Queen Mary 2 - Photo Tour and Voyage Report (Part 1)
|Ready for boarding - Glass gangways lead to the ship|
Happily our cabins were ready immediately, so we headed straight for our sheltered balcony cabin on deck 4 to drop off our hand luggage and take a look at our home for the next week.
|A sheltered balcony cabin on QM2|
|The seating area in the cabin|
|The beds are really comfortable, with large, soft duvets provided|
|A welcoming sight - a half bottle of sparkling wine is provided in all cabins upon arrival|
|The vanity/writing desk is small but functional|
The en suite bathroom was a good size, and compared favourably to those I have experienced in similar cabins on other mass-market ships. The bathrobes were a nice touch, and the toiletries provided were of a good standard. The shower was usable, but nothing more, with the low water pressure leaving something to be desired.
|The bathroom of a sheltered balcony cabin|
|The balcony itself is surprisingly spacious, with two lounge chairs and a small table|
Looking out from the balcony gives a great view of the ship, and the view down to the ocean below gives you a real sense of the size of QM2, when you consider this is only deck 4, and the drop to the water really doesn't look too appealing.
|The view aft from our balcony, showing the angle of the hull as QM2 rolls through the waves|
|A long way down, even from Deck 4|
It's difficult to move between many of QM2's public rooms without passing through the impressive and elegant Grand Lobby. This central feature of her interiors spans 5 decks, with a beautiful sweeping staircase linking decks 2 and 3, where many of QM2's bars, lounges and other facilities are located.
|The Grand Lobby|
Surrounding the Grand Lobby on deck 3 are the Mayfair Shops, which stock a variety of high-end clothes and accessories, along with the branded souvenirs you might expect to see. The duty free store also stocks everyday essentials if you find you've run low on anything during the trip.
|A section of the Mayfair shopping area|
|The lower level of the Grand Lobby|
Just off the Grand Lobby, QM2's original builders plate is displayed, showing her yard number G32, which was used as the name for the nightclub on board.
|QM2's builders plate|
|An impressive corridor running through Deck 3|
|Homer Simpson is hidden in the North America mural, complete with armchair and TV|
One very popular feature of the daily program is afternoon tea, which can be taken in the Queens Room at 3:30pm every day. The Queens Room is located at the aft end of deck 3, and as such must be accessed via QM2's unusual 'half decks' which have been neatly squeezed between the very generous ceiling height of decks 2 and 3 as a way to bypass the main Britannia restaurant which occupies part of the midships section of these decks.
|The Clarendon Gallery acts as a route to the Queens Room|
|The Queens Room|
|A (slightly blurred) photo of the Queens Room|
Afternoon Tea itself is a real occasion, and the sandwiches, cakes, and scones slip down very nicely considering this is effectively an extra meal between lunch and dinner. This is where dining at the second seating (8:30pm) really pays off.
|Tables are set ready for Afternoon Tea service|
|A daily staple of life on board: Scones, jam, cream and tea|
Throughout the days numerous activities are held to keep passengers occupied. Some fantastic lectures are given most days, and a range of other classes, performances, recitals, quizzes and screenings make sure there is something for everyone.
|The entrance to Illuminations|
We did try out the planetarium show in Illuminations, and didn't find it to be a particular highlight of the trip. Definitely worth 20 minutes of your time if you're on for a week, but nothing to write home about in my opinion.
|A small lobby at the entrance to Connexions, QM2's Internet and computer centre|
|The Royal Court Theatre|
|The Royal Court Theatre|
|The walkway along Deck 3L, forward|