Posted June 20th, 2017, 07:51 AM
Last edited by david,Mississauga; June 20th, 2017 at 08:01 AM
Last October we had a stateroom on Deck 13 - not one of the ones mentioned but further aft and on the starboard side. Although the same size as other balcony staterooms, being new, the furnishings are more pleasant to my eye and the shower has a swinging glass door rather than a curtain. Even though all staterooms have been refurbished, the Deck 13 accommodation is a little more elegant. Perhaps it is the marble, faux or otherwise.
Being so far forward and high up you will feel it if the sea gets bumpy (as it did one day on our voyage). Some people will tell you that they went through a storm with a Force "such and such" wind and didn't feel any motion. Those who say that must have been located precisely mid-ships. The QM2 is an incredibly stable ship, but it will bounce in heavy seas, especially that far forward. I have had forward accommodations on Decks 8 and 10 and experienced some bumpy seas, but I can't say it was any worse on Deck 13.
It is indeed a long way to the Britannia Club restaurant from stairway/lifts "A" to "D" and down 11 decks. Because there is no need to be in the restaurant at any specific time that wasn't a problem, although if dining late it would be a good idea to set out 10 minutes before "last orders." My wife joked that we needed to pack a snack for the long trek to the restaurant, but we certainly needed the exercise.
We have been on the QM2 several times so these disadvantages came as no surprise to us. We enjoyed the Club experience and would do it again if the fare was reasonable. For our next two voyages (a one-week cruise followed by a crossing) the Club fare was close to double what we paid last year so we will not be enjoying it this year.