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Neuhoftraveler March 12th, 2018 05:29 PM

QM2 in NYC
 
We will be sailing on QM2 transatlantic next December, and have a few brief questions:

1. Is it true that QM2 does not always tie up in Brooklyn, but sometimes at the West Side piers in Manhattan, and sometimes even in NJ? If so, how long in advance of arrival is this determined?

2. Approximately how long does it take Britannia-class passengers (US citizens -- no "World Club" perks) to disembark and get through immigration and customs in NY?

3. Are the "sheltered" balconies fully enclosed with operable windows, or are they open to the elements?

Thanks in advance to any who can provide answers based on actual experience.

pepperrn March 12th, 2018 05:49 PM

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Originally Posted by hoftraveler (Post 55534104)
We will be sailing on QM2 transatlantic next December, and have a few brief questions:

1. Is it true that QM2 does not always tie up in Brooklyn, but sometimes at the West Side piers in Manhattan, and sometimes even in NJ? If so, how long in advance of arrival is this determined?

2. Approximately how long does it take Britannia-class passengers (US citizens -- no "World Club" perks) to disembark and get through immigration and customs in NY?

3. Are the "sheltered" balconies fully enclosed with operable windows, or are they open to the elements?

Thanks in advance to any who can provide answers based on actual experience.

Hi hoftraveler,

1. QM2 does very, very occasionally tie up at the Manhattan West Side piers, But this is a rare event, I was lucky to have been on a crossing that did, in 2011. I stress again that this is an unusual event, most often she is at Redhook Brooklyn. As far as I am aware she has only once gone to New Jersey, in 2006 (again, I was on board on that occasion).

2. I think most passengers are off the ship by mid-morning, maybe a little longer with customs/immigration. As I've never departed QM2 after a transatlantic crossing independently, I've not been the last one off, so can only guess.

3. The sheltered balcony cabins have no windows that open/close. They are, like most balconies on ships, open to the fresh air. However on a crossing they provide greater protection from the elements than conventional balconies, and are slightly larger than ones on higher decks. More like a separate room to the cabin than a balcony.

Hope this helps.

bluemarble March 12th, 2018 05:58 PM

The New York cruise ship schedule for 2018 can be found here.

https://www.nycruise.com/schedule/

This schedule shows all of QM2's calls to New York during 2018 (including December) will be at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal.

Regards, John

SPacificbound March 12th, 2018 10:50 PM

Pepperrn, thank you for the description of the sheltered balconies. This will be out 5th crossing but the first time in a sheltered balcony. :)

tv24 March 13th, 2018 02:47 AM

Perfect and thorough answers by Peppern, as usual. One of the best.

Host Hattie March 13th, 2018 05:01 AM

There are some photos of sheltered balconies in this thread

https://boards.cruisecritic.com/show....php?t=2579999

pepperrn March 13th, 2018 06:51 AM

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Originally Posted by SPacificbound (Post 55537093)
Pepperrn, thank you for the description of the sheltered balconies. This will be out 5th crossing but the first time in a sheltered balcony. :)

Hi SPacificbound,

Have a wonderful time on board :) . There are some photos of a sheltered balcony in this set of pictures:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepper...57623902207769

Hope they help.

All best wishes, and an early Bon Voyage!

pepperrn March 13th, 2018 06:53 AM

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Originally Posted by tv24 (Post 55538045)
Perfect and thorough answers by Peppern, as usual. One of the best.

Thank you sincerely tv24, very kind of you to say so.

All best wishes and happy sailings :)


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