Queen Mary 2 is the largest ocean liner afloat as well as the fastest. British ambience prevails, although she welcomes an international passenger list.
Expect very good food as well as variety of cuisine. The buffet, located at the King’s Court, is a bustling, sprawling area. In the evening, there is a fee to dine in certain sections of the food court, which transforms into four separate casual options. Renowned chef Todd English’s namesake restaurant, open for lunch and dinner, is the only designated specialty restaurant. Elsewhere, the class system still prevails, with the ritziest option being the Queen’s Grill, followed by the Princess Grill. Thankfully, there is no steerage class. Queen Mary 2’s great equalizer? A Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar, one of the few in existence aboard a cruise ship where everyone is welcome.
Daytime dress is upscale, and there are usually three formal nights on 7-night cruises. Dramatic Black and White Balls, Masquerade Balls and other themed balls are highlights, as tuxedos and glittering gowns outnumber traditional eveningwear across the cruise ship. More laidback fun can be found at the dual-level nightclub, G32, where guests party the night away dancing to retro tunes.
Passengers on all of the voyages tend to be well heeled, older and retired. On early-spring and late-fall sailings, you’re likely to notice college kids making the crossing after a winter abroad or a summer in the USA.