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Old September 19th, 2007, 01:16 PM
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What is the food like and also the restaurants that need reservations, what are they like?

I am on the Transatlantic on 19th October and would also like to know if it was formal, formal every night ... what about during the days .. does it need to be smart casual or can you dress really comfortably? Thanks.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 02:01 AM
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We went on the 2004 January maiden voyage and ate in the Britannia and other speciality restuarants. For women it is generally easy to dress... wear a dress... and a smarter one on formal nights! For men, we found that formal nights meant a tuxedo and on non-formal nights men generally wore a suit and tie - jacket optional. I for one never once wore a tuxedo. I went black suit and tie on regular nights and for formal nights I wore a black, three-piece textured designer suit with high-zippered vest, and a jacket that had short upturned gothic collars; something a vampire might wear. Actually, I had three people asking me for addresses on where to buy one. So formal nights are either a tux or a black three-piece from what I read in the brochures.

During the days in the morning/afternoon casual buffet style areas, most people were casual, everything with gap casual pants and short-sleeve button ups to shorts and T-shirts. One guy even came for breakfast in his bath rob and holding his big teddy bear that he takes on every cruise. He was a real character.

Overall... I was very delighted with the quality of the passengers we saw onboard. Formal night was FORMAL night and regular nights meant you still dressed with some degree of sophistication. A major contrast to the typical "cruise ships" like NCL and RC where formal night gets you everything from people wearing sweaters and casual pants, to a dress shirt and a tie with jeans. Ehghad!!!


And DO try the Todd English restaurant. I understand they have changed the menu, but when we went it was quite simply the BEST food we had ever eaten in our lives. I had a steak and it was so good I had tears in my eyes!!!
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Thank you for your great information ... do you have any other tips for the cruise, i.e. entertainment .. how was it? bars ... which was the best? ... the casino ... did you win? Thanks again. GE
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On a crossing you will have 3 formal nights and for the most part people do dress up.
I dine mostly in Britannia for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I've never had a problem with the menus. There is always something to tempt me. I've never had a meal that I couldn't or wouldn't eat. Meaning I've never had to send a meal back to the kitchen.
In the evenings one section of the King's Court (deck 7) remains buffet for anyone not wanting to dress up for the dining room.
Several others are turned into bistro-style with reservations required. I dined one evening in La Piazza with friends and the food and service were fantastic.
You can view the menus in the dining room or on your interactive TV.
I use the King's Court mainly for cups of tea and snacks. Because I travel solo I prefer the dining room where I can share a table and conversation and I prefer being waited upon.
The pub lunches in the Golden Lion are popular as well.
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Thanks for the info ... have you any specific tips for my first QM2 cruise?
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Old September 25th, 2007, 11:33 AM
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What is the food like and also the restaurants that need reservations, what are they like?

I am on the Transatlantic on 19th October and would also like to know if it was formal, formal every night ... what about during the days .. does it need to be smart casual or can you dress really comfortably? Thanks.
It´s difficult to tell about the food. I have only sailed in Queens Grille on the QM2 and food is excellent (service not in par).

On present crossings there are three formal, one informal and two elegant casual evenings. Daytime is "really comfortable".
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The food in the restuarants has gotten consistently better over the years. I thought the steaks and the lamb in the Britannia the last time (Sept. 07) were really excellent.

I am not a big fan of the King's Court. It is just not well-laid out in comparison to the buffets on some other ships. Also, buffet food is always inferior to food that is served in restaurants. For one thing, it has been sitting around in warming dishes until you pick it up. Having said that, the food in King's Court is comprable to that in other shipboard buffets.

There are also a number of smaller eating venues on QM2. If you like traditional pub food, the Golden Lion is good at lunch time. It is very popular, however, so it is good to get there early.

One venue that is only open occasionally is the outdoor Boardwalk Cafe near the funnel. It is a very nice locale on sunny days. The food (hamburgers etc), however, is not really up to QM2 standards.

I have posted quite a few photos, thoughts and materials about QM2, which is in every sense a great ship, at http://www.beyondships.com/QM2.html

I hope this is helpful.
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The food in the restuarants has gotten consistently better over the years. I thought the steaks and the lamb in the Britannia the last time (Sept. 07) were really excellent.

I am not a big fan of the King's Court. It is just not well-laid out in comparison to the buffets on some other ships. Also, buffet food is always inferior to food that is served in restaurants. For one thing, it has been sitting around in warming dishes until you pick it up. Having said that, the food in King's Court is comprable to that in other shipboard buffets.

There are also a number of smaller eating venues on QM2. If you like traditional pub food, the Golden Lion is good at lunch time. It is very popular, however, so it is good to get there early.

One venue that is only open occasionally is the outdoor Boardwalk Cafe near the funnel. It is a very nice locale on sunny days. The food (hamburgers etc), however, is not really up to QM2 standards.

I have posted quite a few photos, thoughts and materials about QM2, which is in every sense a great ship, at http://www.beyondships.com/QM2.html

I hope this is helpful.
Well, compared to what it used to be a few years ago on the QEII, it has gotten better.

As for King´s Court it´s just like a long corridor and it´s sometimes difficult to find what you want.

The Boardwalk Café is very nice in my opinion and food is definitely OK up there if you like the free fresh wind in your hair. It´s a pity they are only open "when it suits them".
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The food is just lovely -a wide selection and all beautifully presented .We ate in The Princess Grill Diningroom almost exclusively .
Once, we had breakfast in Britannia and it was excellent too .
There were 3 formal nghts during our cruise, this month, of The Med. and a couple of semi-formal nights .The men wore tuxedos and I wore evening type pants and assorted tops.The dressiest occasion was the Black and White night which was also the night of the Commadores Cocktail Party .Really the same clothes will do for both occasions .During the day people wore casual clothes but no brief shorts .I wore mainly slacks and tee-shirts or blouses .Bring a jacket or cardi as it can be relatively cool esp in the theatre when you are sitting still -the shows are great .Dont miss Rock at the Opera .Enjoy your trip .You will love it as we did . 8) 8)
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I am from Boston, and Todd English has several restaurants, in and around. One in my town, Figs has closed, but boy could that man cook. His restaurant onboard, would be at the top of my list to try.Thanks
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We were on the QM2 for the Splendors of Fall trip, NYC up to Quebec City and back, Sept. 24 - Oct. 7, 2007. This was our first-ever trip.

We reserved so late that our only choice was Princess Jr. Suite, meaning we ate in the Princess Grill. We were very very happy with the arrangements (in spite of the cost!) The Grill was the very bestest part of the ship (more below).

Although we could have eaten in the Princess Grill for every meal, we have young children and sometimes needed to get a meal for them from the restaurants in the Kings Court area. The Carvery buffet worked best for us - food was fine but nothing great. And with young kids, that's enough.

The first informal night, we returned to the ship a bit late with very tired children and didn't want to hassle with dressing them up ("informal" is just a slightly relaxed version of "formal" in our experience -- for kids, at least, it takes the effort of tidying them up and getting them in nicer clothes, hard at the end of the day). I went down to the Carvery and found it was by reservation only, which caught me by surprise. There were a number of other passengers caught of guard wondering what they would do for dinner, as they were not letting anyone get anything to eat if they hadn't planned ahead. I think the Food and Beverage Manager, Bernhard Fischer, was having a hard time with his staff and the number of confused guests, as I heard him being very loud and irritated with some waiters. I wanted to ask him what we could do about the kids' meal, as the buffet that night was at the Lotus area and not something they would eat (and room service was so backed up that they weren't able to pick up the phone). He just about bit my head off - didn't let me finish one sentence, and barked at me that the information was printed in the daily program. When I looked at the program again, the header of the front page said it was informal dress, and under each restaurant on the back page it said "reservations suggested." But nothing indicated that we wouldn't be able to eat without reservations. I thought it was a real failing of Cunard not to make this part of the program explicitly clear, and of course Mr. Fischer was beyond the pale in blaming a passenger for being in the wrong rather than listening to see what help he could provide.

From this I learned: read the program, all pages, very carefully the night it is delivered. Highlight the info you want to find easily, as it's scattered about the various pages. Expect that informal nights will be heavy on the room service staff and plan ahead.

We had lunch at Todd English, and enjoyed it but didn't find it anything to rave about. It didn't seem notable compared to many of the fine restaurants in Northern California. The dishes were very good and beautifully presented, so it felt like a special treat, but not stellar. I think it would be a lot of fun for a bigger group having dinner together, but at lunch for 2 it didn't make much impact. DO figure out ahead of embarkation what night you would like to dine there and sign up for your reservation as soon as you get on-board: they have a table set up somewhere along the halls of Deck 3 between the Grand Lobby and the stores or elevators where you can make a reservation on your way to finding your stateroom.

The Princess Grill was the thing that made the trip for us. The food was excellent, and customized to each of our restrictions or wants. I subconsciously expected the service to be grand and a bit snobby, but it was the perfect balance of professional, solicitous, warm, and personal. I was super-impressed at how well it was run. The Maitre d'hotel is a bit formal for me, but in our section (table 48), we had excellent waiters (head waiter, senior waiter, junior waiters, sommelier, etc.) Our primary waiter, Luciano (from Colombia), and our head waiter, Mauro (from Italy), were the delight of our trip. We have a little girl who was only days from turning 4 and a boy who is 7. This was the first time they had ever eaten with formal service and we were concerned that it wouldn't really work out.

Luciano charmed them immediately with his warmth and gentle humor (and his habit of calling our daughter "Princess", making her very happy). Mauro was careful each day to let me know both what dishes I should avoid because of food allergies, and he also would give me the next day's menus so I could let him know if there was something I especially wanted, so he could have it made for me without the allergen foods.

Our kids really looked forward to seeing Luciano at the end of each port day to tell him about their adventures, and he gave them such genuine and generous portions of his attention that they didn't have a problem waiting for each course. By the end of the week, he - and Mauro - felt like very indulgent uncles. I've never had service where my needs were anticipated and met so perfectly, and the very personal attention we got felt like a blessing. It helped the kids look forward to meals, and behave well at them, and in turn helped us relax and enjoy our meals. I would go on another QM2 cruise just to be at their table again, but Luciano is so great that he's going to be moving to the Queen Victoria with the Maiden Voyage. Sigh.

This post is really more about the service than the food. Both were great. Be sure to try the French Toast, it's delightful.

Bon Voyage!
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