The Queen Mary 2 is amazing... I boarded her around 9:30 this AM and got to tour and have lunch on her until about 2:00. Everything about the ship great! It even has that truly [/i]new ship smell[/i]. I have to admit the best room onboard the QM2 was the "G32" night club! It was the best and largest nightclub I had seen by far! I saw inside the grand duplex's and then Queen Elizabeth suite (including its private glass oceanview elevator!) I took over 100 pictures, which I will be posting in the photo galley. If anyone has any questions let me know!
Wow, honestly, I would love to have the hard decision that you are troubled with!
But seriously- Itís a hard one!
First off, the Grand Duplex...
As you approach the aft of the ship, you immeaditly notice that you are entering a suite area, the doorways are more upgraded, and there is a lot more woodwork and detail on the outside. Upon entering the suite, down the hallway is a mini bar, which leads into the living room and dining room. A major plus to this room was the huge (probably around 20' wall of glass that over looks the aft and pool area. The living room has lots of natural light, and I think there were 2 flat screen hang-on-the-wall TV's. Outside on the balcony, which is practically the size of the first floor, you have a sunny, perfect overlook of the main pool. Then you can take the spiral staircase up to the second floor/loft area. Up there is the master bedroom, which the bed is facing towards the aft of the ship, you can lay in bet and watch the ship rip through the seas or people relax out by the pool. Trust me, I tried this out and it is pretty awesome! The bathroom is typical, just 100 times nicer then any bathroom I have ever been in. Then there is the closet, which is about the size of a regular inside cabin. A cool feature about theses duplex's is that you can enter the room from either the lower or upper deck!
My personal opinions on this cabin- Its size was nice, and the view was awesome, some extras that were included such as the workout equipment would never be used, and sometimes having two floors seems overwhelming. But the larger balcony and easy quick access to basically anywhere onboard the ship were a large plus!
Here are some pictures of the Balmoral Grand Duplex Suite:
[/b]Now onto the Queen Elizabeth Suite[/b]
This suite is located all the way fore ward, its entrance is very similar to the Balmoral suites entrance, but I believe this one had some more marble flooring and was situated a little farther back then the Balmoral was. As you enter this suite, you walk into the foyer, which then leads into the first living room. This living room is on the wing, or overhang of the ship, so you can see where you are headed as if you were on the bridge of the ship. From the living room one, leads a hallway going to the second living room or office. In the hallway there are two glass doors with the Cunard logo on them. Through these doors contains the pride and joy of this suite! A private, glass ocean view elevator! This will take you from decks 7-11 in style with a breathtaking ocean view! After checking out the elevator, you can go into living room number two, with its flat panel TV, and smaller but still welcoming balcony. From the living room is the large closet and bathroom, which both have access to the main cabin hall, (the doors on the outside are disguised to make them look like any other cabin.) Along with the master suite.
This room does seem smaller, due to the lack of a second floor! But having two living rooms and a glass elevator to take me anywhere scores a 10 on the awesome scale! My only problem with this room was that the master bedroom didnít have much of an ocean view, and with the room being all the way forwards, there was a long walk to places!
I am not joking at all, I would seriously pay for either rooms, both have their pluses and minuses, but if I had to decide, I would do the Balmoral. Yes I would have to sacerfice the cool elevator, but, I guess I could manage.
<<what does the teen center look like? is it nice?>>
Sorry Stephanie, I doubt the QM2 has a real teen center. Cunard attracts more of an older crowd (as most of you know it as "old peope ship"). There is a kids place called "The Play Zone", "Nursery", and next to it is I believe a teen place called "The Zone" on Six deck. Outside on the aft deck is "Minlows Pool" which was designed for kids, but I don't know if it is for kids now. Usually average teens would find this ship boring as there won't be much teens sailing on this ship plus it won't be really a party atmosphere.
Dan, what I am really interested is G32. From looking at the deck plans when she was still under construction, I can't find how you can get there. I remember hearing a discussion at another board and they said something about stairs on the upper or lower deck that takes you there. Also, can you confirm that there is a "half deck" interior promenade?
I had completely forgot about G32 when I was on the QM2. I auctually discovered it by mistake! G32 is located aft of the Britannia Dining Room, inside of the Queens Ballroom, through another set of doors! While it is a pain in the @$$ to find, when you find it you have struck gold!
It spans the whole width of the ship and is two decks high with lots of neon color and flat panel TV's. (Hard to explain the room unless you are there!)
The teen center seemed more aimed towards the younger/pre teens. While it was still was good beacuse you have your own area- just for teens. If you dont want to hang out there, there are alot of open decks outside the ship where you can just hang out and do your own thing. =)