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Queen Mary 2 Review

Cunard Line
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  • Overall Rating: 4.0-stars 4.0
  • Expert Rating:4.5-stars 4.5
  • Traveler Rating:3.5-stars 3.7
    • Couples: 3.8
    • Families w/ young children: 3.0
    • Families w/ older children: 4.2
    • Singles/Friends: 3.5
    • Groups: 3.8
  • Health Rating:
    4.5
    4.5
  • Price: $$$$
  • Year Built: 2003
  • Refurbished: 2011
  • Ship Size: L
  • Total Cabins: 1,310
  • Restaurants: 10
  • Pools: 5

How it Ranks: Queen Mary 2 ranks #2 out of 3 Cunard Line Cruise Ships based on an analysis of expert and user ratings, as well as health ratings.

Introduced in 2003 and refurbished in 2008 and again in 2011, the 3,090-passenger Queen Mary 2 is Cunard's flagship. Known for offering frequent trans-Atlantic crossings between New York City and Southampton, England, Queen Mary 2 is Cunard's largest ship — a point of contention among recent cruisers who assert the ship is too big to maintain Cunard's high standard of luxury. Of its 1,296 staterooms, 78 percent offer an ocean view. All rooms include a full bathroom with a shower and tub and nightly turndown service, and almost 75 percent of the ship's staterooms boast an 8-foot balcony. When travelers aren't in their cabins, they can take advantage of the ship's daytime entertainment. Like all Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2 offers enrichment programming for adults and supervised activities for children. However, Queen Mary 2 is the only Cunard ship to offer workshops led by graduates of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. The ship also distinguishes itself from its luxury competitors with its Canyon Ranch Spa Club and the only planetarium at sea. Nighttime entertainment on Queen Mary 2 features the cruise line's signature theme balls and ballroom dancing, but unlike Cunard's other ships, Queen Mary 2 also features the G32 nightclub, a two-level club with a live band and DJ. While Queen Mary 2 contains some of Cunard's signature dining venues, such as the Queens Grill, Princess Grill and Britannia restaurants, it stands out with a few more unique eateries (for an extra fee). By day, the Kings Court restaurant is a casual self-service buffet. By night, the restaurant transforms into four different dining venues, offering everything from Asian to Italian cuisine. The Todd English restaurant is another fine dining option you won't find on any other Cunard ship. Designed by English himself, the specialty restaurant serves Mediterranean dishes. Overall, past cruisers offer more favorable reviews of the ship's specialty eateries than the main Britannia restaurant, citing mediocre food.

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Queen Mary 2 Deck Plans

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Disclaimers about ship ratings: A ship's Health Rating is based on vessel inspection scores published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If a ship did not receive a CDC score within 22 months prior to the calculation of its Overall Rating, its Health Rating appears as N/A; in such a case, the ship's Overall Rating is calculated using the average Health Rating of all CDC-rated ships within the cruise line. All ship Traveler Ratings are based on ratings provided under license by Cruiseline.com.