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What Do You Think About The QM2?  
User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10735 posts, RR: 9
Posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

QM2 = Queen Mary2 of cause

In early May, after visiting friends in London I went to to Southampton to see her upon return of her tandem sailing with QE2 (that was the last scheduled crossing of QE2 as well).
I must say, as grand as she is, her funnel looks rather stubby and short compared to QE2. Beside that, QM2 is a truely great looking piece of metal, awesome in its size. Remember she is about 50% bigger than a "Nimitz"-class aircraft carrier!

Thousands of people were there to wave QE2 goodbye when she left at midday, with all sorts of craft including a fireboat accompanying her coming out of the fog into the sunlight down Southampton water into the Solent, passing her big young sister. A gorgeous sight.

QM2, claimed to be the grandest liner ever, is surely worth a trip, and if my wife wouldn´t hate going on a ship I would have booked a trip on her already. I´ll surely book a trip on her in the years coming, with or without my wife.

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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3625 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2799 times:

I agree it does look a little "top heavy" but it is a very cool looking ship none the less. I would love to sail on it someday.

However, I think the smaller the cruise ship, the better experience.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2801 times:

An impressive piece of technology, and a tribute to the ship builders and marine architects art, but you wouldn't catch me dead on board her. All those fading blue-blazer/Hermes scarf Sloanes off in search of past glory, and overdressed retired dentists from Florida on their 17th transatlantic cruise - no thanks.

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10735 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2791 times:

JGPH1A,
not completely wrong about the clientele, but I once sailed on a Firstclass cruiseship with a similar crowd. So I can tell you you can still enjoy it even if you dislike 3/4 of the people on board. Its simply unique, one of the few must-do´s in life (one other must do journey I want to mention here is a Nile cruise!). I also can´t see me doing it regularly, but once, 100% for sure!

Its surely 100 times better than a cruise on a noisy Carnival cruiser with 2000 tasteless US obiese lower middle class people in shorts drinking and gambling.


User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9169 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

VERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRY BIG! Also very nice

User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2767 times:

I haven't seen the QMII in person, but my Dad lives on the Isle of Wight and is able to see all the cruise ships coming in and out of Southampton and he dislikes the QMII. He says it's a big ugly floating skyscraper. He much prefers the Royal Caribbean ship 'Jewel of the Seas' he says it looks much more graceful and elegant.


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User currently offlineGman94 From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 1239 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2760 times:

I haven't seen the QMII in person, but my Dad lives on the Isle of Wight and is able to see all the cruise ships coming in and out of Southampton and he dislikes the QMII. He says it's a big ugly floating skyscraper. He much prefers the Royal Caribbean ship 'Jewel of the Seas' he says it looks much more graceful and elegant.


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User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2751 times:

We collided on another thread
I've been onboard her several times:
--Twice in France during construction;
--Once in Southhampton for Christening
--Transatlantic as guest of Cunard (it was for work).

She's quite unique, but I hasten to say she is closer to cruiser than liner (even on the Atlantic she didn't have that feeling of 'purpose' that the QE2 has/had).
Cabins are quite large (my balcony opened onto a life boat--ok not the best accomodations!). Restaurant was adequate (folks complained of very slow service---personally never saw that).
Todd English restaurant is worth it...make reservations the moment you board.

Restaurant staff, pursers, and others typically British---civil, professional, and very accomodating. Cabin staff was quick and efficient with cleaning.

Likely, if you an liner stalwart like me---you will be a bit dissapointed with the interiors---but not with the artwork or the overall fit and finish which is admirable.

My recommendation is to definetely take a trip on her--particularly if you have been on the QE2---the differences are dramatic.


User currently offlineBmi330 From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1450 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2727 times:

It look like a oversized ferry and ok its really big but give me the QE anyday the QM2 is just not in the same class as the QE1 QM1 and QE2. It just seems a bit to much like a ship you should go cursing the med with my travel or tui with or you stick you car in the thing and cross the channel its just not got the class of the QE2. I also bet its of a poorer build quality to the QE2 witch is still the finest liner in the world.

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2721 times:

Actually, that's nonsense...she's actually built to a much higher standard since legislation and requirements have changed much in the past forty years--when the QE2 was designed.

You're just pissed because she was built in France.

She's a $750M ship. Believe me, there is plenty of quality and innovation built into that vessel.


User currently offlineJGPH1A From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 2707 times:

Na - you're right, I guess you don't have to like the people on board to enjoy the cruise, but it helps. I have done several cruises, but only on very small ships (100-200 pax range) - they were old ships, but it felt like real travelling - the ship had actual decks you could walk round (not a Jogging Track). The idea of being cooped up with 7000 other people in a giant floating shopping mall for 5 days has very little appeal (but if someone offered me the Queen Mary Suite for free, I'd jump at it !)

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7106 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2695 times:

It is a marvellous piece of technology and it an awsome structure and machine.

User currently offlineNa From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10735 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 14 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Thanks, Greg, for your short travel comments on QM2.

What you´re writing is somehow what I read and saw about the general comments on her earliest travels. The service and food-issues are reportedly overcome by now.
Btw, if you´re interested in stunning QM2 photos, give me your email, I have some unique large size aerial views of her from her visit in Hamburg 4 weeks ago.


User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 12 hours ago) and read 2669 times:

There was some overexaggeration that meals were taking three hours to order, prepare and delivery---which has got to be a mistake unless the order was totally forgotten (could happen--a lot is computerized).

Also, there is a venitlation issue with the Britannia dining room since it encompassing two levels--oddly, too cold upstairs...too warm downstairs. To compensate they've will have to add a dozen more registers (no big deal but it should have been caught during trials).

Also, additional sanchions are going to be added to two of the larger suites whose upstairs 'loft style' sleeping accomodations sway and vibrate a bit. Not good for your best paying customers.

My contact info has my e-mail. Love to see photos of her. I just bought myself a very nice display model of her ($3K!).


User currently offlineDl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (10 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 2667 times:
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Greg....thats a 'K' after the three, right? Dude, you have a hobby there, don't you? Hey, what are they going to do with the QEII.. Will it still be used, and does it still have its secondary mission of being a troopship (a la Falklands Campaign)? I visited the QEII once, but never crossed over on it. I think I will wait until the SS US is back before I take my first sea voyage on a civil ship, unless there is something really worth seeing now.


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User currently offlineWhitehatter From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 1 month 11 hours ago) and read 2659 times:

The QE2 is still in service, and will remain there. It is still making money, and people actively search out holidays aboard it because of the whole QE2 thing.

Cunard did say its workload would be changed from what it has been doing, with more round-the-world type cruises and carribbean work.

Expect to see it around for a good few years yet, and it will probably end up like the Queen Mary as a museum or floating hotel. It has also had money spent on it constantly during service so it's in excellent condition.


User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2472 posts, RR: 9
Reply 16, posted (10 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Most STUPENDOUS ocean liner ever built; what's not to like. I'd love to take a transatlantic cruise one day; travel between the continents, the way it was BEFORE the airplane. The only reason I'd avoid it if someone uttered the old line after I boarded that "God himself, could not sink this ship!" Considering what happened after that sentence was first used, I'd consider it prudent not to tempt fate and simply disembark.  Big grin

User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29799 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (10 years 1 month 2 hours ago) and read 2638 times:

Too big.

How the hell do you fish from it?

Give me a Bristol Bay 32' gillnetter any day!



OBAMA-WORST PRESIDENT EVER....Even SKOORB would be better.
User currently offlineSulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2035 posts, RR: 32
Reply 18, posted (10 years 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2632 times:

"Yes, weekly from Southampton
Great steamers, white and gold,
Go rolling down to Rio"


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Apologies for the poor light.



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