One thing cruisers should know is that QM 2 may not be the best choice when picking a cruise ship, especially in the Caribbean. Because of her size, there are few places she can dock. Instead, tenders (boats) will carry passengers between the ship at anchor and the dock. This will cut into your time ashore.
on the 3/6 sailing we docked in panama and curacao, tendered in st. maarten and st. thomas. candidly, the tendering process made it EASIER by going directly into the downtown area as the ship piers were a very long walk or taxi ride from downtown. so half dozen one to the other! the tendering on qm2 was handled VERY efficiently for us and offered a nice opportunity to "see" the ship as she should be, in the water lol, great photo ops.
Well Anne, here we go again, anything else you can find wrong with QM2 , please don't be afraid to point it out.
We find using the tenders far more fun than being tied up at some dodgy wharf, three miles from town, like some other people we enjoy being on the ship, so for us there is no need to rush ashore, we will get there in our own time, and wow, what a great way to get some pics... We have tendered many times on QE2, and now on QM2, and can't wait to be on board again...
When are you going again? You sound like you would be fun to cruise with! My husband and I are going on our first trip from Southampton to NY on July 22. Flying over the week before to see England and Scotland.
Again, the tender process was welcomed as when if you did dock in St. Maarten (with 5 other ships) you're dealing with 9,000 other passengers from opther ships trying to get a cab or rental car. When you sail on the QM2 you're going for the ship not the destination, hence, the ship was built for transatlantic crossings with six days of being onboard without a port of call. The saving grace is that there is so much to do onboard that when you stop in St. Thomas (where there's NOTHING to do but shop and if you've been there more than a few times who cares?) you have the option to attend a lecture onboard, go to a cooking class, visit the library or stroll the deck. The QM2 caters to those who wish to introduce culture into their lives. What other ship offers a worthy lecture and/or Hamlet onboard? Most ships idea of a lecture is a port shopping speech and I don't think anyone really cares where they can find the best diamond or emerald.