So we’ve now seen one of the iconic cruise ships on our bucket list, Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 – if only we were sailing Transatlantic on her we could put a really big tick on the list! But we did get to spend an illuminating few hours on board this luxurious and the only true ocean liner. Just last year Queen Mary 2 had a 90 million pound re-master which Cunard are very proud of.
Cunard have partnerships with Laurent Perrier, Godiva, Illy Coffee & Twining’s Tea, and Canyon Ranch – and luxury abounds.
There are plenty of opportunities for Afternoon Tea, whether in the Champagne Bar ($35 pp) or the Godiva influenced Sir Samuel’s coffee lounge ($15.50 pp) or white-gloved service in the Queen’s Ballroom.
There is also a number of ‘firsts at sea’ on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2–
• Illuminations – the only planetarium at sea, where you a have expert astronomy shows under the domed roof in reclining seats or sit down to watch a 3D movie – you need a ticket for the Planetarium but these are free.
• Then there are 26 well equipped kennels for the pooch in your life which can be booked for Transatlantic crossings, if you get the booking in early. There’s even a lamp post and fire hydrant on their outside area to make the dogs all feel at home! You can visit your dog at any time and spend time with them in the kennels lounge area.
• The biggest ballroom at sea, where you can learn to Tango or Jive with professionals and if you need a partner they have Dance Hosts available.
As for places to catch up with friends, have a drink before dinner etc. there are plenty to choose from while sailing QM2. Beginning with the traditional Golden Lion Pub where you can savour some traditional British pub favourites, or moving up a notch to the Champagne Bar. There’s also the serene Commodore Club where you can gaze into the horizon over the bow of the ship and have a speciality Martini, or you could head to the maritime-themed Chart Room for that pre- or post-dinner drink.
Every desire for dining is catered for. If you have booked a Cunard Fare you are given first or second sitting in the Britannia dining room. For those in Queens Grill staterooms, you are able to eat in the exclusive Queens Grill restaurant. Also there is the Britannia Club restaurant for guests in Britannia Club staterooms.
If you choose to go more informal then there is always the Kings Court which during the day is a wonderful place to get a relaxed meal from the buffet-style restaurant and transforms at night to a speciality restaurant. Then there is The Verandah for exquisite luxury in elegant surroundings eating sumptuous French cuisine.
Now you may wonder what on earth you would do all day on a transatlantic sailing but actually there is so much activity you might not find the time to fit it all in! and that’s even with the 25hr days on the Westbound Transatlantic sailings due to the clock-changes every day…
So what is your choice while sailing Transatlantic with Cunard on QM2?:
• Firstly of course you can do as little as you want, maybe curl up with a book from the 8,000 book library in the corner of the Carinthia Lounge or just soak up the sun on deck by the pools.
• Visit the Spa by Canyon Ranch and treat yourself to a facial, massage or visit the gym. A Thermal Suite day pass is $40.
• Try your hand at some golf in the chipping nets, or tennis, quoits etc.
• Listen to a renowned-specialist lecture be it about space, or the military or many many more subjects.
• Experience a wine tasting course in the Tasting room.
• Watch a movie or listen to a quartet.
• Learn how to Fence, play bridge or take on a new craft hobby.
• Browse the Art Gallery
• Take in a show in the Royal Court Theatre.
• Or just people watch in the Grand Lobby.
You’d certainly need to check out the daily newspaper for all the activities each day!
Just a few more things to mention. There is a nightclub on 2 decks called G32, a Casino, 2 themed balls per 7 night cruise, Karaoke, and Concierge Lounge for Grill guests. Plus many more highlights.
One other thing to note is that although they’re not the most natural choice for children, Cunard do offer some children’s facilities so you can take your children and pooch Transatlantic!
And we haven’t even got to the accommodation yet!
We were able to see a wonderful Q1 Duplex suite on 2 decks and the beautiful Royal suite, a Q2 stateroom where you can have Queen’s Grill served in-suite and a Princess Grill Suite P2 stateroom, all with the classic Art Deco style that is so Iconic to Cunard. All staterooms receive some sparkling wine on arrival and various extra amenities depending on grade.
Our lunch was first-rate, and service was excellent. We ate in the Britannia Restaurant and were pleasantly surprised at how spacious it was.
Personally, I can’t wait to sail across to New York on QM2 and certainly don’t think I will run out of things to do each day. Remember that on the way to New York they add an extra hour every couple of days so you arrive on New York time and don’t suffer Jet lag.
If you choose to sail Eastbound you lose an hour each day so again gradually make the time change, plus you also have no luggage limits so you can shop to your hearts content in New York!
The Queen Mary 2 is an iconic ship in tune with Cunard’s history which is shown in lots of historical features on board. A chance to savour a little of the grandeur of sailing the ocean waves from yesteryear but updated and full of modern day comforts.