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David Killen

Age: 57


Number of Cruises: 2

Cruise Line: Cunard

Ship: Queen Mary 2

Sailing Date: 04-26-2009

Itinerary: Transatlantic Package

Took the Cunard cruise package to include flights, transfers and 2 nights hotel accommodation in New York -no problems with any of these individual stages. Check in at QM2's Brooklin terminal was quick and the welcome on board fantastic. Our AA cabin was smallish, but well equipped. The ship's interiors are absolutely astounding - even better than any brochure or DVD had described them. Booked the QM2 for my wifes 50th birthday because what other ship, cruise-line or crossing could possibly provide the memories of such an occasion as a Cunard Queen ? The QM2 did not let us down !

Dined in the intimate Club Britannia Restaurant every evening, and both the service and food were of the very high standard expected of a Cunard ship. For breakfast, lunch and evening snacks we used one of the King's Court self service venues which, although not exactly gourmet standard, was very good and offered plenty of variety.

Smaller than we expected for a AA cabin, but really had everything we needed to meet our needs. The television offered a wide range of daily films and on-board information (such a weather reports, news and lectures). The bathroom (shower room really) was again smallish but adequate, and we were provided with terry-towel bathrobes and slippers. The balcony was rarely used, but only because the high winds on our crossing kept us indoors. Eric, our Steward, was always on hand if we needed anything, but he always seemed to want to provide our 'turn-down' service when we were getting dressed etc. for dinner.

Plenty of choice for everybody and for all tastes, from dancing, theatre, spa, gym, casino and bars (Commodore Club fantastic for cocktails), to internet (bit expensive to use), table-tennis, inddoor pool/s and even board-games. We spent a great deal of time simply exploring the ship's interiors, admiring the fantastic works of art and ship's furniture and fittings - this may sound a bit boring, but believe me it is anything but, especially when you can stop off for a nice cocktail or glass of wine along the way.

No excursions on transatlantic voyage, but I would advise a few days in New York either pre. or post cruise. Adds that wee bit something special to the whole package. Hence I have given four stars to excursion rating above.

This isn't really a cruise, as cruises go. This is THE classic voyage of all sea voyages. Over the years, crossing the Atlantic Ocean, in either direction, on board a Cunard Queen (of whatever era) has become a very British/English Institution. Forget the fact that the Queen Mary 2 was built in France or that Cunard is now American owned, or indeed that the great majority of the crew are from the Far East and other foreign shores. Thisvoyage and everything this ship has to offer is all about British tradition,culture and heritage. My wife, Sheila, has since confessed that when I told her of my plans for her Birthday celebrations she was a bit disappointed that she would not be going on a Caribbean cruise, or on an exotic beach holiday on a tropical island. She now acknowledges that nothing, but nothing, could ever have given her the fantastic collection of memories and experiences that her six days on board this fabulous modern-day Queen of the high seas has given her. Some cruises, no matter how luxurious the ships, or how exotic the ports of call are are too soon easily forgotten. A Transatlantic crossing on board this beautiful Queen, with all her elegance and majesty, is something that can never be erased from the memory.

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