QM2 is a magnificent liner. There are approximately 2000 guests on board, together with about 1300 staff to look after our every need. QM2 has been furnished and decorated to a very high standard in an Art Deco style – more like a plush 5 star hotel rather than a ship.
There are lots of bars all over on the various decks from Deck 3 up to Deck 12, some central and others at the bow or stern ends of the liner. Our cabin is central and on Deck 6 and is well furnished with lots of storage. Our designated restaurant for evening meals is the Britannia Restaurant Upper Level on Deck 3 and we have the 8.30pm sitting.
The meals are all of an extremely high quality and the menu is completely different every night – Mr L has had some excellent meals……..Mrs L is less able to comment, but more of that later. The restaurant staff are excellent and look after us very well. Our personal waiter, Ramiru, sent Mr L back one night with a plate of crystallised ginger for Mrs L, a remedy for her seasickness.
We could use the Britannia Restaurant for breakfast and lunch as well but we have tended to use the King’s Court on Deck 7 which is a buffet/self-service restaurant with food once again of the highest quality.
We get a daily newsletter telling us what is on each day – if one wished you could fill every moment of every day attending one thing or another. There is a well-equipped gym, a theatre, a cinema/lecture hall and a promenade deck for ‘promenading’ – 3 laps = 1 mile.
There is a 5 hour time difference between UK and New York so clocks were put back 1 hour on Monday night and then again Tuesday night. We stuck at this time difference for a couple of nights until Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights when clocks were again put back an hour each night. We arrive in New York fully acclimatised to the time difference so no jet lag to cope with.