I understand that there are distinct differences in the various classes on the QE2 but what difference is there within the same class? (Example M1 and M3). I've read a few comments that the QE2 is getting too old...complaints about musty smells, etc. Are these true or just rumors? I'm really interested in cruising on the QE2 so I can experience an old-fashioned luxury liner before she's retired but would hate to be stuck on a smelly ship for 6 days! Any advice from the CM staff would be greatly appreciated.
Well... having sailed on her twice transatlantic in the last two years, and toured her up in New York a few weeks ago, I can tell you that she's in superb shape... crisp, clean and purring like a kitten. And yes, there are differences between the Mauretania Grade cabins... size and location, primarily. Remember, all the cabins in the same class are not necessarily the same size or layout. You need to have your t/a get you specifics on any cabin you are considering... regardless of category. Also, remember there are no convertible beds (into queen or king) until you reach the Caronia 1 category.
There is nothing in the world like a transatlantic crossing on this magnificent LINER.
Sorry folks...the QE 2 doesn't stack up to todays cruiseliners.Yes she is a very seaworthy lady and we sailed in some rough weather, but the design features of todays ships and openess make the QE 2 less than magnificent to me. ( sailed world cruise and transatlantic).
I appreciate your viewpoint. This is only my 2nd cruise, my first one being on the Pacific Princess last year so this will be my first experience on a grand cruiseliner. The PP will be retired next year and I am glad to be able to say I sailed on her so I'm thinking that the QE2 will be similar in experience. I just want to make sure the QE2 isn't in such bad shape that it would ruin our trip. I'm planning to save the glitz, glitter and gargantuan of today's cruiseships for later voyages.
I am not a glitz person, nor do I like the giant liners that continue to be more like resorts than ships. My personal favorite size ship is in the medium range of 60--80 thousand ton range. Ships that sail in the Celebrity, Holland America fleet are more what I enjoy.
They are similar in tonage to the QE 2, but have made improvements in cabin design and amemities that are not offered on the QE 2.(unless you have a suite or something along that line). Todays liners also offer much more glass and allow you to see the sea and or sights from many locations. The QE has limited ares'a for viewing and limited deck or walking space.
Again, I will admitt the QE 2 is very seaworthy vessel and she handels great in rough sea's, but improvements in ship design, and comforts are noticible when reviewing "regular cabin's" on the QE vs " regular cabin's" on lets say Celebrity.
I do wish you the best while on your voyage.
P.S. I love old ships and have had experiences on some "clasic liners" of the past.