Singapore to Dubai Queen Mary 2
The itinerary on this cruise appealed and lived up to our expectations. Each of the destinations were interesting and offered something different to do. A highlight for both of us were the two calls in India, being Chennai and Cochin. They offered very contrasting views of the fascinating country that is India. We more frequently choose either the Queen Victoria or Queen Elizabeth but this voyage was on Queen Mary 2. The Princess Grill cabins on QM2 feel much more spacious than those on QE or QV. They do have more floor area. However, the layout is better and the balconies are much larger. The seating area provides a very comfortable spacious place to relax away from the hustle and bustle. As always, the cabin service was impeccable and discreet with nothing being too much trouble. The Princess Grill Restaurant and the Queens Grill are both in an unfortunate location compared with the locations on QV & QE. The windows look out on to the promenade deck with passing walkers/ joggers and sun worshippers on deck. The lunchtime sight of acres of bodies exposed to the sun is not the most appetising of views. It seems inevitable these days that with a little time between voyages we always notice a distinct drop in the standard of menu on offer. The a la carte choices always seem to diminish. Unusually too one or two of the dishes offered, particularly fish, were disappointingly poorly cooked. Despite that the staff at every level in the PG were as attentive and helpful as you could possibly wish, always going the extra mile to offer excellent service. The Corinthia Lounge is a very nice venue for a quiet (except for the occasional loud voiced fellow traveller) light lunch or breakfast, offering interesting dishes without the chaos of the Kings Court. The QM2 is a great vessel in many respects and rides through the ocean with ease. Compared with its sisters however it always seems slightly illogical in its layout. To get from the Grills aft on Deck 7 to anywhere forward such as the theatre involves either a long trip through the Kings Court, going down a deck to walk along accommodation corridors or a trip along the outside deck. In the evening this is compounded by the alternative dining venue closing access through the Kings Court. The Kings Court itself always seems chaotic. The seating areas are difficult to see and the various serving stations confusing. Overall, the QM2 has some drawbacks but is still a lovely ship. It does however always seem slightly more impersonal that QV and QE. On this voyage we were fortunate to have some interesting lectures on offer and the destination lectures, as seems to be the case on World Voyage segments, had more information than just the customary description of the tours on offer. The tours we chose were all interesting, some being considerably better than others, which probably had more to do with the guide than the itinerary. One always feels a little herded on these tours but the organisation works well. The musical entertainment available on the ship provides something for every taste and is usually of a very high standard. The Royal Court Theatre Orchestra and the music for dancing in the Queens room are of a particularly high standard. Evening entertainment in the theatre was varied and with the exception of a poor comedian of a very good standard. In summary, despite the odd quibble mentioned above, this was an extremely enjoyable voyage on a very comfortable and capable vessel. We are now looking forward to our next.
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