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Title: What's she like? (QM2)
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Dec 14, 2009, 09:04 PM
With QM2 the only true Liner sailing now. We are thinking of going on a cruise aboard her. Even though she isn't QE2 it will still be an experiance.

Whats she like? Is she better than the usual ships we see on the sea?
Title: Re: Thinking of going on a cruise.
Post by: mickey g on Dec 14, 2009, 10:25 PM
Whilst not our lady, QM2 is still a proper liner, I'm hopefully on her January eastbound crossing (subject to British Airways) and am looking forward to it.
Title: Re: Thinking of going on a cruise.
Post by: andyh on Dec 18, 2009, 05:01 PM
Having been on her several times, yes she is a "True Liner" the only one left, and it is a great experience
Title: Whats she like?
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Dec 24, 2009, 03:28 PM
Has anyone else been on QM2? What is she like?
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: jdl on Dec 26, 2009, 08:07 PM
I've been on a 5 day mini cruise to Hammburg on her and my thoughts are as follows:

I approached the cruise with some trepidation as I had a fond love of the QE2 and wasn't sure how I would like the younger sister.  Being honest the first day I was a little downbeat about the whole ship and cruise, she was too large, not intimate enough and certain elements of her layout didn't really work.

However on the second day I decided to take a more sensible approach to my holiday, she wasn't designed to and never will replace QE2 - yes QM2 has her faults but so then did the QE2 even after four decades of tweaking and changing.

In my opinion the bad points are the Kings court, the dumbing down of the resteraunt food quality and service (Pre-plated meals etc) and the sheer size of what the crew are having to deal with - again the theme is the intamate nature of some of the QE2's rooms and resteraunts is lost on QM2.

However if you want to travel in Cunard style on a liner then she is the only option, all I would say is if you are a QE" fan brace yourself, I didn't and then regretted the fact that I had 'mumped my gums' for the first day of my holiday!

Hope this helps

jdl
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Dec 26, 2009, 10:24 PM
Pre plated meals?!

I trust they do at least still retain formal black tie nights during each voyage?

And do the restaurants still have an extensive menu that includes steaks?
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: andyh on Dec 28, 2009, 02:35 PM
I have been on her several times, and she is fantastic. No she is not another QE2, she is a larger and modern replacement, all the Cunard traditions continue, and as for the plated meals, they are no different to how they were served when we were on the QE2 last, including their quality.
I dont think her size is an issue as being about the same phisical size as a lot of modern cruise ships, the QM2 carries fewer passengers so the is never a feeling of being crouded
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: andy liney on Dec 28, 2009, 03:23 PM
there is never a feeling of being crowded

Except in the Golden Lion when the quiz is on! ;-)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Chris Frame on Dec 29, 2009, 12:30 PM
I have sailed on QM2 three times and the best way to describe her (in relation to QE2) is different. Go aboard with an open mind and don't compare, and you'll likely have a great time.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: andyh on Dec 30, 2009, 08:00 PM
Except in the Golden Lion when the quiz is on! ;-)

 ;D ;D ;D ;D  Thats true but the Karaoke soon cleared the tables  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: mickey g on Dec 30, 2009, 08:59 PM
I sailed on QM2 for the final eastbound tandem crossing with QE2. What a fantastic view we had. I was biased and anti QM2, an error, QM2 is most definitely a liner of the highest order and I am really looking forward to sailing on next weeks eastbound crossing at the start of her world cruise. I shall see the ghost of our lady in tandem with us  :'(
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: mickey g on Jan 12, 2010, 01:40 PM
Having just returned from my second eastbound crossing on QM2 and not being influenced with QE2 in tandem I can honestly say that I consider her a very worthy successor to our lady. QM2 is a very fine ocean liner indeed.  :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2 Canuck on Jan 12, 2010, 03:28 PM
I have sailed on QM2 4 times since 2004.....as i said on my intro to you, I did compare her to QE2 on the first trip and in a few areas she did come up a bit short......When you had your afternoon tea in the Queens room on QE2, your tea and sandwiches, and cakes were served to you by the waiters in white gloves, etc......on QM2, that first year it was almost the same except the sandwiches and cakes were laid out on long tables on the dance floor and you had to get up and get them yourself....... oh the complaining from QE2 fans about that one....but the complaining worked. it wasn't long after that it was changed back to the QE2 style......we won that one!
After my 8 voyages on QE2, I felt I knew all the "nooks and crannies" on the ship.....after 4 voyages on QM2, I still get lost....but I 'm growing to love her almost as much as QE2..a couple of times on board I would run into some staff from QE2 and I would recognize them.. so she travels on with them.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: mickey g on Jan 21, 2010, 03:31 PM
On my recent eastbound QM2 crossing I wore my "I love QE2" badge during the day. I got lots of favourable comments from quite a few of QE2's ex crew members on board and also made a couple of friends because of it.  ;)

On the down side there were a couple of comments from who I can only guess were new crew members that I should not be wearing it!!!! Their loss in not knowing the pleasures they missed  :(
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Andy F on Jan 29, 2010, 03:18 AM
I agree with Chris and others that she is different. Different to what you may be used to that is. Despite her size and passenger capacity, the ship rarely feels crowded (unless when everyone's trying to get ashore at the same time, which is 'interesting' to say the least). Like most vessels, there are areas which perhaps do not work quite as well as they could; Kings Court could be better and when compared against QV's Lido, shows what could have been done (then again, maybe the lessons learnt from the former influenced the latter).  The Queens Room also doesn't really work for me.  Don't get me wrong as it's a fine enough room but being located so far aft, seems out of the way.   From purely a layout perspective, perhaps it might have been better to have swopped location with the Britannia Restaurant slightly forward.  There's also the quirky configuration of 3L Deck as it skirts around the Britannia Restaurant lower level but that's just my opinion. 

While not everyone's cup of tea admittedly, she's certainly impressive but as I’ve often said, do not try to compare her (or others for that matter), for you will inevitably be disappointed.  She is NOT QE2 but then again, nothing is nor can be but she has her own identity and character and that’s what sets her aside from others. Some will love her while others will not and that’s to be expected but the only way to find out is to give her a try and form your own opinion. 

Personally, I think she’s a fine ship and a more than worthy successor, upholding the fine traditions set by her illustrious predecessors and while it may take time, she will take her rightful place in Cunard’s long and proud history and not just for being (probably) the last of the great transatlantic liners. 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Feb 26, 2010, 10:14 AM
Has anyone here been on QM2? What is she like?


Do you think QE2 would 'approve'?!
Thanks to Richlevow
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 11, 2010, 06:38 PM
'Queens Company' 25th April - 1st May 2004
by Captain Roger Emtage.
This is his account of sailing on QM2 as she made her maiden eastbound transatlantic voyage
in tandem with QE2
http://www.qm2.org.uk/queens_company.html
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Cruisemarsh on Jun 19, 2010, 03:32 PM
We were on her maiden voyage to the Norwegian Fjords and Northern Europe in July 2004. Her interiors are stunning and she has the sense of a liner. She is built for the North Atlantic with a strengthend streamlined hull. We enjoyed the experience but the service was not great, we put that down to her just entering service that year so was to expected minor problems. Well worth a sail.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: highlander0108 on Jul 04, 2010, 03:55 AM
This shot puts a big grin on my face since the profile is unmistakably QE2.  I cannot wait to actually sail on her.
(http://highlander0108.smugmug.com/Travel/Queen-Mary-2/07-01-10-New-York/Picture-017/920709325_8UJV8-L.jpg)
Stephen Payne has distilled QE2's DNA and she will carry on in spirit on QM2.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Cruisemarsh on Jul 07, 2010, 09:08 PM
This shot puts a big grin on my face since the profile is unmistakably QE2.  I cannot wait to actually sail on her.
(http://highlander0108.smugmug.com/Travel/Queen-Mary-2/07-01-10-New-York/Picture-017/920709325_8UJV8-L.jpg)
Stephen Payne has distilled QE2's DNA and she will carry on in spirit on QM2.


Although QM2 has a streamlined bow, which is fab, the QE2 has a much longer and much more profiled bows and to me is the best ever bow constructed for any liner.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Jeff Taylor on Jul 07, 2010, 11:54 PM
Let's take QM2 for what she is and not compare her.  If I was going to do that I'd say that she doesn't have British cabin stewards who lay out your clothes and polish your shoes every night like the original QE except in the suites.  She also can't provide a dining experience where you don't even have to look at the menu and can just order whatever comes into your head like even the main dining room of the QE (one night on QM2 I asked for a shrimp cocktail in Britannia which was not on the menu.  The waiter had to get the dining room captain who, 15 minutes later, provided 4 very small and uninteresting shrimp!).  Finally, no matter how well you know the Commodore, and I've known two of them relatively well, you can't get invited to their cabin for cocktails--they are assigned a rather ordinary stateroom with no entertaining space.  Still, she's a wonderful experience with terrific sea keeping and great atmosphere, certainly the best there is today, and dinner at the Commodore's table is an experience not to be missed.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: RmsAquitania on Jul 08, 2010, 11:57 PM
I think if i ever take a cunard cruise again (which i dont think will be in the forseeable future) it will be tyhe QM2, afterall she , in my opinion, is the only present cunard queen that even remotely represents the previous standards and traditions of the classic previous 3 queens.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Chris Frame on Jul 15, 2010, 07:55 AM
Here's a video that gives a look inside QM2:

Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Aug 22, 2010, 06:27 PM
I have only travelled on the QM2 once on a cruise to Norway. I remember what a wonderful experience as we sailed up Geiranger Fjord where it felt as if she was dwarfed  by the walls of fjord.  We have some fantastic photos that show how magnificent she looks. 

The decor of the QM2 was most impressive throughout the ship.  The areas that I was not so keen on was the Kings Court casual dining restaurant where the design of this restuarant did not give every seat a view, which I thought was a mistake.  I also did not like the theatre because a lot of the seats had restricted views, not good design and the Garden room which I thought could have been put to better use. 

I would love to sail on the QM2 again she is a lovely ship and to do a transatlantic crossing on her would be ideal because of her size you would not get bored exploring the ship. 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Aug 22, 2010, 07:23 PM
She is ok...would be only choice for transatlantic as she is a liner....but just too big for us.....
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 30, 2010, 11:55 AM
Here's something very good!
Students from Jarrow School with Stephen Payne discovering things about engineering on board QM2
http://www.jarrowschool.com/web/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=72


Why not offer this on QE2, Nakheel?
She'd make the best maritime 'school visit' in the world!
Students from the UK are given the opportunity
to spend time looking at the Victory, SS Gt Britain, HMY Britannia, HMS Belfast
The Mary Rose, Gypsy Moth etc etc etc
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Sep 30, 2010, 01:33 PM
That is an EXCELLENT piece from Jarrow focusing on Engineering.  The word has lost much of its true meaning in the UK and my parents always had an uphill battle when explaining to people that my Dad was an engineer - and that that did not mean he reapired cars.  Washing machine engineers, for example, are not Engineers, unless they are designing the thing in the first place!    I believe the problem is the root of the word in English, is like 'Engine' which isn't very exciting, but in many other languages it is more like 'ingenious'.  In other countries, and to those who understand in this country, engineers are right up there with the respected professions like doctors, lawyers and teachers.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Sep 30, 2010, 02:46 PM
Students from the UK are given the opportunity
to spend time looking at the Victory, SS Gt Britain, HMY Britannia, HMS Belfast
The Mary Rose, Gypsy Moth etc etc etc

Waverley & Balmoral would be good subjects as well - giving an idea of two ships built within 2 years of each other but radically different in their design.

The oldie world engineering on Waverley would be a good grounding point before hitting the really modern techy stuff. Wav is still predominantly whitworth sizes etc. As was QE2 (at least prior to the renewal of her propulsion system) I am led to believe. Apparently a load of whitworth nuts and bolts etc were donated by QE2 to Maid of The Loch in 2008.

Gav

Gav
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QueensFan on Sep 30, 2010, 05:13 PM
That is an EXCELLENT piece from Jarrow focusing on Engineering.  The word has lost much of its true meaning in the UK and my parents always had an uphill battle when explaining to people that my Dad was an engineer - and that that did not mean he reapired cars.

It's just as much of a problem here in the States. My dad's an engineer, and it's because people like him that America keeps running -- literally. I have enormous respect for the profession, and it's one I would have liked to go into, if I were a bit more left brained. My personal belief is that the loss of engineering talent is the beginning of a downfall of a country.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Sep 30, 2010, 09:52 PM
It's just as much of a problem here in the States. My dad's an engineer, and it's because people like him that America keeps running -- literally. I have enormous respect for the profession, and it's one I would have liked to go into, if I were a bit more left brained. My personal belief is that the loss of engineering talent is the beginning of a downfall of a country.

A few months ago, I was privileged to attend a presentation given by Volvo managers in their headquarters in Sweden. They presented a huge series of facts and figures as to why Europe was losing out in manufacturing, the most important among which was the failure to produce young engineers (much higher success rates in Asia and Africa) and the failure of to attract women into engineering (highest success rate : Uganda). The presentation made a chill run down my spine, as it painted a very black picture for the future of manufacturing in Europe. Incidentally, Volvo have just been taken over by Geeley Corporation of China, where they see a bright future for themselves.

Apologies for running off at a tangent...
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 03, 2010, 01:44 PM
'Manhattan couple booted from cruise over 'Jew slur' fight'
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/international/the_hate_boat_j7PF4V3pbpKwIbssYw6GwO#ixzz11Ibt0I2y
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Oct 03, 2010, 02:07 PM
Oh dear....glad I wasn't on that cruise.


And thing is we can't blame todays cruisers for this one....they were 82 and 91 respectively and met on the QE2!!!!

It's truly awful though isn't it.... and depends if the paper has it;s facts right......there is probably another totally different side to this....
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: cunardqueen on Oct 04, 2010, 12:30 AM
Sadly two sides to a story, can we really expect the Captain to have knocked on the cabin door.....
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 05, 2010, 09:10 AM
Sadly two sides to a story, can we really expect the Captain to have knocked on the cabin door.....

Daily Mail
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1317414/Briton-wife-ordered-QM2-cruise-ship-anti-Semitic-row.html?ito=feeds-newsxml


From USA Today
with comments
http://travel.usatoday.com/cruises/post/2010/10/cunard-line-queen-mary-2-couple-ordered-off-ship/126121/1
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Cruise_Princess on Oct 05, 2010, 01:09 PM
And what about the piece saying her hubby is the illegitimate son of the Duke of Windsor???

HAWD ME BACK!  ......Have you ever heard anything like this.......

It just gets worse...

and of course fills a paper and brings attention to a fading starlet???
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 15, 2010, 08:48 AM
QM2 is strong:
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Oct 15, 2010, 11:31 AM
What are the cabin numbers at that level? :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: highlander0108 on Oct 15, 2010, 12:20 PM
What are the cabin numbers at that level? :)

Looks like Deck 3 and the Gallery outside the Britannia Restaurant, a place I cannot wait to use at sea!  There are no passenger guest cabins that low down in the ship.
(http://highlander0108.smugmug.com/Travel/Queen-Mary-2/07-01-10-New-York/Picture-267/920822609_SgZ5J-M.jpg)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Oct 15, 2010, 12:29 PM
Durn it.... so what are the lowest level cabins on QM2 then?  And specifically, does anyone know the numbers of the handful of QM2 cabins that someone ( might have been Flagship? ) said do actually have portholes?  I'm guessing they'll be the closest available to the waterline?
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 15, 2010, 02:08 PM
I thought it was taken from the Golden Lion, as the chairs look leather.

Deck two is still several "stories" above sea level though.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2 Canuck on Oct 15, 2010, 04:55 PM
Hi guys..... that picture is of the corridor on Deck 3L that runs along side the Royal Court Theatre from the Grand Lobby area up to Illuminations on port side.... this is the games area..... on the opposite side (starboard)  there is an identical corridor with just chairs sitting beside the windows to watch the sea racing by.

The staterooms start on Deck 4 and there are staterooms with portholes up in the bow area, mainly Decks 4,5 & 6.

The other deck 3L is at the stern running alongside both sides of the Britannia restaurant, the one on the port side is Images, where the photographs taken on board are displayed and on the starboard side in the Art Gallery.

Hope this helps.

QE2 Canuck  (Linda C)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: highlander0108 on Oct 15, 2010, 04:56 PM
I missed the seats in the darkness there so I think you're correct Chris.  Either way, that must have been a fun crossing!

Regarding the rooms with portholes, I know some cabins up near the bow have porthole like windows, but they do not open, nor do they have deadlites like the lower windows on QE2.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 16, 2010, 05:58 AM
True, the forward cabins on deck 4 and 5 have large round windows / portholes.

The entertainment cabins "ED" rooms have these also.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 18, 2010, 08:52 AM
A photo out of my QM2 porthole here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/chriscunard/5092858434/

Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 19, 2010, 12:23 AM
Very reassuring to see that, Chris. And yet... no deadlight, and it looks a bit like a round window, doesn't it?

... or indeed a photograph cropped round :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Chris Frame on Oct 19, 2010, 10:06 AM
It's very different to QE2.

The white area is actually metal running from the glass window to the outside of the ship. The cabin wall is probably about 1ft in from the side. Whereas on QE2 the forward rooms had angled walls, QM2's are straight. The corridors at the front of Deck 4 and 5 zig zag to allow standard sized cabins. This is all forward of the A Stairway so most passengers don't see it.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 26, 2010, 12:53 PM
 'Whats she like?'
Here's Ted Scull's account of his Westbound TA crossing
http://www.worldshipny.com/qm2blogSept2010.shtml
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 11, 2010, 08:08 AM
That is an EXCELLENT piece from Jarrow focusing on Engineering.  The word has lost much of its true meaning in the UK and my parents always had an uphill battle when explaining to people that my Dad was an engineer - and that that did not mean he reapired cars.  Washing machine engineers, for example, are not Engineers, unless they are designing the thing in the first place!    I believe the problem is the root of the word in English, is like 'Engine' which isn't very exciting, but in many other languages it is more like 'ingenious'.  In other countries, and to those who understand in this country, engineers are right up there with the respected professions like doctors, lawyers and teachers.

About young engineers, Stephen Payne and QM2
From the BBC
http://news.bbc.co.uk/local/hampshire/hi/people_and_places/newsid_9170000/9170128.stm
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Nov 11, 2010, 09:28 AM
I attended a lecture given by Stephen Payne in Glasgow and I seem to remember him saying that there was a lot of QE2 design features on the QM2. He particularly mentioned the stairwells where liike the QE2 it is best to know which stairwells to use to go to particular parts of the ship.  Although the lecture was about the QE2 it was interesting to hear him talk about QM2. 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 14, 2010, 09:39 AM
A report on the recent 2 night trip to Cherbourg, followed by comments.
http://www.cruise.co.uk/cruise-reviews/cunard-cruises/queen-mary-2/read_review_26045/
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Nov 14, 2010, 01:08 PM
It is unfortunate that these passengers had such a bad embarkation experience. There can be problems at Southampton from time to time with poor organisation from staff which I can testify to from experience and hopefully Cunard take note of the complaints they receive regarding this and take action.   

But how sad that they found the cruise was not up to Cunard's usual standards and that is really worrying.  I have only sailed on QM2 once but was most impressed both with the ship and the staff and would hate to think that standards were falling.   

 I can relate to some of the complaints in this review such as the "Kings Court" restaurant shutting down the food stalls when people were still coming onboard after a harrowing embarkation process.   I do not like the King Court set up with the separate units for different types of food.  As a vegetarian I quite often like to take different vegetarian choices from each food stall but this can prove to be difficult as you have to queue at each one. 

I had also forgotten about the terrible practice of selling cheap goods in the passageway in the public area but some people must like to buy these goods or this practice would not continue. 

I see they have booked for QE next year so it could not have been all bad. 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: cunardqueen on Nov 14, 2010, 01:20 PM
Quote
  But how sad that they found the cruise was not up to Cunard's usual standards and that is really worrying.  I have only sailed on QM2 once but was most impressed both with the ship and the staff and would hate to think that standards were falling.   
 
I think to be fair Lynda anyone who has done these short one,two or three night taster cruises will tell you the service and general onboard feeling is nothing like a normal cruise, Iv been lucky to do all three lengths of these party trips, and quite frankly your not getting the normal passsenger mix on these trips,Cunard cant even get the dress codes correct.
And you can see at checkin exactly what types are going, heck l even saw a hen party one trip.
 Ok they are a nice fun thing to do if you dont take them seriously, but those poor devils who go on the hope they can see the full Cunard white star service in all its glory, are in for a surprise.
 The attitude of my stewardess very quickly changed when she realised l had sailed a number of times before and this wasnt my first trip. 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Nov 14, 2010, 06:46 PM
Good point Myles about the length of the cruise not giving the passengers the time to see extent of the service that can be offered. 

The QM2 will see model passengers on the October 2011 mini cruise when we have the QE2 story forum members onboard. 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Nov 14, 2010, 06:50 PM
The 2 nighter that i went on on QE2 in December 2007 was fabulous.  I thought hte atmosphere on board was fine - the only place that was a bit rowdy was the yacht club, which was jumping, and in contributed - it was just wonderful - and i'd have done it again, over and over, if i could.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 14, 2010, 06:53 PM
The 2 nighter that i went on on QE2 in December 2007 was fabulous.  I thought hte atmosphere on board was fine - the only place that was a bit rowdy was the yacht club, which was jumping, and in contributed - it was just wonderful - and i'd have done it again, over and over, if i could.

Lucky you, Rob!!
What I wouldn't give to look 'forward to' - even, to a 'jumping night' in the Yacht Club!

It is unfortunate that these passengers had such a bad embarkation experience....

...But how sad that they found the cruise was not up to Cunard's usual standards and that is really worrying.  I have only sailed on QM2 once but was most impressed both with the ship and the staff and would hate to think that standards were falling.   

....I see they have booked for QE next year so it could not have been all bad. 
The report was weighted in regard of difficulties with the embarkation process; it sounds from friends on board QE as if these arose from several factors, including the weather conditions.  It's a shame that the passengers report includes so little that they found to their satisfaction - a helpful review usually includes a fair assessment, with both the plus points as well as the minuses!
There may be some truth in the fact that several of the staff were due to be moved to train the new staff on QE, however those left behind would all have been assessed and 'qualified' to work on the Mary. If the overall passengers appraisals weren't up to scratch,  hopefully it'll be sorted by Jan 13th, at the very latest!!
It'll be good to read Jem's report...
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: cunardqueen on Nov 14, 2010, 07:47 PM
There is also a report on the 2 nighter from a very regular Cunarder as well, it features on cruisecritic
.
I do remember on the one night trip l  did several years ago on QE2. It was clearly advertised with the dress code as informal, Fair enough the laws of the sea dictated that a) sailing night was informal, b) the night prior to landing was informal so it was going to be informal. Then Cunard at the last minute sent out letters advising that it was changed to formal.
 Speaking with one member of the crew she hated these short trips, if only for the fact the tips were next to nothing. l remember the yacht club was very busy and being served drinks in warm glasses...
 And lets not forget of course the World club benefits dont apply on voyages of 5 days or less ::) only the priority checkin, and then you risk the wrath of passengers as you glide past them  ;)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Alex Tarry on Nov 14, 2010, 07:59 PM
Hi All,

I was on this one and it wasn't good, not good at all...in fact the first thing we did when we got off was to call Cunard to cancel our 5 Jan TA on the QE...we just lost confidence that it would be any good.

The overriding impression we got was that the staff had lost confidence and somehow resented the passengers, maybe as so many had been transferred to QE?  We are on QV next month but are not really looking forward to it.

Sad to say but after 5 QE2 trips, 6 on QM2 and 1 on QV we prefer Celebrity these days, they have nailed the whole thing and the loss of faux heritage is not missed, especially when you are at their buzzing, ice topped Martini bar...it's the future, not the past.

Alex.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Nov 14, 2010, 10:10 PM
James Jetsam's review and photos onboard the QM2 give a flavour of the ship. 

http://jamesjetsam.blogspot.com/2010/11/queen-mary-2-two-out-of-three-now.html?utm_source=121110&utm_medium=No+White+Star+Service&utm_campaign=E
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 17, 2010, 07:31 PM
By Stephen Payne
http://www.ingenia.org.uk/ingenia/articles.aspx?Index=363
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: cunardqueen on Nov 17, 2010, 07:59 PM
Quote
   James Jetsam's review and photos onboard the QM2 give a flavour of the ship. 

       
He is a travel agent for a well know cruise company, who in turn at one stage and please correct me if lm wrong, But Carnival lm sure have or had shares in that company.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Jem on Nov 17, 2010, 10:04 PM
He is a travel agent for a well know cruise company, who in turn at one stage and please correct me if lm wrong, But Carnival lm sure have or had shares in that company.
I don't know what was happening on the ship but there must have been a split in 'The Space Time Continuum' ;D I had a WONDERFUL time. All the crew and passengers I came across were great. The only problem would have been at embarkation but I checked the AIS site and found QM2 was at QE2 Terminal as Artemis had taken her berth due to the bad weather. I rang Cunard and ended up telling them where she was docked. When we got to Southampton we were dropped off at QE2 Terminal and were on board with 15 minutes.......Where should I start posting my report of the trip, here or put it under a new heading on the QM2 section?
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Nov 18, 2010, 08:50 AM
Where should I start posting my report of the trip, here or put it under a new heading on the QM2 section?

I suggest you start a new topic, which could be "Reviews of QM2 voyages".
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Jem on Nov 18, 2010, 02:46 PM
I suggest you start a new topic, which could be "Reviews of QM2 voyages".
Thanks Isabelle, that's what I'll do :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 18, 2010, 07:30 PM
Thanks Isabelle, that's what I'll do :)

Thank you, Jem.
It'll be good to hear your experience
And how it was to be back at sea :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Dec 26, 2010, 09:24 AM
'A relatively modest outbreak...' Cunard.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/mandrake/8225027/Cabin-fever-as-Prescotts-cruise-liner-hit-by-norovirus.html
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on Jan 03, 2011, 06:23 PM
I am considering of going on Queen Mary 2. Perhaps it would be a good idea if I tried a short voyage first and see if I can get use to the ship.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Jem on Jan 03, 2011, 07:41 PM
I am considering of going on Queen Mary 2. Perhaps it would be a good idea if I tried a short voyage first and see if I can get use to the ship.
That's just what I did and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Dec 19, 2011, 12:17 AM
A panoramic view of Queen Mary 2 arriving in New York
by a Danish photographer posted by CunardQueens on facebook

'New York Skyline view from Queen Mary 2 - NYC 360 degree
Panoramic Photos Panoramiques
http://www.panoramas.dk/US/new-york-waterfront.html

www.panoramas.dk
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Post by: Twynkle on Dec 27, 2011, 06:36 PM
Jan Morris writes about the 'Voyage of two lifetimes'
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/f91b0094-21b1-11e1-a1d8-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1hl9uzQF4
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 03, 2012, 06:06 PM
Take a look now!
Queen Mary 2 will still be visible on this LIVE webcam view as she sails out of Red Hook, New York Harbour later this evening!
She's due to sail at 17.00 hrs Eastern Seaboard Time,
equivant to 22.00hrs UTC (GMT)

www.nyharborwebcam.com
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: bobso on Jan 03, 2012, 06:23 PM
On post 67 rosie writes--'New York Skyline view from Queen Mary 2 - NYC 360 degree
Panoramic Photos Panoramiques
http://www.panoramas.dk/US/new-york-waterfront.html

When you turn the view round --look at the foredeck you will see 5 square "boxes" on the deck. These are small spotlights. Has anyone got photo's of these spotlights when lit?--and if so what colours are they?

Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 03, 2012, 06:35 PM
bobso - from memory, I'm fairly certain they were mainly lit with 'white' lamps with possibly a blueish one or two as well.
Although they may look small - they throw out a considerable amount of light, and it's reflected off her fwd superstructure.
These together with wheelhouse lights, were never, ever lit after sunset while she's sailing.
The moon often does a great job! 
However her funnel, port and stbd lamps, Deck 7 and balcony lights, (when left on by occupants)
with some lighting on Deck 8 aft, all these will be well lit.
However,for obvious reasons, in some areas of the world, she may sail without lights visible, anywhere on the ship.
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Andy F on Jan 03, 2012, 07:27 PM
When you turn the view round --look at the foredeck you will see 5 square "boxes" on the deck. These are small spotlights. Has anyone got photo's of these spotlights when lit?--and if so what colours are they?
May take me a while to track them down but likely I have shots of the fwd floodlights somewhere.

As to Rosie's point re sailing without lights, the only time a total blackout state would be permitted would be during war operations (e.g. as QE2 did en route to the Falklands).  That aside, as a bare minimum all vessels are required to display certain navigation lights in compliance with Colregs (the internation regs preventing collisions at sea). 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 03, 2012, 08:00 PM
May take me a while to track them down but likely I have shots of the fwd floodlights somewhere.

As to Rosie's point re sailing without lights, the only time a total blackout state would be permitted would be during war operations (e.g. as QE2 did en route to the Falklands).  That aside, as a bare minimum all vessels are required to display certain navigation lights in compliance with Colregs (the internation regs preventing collisions at sea).  

It was very dark - even without 'total blackout'!
All non-essential lights were turned off on QE2 and QM2 for the lecturers to show passengers the stars!

At other times, there was also a compulsory curfew - it wasn't possible to go outside, so couldn't check what was left on!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Andy F on Jan 03, 2012, 11:36 PM
Ah, I see where you are coming from now Rosie and agree the astronomy demos require much of the upper deck lighting to be extinguished, thus leaving the ship in a much darkened state, though will still have her mandatory nav lights burning.

Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Andy F on Jan 03, 2012, 11:58 PM
I know I have better ones but without ploughing through my collection, here's a couple readily to hand Bob, which gives a good indication of the overall external lighting and the fwd spotlights.  Slightly grainy admittedly but in fairness, it was shot on a very long zoom as she was berthed right down the far end of the docks and if I correctly recall, was taken just around 6am on a freezing autumnal morning! 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 04, 2012, 12:27 AM
Hi Andy -no worries about the distance, your photos are great, and are quite different in one way to how she was looking this evening.
Having just watched her sail out of NY harbour, and under the Verrazzano Bridge (!) at pretty close quarters to the harbour live webcam - she was extremely well lit, it was easy to identify all the public rooms, even those inside her fwd superstructure.
The lights inside the Library (Deck 8 ), The Commodore Club (Deck 9), and Grand Suites (Deck 10) were well 'on' inside the windows.
However the bridge was dark, as were the floodlights on her foredeck - the white 'bit' on the outside fwd, looked quite dark.
Hopefully, images 'to follow'.
Happy New Year to you!
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: bobso on Jan 04, 2012, 08:19 AM
Thanks to Rosie and Andy F for your reply to my earlier post regarding the colours of the spotlamps on the foredeck of the QM2. also for the input of the lighting of the funnel, port and stbd lamps, Deck 7 and balcony lights, and some lighting on Deck 8 aft. The reason i am asking is that i have another Revell kit of the QM2 to build and i am wanting to include the spotlamps to light up the Bridge etc. I also have another electronic "Whistle" that i had custom made with the sound of the QM2 whistle. All this i am hoping to do providing the good Lord gives me the time needed to do it all as my health these days is not too good.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 04, 2012, 12:31 PM
There'll be more pictures of Mighty Mary as she sailed out last evening, We are Cunard will be publishing them.
(It's actually quite rare that she can be seen sailing towards the camera after dark!
The next time on the NY cam will probably be next Autumn /Winter!)
 - bobso, can you access this link to facebook here? There are shots at 6.00 and 6.04pm that demonstrate almost exactly what I was trying to explain!
Rosie

https://www.facebook.com/WeAreCunard
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: bobso on Jan 04, 2012, 02:00 PM
Rosie, yes i am a member of Facebook and i can indeed access the pictures you described. Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 10, 2012, 05:08 PM
Queen Mary 2 in Rough Seas November 2009
Thanks to 'ColemanHeald'

Tonight QM2 leaves Southampton for her World Cruise 2012.
She'll be sailing to Japan and back, via S Africa, Australasia,
and the Middle East, (Dubai 11/12/4.2012)
returning to Southampton on 27th April.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Jan 10, 2012, 10:44 PM
Good video; nice to see the washing machine effect again. :)  ( How high above the waterline is Deck 8? )
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 10, 2012, 11:13 PM
Not sure about  the exact height of Deck 8 above the waterline, Peter
(Won't it vary, depending on the swell!)
If you look at her profile  - Deck 7 is the promenade deck that is partially covered by the keels of the tenders.
Deck 8 above - and the middle of the tenders are the obstructions to the views from Cabins inside (Deck 8)
You can see a bit of the lovely copied walnut wood surrounding oblong windows above the foredeck in the video - these are the forward windows of the Library,  - with the Commodore Club immediately above on 9.
Her wheelhouse is on Deck 12 - all 'this' is 'if I remember rightly'!

http://www.cunard.co.uk/Ships/Queen-Mary-2/Deck-Plans/
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Jan 10, 2012, 11:20 PM
So quite a way up then... that must have been quite some sea that day.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jan 10, 2012, 11:52 PM
Guess it was! And by the looks of it, bigger than the one a couple of weeks ago - water well over the foredeck then too!
Isn't it great to see the external elevator being used to it's best advantage?
The very best kept secret, when the decks were closed - this was the place to be!!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Feb 18, 2012, 11:33 AM
I had an experience on QM2 in a rough sea where the tenders were riding up and down a total of 5' above and 5' below the ship's stage.  The boat crews had to take pax one by one, hold them by each arm, let the tender go through several up and down cycles, and then at the proper moment literally throw them onto the ship, with their belongings to follow later.  Some of the elderly people had quite a fright.  That night we were nearly an hour leaving the anchorage as they couldn't hook onto the last tender and ultimately had to swing the ship around to create a lee so they could hook her up and winch her aboard.  Those Filippino deck hands earned their night's rest that day.

On her world cruise last year, there were similar circumstances on several occasions.
'Hooking up' the 'ferry as tender' in Hong Kong was 'interesting'!

For all anchor ports, there were notices specially for people who used wheelchairs - they were only allowed/ supposed to go by tender as long as they could walk independently across the shell door / landing stage.
This was often challenging for several passengers, not only stepping on and off the tender - more so, when already having used the lifts down to Deck 1 level, and easily embarking the tenders, then it was surprising for them on their return to the ship - they were required to climb a stairway to embark QM2....

On one occasion, the ship had needed to set sail from her anchorage before the last tender (with passengers) had emptied - that was 'interesting'...

(On Queen Elizabeth, round Britain in September, off St Peter's port, (Guernsey) there was quite a stiff breeze - I was allowed to spend the entire visit sailing in a tender!  It was only ever half full; on several occasions there were just the three of us - 2 crew members and myself enjoying ourselves - about 5 hours of heaven! :)  )
  
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Andy F on Feb 21, 2012, 12:58 PM
(On Queen Elizabeth, round Britain in September, off St Peter's port, (Guernsey) there was quite a stiff breeze - I was allowed to spend the entire visit sailing in a tender!  It was only ever half full; on several occasions there were just the three of us - 2 crew members and myself enjoying ourselves - about 5 hours of heaven! :)  )
Hmm, whatever floats your boat I suppose Rosie lol
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Mar 30, 2012, 07:06 PM
A good account relating to her stern design etc by Stephen Payne here:
http://oceanliners.piczo.com/queenmary2?cr=7&linkvar=000044
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jul 28, 2012, 09:08 PM
QM2 in Hamburg - 25.7.2012
Thanks to Malte Classens
http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1609798
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2forever on Jul 29, 2012, 11:41 AM
... and still with that missing lifeboat!  :o
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 10, 2012, 09:54 PM
... and still with that missing lifeboat!  :o

According to the 'rumour-mill' - the lifeboat has now been restored to its rightful position

Here's an account written by Ciaran Ward, Former Chief Electrical Engineer, Queen Mary 2
http://wearecunard.com/2012/06/former-chief-electrical-engineer-sails-on-board-queen-mary-2/
Maybe he worked on QE2 as well?
If so - do you think he might do a Q and A topic for us?
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 21, 2012, 06:16 PM
Richard Wagner's website Beyond Ships has two interviews with Captain Kevin Oprey,
he is QM2's most recent captain.
There is a link from the first interview to page containing the second
http://www.beyondships2.com/queen-mary-2-captain-oprey-interview.html
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Rod on Oct 21, 2012, 06:29 PM
According to the 'rumour-mill' - the lifeboat has now been restored to its rightful position

Here's an account written by Ciaran Ward, Former Chief Electrical Engineer, Queen Mary 2
http://wearecunard.com/2012/06/former-chief-electrical-engineer-sails-on-board-queen-mary-2/
Maybe he worked on QE2 as well?
If so - do you think he might do a Q and A topic for us?

Yes he did. Very nice friendly man as I recall came from Princess/Countess I believe.
Former Radio Officer, he had a nasty time when he was on the beach I believe in Puerto Rico with another Radio Officer, Declan O'Reilly when a guy came up and shot Declan!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Andy F on Oct 24, 2012, 02:14 AM
Agreed, a great guy indeed
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Nov 05, 2012, 11:50 PM
A superb blog - Thank you, Aaron Saunders for taking so much trouble in both the writing as well as the photography!
 http://avidcruiser.com/ftdc/
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Mar 17, 2013, 12:16 AM
A friend is currently onboard QM2 for the full World Cruise.  This is the second time she has done a full world cruise on QM2 within the past few years. 

The main reason she has chosen QM2 over other ships is because of the  size of the ship and because QM2 is a liner that was designed to sail the oceans of the world.  Prior to sailing on the QM2 the only ship my friend would sail on was the QE2.   :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 03, 2013, 06:20 PM
ANY drinking with the crew should come with a warning, and on the hosted tables on one such trip the banter was great so much so we never noticed the glasses being topped up quite so often, or frequently.
But as always fun ! ;)

Interesting that you should say this about Table-Life on board QE2, Myles.
'These days' it's common for some senior officers to refrain from drinking in 'public'.
At the table where a very senior officer was our host, the reason we were told was because anyone with a mobile phone or camera handy might be tempted to record the scene - resulting in the possible publication of headlines such as, 'Captain of ....ship' seen drinking on duty...
On the other hand, there are other senior officers who felt less concerned, they just 'went for it'!
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: riskygizmo on Aug 03, 2013, 06:27 PM
After four hours "down below" playing Stare out with the boilers or sniffing the bearings, they needed a pint or two. ;)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 26, 2013, 05:05 PM
Mighty Mary to the rescue...5* hotel style!
Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 lent a helping hand to a Canadian solo woman rower, Mylène Paquette, in the mid Atlantic today. Queen Mary 2, which left New York on Sunday for Southampton, received a request to assist yesterday and prepared a package of items to help.

Mylène Paquette, is aiming to become the first North American woman to row solo across the Atlantic, a total of 2,700 nautical miles. We are very proud to have been able to help her. She had been been hit by the remnants of Atlantic Storm Humberto and had lost her anchor and a satellite phone among other items. In response, Queen Mary 2 has donated a new satellite phone and two drogue anchors which the ship's crew prepared on board overnight - these are sea anchors which hold the boat's position when it is not being rowed. In addition, the ship supplied fresh fruit and vegetables, bread, pastries, muesli, crackers, chocolate, plus bottled water and coffee, English tea, mint tea and hot chocolate sachets, a scraper to remove the barnacles underneath the boat, duct tape, soap, shampoo and body lotion. Plus postcards of Queen Mary 2!
Curtesy of Cunard's entry on facebook!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: tdickson on Sep 27, 2013, 04:47 AM
Well done too Queen Mary 2 and all her company, it is nice to read something positive about the cruise industry for a change especially ships associated with Carnival, whom appear only to receive bad publicity at the moment.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2forever on Sep 27, 2013, 07:42 AM
Nice story!

Well done QM2! In true Cunard elegance and style.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Sep 27, 2013, 08:25 AM
Nice story!

Well done QM2! In true Cunard elegance and style.

It is, isn't it?!
Typical too. Wakes up memories of our unofficial call at Tristan de Cunha (2011), when not only did she fly her RMS flag along with RMS St Helena (lots of whistling too!), she also gave a bundle of goodies to the tiny unofficial port authority boat that came out from Edinburgh to take a look at the mightiness of QM2. Packages were exchanged, Captain Wright let slip later in the day that amongst other things the lobster supply had come in handy!
And on our arrival in NZ waters, in respect of the dreadful Earthquake that had occurred 24 hrs before -
QM2 was able to supply dozens of bottles of water - this was sent post haste to Christchurch. I'm unsure as to what was given to Nagasaki as we circled off the morning after the tsunami at Fukushima...
Hopefully something was given in the same spirit as before...maybe Mr Flagship knows more.
And exactly this time last year - the ship sailed a long way out of her way whilst setting out east from the St Lawrence Estuary - when a much loved crew member had become extremely unwell - we delivered him to inshore waters where was transferred to a lifeboat before taking a flight to hospital.
RMS Queen Mary 2 to the rescue once again.
There must be hundreds of similar stories where QE2 'didn't wait to be asked' either!
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Sep 27, 2013, 09:37 AM
Heres one for you Rosie! Maybe not in quite the same vain.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5648.0.html (https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5648.0.html)

Gav
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2forever on Sep 27, 2013, 09:48 AM
Mighty Mary to the rescue...5* hotel style!
Cunard Line's flagship Queen Mary 2 lent a helping hand to a Canadian solo woman rower, Mylène Paquette, in the mid Atlantic today. Queen Mary 2, which left New York on Sunday for Southampton, received a request to assist yesterday and prepared a package of items to help.


Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Sep 27, 2013, 04:03 PM
These stories to me are the clearest sign that QM2 really is QE2's replacement.

The stories of the massive and mighty QE2 going to the rescue (in the days when there was nothing more massive) have been passed on to the very mighty Mary.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2 Canuck on Sep 27, 2013, 07:04 PM

Yes, Rob, I have felt all along that QM2 is QE2's replacement.  I enjoy travelling on her, I feel safe on her. And these are the same feelings I had on my 8 voyages on my beloved QE2.   

I was on QM2 heading across from New York to Southampton in August 2010 with Captain Nick Bates when we met up with the 3 Artemis rowers about half way across... what a sight that was for them and for us. This latest good deed by Mighty Mary brought back all those memories.   

If I can't have QE2, then give me Queen Mary 2 !!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Oct 01, 2013, 08:09 AM
Yes, Rob, I have felt all along that QM2 is QE2's replacement.  I enjoy travelling on her, I feel safe on her. And these are the same feelings I had on my 8 voyages on my beloved QE2.   

I was on QM2 heading across from New York to Southampton in August 2010 with Captain Nick Bates when we met up with the 3 Artemis rowers about half way across... what a sight that was for them and for us. This latest good deed by Mighty Mary brought back all those memories.   

If I can't have QE2, then give me Queen Mary 2 !!

Agreed! Was never on QE2 unfortunately but glad I have managed four sailings on her worthy successor!! Although the chances of doing another transatlantic are getting slimmer and slimmer as long as they keep adding days onto the schedule!!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2 Canuck on Oct 01, 2013, 07:06 PM

I don't mind the length of the transatlantic on QM2.  When I did my first Transatlantic on QE2 in 1996, it was a 5 day run.  My husband called it a "gallop across the pond"... The next time we went, it had become 6 days.   The last time I did a transatlantic was on QM2 in August 2010 and it was a 7 day voyage.   Don't mind it at all !!  Sometimes the ship is my destination and the longer I can stay on her the better I like it.  If I want to get somewhere quickly, I'll fly "yuk".

QE2 Canuck        Linda Crooks

Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Clydebuilt1971 on Oct 02, 2013, 12:59 PM
I don't mind the length of the transatlantic on QM2.  When I did my first Transatlantic on QE2 in 1996, it was a 5 day run.  My husband called it a "gallop across the pond"... The next time we went, it had become 6 days.   The last time I did a transatlantic was on QM2 in August 2010 and it was a 7 day voyage.   Don't mind it at all !!  Sometimes the ship is my destination and the longer I can stay on her the better I like it.  If I want to get somewhere quickly, I'll fly "yuk".

QE2 Canuck        Linda Crooks

I'm the same but I can only take a certain amount of leave from work at the one go.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2forever on Oct 02, 2013, 04:30 PM
These stories to me are the clearest sign that QM2 really is QE2's replacement.

The stories of the massive and mighty QE2 going to the rescue (in the days when there was nothing more massive) have been passed on to the very mighty Mary.

More about the solo woman rower Mylene Paquette being helped by QM2 in mid-Atlantic:

She wrote a very nice letter to Capt. Oprey and her wife via her blog: http://www.mylenepaquette.com/en/blog/

And if you scroll down below the letter there is the transcript of the CBC interview Captain Oprey of QM2 and Mylène Paquette
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Oct 14, 2013, 03:50 PM
We are planning a crossing on QM2 and are looking forward to it. She truly is QE2's replacement and the last true liner. I regret never getting to sail on QE2 though. They have so much in common as liners but are so different. I missed the chance to sail on QE2.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: QE2forever on Oct 28, 2013, 07:24 AM
The Port of Québec acknowledges the generosity of Queen Mary 2:

http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/10119-the-port-of-quebec-acknowledges-the-generosity-of-the-queen-mary-2.html
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Oct 28, 2013, 07:52 AM
The Port of Québec acknowledges the generosity of Queen Mary 2:

http://www.cruiseindustrynews.com/cruise-news/10119-the-port-of-quebec-acknowledges-the-generosity-of-the-queen-mary-2.html

Thank you for posting - This is Interesting!
Last year, same time - same place - Quebec required QM2 to park a significant way out of Town - alongside a building site. The Town terminal where QE2 always parked was full of white passenger ships!
The experience was un peu demeaning to the becoming 'Grand Old Lady' - aka the Mighty One.
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Mar 24, 2014, 10:28 PM
I have only travelled on the QM2 once on a cruise to Norway. I remember what a wonderful experience as we sailed up Geiranger Fjord where it felt as if she was dwarfed  by the walls of fjord.  We have some fantastic photos that show how magnificent she looks. 

The decor of the QM2 was most impressive throughout the ship.  The areas that I was not so keen on was the Kings Court casual dining restaurant where the design of this restuarant did not give every seat a view, which I thought was a mistake.  I also did not like the theatre because a lot of the seats had restricted views, not good design and the Garden room which I thought could have been put to better use. 

I would love to sail on the QM2 again she is a lovely ship and to do a transatlantic crossing on her would be ideal because of her size you would not get bored exploring the ship.

I've heard there are some scuffles for the Kings Court window seats.
Title: Upcoming QM2 Transatlantic Crossing
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Apr 01, 2014, 08:17 PM
Well, I've finally gone and booked a QM2 crossing with my family and I am really excited. I was just wondering if anybody had any tips about anything.
Title: Re: Upcoming QM2 Transatlantic Crossing
Post by: tdickson on Apr 04, 2014, 12:19 PM
What would you like to know about ?
Title: Re: Upcoming QM2 Transatlantic Crossing
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Apr 04, 2014, 01:29 PM
Thanks for letting us know Hank that you have booked a transatlantic crossing onboard QM2, which I am sure you will enjoy. 

I have travelled on QM2 a few times but only done the transatlantic crossing on QE2 and it was very special.  There are things I like and dislike about QM2 but their is no doubt that she is a beautiful ship and from the moment you step onboard you get the wow factor. 

You may want to have a look at the "QM2 What's she like" topic where other members have shared their thoughts of the ship. 
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1357.0.html
Title: Re: Upcoming QM2 Transatlantic Crossing
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Apr 04, 2014, 04:39 PM
Thanks for letting us know Hank that you have booked a transatlantic crossing onboard QM2, which I am sure you will enjoy. 

I have travelled on QM2 a few times but only done the transatlantic crossing on QE2 and it was very special.  There are things I like and dislike about QM2 but their is no doubt that she is a beautiful ship and from the moment you step onboard you get the wow factor. 

You may want to have a look at the "QM2 What's she like" topic where other members have shared their thoughts of the ship. 
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1357.0.html

Thank you!
Title: Re: Upcoming QM2 Transatlantic Crossing
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Apr 04, 2014, 05:14 PM
What would you like to know about ?

The service? It's kind of new to me.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: tdickson on Apr 04, 2014, 10:08 PM
We originally went on QM2 in her inaugural season 2004, Maiden Med Cruise and she was beautiful & back then NEW. Since which she has had several refits and still is Amazing, having travelled on her a total of a dozen times, number 13 is only a month away, so that said it should tell you we never can get enough of Queen Mary 2, she is a wonderful experience. To be totally honest, I don't think the service is as good as ten years ago, however the prices are somewhat lower these days, but still better than most of her competition, it will take the whole of your voyage to experience all she has to offer. My personnel favourite Areas are (in no particular order) Commodore Club, Golden Lion Pub, Terrace Pool Bar, & G32 after dark, as well as her promenade deck (Deck 7). I am sure you will have a wonderful time and if like us you will book another voyage before you even finish your first one. Bon Voyage
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Apr 05, 2014, 09:29 AM
Good to hear from Trevor and the fact that he has sailed on QM2 12 times says a lot about the quality of the ship.

From the moment you step onboard you cannot help but be impressed by the high ceilings of the main corridors and the fabulous murals. There is some amazing artwork onboard QM2 and I remember reading in a Stephen Payne book that there are over 5000 pieces of art displayed onboard.  I have never counted but when onboard there is always  interesting artwork that takes your interest.  I particularly love the sculptures outside the Illuminations.

A couple of photos of the main corridor and the lobby, a place where it is pleasant to sit especially when the musicians are playing.   

I would agree with Trevor that the service quality is probably not so good as it was, which could be down to the pressure that the crew are under, but service is still good.  Being on a Transatlantic trip will give you time to get to know the crew who are serving you.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Apr 06, 2014, 04:56 PM
We originally went on QM2 in her inaugural season 2004, Maiden Med Cruise and she was beautiful & back then NEW. Since which she has had several refits and still is Amazing, having travelled on her a total of a dozen times, number 13 is only a month away, so that said it should tell you we never can get enough of Queen Mary 2, she is a wonderful experience. To be totally honest, I don't think the service is as good as ten years ago, however the prices are somewhat lower these days, but still better than most of her competition, it will take the whole of your voyage to experience all she has to offer. My personnel favourite Areas are (in no particular order) Commodore Club, Golden Lion Pub, Terrace Pool Bar, & G32 after dark, as well as her promenade deck (Deck 7). I am sure you will have a wonderful time and if like us you will book another voyage before you even finish your first one. Bon Voyage

Thank you! This is very helpful. I'm sure this voyage will be the first of many!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Apr 07, 2014, 01:04 PM
Hi Hank
Which direction will you be sailing?

We did a full  worldie on QM2 in 2011, you'll find this under  'Live from RMS Queen Mary 2' in the search tab at the top of the home page.
There is also much, much more about her under the specific topic for her.
You might enjoy riding in the external elevator too, specially if the seas are rough, you might also enjoy watching her come into port from her great observation deck.
My criterion for 'trying something' is based on, 'if you can only do it at sea....don't miss it!'!
It will all be a great experience. Enjoy!
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Apr 07, 2014, 02:26 PM
Hi Hank
Which direction will you be sailing?

We did a full  worldie on QM2 in 2011, you'll find this under  'Live from RMS Queen Mary 2' in the search tab at the top of the home page.
There is also much, much more about her under the specific topic for her.
You might enjoy riding in the external elevator too, specially if the seas are rough, you might also enjoy watching her come into port from her great observation deck.
My criterion for 'trying something' is based on, 'if you can only do it at sea....don't miss it!'!
It will all be a great experience. Enjoy!
Rosie

We will be sailing from New York to Southampton.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: CAP on Apr 07, 2014, 02:58 PM
We will be sailing from New York to Southampton.

Make sure you get yourself and your family a suitably high place on the lido to watch the best skyline in the world, then head-up to the top deck to get an eye to eye view of Lady Liberty before watching in awe as she squeezes under the Verrazano, it always looks like her funnel will graze it!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on May 15, 2014, 10:27 AM
QM2 also has one in the spa on deck 7. It's a quirky design. However, just about the whole design QM2 is quirky. I digress.

Hi Hank
I'm not too sure about the use of the term quirky (as in 'fun' or eccentric) when taking into consideration the entire design of QM2!
We've lived on board for well over six months, and found her to be a highly original, really impressive and exceptionally well designed and built ocean-going liner - truly 'fit for purpose'.
You may want to call her lifts (elevators) both internal and external 'quirky', to us these seemed incredibly sensible facilities; you may find her internal observation deck 'quirky', this was a great place for people who might never otherwise see "The Bridge' at work; you may find the welding on her forward facing superstructure quirky - interestingly too, Stephen Payne, her architect,  told me that this was the most difficult part of the ship to design and build! He has has ably demonstrated the necessity for 'function over form'  :)
It would be good to know which parts of Mighty Mary that you have found to be truly quirky - maybe they made you smile, too!
Rosie

PS. Have you read any of the books written about her? These three that immediately come to mind, maybe you have them already.
RMS Queen Mary 2 Manual: An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of the World's Largest Ocean Liner... by Stephen Payne (4 Dec 2013)
and
Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend by Philip Plisson (29 Oct 2004)
and
Queen Mary 2: The Greatest Ocean Liner of Our Time by John Maxtone-Grahame (6 Apr 2006)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on May 24, 2014, 12:47 AM

Hi Hank
I'm not too sure about the use of the term quirky (as in 'fun' or eccentric) when taking into consideration the entire design of QM2!
We've lived on board for well over six months, and found her to be a highly original, really impressive and exceptionally well designed and built ocean-going liner - truly 'fit for purpose'.
You may want to call her lifts (elevators) both internal and external 'quirky', to us these seemed incredibly sensible facilities; you may find her internal observation deck 'quirky', this was a great place for people who might never otherwise see "The Bridge' at work; you may find the welding on her forward facing superstructure quirky - interestingly too, Stephen Payne, her architect,  told me that this was the most difficult part of the ship to design and build! He has has ably demonstrated the necessity for 'function over form'  :)
It would be good to know which parts of Mighty Mary that you have found to be truly quirky - maybe they made you smile, too!
Rosie

PS. Have you read any of the books written about her? These three that immediately come to mind, maybe you have them already.
RMS Queen Mary 2 Manual: An Insight into the Design, Construction and Operation of the World's Largest Ocean Liner... by Stephen Payne (4 Dec 2013)
and
Queen Mary 2: The Birth of a Legend by Philip Plisson (29 Oct 2004)
and
Queen Mary 2: The Greatest Ocean Liner of Our Time by John Maxtone-Grahame (6 Apr 2006)

Fair point. I've read John Maxtone-Graham's book. I plan to read Payne's soon. I was thinking in particular about the layout of the public rooms deep down, which seems very unconventional. However, the ship is fully functioning, so perhaps quirky isn't the correct word.


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Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on May 24, 2014, 12:48 AM

Good to hear from Trevor and the fact that he has sailed on QM2 12 times says a lot about the quality of the ship.

From the moment you step onboard you cannot help but be impressed by the high ceilings of the main corridors and the fabulous murals. There is some amazing artwork onboard QM2 and I remember reading in a Stephen Payne book that there are over 5000 pieces of art displayed onboard.  I have never counted but when onboard there is always  interesting artwork that takes your interest.  I particularly love the sculptures outside the Illuminations.

A couple of photos of the main corridor and the lobby, a place where it is pleasant to sit especially when the musicians are playing.   

I would agree with Trevor that the service quality is probably not so good as it was, which could be down to the pressure that the crew are under, but service is still good.  Being on a Transatlantic trip will give you time to get to know the crew who are serving you.

I'm looking forward to my crossing!


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Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Adam Hodson on May 24, 2014, 11:55 AM

I'm looking forward to my crossing!


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Take lots of photos for us. :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on May 24, 2014, 01:15 PM

Take lots of photos for us. :)

I will definitely do that! :-)


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Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Adam Hodson on May 24, 2014, 01:16 PM
I will definitely do that! :-)

I'll look forward to seeing them.  :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on May 26, 2014, 05:46 PM
Found this article entirely by accident :

http://www.forbes.com/sites/stevecohen/2012/02/28/still-the-only-way-to-cross/

Very complimentary -- except for an inexplicable (and unexplained) derogatory mention of QE2...
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on May 26, 2014, 07:31 PM
Interesting.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Jul 04, 2014, 08:25 PM
Three Questions:

Does anybody else have any other advice on QM2 in terms of service or expectations for transatlantic?

My cabin is going to be an ocean view porthole (Cabin 6025) in the bow. For some reason, I'm fairly excited to have a more traditional cabin than one with a balcony, however my parent's cabin has a balcony (we still don't know what it is though). Is there anything about a bow ocean view that I should know about?

Has anyone sailed in an ocean view on QM2 Or an atrium cabin? I'm just curious about those.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jul 04, 2014, 09:23 PM
Three Questions:

Does anybody else have any other advice on QM2 in terms of service or expectations for transatlantic?

....My cabin is going to be an ocean view porthole (Cabin 6025) in the bow. ... Is there anything about a bow ocean view that I should know about?

....Has anyone sailed in an ocean view on QM2 Or an atrium cabin? I'm just curious about those.

Yes (28 nights in an outside fwd cabin on Deck 6)  - and you will enjoy it!
Specially as it won't have a restricted view, and you will always see the sea!
Balconies sometimes are a blessing well-disguised, because often on TAs the conditions are such that you can't use them!
Enjoy the ship - she is wonderful!
Lots for you to read about her on here too - including reports from our worldie / 110 nights in 2011
We were inside in a small cabin, this mattered not a jot to us!
We are 'outside' people on ships - I spent hours just over your cabin 6025 on Deck 7

About a TA - very much the same as QE2 in many respects - usually very interesting Speakers, (possibly Dr Stephen Payne even - QM2's Architect,  and you will probably have RADA Actors on board, they are well worth going to see, and Every day is a Sea day - offering a huge amount to do - or nothing! Just don't waste a minute...the time will fly by.
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Jul 05, 2014, 09:57 AM

Yes (28 nights in an outside fwd cabin on Deck 6)  - and you will enjoy it!
Specially as it won't have a restricted view, and you will always see the sea!
Balconies sometimes are a blessing well-disguised, because often on TAs the conditions are such that you can't use them!
Enjoy the ship - she is wonderful!
Lots for you to read about her on here too - including reports from our worldie / 110 nights in 2011
We were inside in a small cabin, this mattered not a jot to us!
We are 'outside' people on ships - I spent hours just over your cabin 6025 on Deck 7

About a TA - very much the same as QE2 in many respects - usually very interesting Speakers, (possibly Dr Stephen Payne even - QM2's Architect,  and you will probably have RADA Actors on board, they are well worth going to see, and Every day is a Sea day - offering a huge amount to do - or nothing! Just don't waste a minute...the time will fly by.
Rosie

Thank you very much Rosie! We also found out that my parents are in a sheltered balcony, so it seems like a good deal!
Title: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Jul 17, 2014, 06:59 PM
Okay. I got back from QM2 and it was amazing. The service was amazing. The ship was amazing, and the library and pools were amazing. We will go again. My parents were even won over. I had only two complaints. The first was that I wasn't as excited as I thought I was going to be. I was still excited, but I think it was because the ship was so modern and I have a soft spot for older liners. The second was that part of the promenade deck and the art gallery at the back smelled like sewage, however as the art gallery is only the indoor promenade to get you to the Queens room, and you can avoid that part of the promenade deck, it wasn't bad. The QM2 is still in my top five. I'm amazed the service has declined. If that is what the service is like now, then I can't imagine how amazing the service was on the QE2. I wish I could have experienced her. I also got to meet the famous film star Kim Novak (from Hitchcock's movie Vertigo) who was a guest speaker. I wasn't too fond of the buffet as it was confusing and like a stampede, however I am beginning to think that it is a mistake for Cunard to remove it in the upcoming refit. It's also the only place on the ship to get tea at 1:00 am. It's some of the best iced tea I've ever tasted. We only got to stay in London for two days and didn't get to explore anywhere else in the UK, but I can't complain. I do wish I could have seen France ( I did see France across the channel around 4:00 am as we approached Southampton), Germany, and the SS Rotterdam in the Netherlands, but that will happen next time I go.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jul 17, 2014, 07:12 PM
Okay. I got back from QM2 and it was amazing. The service was amazing. The ship was amazing, and the library and pools were amazing. We will go again. My parents were even won over. My only complaint was that I wasn't as excited as I thought I was going to be. I was still excited, but I think it was because the ship was so modern and I have a soft spot for older liners. The QM2 is still in my top five. I'm amazed the service has declined. If that is what the service is like now, then I can't imagine how amazing the service was on the QE2. I wish I could have experienced her. I also got to meet the famous film star Kim Novak (from Hitchcock's movie Vertigo) who was a guest speaker. I wasn't too fond of the buffet as it was confusing and like a stampede, however I am beginning to think that it is a mistake for Cunard to remove it in the upcoming refit. It's also the only place on the ship to get tea at 1:00 am. It's some of the best iced tea I've ever tasted. We only got to stay in London for two days and didn't get to explore anywhere else in the UK, but I can't complain. I do wish I could have seen France ( I did see France across the channel around 4:00 am as we approached Southampton), Germany, and the SS Rotterdam in the Netherlands, but that will happen next time I go.

Glad you've enjoyed it Hank!

They're not removing the buffet, they're re-doing and improving it.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Jul 17, 2014, 07:14 PM

Glad you've enjoyed it Hank!

They're not removing the buffet, they're re-doing and improving it.

Oh. Thank goodness. And thank you! :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Adam Hodson on Jul 18, 2014, 07:14 PM
Okay. I got back from QM2 and it was amazing. The service was amazing. The ship was amazing, and the library and pools were amazing. We will go again. My parents were even won over. I had only two complaints. The first was that I wasn't as excited as I thought I was going to be. I was still excited, but I think it was because the ship was so modern and I have a soft spot for older liners. The second was that part of the promenade deck and the art gallery at the back smelled like sewage, however as the art gallery is only the indoor promenade to get you to the Queens room, and you can avoid that part of the promenade deck, it wasn't bad. The QM2 is still in my top five. I'm amazed the service has declined. If that is what the service is like now, then I can't imagine how amazing the service was on the QE2. I wish I could have experienced her. I also got to meet the famous film star Kim Novak (from Hitchcock's movie Vertigo) who was a guest speaker. I wasn't too fond of the buffet as it was confusing and like a stampede, however I am beginning to think that it is a mistake for Cunard to remove it in the upcoming refit. It's also the only place on the ship to get tea at 1:00 am. It's some of the best iced tea I've ever tasted. We only got to stay in London for two days and didn't get to explore anywhere else in the UK, but I can't complain. I do wish I could have seen France ( I did see France across the channel around 4:00 am as we approached Southampton), Germany, and the SS Rotterdam in the Netherlands, but that will happen next time I go.

Great to see you enjpyed it. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.  :)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 25, 2014, 10:22 PM
This seems to convey some of the atmosphere of an Atlantic crossing on QM2 :


To be continued, it says...
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 25, 2014, 11:27 PM
This seems to convey some of the atmosphere of an Atlantic crossing on QM2 :
....To be continued, it says...

Hope so!
Yes Isabelle, just a tiny fragment! Thank you so much for a great find!

(There are so many more areas of the ship that could do with coverage - like standing on the foredeck, with the wind nearly flattening everyone, like looking up from there to see the guys on the Bridge waving, like the Library, like the up and down ride on the glass lifts, inside and out, like the choir in the Grand Lobby, like the Galley Visit, like Todd English yummy food, like the two alleyways, one with games / jigsaws and other with swiveling chairs for reading, like the bits both behind and beneath the Bridge / like the computer rooms... etc etc
It looked like a really good promo video, and possibly by guys who were using the sun beds from the Grills deck 9?!
Hoping there'll be another soon - I'm still missing the Might of Mary!)
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 27, 2014, 10:47 AM
RAW FOOTAGE of Queen Mary 2 in Stormy Weather!
Thanks to Long Long Honeymoon
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Aug 27, 2014, 09:46 PM
Nice - which deck(s) are the cabins at 2:00, 3:10 and 3:40 that allow the view of the washing machine effect?
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 27, 2014, 11:12 PM
Nice - which deck(s) are the cabins at 2:00, 3:10 and 3:40 that allow the view of the washing machine effect?

Hi Peter,
I am pretty certain that all the footage that you refer to is taken on Deck 2, first from the casino, then from the alleyways with the games tables / twirly chairs and the Golden Lion pub. Curiously, there didn't seem to be any shots from the big rectangular windows in the Britannia Restaurant on Deck 2 - we used to love watching the sea whizz by on similar occasions!
The other places where it is very impressive to watch high seas being broken by the bow are from the Library on Deck 8, and the Commodore Club, and best of all perhaps - the external 'elevators' - and if you are exceptionally fortunate, from the Bridge windows  :)
The cabin in the first part of the video is on deck 8, and the broken rail is on Deck 7 fwd.
Rosie

Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Aug 27, 2014, 11:17 PM
Thanks - if I did ever book QM2 I'd be wanting one of the outside cabins in the hull, though, not a balcony one higher up...  I know there's a few...
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 27, 2014, 11:57 PM
Thanks - if I did ever book QM2 I'd be wanting one of the outside cabins in the hull, though, not a balcony one higher up...  I know there's a few...
There are! We were in 6052 for the lovely, long St Lawrence trip, (or thereabouts, it was directly under the C of Cunard on the superstructure) - great cabin with big window. The cabins much further forward are used by speakers, entertainers etc - and by comparison, they are fairly basic as well as being on the receiving end of the odd bump - noise of the waves in big seas!  Peter, you'd love QM2 - in many respects she is grand, however as far as friendliness goes - QV is The ship for the warmest atmosphere of all - she really has managed to adopt many of the goodness that QE2 gave us!
(btw - we've never had a balcony, not just for economical reasons - also because for much of the time in northern waters, they have to remain 'off-limits', due to 'inclement' weather. We did have one in the Med once - I left doors open to be closer to the sea, with curtains shoved in to stop them shutting - woke up by dripping, and our steward unhappy as A/C had gone on strike! Never again. On QV earlier this year, I got permission to sleep out on the open decks, as well as a the odd quizzical look!)

Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Sep 25, 2014, 07:09 AM

There are! We were in 6052 for the lovely, long St Lawrence trip, (or thereabouts, it was directly under the C of Cunard on the superstructure) - great cabin with big window. The cabins much further forward are used by speakers, entertainers etc - and by comparison, they are fairly basic as well as being on the receiving end of the odd bump - noise of the waves in big seas!  Peter, you'd love QM2 - in many respects she is grand, however as far as friendliness goes - QV is The ship for the warmest atmosphere of all - she really has managed to adopt many of the goodness that QE2 gave us!
(btw - we've never had a balcony, not just for economical reasons - also because for much of the time in northern waters, they have to remain 'off-limits', due to 'inclement' weather. We did have one in the Med once - I left doors open to be closer to the sea, with curtains shoved in to stop them shutting - woke up by dripping, and our steward unhappy as A/C had gone on strike! Never again. On QV earlier this year, I got permission to sleep out on the open decks, as well as a the odd quizzical look!)

I had one of the bow cabins too. 6025.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Sep 25, 2014, 07:10 AM

On QV earlier this year, I got permission to sleep out on the open decks, as well as a the odd quizzical look!)

How fun!
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Hank Hargrove on Sep 25, 2014, 07:12 AM

Peter, you'd love QM2 - in many respects she is grand, however as far as friendliness goes - QV is The ship for the warmest atmosphere of all - she really has managed to adopt many of the goodness that QE2 gave us!

I love the QM2 very much. I have yet to try QV.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Feb 23, 2015, 05:09 PM
Lately, RMS Queen Mary 2 has received mixed reviews - and these have ranged from OK,  or 'not bad' to dismal.
She is in fact looking in good shape; currently steaming south from Hong Kong towards Borneo in Malaysia, we are thoroughly enjoying her good looks as well as her company!
Will write more as soon as there is a decent internet connection within reach.
Rosie
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Keith Nicholas on Apr 08, 2015, 09:54 PM
She is a truely first class ship
I've been on here a number of times and it's always been 1st class
A ture scusseor to qe2
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Apr 09, 2015, 11:35 AM
She is a truely first class ship
I've been on here a number of times and it's always been 1st class
A ture scusseor to qe2


Thanks Keith for your comment about QM2.  You are right she is a nice ship and the service is always good. 
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Graham Taylor on Apr 10, 2015, 08:40 AM
The next refit is in Dec 2016 so hopefully her interiors will not get too tired until then as it will have been five years since the last refit.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Jun 07, 2015, 07:15 PM
The next refit is in Dec 2016 so hopefully her interiors will not get too tired until then as it will have been five years since the last refit.

Hi Graham
It could be before December - we understood it was to be May, 2016 - Capt Wells!
Hoping all's ok with you - time for another trip on the water, methinks!
Lots of Good Wishes
Rosie


Have you seen this, found on yahoo.com
Travel - there doesn't seem to be a weblink :(

 Sting Dishes on His (Brief) Stint as a Cruise Ship Singer
by Sid Lipsey - November 3rd, 2015
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Graham Taylor on Jun 11, 2015, 12:56 PM
I'm well thanks Rosie, touring the Rhine Valley and now on to Bavaria. Looking forward to my two night stay on the SS Rotterdam in 6 days.
Title: Re: Whats she like?
Post by: Twynkle on Aug 05, 2015, 09:07 AM
A great image - 'Queen Mary 2 departs Brooklyn',
NYC 4.8.2015
https://flic.kr/p/wDjJ39

The Observation deck looks almost unpopulated, however it's possible to see very many crew on the Crew deck, and passengers on Deck 13 as well as her rather scruffy boot top!

Title: Re: What's she like?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 11, 2015, 08:40 PM
To my mind, the best answer to the question in the subject line is to be found in Rob's review (July 2015) and the various responses to it :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,6849.0.html
Title: QM2: Birth of a Legend
Post by: kevinh on Jan 17, 2018, 08:40 PM
I only watched to 24:41 of the documentary, "QM2: Birth of a Legend", and it is mostly about how she was built. But it is an incredible video regardless. I think one of my favorite parts (I skipped to some parts) was when I watched her final sea trials, when they pushed her all out to just above 30 knots, and I got to see how small the bow wave was, thanks to her bulb.

I may not have the patience to watch an hour and 30 minute documentary, lol,  ::) but it is good regardless.

Long live the Queen! :)
Title: Re: QM2: Birth of a Legend
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Jan 17, 2018, 09:06 PM
I only watched to 24:41 of the documentary, "QM2: Birth of a Legend"...

A book with that name is mentioned above, here :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1357.msg62969.html#msg62969

Could you please also let us have the details of the documentary? Is it on YouTube?
Title: Re: QM2: Birth of a Legend
Post by: kevinh on Jan 18, 2018, 02:47 AM
A book with that name is mentioned above, here :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1357.msg62969.html#msg62969

Could you please also let us have the details of the documentary? Is it on YouTube?

Well I can't really give much details other than that it was primarily about how she was built and tested like I previously said, but yes, it is on YouTube.
Link:
Thomas already posted it in the QM2: Still Speedy! article.