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Queen Mary 2


Overview: Queen Mary 2 (QM2)offers the pleasures of crossing the North Atlantic comfortably on a regular schedule. It is really suited to couples and solo travelers who enjoy the cosmopolitan setting of a floating city at sea with an unequaled maritime heritage. Scores given are averaged for all acc


Cunard Shore Excursions. by Davies, Greasby

Cunard Shore Excursions.

Overall Rating: 5


Cruise Line:
Cunard Cruises
Cruise Ship:
Queen Mary 2

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We recently sailed the Transatlantic on QM2 (three week trip). We had a fantastic time on board - we always do when we travel with Cunard. But the shore excursions leave a lot to be desired. By far the worse was the day we arrived in Nova Scotia, Canada. We have never been there before - neither had most of the passengers on board. Cunard were selling a HOP ON HOP OFF BUS for Halifax - at a cost of $49 per person. Not knowing the geographics of the place, we decided on this bus. After about ten minutes on the bus we got off, at what we were told was the shopping centre (it was, but absolutely nothing to write home about here). VERY few shops, nowhere even to get a decent cup of coffee or lunch. We decided to walk about a bit and eventually came across the Titantic Museum, where we particularly wanted to go. We then discovered that the museum was about a ten minute walk from the sip, along the boardwalk. So we did the museum - had a walk along the boardwalk then walked back to the ship. A total spend of $100 for ten minutes on a bus, that we did'nt need anyway. Usually Cunard put on a courtesy bus to take people into the centre of things. What an absolute rip off. Cunard let themselves down badly on this. We did complain on board ship (as did other people) but it got us nowhere.

Times cruised before: 3-5
Sailed: September, 2009
Age: 56-65
Cabin: Balcony

Quality of Food
We used the self service restaurant for breakfast and lunch and the Britannia Restaurant for evening dinner.

Brilliant comedian and also a magician on board (cannot remember their names). Cunard singers and dancers always very good. Not keen on the Italian extravaganze show - or the Flautist. Some of the entertainment on board Cunard can be too highbrow for us.

Shore Excursions
Only did one shore excursion - Halifax Nova Scotia. Absolutely nothing in Halifax to suit us and the HOP ON HOP OFF BUS was TOO expensive by far.

Our waitress in the Britannia Restaurant was very good. Pleasant and helpful. And always had a smile.

Children's Facilities

Onboard Activities
Not really. Cunard could do better. Although a lot of passengers on Cunard are in the 50 and over age bracket - we are mostly young at heart. Napkin folding and scarf folding does not light my candle.

The only thing I could say is that the coat hangers are useless. Next time we will take our own.

Overall Rating
Malcolm Oliver, Essex - Commented on this review

$49 - that is daylight robbery, I hope that pax formerly complained!

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Thomas Brain, Mississauga, Canada - Commented on this review

Sorry you were cheated on the Halifax excursion. My family took our annual Toronto-Halifax rail excursion to coincide with the QM2's call in Halifax, so we were waving at and photographing the ship. For the benefit of anyone taking a future cruise calling at Halifax, there is a free shuttle bus called FRED (Free Rides Everywhere Downtown.) This can be quite busy when there are a lot of ships in port, but FRED gets assistants form other buses if needed. Two days later there were five ships in port and I saw three shuttles leaving the pier around the same time. As Davies said, Halifax is not known for its shopping centres downtown (I'm afraid the larger centres are in the suburbs,) but there are plenty of shops and very good restaurants in the central area. As indicated, the downtown area of Halifax is not too far for walking; the boardwalk is the best route. Right at the piers (QM2 normally uses Pier 22) is the extremely interesting Pier 21 museum to immigration. In addition to the Maritime Museum, the Citadel is well worth a visit. Even if military history isn't to your taste, the views from the top of the hill are stunning. I'm not a Haligonian, but Halifax is one of my favourite destinations in our country.

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