Is the QM2 for a 30 something crowd and gay friendly?
My boyfriend and I are planning a trip on the QM2 out of NY to the Caribbean on Oct 31. We've been on many other liners, but never Cunard. Is there any nightlight (Disco, Nightclub). Will we feel "out of place"? Were both 35 and it would be nice to cruise with other 30 and 40 something crowds :-)
Earlier this year the QM2 had a gay charter transatlantic crossing; I've heard the staff worked wonderfully well. They are experienced and any time the ship leaves Red Hook mid-30s gays may even find groups on, booked by Pied Piper, for the ship is very friendly.
The disco there is always a highspot of night life! You may be suprised the passengers will be younger than you'd expect and there'll be many you'll want to know!
Re: Is the QM2 for a 30 something crowd and gay friendly?
My wife and I (I was 41 - she is Japanese and was 32) went on the 2004 maiden voyage and loved it. On that voyage - which was special because it was the maiden and the Queen mary 2 is an ocean liner and not a cruise ship - we were in the Top ten youngest on board. But that was what we wanted. The people - regardless of age - were great! We heard so much - learned so much - and still keep in contact with several folks who were at our table.
As for the gay friendly thing... on that voyage their was a sizeable number of gay passengers; so much so that one could not seriously mingle and meet a significant number people without encounter gay folks. The ship was aptly named.
I remember one lady at our dinner table talking about the 8th deck aft - with the pool and whirlpools - saying "it belongs to the gays!" We laughed.
You'll have a great time. The Queen Mary 2 stands unique among ships these days. First and foremost she is an ocean liner - designed like an ocean liner - built like an ocean liner. She's classy on the outside, classier on the inside. Unlike cruise ships, she doesn't have these goofy winding halls that naviagte around intrusive gaudy casinos and shopping malls smack-dab in the middle of the ship on the major decks. Sure the QM2 has shops and a casino, but they are strategically placed and you're not forced to traverse them or even realise they are there unless you want to. The main decks on the QM2 are serviced right down the middle of the ship via wide carpeted hallways of beautiful panels, art work etc. A vast unobstructed view from the grand atrium down 700 feet to the entrance of the Britiannia Restaurant is just one example of the beauty and romantic majesty that went into the design of this ship. And that is just one of the main hallways. And you will really appreciate the rear of the ship with its many teered levels with pools and whirlpools - another benefit of the ship being an ocean liner .
You will not feel a bit out of place .QM2 IS VERY GAY-FRIENDLY .I saw several gay couples mainly in your age group .Most travellers are older and will not even notice .When I cruised on QM2 LATELY IT EVEN HAD MEETINGS FOR FRIENDS OF BILL AND fRIENDS OF DOROTHY IN ONE OF THE BARS AT SPECIFIED TIMES.tHERE WERE AT LEAST 10 COUPLES AF ONE OF THE Frinds of Bill Meetings- yOU WILL HAVE A REALLY ENJOYABLE HOLIDAY IN A VERY SAFE ENVIRONMENT . Have a wonderful cruise!