Posted March 14th, 2018, 11:15 PM
.. However, this thread was about the way QM2 was not as she should be on the Christmas New Year cruise 2017 /2018.
People in here have only posted what they found to be their experience of that particular voyage...
After reading your previous reply in this thread, I'm more than ever convinced that the passenger mix on board will greatly affect one's overall experience and enjoyment.
I was on a B2B Dec. 8th - 22nd and it met my expectations of a QM2 TA. So service and standards could hardly have gone to hell that fast. Or could they?
What would have changed is the passenger turnover. On the B2B there are international travelers who enjoy civility and varied interests. On a "holiday" cruise nobody is into the Cunard ocean liner ethos but instead into a party mode and their personal trilateral commission. (Me, myself, and I.) Would it affect service? Sure would if the crew has to deal with constant rudeness and entitlement 24/7. Those who save loungers with no thought of anyone else are just plain mean and selfish. That's likely not the only thing they do that is mean and selfish. Ditto with anyone who would come to a theatre in a bath robe. It's an announcement, "It's not worth my time to get dressed for you." Rude and arrogant.
Another sailing that I now avoid in the 5-day NY-Halifax-Boston loop. For much the same reason. Maybe Cunard thinks of these sailings as necessary evils as the fares are higher and likely so is onboard spending.
Situations like this make these boards so valuable. Those who choose to sign on are at least forewarned. But I feel sorry for the first timer who gets sold elegance and refinement but gets mediocrity and coarseness.