good flyer at all, so it was a really lovely, relaxing way to get over the New York and will definitely do it again. This time we might treat ourselves and upgrade to a balcony cabin as well…I think it’s well worth the money after having a quick look at a couple’s cabin we met on board.

Great ship, great staff and excellent value for money!!

Gloria Liddicoat

star rating

I am just writing to say that I had a fabulous time in every way on my Cunard cruise on 4th September. The ship was perfect everywhere you looked.... the decor was so well thought out. The walls, the lighting, the carpets... just so lovely and very tastefully done.

The Britannia Restaurant was wonderful, the food 'to die for' and the service excellent, the waiters couldn't do enough to help. We were very lucky as we had a table for 10 and all got on so well together.

The theatre was so lovely… You could have been in London or Paris and the entertainers were marvellous. The singers and dancers took your breath away and the lighting, props and costumes were unbelievable.

The room service was excellent, our young man, Ricardo, was so kind to us and very unobtrusive and always happy and smiling. We didn't take any of the tours, but went ashore and really enjoyed every stop. The interview with the Captain was very informative and we learnt a lot about the running of ship. I managed to get a lovely suntan on deck and enjoyed the pools. It was so nice to lie in the sun and listen to the Reggae Band who played every day and were so talented. It was ten days of Heaven! Thank you. WONDERFUL!

Gwyneth Jannels

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We have never cruised before and chose the QM2 with Cunard as our friends recommended it to us. Our boarding at Southampton was much more organised than we could have ever imagined. It was smooth and easy and done in no time. I couldn’t imagine how they would get so many people onto a ship so quickly, but they did! The cabin was lovely, no faults. We had a beautiful afternoon tea in the Queens Room which was home to the Grand piano. It was a lovely afternoon which I thoroughly enjoyed. When I was told it held thousands of people, I was scared it would be crowded all the time but far from it. Cunard is very elegant and the staff are an excellent example of perfect service. The formal evening was magnificent and people truly do make a great effort. It was lovely to see. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and I think we’ve spoilt ourselves a little bit as we would definitely choose Cunard for our next cruise!

Neil Denison

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Me and my partner loved cruising on the QM2 with Cunard, this was our first cruise with Cunard, but we loved the formal dining and the sense of space onboard was great! The food was superb in the main dining room and our large table meant we got to meet loads of new people! The traditional feel was lovely and meant we had a much more enjoyable experience and our Atlantic 7 night crossing from Southampton added to this! I’d definitely recommend it to anyone and there is so much to do onboard on those sea days – we had a few extra nights in New York which was beneficial!

Marion Williams

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I always dreamed of sailing from Southampton on one of the great liners from a child . Imagine my surprise when my husband booked a transatlantic sailing to New York for my big birthday . From the moment we sailed from Southampton with the band playing the feeling of nostalgia for days gone by was ever present. There was always something to do or somewhere to spend a quiet moment I felt pampered and relaxed , wined and dined .

As we arrived into New York the Big Apple called and plenty of shopping of course it was then that I appreciated that I should have flown out and sailed home without restriction on my shopping.

Peter Racine

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Excellent ship, although a BIG ship it made everything on board very relaxed and a ‘home from home feel’. Food excellent – staff very friendly – entertainment outstanding – cabins pure luxury. Highly recommend.

Roxy Wickenden

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It was our first transatlantic cruise we choose the famous QM2. What an incredible liner. We thought we would get a little bored spending all them days at sea but that wasn’t the case. We spent most days in the Spa or by the pool reading one of the many books from the library and in the evenings we really enjoyed the fabulous entertainment from ball room dancing to the cabaret shows we also had a little flutter in the casino.

The food was first class my favourite was the Todd English Restaurant. But even the boardwalk café was great. We had a truly memorable holiday I would recommend adding extra nights in New York we stayed at the Four Seasons close to central park.

Henry Patrickson

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We enjoyed an absolutely splendid cruise with Cunard. We cruised on board Queen Mary 2. We enjoyed fantastic views of New York as we left the city. The grandeur of the city was mirrored on board. My wife and I thoroughly loved the dancing each night. We were able to Waltz the night away, something we have not been able to do on the many other cruises we have been on. This was a definite bonus for us and something that will keep us coming back to Cunard time and time again. The genuine service of all staff members on board was both sincere and courteous. We have booked our next Cunard cruise and we are already looking into a world cruise with them for early next year!

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