Cruise to New York
Phillip Robling | October 22, 2013 | Cunard | Queen Mary 2
Our initial experience of the stateroom that we were allocated was very disappointing. It was too small to accommodate my disabled wife and her wheel chair. It was also dirty! There were tissues left on the floor; hair in the fridge; bedding left under the bed; hair on the floor in the balcony; the door handle was black and the step into the balcony had carpet hanging from it. The room also had a connecting door to the next stateroom. Whilst it was locked, we could hear the conversation going on in there. What was even worse was the playing of a recorder/flute which was very repetitive and so annoying.
I appreciate that it was a “Saver Fare” that we had paid, buy there was no way we we going to spend 8 days sailing in that! We were so upset that we were considering walking off the ship. We were very depressed at the thought of celebrating our wedding anniversary in this way.
Fortunately, one hour before sailing, a cancellation had been discovered and we were moved to a wheelchair accessible room which was much better.
The rest of the trip was excellent. Although we only had one day with strong winds – a force 9 gale – the ship was very stable.
We ate in the Britannia restaurant and were looked after very well. The menu tended to be a little restricted but we managed. I had purchased a surprise package for our wedding anniversary and the champagne breakfast was great. It also included a cake – which was beautiful, and the waiters came and sang to us!
We went to some shows and enjoyed them. One film was so disappointing that we came out after 15 minutes. The language was foul and as a comedy was naff! For a 15 rated film it was disgusting!
I went to the planetarium as I was interested in seeing what they had to offer. The first one was okay but typically speculative on how the earth and moon were formed. It began with “The latest theory is…” and then continued the commentary as though it was fact!! Having taught Physics and Astrophysics for 38 years I saw through that immediately. The second show was worse! It was so outdated! It was made at a time before the International Space Station was built!
Embarking and disembarking for us was smooth and quick. Transfers also went smoothly without a hitch.
I am pleased to learn that in 2016 the QM2 is due for a 60 million refit. It may tempt us back!
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