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#21
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Originally posted by Moscowlad
I was on the same crossing and it was annoying as the shutters for the kitchens in Carinthia were always down after 10am, which is annoying as one of the things I would have liked to have done is sit there read a book with a light snack.

Regarding the prices of drinks, my bar tab came to around 400ish usd and that included an average 2 or 3 cocktails per day and two bottles of wine 30 and 45 usd each, so maybe a bit high for some, but I thought it was ok. But I had 300 usd OBC so didn't notice too much, photos I thought were / still are expensive. I'm always surprised how people complain about the drinks but not the photographs.
The photographs are only expensive if you buy them.

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#22
Canada
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Joined Dec 2013
I was on the July 6th and July 21st crossings and they had plenty of food at lunch time. I did notice that after 2pm the blinds were down. I found the place a bit crowded. Interesting though: on the July 21st crossing there was no alternative dinning offered in the aft section of King's Court. I did it mind because I hate that when they offer alternative dinning there they close off that section. That was fine with me because I hate how they close off that section. Seems to cause a bit of havoc with traffic patterns.


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#23
NY Metro Area
418 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by tag1000
I was on the July 6th and July 21st crossings and they had plenty of food at lunch time. I did notice that after 2pm the blinds were down. I found the place a bit crowded. Interesting though: on the July 21st crossing there was no alternative dinning offered in the aft section of King's Court. I did it mind because I hate that when they offer alternative dinning there they close off that section. That was fine with me because I hate how they close off that section. Seems to cause a bit of havoc with traffic patterns.
3rdGenCunarder also mentioned they served a light lunch earlier in July. Sounds like this changed on the following sailing?

It's too bad they seem to have gotten rid of it, I was looking forward to trying it on day on my upcoming crossing.

I'm surprised about the lack of alternative dining in the evenings on your 2nd sailing though, since Cunard charges for that now.
#24
Washington,IN,USA
173 Posts
Joined Jan 2003
Ernie
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.
Rick
#25
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Joined Oct 2004
Oh what a shame - I so liked the joghurts and the selection if one was not in for a full breakfeast - then if one had a late breakfeast - some nice little luncheon snacks. Maybe they thought if people bring their food form KC - why bothering with the additionell staff behind that special counter!
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#26
west midlands
34 Posts
Joined Jul 2010
we also we on this crossing. had a great time, we were with friends and they drank cocktails most evenings. Some were extra strong and some were weak, one night in g32 they both had same cocktail, one was a darker colour than the other and tasted stronger, bit weird you would think they would be the same.
#27
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
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Joined May 2000
Originally posted by crossingfan
Ernie
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.
Rick


Hi Rick,
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.
#28
Vale of Glamorgan
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Joined Aug 2007
Ernie,
Your photos and Daily Programmes have been really useful in the Sticky. Would it be really cheeky to ask if you have any from your recent crossing ?

Thanks for reporting back.
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#29
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Joined Aug 2014
Originally posted by eroller
Hi Rick,
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.
I'd fully agree with your observations and also think the QM2 is the best ship at sea.

I do think technology could be improved massively. The picture quality on the in room televisions was abysmal and the lack of movies on demand was a huge hinderance, so much so it reminded me of past journeys on planes where the movie would be shown on a big screen at the front.

Most passengers have an iPad and I think it would be much more convenient to have a daily programme available on an app and much more cost effective for Cunard!!
#30
Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
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Joined May 2000
Originally posted by DG12345

Most passengers have an iPad and I think it would be much more convenient to have a daily programme available on an app and much more cost effective for Cunard!!

I agree completely. Choice is always a good thing. I would like the option of a smart phone app to view the daily program. I could opt out of the paper copy by letting my cabin steward know. Those that still wanted the paper copy could certainly still receive it. I would be happy to save the paper. Everyone is happy!
#31
512 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Hi

I will be back on board 9/7 for my 24th sailing on the marvelous QM2. I especially like the refit especially the introduction of the Carinthia Lounge. Reading this thread, I was a bit concerned about the lunch service in the lounge was apparently discontinued. That lunch venue was a favorite of mine and for many other passengers as well.

I have just heard from a shipboard friend of mine who is a senior member of the entertainment staff that it is his understanding that there is a staffing issue which should be resolved soon. Hope this helps. I'll let everyone know once I get back on....And will certainly complain if it is still closed.

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#32
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Joined Oct 2004
Oh yea- QM2 is my favorite ship curently sailing the seven seas- so to speak. The refit was a real hit so it seems - I never heard a bad word about it! The old wintergarden was plain tacky. I agree to with technical aspect- to be able to see ones account in TV would spare them lot´s and lot´s of people in front of the pursers desk! The App - well at least they should offer that service- I would not need though- am happy with the dailys! What I love on QM2 is also the RADA entertainers, very nice to watch and listen!
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#33
512 Posts
Joined Dec 2004
Hello

I just heard from contacts at Cunard that lunch service in the Carinthia Lounge has now resumed. Apparently the closure earlier was due to operational issues. Good news!

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#34
NY Metro Area
418 Posts
Joined Jun 2007
Originally posted by deck chair
Hello



I just heard from contacts at Cunard that lunch service in the Carinthia Lounge has now resumed. Apparently the closure earlier was due to operational issues. Good news!



Deck Chair


Thanks for the update. That is great news. I look forward to checking it out next week.


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#35
New Jersey
8,985 Posts
Joined May 2007
Originally posted by Germancruiser
Oh yea- QM2 is my favorite ship curently sailing the seven seas- so to speak. The refit was a real hit so it seems - I never heard a bad word about it! The old wintergarden was plain tacky. I agree to with technical aspect- to be able to see ones account in TV would spare them lot´s and lot´s of people in front of the pursers desk! The App - well at least they should offer that service- I would not need though- am happy with the dailys! What I love on QM2 is also the RADA entertainers, very nice to watch and listen!
I'm not sure they still have the connection with RADA. They weren't on either of our recent crossings.

I agree with other posters about technology. It's all well and good to have new carpets, but the refit was the perfect time to upgrade her tech.

HAL, despite its reputation for being stodgy, is implementing a sort of intranet. You can download an app that lets you access the daily program, check your account, book a tour. They also have kiosks in the atrium where you can check your account and get a printout. I think you can book a tour on the kiosks, too. I'm pretty sure all ships have the kiosks. The intranet is being rolled out gradually across the fleet.
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Kathy
The THIRD generation in my family to sail on a Cunarder
28 QE2 - including 2 Midnight Sun, 2 Panama Canal, 6 TAs, 4 Canada/New England, and various Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe itineraries
11 QM2 - 7 TAs, Caribbean, Royal Circumnavigation of Australia, Canada
1 Caronia - Baltic
11 HAL -Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Alaska
1 Princess
2 RCCL
5 NCL - including 2 on SS Norway (RIP)
1 Uniworld River Cruise (Tulips and Windmills)
1 American Cruise Line - Queen of the West, Columbia & Snake Rivers
#37
New Jersey
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Joined May 2007
Originally posted by Germancruiser
Oh Rada gone- well I quess they came up with another nice idea! Good to hear they have a bit more options again in the Carinthia Lounge!
There were fencing lessons. Perhaps that's considered the replacement for RADA. I was sorry not to have them on our crossings. The workshops were fun and I have a certificate from participating in them on a past cruise. I try to use it to claim I'm a RADA graduate.
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Kathy
The THIRD generation in my family to sail on a Cunarder
28 QE2 - including 2 Midnight Sun, 2 Panama Canal, 6 TAs, 4 Canada/New England, and various Caribbean, Bermuda, Europe itineraries
11 QM2 - 7 TAs, Caribbean, Royal Circumnavigation of Australia, Canada
1 Caronia - Baltic
11 HAL -Bermuda, Canada, Caribbean, Alaska
1 Princess
2 RCCL
5 NCL - including 2 on SS Norway (RIP)
1 Uniworld River Cruise (Tulips and Windmills)
1 American Cruise Line - Queen of the West, Columbia & Snake Rivers
#38
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Joined Oct 2004
Fencing lesson- oh haven help me- thats sounds much like sport to me. I am just not made for that kind of " movement" - I am sure they let you pass for " Rada" with your certificate! Those fencing lesson were a great fun to watch on my last crossing though. LOL
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