Oops! I shouild have added -- before the barrage begins -- that we are unresentfully happy Third Class passengers (who just happen to love caviar), and we're pleased that it's offered free to those of a Higher Station.
For lovers of caviar, just buy your own. You could buy a lot of caviar for the the £3000 difference between Princess and Queens grill.
Practical as ever !
As for the definition of third class, who needs a view anyway, how long do you spend in your cabin looking out the window? On QE2 they close the deadlight over your porthole if the weather looks dodgy, so you've paid for the view you don't end up getting.
The choice, for me at least, is to travel three times a year third class or once a year upper class. This year is a third class year.
I agree. There is too much of a price difference between the rooms with a balcony and those without- since I figure to be sleeping most of the time I'm in my room. I've stayed at a fabulous hotel in upstate NY for over 20 years now and I've learned to get the least expensive room because I'm not in it that much. Then I have more money to use for other things. I've never regretted it. Now, if money were no object... But not many of us can say that!
Tom (and James), You have definitely got a problem, it's sad to see you have no ^@*&#% idea! Maybe you should try a different cruise line, where you will be able to be your class, whatever that is, and then you would stop trying to put everyone else into your class society...
Why are people so sensitive about the "class" issue on the QM2? Granted- I'm sure that it's not like on the Titantic, with 1st, 2nd and Steerage,(and since I'm booked in an inside staterrom, I'm closer to "Steerage). I don't doubt that I'll be treated very well nonetheless. And personally, if I were booked in one of the Queen's or Princess Grill rooms and spent all that extra money, I'd expect some extra perks. So I don't think that Tom (and James) begrudge those people what they paid for, but on the other hand, they're saying don't pretend there isn't a little separation by class on board either.
Sorry- I don't mean to speak for anyone, but the tone is getting a little nasty here.
I have never noticed any issues of class on Cunard, I do believe people are having a little bit of a laugh in their postings here. The only time you know someones grade is when they are sitting at their dinner table.
I think the lowest grades are the best value on QE2 anyway and suspect the same of QM2 (I will not have a true opinion until my trip on her in three weeks time).
Cunard seem to have a few issues with quality and consistency of service. For quality just go Radisson and they have plenty of caviar flying arround.
Jon, I agree with you. We were assigned Queens Grill on the QE2 and I believe that while we received excellent service, the same could be said for the other dining assignments. We were in an "S" suite on the Zuiderdam last summer and received many perks but the rest of the passengers had a great time also not even knowing they were missing the perks we received. We are in the Britannia next month on the QM2 and will observe if I feel "slighted" As far as caviar, as a New Yorker, I can buy it in numerous gourmet shops at a cost far less than the difference in category price on the QM2. My factor in choosing the category is based on price, quality of accomodations and itinerary. If I plan on spending much time in the stateroom, then that factor will enhance that aspect.
All the best.