Posted August 10th, 2017, 10:46 AM
Please post a full review of your crossing, as I value your insight. Im sailing on the Sep 7 crossing and cant wait to check out the refit.
That is so nice of you to say! I really appreciate it.
To be honest I've sailed on QM2 so many times now that it seems redundant to write a review. I did write one up last year with lots of pics since it was soon after her latest refit. I'm a big fan of the refit. I actually love the carpets and the way QM2 looks now. I think atrium is so much better without the two lifts, and the Kings Court and Carinthia Lounge are the two biggest improvements. They are both awesome spaces now. Even cabins are so much better with the large flat panel TV's mounted on the wall, and good riddance to those ugly rust color couches. The color scheme now is so much more inviting and the furniture more appealing.
Everything was great on this last crossing, with two small exceptions. As mentioned earlier on this thread I was not happy with the drinks, either the pricing or the pours. Certainly no bargain and I can get far better and cheaper drinks at most bars in the US. My other complaint is related to technology. I love technology but Cunard seems to think its passengers are too old to care. That could be a mistake in the long run. The Internet onboard is dismal. Very spotty and slow. Compared to other lines like ZOOM on Royal Caribbean & Celebrity, it pales in comparison. Also the TV is not interactive (it was when QM2 was first introduced), so no movies on demand, no music playlists, and no checking your onboard account. At the very least it would be nice if there were kiosks by the Purser's Office to check your shipboard account. It would same them having people lining up for a printout of their statement. Along the same lines, I'm disappointed there is not an app for your smartphone to check the daily program, book dining reservations, or access your shipboard account. This is becoming standard on other lines. Technology is one area where Cunard truly falls behind the curve, and as the line tries to attract a younger demographic to survive, it will be something they have to address.
Otherwise I was very happy with the experience and QM2/Cunard in general. Things are generally well done and quite civilized. Enough so that I'm booked to return in November. QM2 probably remains my favorite ship afloat, and is truly the only ship sailing today that I'm happy to sail on again and again.