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I noticed that Cunard is showing a lot of Roundtrip crossings on the QM2. I wonder why someone would book that? Now we are real cruisers and that might appeal to us.

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I noticed that Cunard is showing a lot of Roundtrip crossings on the QM2. I wonder why someone would book that? Now we are real cruisers and that might appeal to us.

 

 

 

For some people two weeks at sea on QM2 is a dream vacation in itself. And although we’ve never made a round trip voyage ourselves, when you consider all that the ship offers and the sheer relaxation of 14 days on the Atlantic, I understand why others find it so appealing.

 

 

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I will find out if it was a good idea in November, but I am pretty sure I will enjoy it.

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Count me in as one who thoroughly enjoys a round trip crossing on QM2. There are many reasons to go on a cruise. For some, the main reason is to explore a lot of new ports of call or spend time soaking in the sun on a variety of tropical beaches. Of course there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. We have done several port-intensive cruises and enjoyed them very much. But there is also a lot to be said for a round trip crossing where QM2 is the "destination" and there is no long flight involved either before or after the voyage. One can simply relax or take in as many of the on-board activities as one wishes. I always seem to find there is never enough time to fit in everything I would like to do.

 

Our next voyage is a 21-day round trip from New York on QM2 this June which includes a 7-day voyage to Norway between those two 7-day crossings. That way we get to enjoy a couple types of cruising (two leisurely crossings with a more port-intensive cruise sandwiched in between). Then in July 2019, we have another 21-day round trip crossing planned from New York on QM2 which combines a regular 7-day eastbound crossing with a 14-day westbound crossing including stops in Liverpool, Iceland, and Canada on the way back to New York. Again two types of cruising for us to enjoy during the same trip. But there is also a lot to recommend simply doing a traditional 14-day back-to-back crossing on QM2 with just one port call on turn-around day.

 

Regards, John

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I noticed that Cunard is showing a lot of Roundtrip crossings on the QM2. I wonder why someone would book that? Now we are real cruisers and that might appeal to us.

 

We did our first [and second] crossings this past September - and enjoyed both crossings and both port days. As you can see from the sig, we have another round trip planned for our next cruise. We did not plan on having the National Symphony for the last cruise - but enjoyed it enough to make the Symphony a tier breaker when selecting the next round trip pair.

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Me too!

Last year we went on a roundtrip crossing - after having done three westbound crossings on the QM2 and QE2 through the years. It was delightful. We love the ship and its offerings. Also, my husband has mobility issues, so port calls are less appealing to us.

 

Plus simply, there's something really special about charging across the North Atlantic in the only ship that was designed for crossings. Extra points for bits of bumpy seas.

On the afternoon of our final day last year, we booked another roundtrip for this coming September. I can't wait.

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There is NOTHING to compare with slicing across the stormy ( well, some days its stormy ) North Atlantic on the worlds only ocean liner. We did R/T crossings in both Nov '16 and Nov '17, and loved every elegant / glorious moment.

 

I'm sure Nov '18 may see us there, again :-)

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For those in high pressure work who need to decompress and have things to occupy them IF THEY WANT, there is nothing like a R/T on QM2. I’ve done it on QM2 and earlier on QE2. The dynamic Atlantic light, weather, the variety of folks and the spaciousness of the ship and the activity options make for a truly relaxed traveler when returning home to the grind.

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For 14 days of fresh ocean air, great food, and light exercise in the most delightful atmosphere a B2B cannot be beat. Try pricing two weeks at a land based seaside resort! And if the weather should be bad there are plenty of activities to show up for, or to ignore, as you please.

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Quite a few years ago we were on QM2 for 21 days, RT Brooklyn, including 7 days into the Med. It was a great trip and hooked us on the QM2 and ships in general. We loved the time on the Atlantic, the activities on board the QM2, the people we met, our adventures. We have returned many times for crossings, although not BTB since we have been headed either to or from Europe. I completely get this idea.

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While we were on the B2B crossings from NY in December, the Captain announced that there 180 people making the round trip crossings.

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When you take a round-trip tranatlantic crossing, do they have different insights speakers, different evening entertainment and different afternoon concerts, different dinner menus, etc. for the 2 crossings? I assume that they do, for I can't imagine anyone would want to duplicate the previous experiences during the return trip. For those who have done the round-trip crossings, what did you find? Barbara N. (babscruiser)

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There were no repeats aside from the Black and White Ball and pre-recorded planetarium shows on our roundtrip.

 

Menus were different (I'd expect that they have seasonal menus with about a 6 week rotation) and the alternate dining themes changed as well (there may have been a repeat of the Italian theme). Speakers got on and off with each segment and were different. (Interestingly enough, even if they may personally have an advanced CWC level, when they're traveling on Cunard's dime as a speaker, they get a red card.)

 

I wasn't paying attention, but it's likely that the current movies had repeats between the two crossings.

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I'd like to travel over and back but I would want to spend 5 to 10 days traveling around in between crossings. We've done one eastbound crossing but we spent a week in southwest England before flying home.

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I'd like to travel over and back but I would want to spend 5 to 10 days traveling around in between crossings. We've done one eastbound crossing but we spent a week in southwest England before flying home.

 

July 2019 looks a good time to cross twice as Queen Elizabeth will be crossing on suitable dates to combine with QM2 either return or outward. Seems to work both ways i.e. ex US or ex UK.

 

Regards John

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I wasn't paying attention, but it's likely that the current movies had repeats between the two crossings.

We only attended one movie during the two crossings but that movie was only shown during the WB crossing.

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I made a roundtrip TA last year - in October- and as my fore posters already said- it is a dream in itself to be on board the wonderful Mary for two weeks- with a wonderful port of call- New York!

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I just booked a round trip crossing for my husband and myself. I would love to stay in the UK for a few days but found the trip planning part extremely stressful. It seemed crazy to spend so much money to go to a port for a few hours and then I read some of the comments. Does anyone know if any excursions are available?

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I just booked a round trip crossing for my husband and myself. I would love to stay in the UK for a few days but found the trip planning part extremely stressful. It seemed crazy to spend so much money to go to a port for a few hours and then I read some of the comments. Does anyone know if any excursions are available?

 

Yes, Cunard will offer shore excursions from Southampton for passengers continuing on the round trip back to New York. Here is a link to a page on Cunard's web site showing a list of the possible shore excursions that might be offered from Southampton.

 

http://www.cunard.com/destinations/british-isles-cruises/england/southampton/

 

Be advised that Cunard most likely will not offer all of those listed excursions. The specific excursions that will be offered on your voyage should show up in your voyage personaliser approximately 12 weeks prior to your departure date.

 

Just to give you a couple data points from crossings we did a few years ago, in November 2015 Cunard offered excursions to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Beaulieu. In August 2016 they offered the excursions to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Winchester.

 

Regards, John

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I just booked a round trip crossing for my husband and myself. I would love to stay in the UK for a few days but found the trip planning part extremely stressful. It seemed crazy to spend so much money to go to a port for a few hours and then I read some of the comments. Does anyone know if any excursions are available?

Our next crossing has two days in Southampton, Hamburg and LeHarve for the round trip. It would have been possible to omit the Hamburg segment and just book a pair of crossings with a few days in between.

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Funcruiser. I doubt that anyone books a TA crossing because they want to see Southampton. The point of the TA crossings is the magnificence of the 7 or 14 days at sea ( esp the QM2)...... esp. in winter.

 

We've done it Twice, both November, in 2016 & 2017.

 

 

We did the tour to Winchester the first year, and it was interesting.

 

 

The 2nd year we did a walking tour of Southampton/ titanic museum and the Tudor house, also interesting.

 

 

I'm sure you will Love the Crossing !!!

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Hi you lucky people-There are two independent trips that we have made within the time constraints of arriving and sailing. In both cases we disembarked as soon as the ship was cleared and Self-Help was announced.

 

You can head for the Red Funnel pier and buy tickets to the Isle of Wight on the regular ferry ; they will also sell admission to Osborne House-Queen Victoria’s residence that was designed for her by Prince Albert. The bus stops right at the front gate. After your visit, there is (or there was when we visited) an excellent pub just across the road where we had a good lunch and had good time to get back to the ferry terminal and return to Southampton and QE2.

 

You can also grab a taxi to the Central station and go by train to Salisbury to visit the town and Cathedral, have a nice lunch and return to QM2-which we did in 2004. Have a good time whatever you decide to do-you lucky people!:D

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Thank you so much! So glad to know others do this also. I looked into flights back after 2 nights in London (booked through Cunard) and it was nearly as much as just cruising back.

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I will find out if it was a good idea in November, but I am pretty sure I will enjoy it.

Hi Lanky Lad, looks like you're still enjoying cruising with Cunard. We have done a B2B and loved every minute, it was lovely to know we weren't leaving the ship in New York. We booked a Cunard excursion which took us to places we missed last time we were there. Never got bored once and soon got into the routine of being on board for 14 days.

 

We are looking forward to our trip on QE in November to Canary Islands, its be a while since we cruised so really looking forward it it.

 

Catherine & Tony

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I noticed that Cunard is showing a lot of Roundtrip crossings on the QM2. I wonder why someone would book that? Now we are real cruisers and that might appeal to us.

 

We're going on the M929B 9/15/19 to 10/4/19. It's two separate crossings with two separate days in Southampton, one day in Hamburg, and one day in Le havre (you can visit Normandy, Paris, etc.) and the National Symphony will play two performances! We can avoid flying overseas and will explore three cities/areas for the first time. I really enjoyed the NY to Southampton crossing on the QE2.

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Yes, Cunard will offer shore excursions from Southampton for passengers continuing on the round trip back to New York. Here is a link to a page on Cunard's web site showing a list of the possible shore excursions that might be offered from Southampton.

 

http://www.cunard.com/destinations/british-isles-cruises/england/southampton/

 

Be advised that Cunard most likely will not offer all of those listed excursions. The specific excursions that will be offered on your voyage should show up in your voyage personaliser approximately 12 weeks prior to your departure date.

 

Just to give you a couple data points from crossings we did a few years ago, in November 2015 Cunard offered excursions to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Beaulieu. In August 2016 they offered the excursions to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Winchester.

 

Regards, John

 

Following up on my earlier post to provide another data point about Cunard shore excursions from Southampton. Our upcoming 21-day round trip voyage from New York on QM2 in June 2018 (including a voyage to Norway) will have two days in Southampton (17 June and 24 June). For both of those days, Cunard is offering the following Southampton shore excursions in our Voyage Personaliser.

 

Cathedral City of Winchester

Prehistoric Stonehenge

Royal Windsor Castle

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Half day and full day private car/minivan tours of Southampton

Full day private car/minivan tours of London

 

When the excursions were first posted on Voyage Personaliser a couple weeks ago, there was also a listing for the "Southampton Titanic Trail" excursion, but that has since disappeared. The description for that excursion states "Your walking tour begins at Ocean Terminal". We are actually scheduled to be docking at the QEII terminal, so I wonder if that may have had something to do with that particular tour no longer being offered on our voyage.

 

Regards, John

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.. there was also a listing for the "Southampton Titanic Trail" excursion, but that has since disappeared. The description for that excursion states "Your walking tour begins at Ocean Terminal". We are actually scheduled to be docking at the QEII terminal, so I wonder if that may have had something to do with that particular tour no longer being offered on our voyage.

 

Regards, John

 

Could be due to poor advance sales. Twice I was signed up to take ths tour. One time it was cancelled due to insufficient interest. Last December it was cancelled the afternoon before supposedly due to a safety inspection at the Titanic museum.

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Following up on my earlier post to provide another data point about Cunard shore excursions from Southampton. Our upcoming 21-day round trip voyage from New York on QM2 in June 2018 (including a voyage to Norway) will have two days in Southampton (17 June and 24 June). For both of those days, Cunard is offering the following Southampton shore excursions in our Voyage Personaliser.

 

Cathedral City of Winchester

Prehistoric Stonehenge

Royal Windsor Castle

Bombay Sapphire Distillery

Half day and full day private car/minivan tours of Southampton

Full day private car/minivan tours of London

 

When the excursions were first posted on Voyage Personaliser a couple weeks ago, there was also a listing for the "Southampton Titanic Trail" excursion, but that has since disappeared. The description for that excursion states "Your walking tour begins at Ocean Terminal". We are actually scheduled to be docking at the QEII terminal, so I wonder if that may have had something to do with that particular tour no longer being offered on our voyage.

 

Regards, John

 

We did the Winchester tour this past September - it seemed a bit short, only an hour or so in town post cathedral tour, then the bus back to the ship in time for lunch.

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We did the Winchester tour this past September - it seemed a bit short, only an hour or so in town post cathedral tour, then the bus back to the ship in time for lunch.
We did it independently last December by taking a train to Winchester. A short taxi ride from the ship to Southampton Central train station and about 20-25 minute ride from Southampton Central to Winchester. The Cathedral is a fairly easy walk from the Winchester train station since it is mostly down hill. You can make Cathedral tour reservations on the internet. Our tour had only 4 people, so we had a really good, interesting tour there. Lots of time to shop in town before or after going to the Cathedral. We walked back to the station, but some may wish to take a bus or taxi back to the station since it is an up hill walk.

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Hi Lanky Lad, looks like you're still enjoying cruising with Cunard. We have done a B2B and loved every minute, it was lovely to know we weren't leaving the ship in New York. We booked a Cunard excursion which took us to places we missed last time we were there. Never got bored once and soon got into the routine of being on board for 14 days.

 

We are looking forward to our trip on QE in November to Canary Islands, its be a while since we cruised so really looking forward it it.

 

Catherine & Tony

 

Yes we are still cruising with Cunard. :D We are off on QV in April, to keep us going before QM2 in November.

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I noticed that Cunard is showing a lot of Roundtrip crossings on the QM2. I wonder why someone would book that? Now we are real cruisers and that might appeal to us.

 

We have been fortunate to do two QM2 Roundtrip Trans Atlantic crossings - "lunch in New York darling". They were wonderful voyages and a real holiday rather than a cruise. No jet lag, Westbound you have 25 hour days on five of the seven days and back Westbound you lose an hour in bed for five days of the seven days; but a lye in and a late breakfast in bed more than compensates . The entire experience is amazing. Some days just float by (pun intended) sitting on a steamer chair watching the North Atlantic slide by.....we even forgot to have lunch one day........on a ship, surely unique. Other days were full of things....busy, busy, busy. Lunch or dinner in the cabin. Reading, chatting - NO INTERNET FOR 7 DAYS.....BLISS, I USED UP THE COMP. MINUTES IN NEW YORK. We travel a lot now as we are retired and have a bucket list of places to see. But when it comes to a real holiday we only consider QM2 to be the ultimate relaxation resort - at sea!

- We love it so much we are doing a Back-on-Back TA on QM2 3rd June this year, 2018. Southampton-Southampton.

- Try it if you have the time - it is a classic liner experience DOUBLED!!

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Did our first transatlantic Queen Mary 2 last November. Only been on Brilliance of the sea some years ago. Although its a crossing it was very much a cruise for us. When you have a wheelchair uses this is a excellent ship. Spacious elegant welcoming. Plenty of deck space without annoying other travellers. Wined and dine on tap room service entertainment. My husband loves the sea and it's here in ocean loads.

Perfect!

So much so we have booked for longer December to the Caribbean.

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Thank you so much! So glad to know others do this also. I looked into flights back after 2 nights in London (booked through Cunard) and it was nearly as much as just cruising back.

 

That's why we're doing a round trip. For 7 people to fly home was only $1000 less than an entire extra week on board. Easy decision. Honestly, even with 2 weeks I'm afraid we won't have enough time on board! ::D

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We've done it twice, round trip NYC (well, Brooklyn). Once in August where we had fabulous summer weather all but one day; the second time in July where it rained every single day. You never know what you are going to get crossing the Atlantic. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

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I love my BTB TA last year - so I am booked for another BTB TA for next year- can´t wait. I can highly recommend such a vacation for stressed out people- nothing is more soothing than two weeks on board the Mary- with nor more worries than which lounge to choose from- and deciding what to take for dinner...! Walk around the prommenade deck- enjoy the view- enjoy the wind. Perfect to relax and unwind!

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Good morning,

We are sailing on a back to back on QM2 in July. Need some advice whilst in NY city please. We want to walk the Brooklyn bridge, then visit a certain camera shop at 420 9th Ave, maybe something to eat and back to the QM2. We are reasonably fit as walking the Santiago to Compostella Camino way (only 5-7 miles) in October again with Cunard. Is this possible and how to organise, can it all be walked, is it safe to walk etc? - ideas please from anybody who has knowledge of NYC.

Thanks in anticipation.

 

Photo Andy.

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Good morning,

We are sailing on a back to back on QM2 in July. Need some advice whilst in NY city please. We want to walk the Brooklyn bridge, then visit a certain camera shop at 420 9th Ave, maybe something to eat and back to the QM2. We are reasonably fit as walking the Santiago to Compostella Camino way (only 5-7 miles) in October again with Cunard. Is this possible and how to organise, can it all be walked, is it safe to walk etc? - ideas please from anybody who has knowledge of NYC.

Thanks in anticipation.

 

Photo Andy.

 

Andy: I'm sure you'll get some excellent ideas from native New Yorkers. Here are my ideas: First it's a doable plan and perfectly safe. In case you didn't know, New York is now the safest big city in the US. I suggest taking a cab/Uber/Lyft from the Red Hook ship terminal in Brooklyn to the Brooklyn Bridge. Walk across it, it's great fun. That will put you in the City Hall area in lower Manhattan where you can catch a cab or subway to your camera shop. Have some lunch. Then for your return trip, you can meet Cunard's shuttle bus at Macy's, or do it on your own. On your own you can take a cab/Uber/Lyft all the way back to Red Hook, but note that due to traffic that would be slow. Or you can take a subway to somewhere near downtown Brooklyn and a cab from there.

 

Native New Yorkers will tell you about the closest subway station to the Red Hook terminal, but it's a rather long walk to the ship from there and through an industrial area, so not so pretty.

 

Have fun...I love exploring New York!

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We are booked on the QM2 next April round trip from Southanmpton.

Reasons:

I've been to NY before but my other half hasn't so we get to visit there without having to fly.

Two weeks with lovely Cunard service, those fantastic beds and time to do what we want when we want.

Only having to endure the 'going ashore' process once.

Lots of books to read.

Having been on QE last year and QV this month, this adds the third queen to our list. And it's an ocean liner !!

 

Can't wait

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Then for your return trip, you can meet Cunard's shuttle bus at Macy's, or do it on your own. On your own you can take a cab/Uber/Lyft all the way back to Red Hook, but note that due to traffic that would be slow. Or you can take a subway to somewhere near downtown Brooklyn and a cab from there.

There are some East River ferry options that will drop you off right at the Red Hook cruise terminal, including a trip down from East 34th Street (i.e., as far north as Macy"s). This would include sailing under several bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge. Same $2.75 fare as the subway.

 

https://www.ferry.nyc/routes-and-schedules/

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