I booked the July 2, 2005 cruise to nowhere on the QM2. It is a major expense for me and probably the only time I will ever be on the QM2. A once in a lifetime that I am really looking forward to.
I am concerned that I have made the right choice. Yesterday a friend told me that QM2 was high on the list for food poisonings and that the buffet meal restaurants were not cleaned up, food on the floor etc.
I 'd like to hear from anyone who has been on board. Should I keep my dream or should I cancel?
Where did your freind get this information from? I would want to investigate it before reaching a conclusion.
Two years ago, a tablemate on the QE2 told horror story upon horror story about the QE2, yet she was on her 16th crossing and none of these things had actually happened to her, only people she had heard about.
We had a fabulous time on QM2 (8 days) on the 10 May sailing.
There is only one Buffet Restaurant -- the King's Court -- for Breakfast and Lunch. They turn it into three "alternative" sit-down restaurants for dinner. I saw no terrible food situations for cleanliness. If anything, the whole ship was spotless. Any buffet line will have the occasional spill and dropped plate of food. In the King's Court there are A LOT of people milling around, so this is bound to happen. Also, I heard of no one with "food poisoning" on our sailing. I wouldn't be worried.
If you cancel, you'll be missing out on the experience of a lifetime. I took the QM2 for a three-day "cruise to nowhere" in May, and I will never forget it. Remember, almost nothing is perfect, but the memories of this wonderful ship, if you have an open mind, will be with your forever.
Hope you decide to keep your reservations. You won't regret it.
Why pay all that money for a cruise and then opt for a buffet?
The King's Court is great for grabbing a cup of coffee at an odd time, but best of the QM2 experience having your meals in the restaurant--getting to know the people at your table, trying some great dishes that you'd never have at home, simply being waited on.
The things you mention are false. I was on the June 11th cruise to the Caribbean and the King's Court area was very clean...cleaner than my local grocery store and the food area's where the food is served from was very clean. I happened to be walking through the area one night and the crew was scrubbing everything down...all was very sanitary.
I don`t know who told that information, your friend must be talking about something else. I was just on the April 16th-22th voyage and I`ll tell you I had the time of my life. This is a ship you can really apprecate and you`ll regret it if you don`t go. Again I belive you owe to yourself and on the most famous ship in the world.
I would sail on the QM2 and have a great time. There may be isolated cases of sickness in any gathering of this many people be it in a hotel, hospital. In the vast majority of cases it is nothing to do with the ship but maybe due to food/drink eaten ashore. Too much Sun can cause sickness and dare I say it, over indulging can be a cause.