Queen Mary 2 - defies N Atlantic hurricane
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|Reviewed By: Pagett, Ormskirk on 31st Jan 2012|
|Cruise Line: Cunard Cruises||Times cruised before: 6-10|
|Cruise Ship: Queen Mary 2||Sailed: September, 2011|
|Destination: Canada||Age: 65+|
Whilst sampling all recent Cunard cruise liners (including QE2), Queen Mary 2 is the only one to emulate the supreme seegoing capabilities of QE2 because she also is designed to be a transatlantic liner. So leaving Quebec on October 4th last we cruised down the Saint Lawrence into the Atlantic, accompanied by two other cruise ships. It was expected to be rough on turning south into the Atlantic, but not to the extreme level that confronted us - a full force 12 on the Beafort scale, being hurricane strength. Our two companion liners quickly turned and headed back to Quebec, but not Queen Mary 2. The experience was exciting and awe inspiring. Despite being a massive 155,000 tonnes, the full hurricane broadside put quite a lean on her, but there was no need for concern. The waves were non existant - the force of the wind flattening them and tearing the surface of the sea into a spray that cascaded like a waterfall down the sided of our ship. It was a fulhardy attempt for anyone wishing to step on deck without a harness, as those crew members who had duties to perform were obliged to wear. Of course, it would have been impossible to force open some of the external doors against the huge wind pressure in any event. Trying to walk around on board was possible, but best left to those who were skilful dancers or tight rope artists!
Of course, being a Cunard liner, not much of the shipboard agenda and events were be disturbed for something as mundane as a mere hurricane, so meals continued to be served on time. The main casualty was understandably the evening show, yet bearing in mind the shear size of our ship, there was little in the way of shipboard movement due to the sea conditions to annoy us. So to bed, and then of all things, to wake the next day to a flat calm!
What a ship!
|Quality of Food|
|Britannia Restaurant mostly.|
|Most enjoyable were the shows with song and dance. The least satisfactory aspect was that all shows were shown up to three times on our journey, as were the films and much other entertainment. This was because Cunard treated our 24 night voyage as three separate trips.|
|We enjoyed the "Ghosts of Old Quebec" evening walking tour best, but "Sea Kayaking in Frenchman Bay" and "Halifax City and Harbour Hopper" were nearly as good. There was no poor trip, though at some stopovers we preferred to "do our own thing", and with a bit of research beforehand, these can be nearly as good - and sometimes better.|
|No one member of staff stood out, they were all excellent (barring one rude shop assistant who was not employed by Cunard)|
|Plenty to choose from, but some activities were repeated up to three times because Cunard split the cruise into three. This resulted in inevitable boredom for me towards the end. As the passenger count was in excess of 2500, there were occasional problems involving getting entry to some activities as they were over subscribed.|
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