I do gather that while QM2 is doing a world cruise its doing only 20 or so ports, where as QE2 is stil doing her regular round the world voyage, as for the end of QE2, there are at present rumours doing the circuit that QE2 is in line for a refit to extend her life yet again, Great news indeed for all of us QE2 die hards!!!!
LONG LIVE THE QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 !!!!!
We've just come off a 12-night cruise on QE2 around the Wester Med. The ship was clean and comfortable and yes, the decor is 1960's. So what? There was plenty of evidence showing money being spent on furniture and fittings and the ship happily cruised at speeds nearing 30 knots (smoothly). Service and food in the Caronia restaurant was superb and the cabin was the best we've had on any ship - plenty of room, plenty of storage, walk-in closets, large bathroom with marble surround to the basin. People at our table were so impressed, they booked the cabin for a 21-day cruise in September 2006.
A few people said they were trying the ship for the first time but wouldn't go on it again - they wanted big and brash - poolside games, jolly fun in every lounge, spectacular stage shows. QE2 is a quiet ship and we love it. This was our third cruise on her and we will book again. The ship was full. Surely that says something about it?
QM2 to make its first round-the-world voyage for Cunard in 2007
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. -- Cunard Line is putting the Queen Mary 2 on the World Cruise route in 2007.
The 151,000-ton QM2 will make its first round-the-world voyage from Fort Lauderdale via Rio de Janeiro; San Francisco; Honolulu; Sydney; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Alexandria, Egypt; Athens; Rome; and Southampton, England.
The QM2 will round Cape Horn in South America instead of slipping through the Panama Canal, which is how the Queen Elizabeth 2 will get from Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles on its 2007 world voyage.
While the QM2 will be embarking on its first world cruise, the QE2 will be leaving on its 25th.
Both ships are doing world cruises. QE2 will do the traditional world cruise from NYC via the Panama Canal and around Africa on the final leg (109 days). Queen Mary 2 will do a world cruise (80 days) that will take her around South America, over to Australia, into Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, through the Suez Canal and into the Mediterranean and then back to Lauderdale via Southampton.. Both ships will sail in tandem from Fort Lauderdale, and will be together in Sydney. This will be QE2's 25th World Cruise and probably her last. Queen Mary's cruise will involve fewer ports and many days at sea. I have booked the full QE2 world cruise.
YES! indeed, Cunard are now accepting world cruise bookings
for both QE2 and QM2 in 2007.
THANKS for the information! We are already going around the Horn on the QM2 in January 2006 and bemoaning the fact that we would miss the QE2 so will be checking on a possible discount for QE2 2007 while on the QM2.
Hi. I don't know about the Queen Mary, but we have just "held" a cabin on the QE2 for the World Cruise starting January, 2007.
We are trying desperately to make a decision (poor us! ) between the QE2 and Holland America's Amsterdam for the same length of time (about 108 days) but with very different pricing and itineraries. Each ship has very definite pluses and minuses.
We are scared to death to choose the wrong one, for us, as we have been saving for this trip for years!, literally, and it will pretty well wipe us out for some time to come. We've put off the trip three times (and years) now, so we are determined to go in 2007!
We checked out the itineraries for the other three so-called "World" Cruises on Crystal, Radisson and Seabourne, but disliked all three for different reasons, some of which were their trips were not even real "world" cruises, just pieces, and started and ended in different and sometimes very strange places.
Any experiences or comments on either the QE2 or Amsterdam that might shed some more light on our delightful dilemma would be greatly appreciated. Thanks. pw
Yes, but not "someone", Cunard. We have not actually booked yet, but must make our final decision by this Friday (Aug. 19th) with a deposit IF we are to have the cabin we now have on hold. Oh. Just saw the subject line of your message. I meant the QE2! Sorry, but maybe that information is of interest. pw
Did anyone on QE-2 WC 2005 survive? Please post something about trip good,bad or indifferent. Hope soneone survived to warn the rest of us about the trip Are you all being held captive and not permitted to use e-mail . Someonr must have taken classes at the computer center
mclean, we had a wonderful time as we always do on the QE2.
We were in the Caronia restaurant category and had wonderful service, as always.
I was sick and confined to our cabin (on doctor's orders) between NY and Ft. Lauderdale and then my daughter apparently caught a cold and was sick between LA and Hawaii. But none of that was due to the ship.
It is our favorite ship albeit, a bit "long in the tooth", but that is the part we appreciate most. Almost all the passengers are "civilized" and not looking for a "party ship".
They know how to dress appropriately and comport themselves.