Our 2 day birthday cruise on the Queen Mary 2

It was Carole’s birthday so we treated ourselves to a 2 day cruise on the Queen Mary 2 from Southampton, a ship belonging to the Cunard Line.

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The impressive Queen Mary

We went with our friends Andy and Helen who had not cruised before. We chose the Queen Mary 2 because we had not sailed with Cunard before and wanted to see if we enjoyed this classic, elegant style that is portrayed by this famous cruise line. First impressions blew us away as it is such an impressive ship, our first glimpse of her in Southampton really did take our breath away. It really is a magnificent ship taking grandeur to the next level.

We had an Britannia inside cabin which was spacious and Andy and Helen were lucky enough to get upgraded to a Britannia balcony. Both cabins were decorated to a very high standard and very comfortable. Since this cruise we have sailed multiple times and now always try and book a balcony cabin when the budget allows, and here are our reasons why.

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Champagne time!

The service we received in the Britannia dining room was exceptional and the food quality was superb. There are numerous bars on the ship including a british pub called The Golden Lion. We particularly enjoyed the Commodore Club which had an extensive selection of Martini’s. We did sample one or two and the Chocolate Martini’s did go down particularly well.

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Chocolate Martini’s

The highlight of this trip was the wonderful sending off we had at the quayside in Le Harve.  Crowds of locals had come to the Quayside to witness the sail away.  We were on a balcony sipping champagne, listening to the band playing, lots of flag waving by the locals, and a flotilla guiding us out to sea.  It was an emotional moment which we will never forget.

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Leaving Le Harve

2 day taster cruises are a great way to sample a cruise if you haven’t cruised before, or like us to try a different company or ship. We really enjoyed our cruise on the Queen Mary 2 and thoroughly recommend this ship for an elegant experience which oozes the old style cruising era.

Have you sailed on the Queen Mary 2?  If so let us know about what you thought in the comments below.

Do read our other cruise related posts –

Thomson Celebration Cruise Ship Review

Thomson Adriatic Affair Cruise – Ports of Call Reviews

Cruising Asia – Singapore, Penang, Langkawi and Phuket

Quality family time on our 2 day Ventura Cruise

9 things you need to know about your sea pass

4 reasons why you should book a Balcony Cabin

Norway Fjords Cruise on the Explorer of the Seas

Drinks Packages – do they save you money?

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