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Old January 15th, 2007, 02:20 PM
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Default Queen mary 2 on New Years's Eve

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I recently came home from the Queen Mary 2 New years Eve Cruise.

To summarise - for American passangers - give this ship a wide birth. It is expensive, over-crowded, badly air-conditioned, over-hyped, cigarette smoke all over, lousy public rooms,poor excusions, over-priced drinks, and poor cabins.

HOTELS
Avoid at all costs the Wyndham Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. It is a dump and fleapit. Stay in Miami.

SHIP INFO
Huge and over-crowded. The crew are OK, but basically this a Carnival ship in a Cunard disguise. Do not expect anything but feeble attemts to emulate the old Cunard Line.

For $2400 per person, I expected a lot. I did not get it:
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1) Breakfast in bed was consistently greasy & bad.
2) The public rooms are small and hot.
3) On New Years Eve, the ballroom accomodated only 500 people. Group tours received preference e.g. Singles Travel International. We could not get in. What a rip-off. We spent the evening in the smoke-filled Golden Lion Pub - what a disappointment.
4) The so-called queensize beds are merely two singles pushed
together, with a prominent ridge in the middle. Thi is very
uncomfortable.
5) The food in the Britannia is great, but the Kings Court Group is shoddy, poorly planned, and has the atmosphere of a burger at Walmart.
6) Service quite good on the ship as a whole. But getting drinks on deck is impossible.Very little privacy.
7) On the 4th day of the cruise, Cunard started diluting and underpouring the drinks. I found this unacceptable. 8) Their practice of adding a 15% gratuity and then also leaving space for a tip is ludicrous and dishonest.
9) The ship is very poorly sign-posted, and there are too few restrooms.
10) There are too few observation lounges.
11) Of the 8 nights at sea, 3 dinners were formal. In my mind, this is overkill.
12) The much ballyhood Pirates Ball was a bust. Only very few in costume, chaotic, and not a lot of fun. We left in disgust. Drinks were being diluted and underpoured.

I sensed confusion in the crew - often wrong times on the cabin TV, and wrong wakeup calls.

ACTIVITIES
Very poor. Little going on. Prominent spots for religious services.

ENTERTAINMENT
Average, and British oriented. One show was poor. The Royal Court Theatre was too hot.

CABINS
Only just OK. You should book an in-hull balcony cabin. All others are over-priced or dismal.
Size: good. Bathroom nice.
Furniture: Beds very poor.. Adequate storage. Couch comfortable. Table much too small. Lighting - not romantic.
The in-cabin TV broke down a lot, and the PA system could not be made to work.

ACTIVITIES
Very poor. Little going on. Prominent spots for religious services. Few movies, poor lectures, few dance lessons.
Very little live music.
There was only one chess set & one scrabble set on the whole ship.

SHORE EXCURSIONS
Wide choice, but very disappointing, and badly organised. I think Cunard must have outsourced these to some shady operaters. We were crammed in to a shabby taxi on St. Kitts, which was overloaded by two passangers. There was no commentary. Advice: hire your own taxi.
Barbados, St. Kitts & St. Thomas are poverty stricken, dirty & a waste of time.

TEA
4pm tea is a joke: only one tea available (English Breakfast). Not hot, but luke-warm. Accompanying sandwidges would not be out of place in a homeless shelter.

ENTERTAINMENT
Average, and British oriented. One show was poor. The Royal Court Theatre was too hot.

DANCES
Outside - only OK. Very expensive drinks.
Inside - OK if you could get in.

EMBARKATION
Good and fairly quick (2 hours)

DIS-EMBARKATION
Chaotic, poorly planned, and a vacation ruiner. All the luggage is piled in one place, when it is supposed to be sorted. It took me 45 minutes to find all my bags. I was on the priority list to dis-embark. This seems a farce, as I was repeatedly held up. The transport bus was hard to find. Hint: use a taxi.
Fort Lauderdale airport cannot hold 2000 travellers. We were in line for 5 hours, and made it to our flight with minutes to spare, exhausted. Hint: depart from another airport eg Miami, and don't use US Air.

IN SUMMARY
DON'T EVEN THINK OF CRUISING ON THIS VESSEL.
IT NEARLY RUINED MY MARRIAGE
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We've been on it twice, loved every minute, and am already booked again next year.
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I was on last July and had a blast. I was also on about 2 years ago and ship was need of a little improvement. You have to understand Cunard to love Cunard. This ship is a transatlantic ship, not a cruise ship as such. You did not understand how Cunard operates. Soory you had a bad experience.
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