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Old February 17th, 2012, 03:09 AM
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We board the QM2 in March for around New Zealand cruise?
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Old February 17th, 2012, 06:37 AM
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Old February 17th, 2012, 06:10 PM
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Thank you for referring to the QM2 as a liner. She is definitely not a cruise ship.
I have done 11 voyages on this magnificent ship.
Yes, there is a dress code but you must know that from the website and pre-cruise documents.
Are you booked in Brittannia, Brittannia Club or the Grills.
What types of things are you interested in? Music, production shows, the casino?
I'll be glad to answer your questions (hopefully).
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I took the QM2 from NY all the way to Hamburg last year. Don't worry too much about the dress code except at dinners. BTW the paid formal dinners aren't worth it. Stick to the free buffets. Also plan your days out according to where you want to be on the ship. It's so so so big. You will get tired of walking from one end to the other!
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I took the QM2 from NY all the way to Hamburg last year. Don't worry too much about the dress code except at dinners. BTW the paid formal dinners aren't worth it. Stick to the free buffets. Also plan your days out according to where you want to be on the ship. It's so so so big. You will get tired of walking from one end to the other!
Don't understand "paid formal dinners" & "free buffets"...surely all the food is included apart from cover charges at speciality restaurants??
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King's Court (the buffet) is comprised of 4 sections. In the evening one of them remains a buffet. The others have a $10.pp. charge and require reservations. They slide out some dividers to try and make them more intimate, there is table service with tablecloths, etc.
I don't find it all that special because people are trooping through on their way to wherever and in my opinion spoil the ambiance.
I've only dined there once years ago before they instituted the charge and the food and service were excellent but it didn't really feel special. I'd rather dine in the Britannia dining room.
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I'm looking at QM or QV because I DO NOT want to fly for 10 hours again. We're not at all interested in dining room service. We'd be booking the lowest guarantee inside cabin (if it's possible). Can we do an 8 day cruise eating from Room Service and/or the buffet?

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I'm looking at QM or QV because I DO NOT want to fly for 10 hours again. We're not at all interested in dining room service. We'd be booking the lowest guarantee inside cabin (if it's possible). Can we do an 8 day cruise eating from Room Service and/or the buffet?

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I'm looking at QM or QV because I DO NOT want to fly for 10 hours again. We're not at all interested in dining room service. We'd be booking the lowest guarantee inside cabin (if it's possible). Can we do an 8 day cruise eating from Room Service and/or the buffet?

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I don't see why not, the only mainline cruise line I can think of that reduces buffet service in the evening is Celebrity..
Of course you can book the cheapest cabin.
I think dress codes apply to the whole ship not just the MDR..maybe not the buffet.
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Yes..that's exactly what we did. Inside cabin was nice and the buffets are great.
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