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Has the QM2 experience changed over the years?

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45 minutes ago, Jimbo59 said:

 

Only two production shows. Others were comedian, singers, etc.

Which is good for those of us who don't like the production shows.

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1 hour ago, Host Hattie said:

Which is good for those of us who don't like the production shows.

Yes , for us 2 production shows is enough on  7 night cruise .

We enjoy a variety of entertainment instead .

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On 7/9/2019 at 5:14 AM, exlondoner said:

When I did a TA on QM2 in 2006, it was full of people beginning sentences 'On QE2...'  which carried on to make uncomplimentary and often fatuous comparisons. Thank heavens, this seems to have stopped happening.

 

Although I would never start a conversation about the QE2 I would certainly join in when someone else started it. To me, the QM2 in almost every way is a superior ship to the QE2, but there are a few things I miss – one being the traditional dress standards. It was jacket and tie for gents every night, at least on crossings. On our last crossing of the QE2 just six months before her retirement in 2008, every night except the first and last was formal, i.e, four formal nights. Also, on boarding the QE2 there was a certain je ne sais quoi one felt immediately. I have never experienced that feeling on any other ship before or since.

 

Regarding changes to the QM2 the crossings took six nights until 2010 when they became seven. Unlike many on this forum, I like the seven nights but if the crossings went back to six maybe there would be a few more every year. 

 

Regarding the dress code, on our 2009 crossing  there were three formal nights and one semi-formal. In 2010, our first seven-night crossing, there were four formal and one semi-formal night.  As we all know that has been changed to three formal.

 

As to the redecoration, I don’t care for most of the new carpeting except in the staterooms. That, of course, is a matter of personal taste. I agree that the Carinthia lounge is attractive, but I also liked the previous Winter Garden. I know I’m in the minority on that opinion, but there are others who agree. I do like the slightly more elegant décor of the new Club balcony staterooms on Deck 13.

 

As for service and food, I have noticed no downgrading. I have had the good fortune of dining in all four main restaurants. I like them all.

 

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6 hours ago, david,Mississauga said:

Also, on boarding the QE2 there was a certain je ne sais quoi one felt immediately. I have never experienced that feeling on any other ship before or since.

I like the QM2 a lot-- but I agree with you. QE2 had a certain magic in the air you picked up on the second you boarded into the mid ships lobby that her predecessors just don't. And this isn't even nostalgia-- we would talk about it at the time before her withdrawal from service was even announced. 

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1 hour ago, princeton123211 said:

I like the QM2 a lot-- but I agree with you. QE2 had a certain magic in the air you picked up on the second you boarded into the mid ships lobby that her predecessors just don't. And this isn't even nostalgia-- we would talk about it at the time before her withdrawal from service was even announced. 

 

Hi, 

 

I agree about the QE2. I had the privilege of sailing aboard the QE2 seven times between 1984 and 2005. I have also sailed aboard the QM2 seven times between 2004 and 2019. The QM2 is my favorite ship that currently is in service, but the QE2 remains my all-time favorite ship. The QE2 had a certain magic.

 

Chuck 

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Not having had the QE2 experience, I'd say that I get a certain QM2 feeling on the boarding ramp, even before boarding. In June it was the distinctive smell (a pleasant smell...) that hit me first.

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4 hours ago, seacruise9 said:

The QM2 is my favorite ship that currently is in service, but the QE2 remains my all-time favorite ship. The QE2 had a certain magic. 

Ditto, Totally Agree...

 

We still to this day love to repeat stories of the QE2 and differences to the Mary 2.... Certain Magic with each Sailing.

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Posted (edited)
On 7/8/2019 at 8:32 AM, prothed said:

We did a transatlantic crossing on QM2 about twelve years ago and really enjoyed the experience - the ambiance, formality and organisation were all out of the ordinary.

Since then, we have been on QE and QV and... mehh... these were just standard cruise ships and didn't compare well to trips with Holland America, Azamara, etc.

 

My question - We are considering another crossing on QM2, so can anyone who has traveled on her over the years comment on whether the standards, quality of service and so on have changed at all?

 

Thank you.

 

 

Changes?

Yes.

Now I call her a Wounded Queen. The new cabins mercilessly implanted into public space, the block of the new cabins on top that reduced open deck space made me feel pain as if my body was injured. Greediness of cruise lines has no boundaries. Even the Queen "is not divine, just next in line".

The orchestra is 50% smaller than it was 10 years ago.

IMO the three things that required re-mastering were MDR food,  quality of the shows, and addition of heated tile beds in the spa. It has not happen.

Honestly I would prefer Carnival MDR menu. The quality of MDR food vs the opulence of the ship is the largest disproportion in Cunard product.

The upper part of the atrium looks like an unfinished work.

 

Positive changes.

I like the Winter Garden transformation into the Carinthia Lounge

The Buffet is now better organized, but it looks like a foreign object due to its hospital style decor.

 

With all the changes (good, bad, and no changes) the Queen Mary 2 remains the grandest passenger ship in the world.

 

 

Edited by ronbe65

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15 hours ago, ronbe65 said:

The orchestra is 50% smaller than it was 10 years ago.

 

 

For every show?  What was the instrumentation back then?

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We took to 2 TAs and 2 Caribbean cruises early in the QM2’s career, and all were great. Then we took a 5-night New England/Canada cruise a few years ago. The service (QG) was horrible, from the restaurant to the cabin service to the entertainment. The carpets were threadbare, the decor tired, the ambience simply gone. Apparently the ship has undergone a refit since then. I’m not sure, but I do know that our fare was not adjusted to reflect what Cunard knew would be an inferior experience. It would take a lot for me to board that ship again.

 

The QV and QE cabins are far better. Yes, they are smaller ships, but the sense of intimacy is palpable. Much more like the Caronia. We have sailed both the “Vista” ships numerous times (most recently in June). Loved every cruise. 

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26 minutes ago, castlewood said:

Much more like the Caronia.

Another one that I miss-- like a baby QE2 in a lot of ways. 

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19 hours ago, BobBranst said:

 

For every show?  What was the instrumentation back then?

 

The Queen's Room:

QM2+Orchestra+2.jpg

 

Main stage:

QM2+Orchestra+1.jpg

 

Happy cruising!

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

They do have the Big Band Ball from time to time, that would bring the Queens Room to the size you're showing.

 

The Royal Court Theatre Orchestra hasn't been that large since I've been cruising starting in 2010 (where would the dancers dance?). I believe that's been augmented with additional musicians.

Edited by Underwatr

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On 7/14/2019 at 7:11 AM, Harley52 said:

No more free alcohol.

 

Even if we don't count the free drink packages sometimes offered to Grills guests and the generous in-suite alcohol in Queen's Grill staterooms and suites, there are still some free alcoholic beverages. Some would say we shouldn't count the Pol Acker provided to all passengers on embarkation, so we won't go there.

 

All passengers are invited to  a drinks reception with the captain. Members of the "club" at the Gold level and above get a second reception and those at the Platinum and Diamond level get a third.

 

The "regulars" know all this and I mention it only because there are often new members of the forum and other members who have never travelled on Cunard and might not know this.

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Platinum and Diamond also receive an invitation to a complementary wine tasting. The timing (last day or two of the trip) and venue (Britannia upper level) haven't really been attractive to us so I can't comment on the wines provided.

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20 minutes ago, Underwatr said:

Platinum and Diamond also receive an invitation to a complementary wine tasting. The timing (last day or two of the trip) and venue (Britannia upper level) haven't really been attractive to us so I can't comment on the wines provided.

 

Quality variable from mediocre to quite interesting. I always relish the chance to admire the Britannia restaurant.

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2 hours ago, Underwatr said:

They do have the Big Band Ball from time to time, that would bring the Queens Room to the size you're showing.

 

The Royal Court Theatre Orchestra hasn't been that large since I've been cruising starting in 2010 (where would the dancers dance?). I believe that's been augmented with additional musicians.

 

Yes!   

 

The first of ronbe65's photos appears to be from one of the Big Band Balls with the Royal Court Theater band (normally 9 musicians) augmented by some of the players from the Queens Room band (normally 7 musicians).

 

The second photo is the regular Queens Room band (7 musicians + singer).

 

The third photo is Royal Court Theater band augmented with players from the Queens Room band, the String Quartet, and the Harpist,

 

It has been this way since our first QM2 crossing in 2012.  The only Royal Court Theater band (instrumental) change I've observed is that one of the horn players was replaced by a synthesizer player a few years back.   The individual players may have changed, but the band size has remained pretty constant.

 

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Posted (edited)

Here's the Big Band Ball from the June eastbound crossing. The angle of the photo emphasizes the space between them more but I think the same number of musicians (maybe a couple fewer) are shown as in ronbe65's "before" photo.

 

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Edited by Underwatr

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46 minutes ago, Underwatr said:

Here's the Big Band Ball from the June eastbound crossing. The angle of the photo emphasizes the space between them more but I think the same number of musicians (maybe a couple fewer) are shown as in ronbe65's "before" photo.

 

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Glad  to see this photo.

 

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