10 Must-Know Cunard Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing Tips

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In this video you will get the answer to
the ten most asked questions about crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2.
Hi, I’m Gary Bembridge of Tips For Travellers. In this video I’m going to
give you ten tips about doing a transatlantic crossing on Cunards’s iconic
Queen Mary 2. The first question I get asked is “should I do a transatlantic
crossing on the Queen Mary 2 or one of the much more inexpensive repositioning
cruises on a cruise line?”. Now while repositioning cruises are a great way to
get a low cost trip, these are when the ships move between the Caribbean and the
Mediterranean at the beginning and the end of the season, you can get great
deals on them crossing the Atlantic but the Crossing is a very different
experience. This is designed to recreate and bring back the glory days of
cruising, when the only way to cross the Atlantic was on these magnificent ships.
So in the 40s and 50s, when it was at its absolute height of popularity, it was the
only way to cross. It was glamorous. It was very sophisticated, and the Queen
Mary 2 is designed to recreate this. It travels between Southampton and New York right throughout the summer season. So it normally starts around April time
when it returns from its world voyage, and carries on through until the end of
summer. Although they do do some winter crossings as well. The reason you should
do it is the Queen Mary 2 is the only true ocean liner in service today. It’s
not a cruise ship and you’re not crossing the Atlantic on a cruise ship. You’re
crossing on a ship that’s designed to cope with, and deal with, the Atlantic
storms, the Atlantic weather and the Atlantic seas – which can be pretty
challenging at times. The ship is specifically designed to maximize the
comfort of passengers. It will cross Atlantic in a much more comfortable way
than any cruise ship can. Also the ship has a very large percentage of space per
passenger, because it’s designed for people to be at sea for many days, it’s
got magnificent decor (it’s very Art Deco inspired inside) and tries to
recreate the feel of those traditional ships in the 40s and the 50s. It’s a
true ocean liner. It’s the only one in the world, so it is the only real way to
cross the Atlantic – and it is an iconic and really significant trip. The second
thing I get asked is “will get bored”. The crossing can take up to
eight days. The ship can actually cross the Atlantic in about four days, but it
actually goes much slower to give people time to really relax and enjoy
themselves. You’ll be at sea for seven or eight days and that terrifies people,
because they’re really worried that they’re trapped on a ship there’s
nowhere to go, there’s no ports and they will get bored. Quite the opposite in
fact! Everybody I know that’s been on a crossing complains that they didn’t have
enough time to do everything that they wanted to do and everything that’s
available. Cunard has learned over many, many, many decades how to deal with activities and things to do on a transatlantic crossing. You will find
there is a huge range do from the time you wake up until the early hours of the
morning. There’ll be lectures by famous people,
there might be authors they may be actors they may be historians. There
will be lessons and games – you’ll learn how to dance or you’ll learn how to play
bridge. There will be shows. There will be tours, so you can get to see how the
ship works by going behind the scenes. There will be displays and demonstrations by the chefs and the florists, and also because it’s at sea, the casino is
open pretty much all the time if you want to go gambling and gaming. There’s a
nightclub on board. There is a huge amount to do. One of the most
important things of all that you should do is the afternoon tea. This is a real
classic. The afternoon tea it’s held at around
about 3:30 in the Magnificent Queens Room. It is extremely popular. Waiters in
white gloves serve you and it is an absolute must do. On a crossing you
should do it at least once. There is no way you’ll get bored. I guarantee you
will not get bored on a crossing. The third thing I get asked a lot is “will I
get seasick?”. You are at sea for up to eight days, you’re crossing the Atlantic
which can be very unpredictable and of course there is always a chance (whenever
you step on a ship) that you will get seasick. Now the ship is designed to
cater and cope with rough seas. It has a specific shaped bow, it has stabilizers to
keep the ship stable. There are three things you should do if you are worried about
getting seasick. The first of those is book a cabin that’s in the middle of the
ship and ideally as low as possible. The reason is if there are rough
seas and the ship moves, it actually pivots on the center points. So in the
middle is where the least amount of movement and, of course, lower down is even less movement. The second thing that you
should do is make sure that you take with you, and have taken before getting on
board, are those over-the-counter motion sickness remedies. So there are
things like Dramamine in the United States or Sturgeron in Europe. Those
are fantastic. You take them just before you board or a couple days before
you board and that should do the trick. The other thing you can also do linked
to that is do things like eat ginger, make sure you get outside and get lots of
fresh air. The third thing, and this is the fallback option if you do get
seasick for whatever reason, is go down to the medical center and they can give you an injection it’ll really knock you out for a while but you’ll wake up and you’ll
feel fantastic and ready to party and enjoy the crossing. It will cost you up
to about a hundred dollars to have that jab. So you do want to have that as in
reserve but at least you know that you have an insurance policy if you do get seasick.
You shouldn’t worry about getting seasick as the ship really knows how to
cope with and deal with stormy Atlantic weather. The next question I get asked is
“when is the best time to go and when is the worst time to go?”. The best time
to go is in the middle of summer – so that’s July / August time. It’s when the
Seas are likely to be calmest. You should have the nicest weather. It’s also peak
time, so the prices are highest. One of the things that I like to do is to go
at the beginning and the end of the season as prices tend to be a little
bit lower and also you still have a great chance of great seas and good
weather. If you are concerned about rough seas and your sea legs avoid the winter
crossings. Every year just before Christmas and just after Christmas the ship does one or two trips across the Atlantic. You’ll find great prices on
them but the seas are likely to be rough. It’s very likely that the sea will be
rough but if you’re not worried about seasickness and you have great sea legs
it’s a great time to go, because you’ll get great prices. The fifth thing I get
asked is “which is the best way to go?”. Should you go from Southampton to New
York or New York to Southampton? Personally I like doing the Southampton
to New York route. The reason for that is you get five days of 25 hour
days, because of the time change as there’s a five hour time difference. More
time on board to enjoy the ship and really get your money’s worth.
If you head back the other way you lose an hour for five days – so you actually
have a shorter trip effectively because you are losing time. So I
really strongly recommend if you can do the Southampton to New York route. The
other great plus of that is you have that great experience of getting up
early in the morning when the ship sails into New York and you can see the Statue
of Liberty. That’s a fantastic and magical experience. So that’s another
reason I’d recommend that route. The sixth thing I get asked, and it’s one of the
things that people do worry a lot, is about is dressing up. People ask when I go on
the transatlantic crossing do I have to dress up all of the time? The answer is
no! During the day it’s very casual. You can wear jeans or t-shirts or
shorts – or whatever you want to wear. It’s very casual. At night there is a very
strict dress code. There are two broad dress codes. One of them is formal, and
quite a few nights on the crossing will be a formal night. Formal night for
men is tuxedos and bowties for ladies it’s cocktail gowns ball gowns – and it is
very strictly enforced. If you really do not want to dress up on formal nights,
you can go to the buffet restaurant (the King’s Court) and they do allow you to go
there without getting dressed up – but they do ask that you don’t really use
the other parts of the ship when you’re not in the dress code. Although I have
seen quite a few people slip into the theater. The other dress code is
a smart dress code for men. You are expected to wear jacket ,there’s no tie required.
It still is a relatively dressy code versus other cruise lines. The seven
thing I get asked is “what happens if I fall ill or I have dental problems?”.
There’s a medical center, you do have to pay to go and see the doctor and the
nurse. They are able to do things like x-rays (which actually get sent and
evaluated on land), they do have a high dependency bed so if something’s very
serious they can also look after you – sort of like a intensive care until they
can really get you off the ship. The goal though is to keep you stable and the idea
will be as soon as they can get you off the ship they will. There it’s a very
short period of time for a couple of days in the middle of the crossing where
you can’t even be airlifted off the ship, because it’s just too remote for
helicopters to get to you. But sometimes you might have seen on the news reports
when it gets close to land sometimes people will be evacuated if they are ill.
If you have a dental problem that’s more of a problem. There’s no dentists onboard.
So one of the things I always recommend you do is take with you one of those
dental repair kits so you can base a patch yourself up if you
you have something like a filling come out or a crown come off or something
like that. Very important, of course, is take out travel insurance because first of
all it will cost you a fair bit of money if you do have to see the medical center
and have to have pills and drugs etc and of course if you do have to get
evacuated from the ship that is very expensive. So make sure you have travel
insurance before you go on a crossing. The other question I get asked is “what
sort of cabin should I book?”. On Queen Mary 2 there are three grades of cabins: Queens Grill, Princess Grill and Britannia. The way
of thinking about it is Queen’s Grill is sort of like going first-class if you
are on a plane, Princess is sort of like travelling club or business class and
Britannia is sort of coach class – now saying that it’s a very special kind of
coach! You can actually cross the Atlantic in the Queen Mary 2 spending
just a couple of hundred dollars or spending about forty thousand dollars
on the same ship because they have massive big Suites down to inside cabins.
So you can actually probably find a cabin to suit your budget – no matter what
that is. Another question I get asked is “what about my table for dinner – how do I
get a great table?”. In Princess and Queens Grill, based on my experience,
it does seem to me that the best tables get allocated to people who have the
higher grade of cabins and also are regular travellers. One of the things to
do though if you do get a table that you don’t like, is speak to the maitre d. In
all of the restaurants you can choose a table size, you can ask to have a table
for two, four, six or eight. In Britannia Grill there are much more
limited to tables for two, so another things you need to think about when
requesting a table is do you go for table of four, six or eight? One of things
I often recommend to people, if they’re traveling by themselves, is go for a
bigger table size because then you’re going to meet more people and also
you’ve got a greater chance of clicking with people. So in terms of getting a
great table it does appear to really depend on the grade of cabin you’ve got
and also your how much of a frequent traveler you are – and of course speaking
to the maitre d. The tenth thing I get asked about is service and
gratuities. Cunard, like many cruise lines, auto add gratuities to your on-board bill. So it’s not in your fare and it will be added to your onboard account.
The gratuity level keeps changing and evolving (going upwards) all
the time, but you will pay gratuities if you’re in Britannia and
you will pay a different level of gratuities if in Princess or Queens Grill,
and it varies between about $14 and $18 per person per day. Of course to find out
what the current level is when you book ask what the gratuity is. It
will be Auto added to your bill but you can go to the Pursar’s desk and ask
for it to be increased, decreased or even removed if you want to actually hand
over cash tips. Crossing the Atlantic on the Queen Mary 2 is a magnificent
experience. It really is something i strongly recommend people do. It is just
an iconic trip and it is really magnificent. It really is a glorious
thing to do. Those are the things that I get asked the most
and I hope that’s helped give you a good sense about Transatlantic Crossings and what it is what it is and isn’t and the things you need to know before you actually go on one. I
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Graham Charnock · January 22, 2019 at 12:34 am

Gary, do you have anything to say about getting your vows reaffirmed during the voyage? Is it worth the money, because it does sound great the way they describe it in the brochure or is it rather a basic affair that does not gaurantee that the Captain will officiate. My wife are travelling from New York to Southampton in mid June this year as part of our 40th Anniversary Celebrations and are considering this option.
Also you say July on is the best time to sail any idea what June is like? As long as I don't see icebergs I'll be happy! 😉 😉
Cheers, Graham.

Liam Doyle · January 23, 2019 at 11:21 am

In 1965 we sailed from Cobh, Ireland on Cunards RMS Sylvania and returned a couple of years later on the Queen Mary. They were filming the movie ‘ Assault on a Queen’.

DannyJane · January 23, 2019 at 11:54 pm

Re: Seasickness. I am terribly prone to seasickness, but I love cruising so I go to my doctor a week before I sail and ask for Transderm Scop ™ patches. Put one behind your ear every three days, and no seasickness!

Eric C. Welch · January 26, 2019 at 3:36 pm

Nice video. I got a real belly laugh out of the reason to go west rather than east. The trip takes the same amount of time, you only have the perception of it taking longer because you turn the clocks back. You could achieve the same effect by turning the clocks back an hour going eastbound and then moving them ahead in a five hour jump when you arrive. If you do it that night, you'll have the perception of wasting less time sleeping and have more time at your destination. 🙂

My family returned from Europe in 1958 on the Queen Elizabeth in the midst of a substantial storm and goodness, I was so seasick I thought I would die but was afraid I might not. We crossed twice in 1964 and 65 on the original Rotterdam (a lovely ship) but don't remember having any similar problems. In any case you usually get your sea legs in about 24 hours anyway — at least a ten-year-old does.

Adam Hellerud · January 27, 2019 at 5:03 am

I have tickets to see the Spice Girls June 3, 4 and the 6th. I’m went a little crazy. 🤣 I am 6’6.5 so flying can be very uncomfortable so I am thinking about sailing to and from. Since I would fly first class the price of a the balcony is still cheaper round trip then flying. Even flying in the main cabin is as much if not more. So, since I have no job and or kids and I am very happy watching movies laying in bed, eating and just talking to whom ever I meet I am very confident I will have no problem sailing for 7 days one way. If my plans do not fall through I will try to remember to come back and share. Or someone remind me around the end of June to share!

Dan B. · January 27, 2019 at 7:20 am

Exellent Report — thank you! Thumbs UP!!

philippe chevereau · January 27, 2019 at 9:38 pm

How much does it pollute?

Mark Samblanet · January 28, 2019 at 4:08 am

After many cruises, my wife and I finally sailed on Cunard twice last year, once on the Queen Victoria and on the the Queen Mary II. We did not do a crossing in the Queen Mary, but did a 14-day cruise from New York to Quebec and back to New York, with three days docked in Quebec. I think the Queen Mary is a wonderful ship. We had 40 knot winds with 30 foot seas and never felt it. I loved the lectures and the planetarium, which is unique. Also, their library is fantastic. The ship is unusual, but that is part of the charm. As you suggest, I would highly recommend this ship, especially if you don’t mind getting dressed up in the evening, which adds to the experience. It is something you will not regret. I am just watching a lot of your videos and like what you present. With nearly 30 cruises, I am following you for some clues on how to get more variety into our cruises. Look forward to more.

Reginald Dove · January 28, 2019 at 4:31 am

What if you are newly single and still plan on going? I have no problem being a solo traveler…any advice for rugged individuals? Thanks!

Brett Weary · January 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

Well said Sir

cafsixtieslover · January 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm

I have not done the Transatlantic crossing yet but I have just booked my second cruise on the QM2.  It is my very favourite ship.

lesmoor kelly · January 29, 2019 at 10:47 pm

buffet for me

Ben Randomly · January 30, 2019 at 11:47 pm

Any advice for a single man, as in one person, crossing on the QE2. I'm not a nightlife, party, take in the shows kind of person. I like to relax, stargaze, read a book, or listen to a podcast. I'm not much on television or movies. Could I take my meals in my cabin, ala room service?

Jak Clarke · February 16, 2019 at 2:50 am

stop staring at me and please blink.

IngLouisSchreurs · February 19, 2019 at 4:25 pm

“Censored”; I just watch this over and over and imagine myself onboard this unique vessel.

chandler bing bong · February 25, 2019 at 9:19 pm

It's on my list, but the fear of getting financially hammered during the entire crossing is what puts me off

CaptainArt777 · February 26, 2019 at 3:07 pm

I was looking forward to this video but was greatly disappointed. I wanted to see the ship, inside and out, instead, we had to look at this guy face over 80% of the time. Not for me. There are so many videos here on youtube were the poster feels to need to feed his ego by having us look at his face.

Denise Thorne · March 7, 2019 at 9:53 am

What a super interesting job to have got involved in. How did you get to report on sea/river cruises?

ras351 · March 13, 2019 at 6:49 am

We were toying with the idea of doing this, going from New York to london with our 5 year old(would be 6 by the time we do it) I think it would be quite an experience for his first trip to europe. Do you think that would work or is it completely nuts to take a 6 year old on this? I mean would he get bored, are there ever any other children or is it all retired folks? Would they tolerate children?

Joseph Forest · March 14, 2019 at 7:57 am

Ar Gary , shiver me timbers.

spiller03 · March 18, 2019 at 1:54 am

Do they still have pet hotel onboard ?

Francis Eyre · March 31, 2019 at 9:51 pm

would this be something for my twin 18 year old boys to experience, say fly to NY and shop, then sail QE2 back to UK….

LINDA MARIE · April 2, 2019 at 9:16 pm

Excellent overview …great info and advice …thank you!!!

Mark S · April 10, 2019 at 3:05 am

The idea that the westward trip is longer because of the time zone change is quite humorous. The trip is the same in both directions, minus whatever difference prevailing winds make.

joseph dunn · April 14, 2019 at 6:29 am

Gary: what kind of food is onboard?

Mehitabel · April 18, 2019 at 10:17 pm

If ever a ship was a "she", not an "it"… This is that ship.

timnewtimnew1 · April 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm

You should do this professionally. Excellent! Thank you.

Paddy C · April 23, 2019 at 2:11 am

You don’t need a tux on formal nights. I’ve done this crossing many times and a dark suit is just fine, quite a few men choose this option.

lincolnlobster · April 25, 2019 at 1:51 am

Looks like a very upscale floating retirement home.

Stuart Lee · April 25, 2019 at 4:12 am

Can somebody please inform me why the Mary docks in that awful AND DANGEROUS Brooklyn, and not in MANHATTAN?
It's always a thrill sailing up the Hudson to Pier 90.
It's no thrill ending up in the Congo–er, Brooklyn.

jesterd14 · April 26, 2019 at 12:20 am

I've crossed the Atlantic 8 times round trip. On destroyers and frigates. I'd give anything to be able to cross each way on the QM2 and just sit in a deck chair and relax. Nice cigar and a glass of brandy after dinner and sit and look at the stars from the middle of the sea.

Cruise Passion · May 5, 2019 at 6:11 am

Interesting video ! Thank you 🚢💙

Douglas Shane · May 5, 2019 at 4:02 pm

Excellent, very helpful.I'm sold! Thank you.

THE ATOMIC CLAP · May 9, 2019 at 7:49 pm

I dont need no stinking boat.- aquaman

Claudia Holmes · May 10, 2019 at 5:23 pm

My dream is to cross the Atlantic. Thank you for such a wonderful, informative videi.

Gene Kelly · May 12, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Can you cross on a freighter?

Dirk Digler · May 13, 2019 at 1:33 pm

Did the NYC (Brooklyn) to Southampton, incredible trip,gained 10 lbs., food was fabulous, I don't think saw the entire ship! Entertainment (shows) were top notch, staff was always available and had a smile. ALWAYS something to do. Worth every penny!

Malcolm Hamilton · May 13, 2019 at 6:33 pm

This will be my second crossing on CM2. Can't wait!

Ps1guy Plays · May 24, 2019 at 11:24 pm

Got back off a crossing from Southampton to nyc it was force 11 game but it was so steady I didn’t feel it it was a bit daunting when the captain said we are going over the final resting place of the titanic but ur advice was greate thx !

Joseph Forest · May 26, 2019 at 2:44 am

The ship goes slow, to save fuel.It is a senior's home on the water.

Brad Johnson · May 26, 2019 at 10:24 pm

Well I can't speak for The QM2, but I just completed my 4th crossing on NCL and LUV'd everyone of them. (3 on The Epic and 1 on The Star and usually in conjunction with a B2B) Now NCL's are usually 15-days stopping at numerous ports like we just did on the crossing from Port Canaveral to Barcelona. But yes you are right despite numerous sea days, no you will never get bored. I've said the same thing numerous times, that I don't have the time actually to do everything I want to do. Excellent video.

Michael Z · May 28, 2019 at 6:40 pm

I know that this is an older video, but I was wondering which cunard liner is/was your favorite to cross on?

Jim Swickard · May 31, 2019 at 4:37 pm

Excellent video and explanation!

Luzimar Santana · June 11, 2019 at 9:03 pm

Thanks for Tips! I am looking forward to a Transatlantic Cruise God willing next month!!!

Marshal Dunnik · June 15, 2019 at 11:46 pm

Did an April westbound crossing, a re-positioning ("repo") cruise aboard Carnival Horizon. Seas were mostly pretty calm and did not trouble our barge-like ship too much. We did experience some very dense fog for a couple of days on and off, where the ship slowed to a crawl and sounded its horn periodically. Landfall was in Halifax, debarkation in NYC. The trans-Atlantic cruise ("TA") is usually the one people graduate to after doing the Caribbean and Med.

greg lewis · June 18, 2019 at 10:36 pm

With my brash working class mannerism, my dislike of dress codes & formality i dont think i would ever fit in with the majority of the other passengers on her (not bashing them). Shame though because the ship itself is a marvel and would have loved to have traveled the north Atlantic on her. This is what going to sea should be about. A LINER. Open ocean, sharp bow, deep hull and built to take a heavy sea. A floating top heavy block of flats that are today's cruse ships would do nothing for me.

Lori Putz · June 18, 2019 at 10:44 pm

Almost all of your videos suggest a dental vcd repair kit. I assume you have needed this ?

Kathy Melchin · June 20, 2019 at 11:54 pm

I was just looking at the last December crossing in 2020 for pricing ideas. I love Winter Crossings. I will do it again but probably not until 2021 as I have a long Viking trip planned for Fall of 2020. And I agree about Westbound Crossings – I have done both (first on QE2/Eastbound in 1988) and prefer Westbound.

Kevin Clemmons · June 27, 2019 at 12:34 am

What is the music like? Do they have a small string quintet or orchestra?

A Man Cut in Slices · June 29, 2019 at 7:15 am

The hurricane season for the North Atlantic runs from 1 June – 30 November peaking around the first week in September. In my experience the calmest crossings are late May. Also the weather is warm and the days long. I find you are most likely to get storms 2 days out from New York and Southampton.
Avoid deck 4. You can hear the music etc from deck 3. Avoid deck 6. You can hear people jogging on deck 7. Avoid the front of the ship and the very high decks. They get most motion when the ship moves. The ship will always move but not a lot. Avoid any journey beginning or ending in Hamburg.
If you have to choose one way go eastwards from New York. Leaving New York harbour on a sunlit evening then squeezing under the Verrazano Narrows bridge is not to be missed.
Go 15mins late for afternoon tea. You miss the queue and you can be placed with new people to talk with. Ask for a table to share. For dinner ask for a table for 8 for lots of interesting people to chat with. If you don't like your table ask to be moved. There are passengers who move every night. Americans and Australians are the best fun.
If you don't like the dress code sail on another ship.
You might get vouchers for free alternative dining but it will still cost a lot.
The best food is in Kings Court. The worst is in the Britannia Restaurant. They can't grill steaks and the salt content is way too high. Try breakfast in bed for a real treat.
If you get an icky tummy and go to the sick bay you will be quarantined for 24 hours. They won't medicate you but tell you to avoid dairy. This works. If you tell them you think it's food poisoning they will ignore you.
If you can manage your own luggage you can be off the ship and away by 7.15am in Southampton.
You will be invited to "Captains Cocktail Parties" but they are designed to sell you more photos. Photos are very expensive.
Drinks on board are very expensive but I have never seen one drunk in 150 days at sea on this ship.
The Golden Lion is a nice "pub" if you like quizzes and Karaoke. The library is delightful, when the seas are calm. The coffee in Sir Samuels speciality bar is nothing special. The Chartroom Bar is a classic.
Excursions are extortionately expensive. But you have the security and lack of stress in a strange port.
The lectures vary dramatically in quality. The shows are still quite good even though they no longer use Belinda King Productions. Try the planetarium and try to stay awake. Comedians on board always, always say, "Is there anybody here from…."
Walking round the boat deck is fun. Using the tenders in a port where the ship can't dock is not fun. Norway and the fjords is amazing. Crossing the Atlantic on the traditional Grand Circle Route from the old world to the new is amazing. You will either Love or loathe New York. But you must try it.
I won't sail on any other ship.

gsneff · June 29, 2019 at 9:33 pm

You mentioned getting sick, if someone gets sick and confined to their room 1) does everyone in that room get confined or do they separate the travelers so the remaining party can still enjoy their trip without risking getting others sick 2) do you get a refund or travel voucher if confined to cabin?

Andrew · July 1, 2019 at 11:37 am

We just completed a westbound crossing on the QM2. Every tip in this video is spot on.

Fred Bach · July 5, 2019 at 8:41 am

We did the Silhouette maiden crossing. There were 2 storms to dodge. 35-foot seas. When the sharp urge to hurl hits the back of your throat, a bite of sour apple kills it faster than you can blink your eyes. It's amazing. The staff walked around with bowls of sliced green apples. Yeah I took ginger and dramamine too.

Franco Firpo · July 10, 2019 at 1:01 pm

Please, you need to stand further away from the camera, that angle is too agressive and awkward and I don't get why are you on the right side of the screen, if the picture in the background is completely out of focus anyways.

Peter King · July 14, 2019 at 7:42 pm

I did a 8 hour ferry crossing, the sea was rough, many folks getting sea sick. I went to the restaurant and got a nice greasy breakfast. That cleared all the tables around us.

Pileits · July 16, 2019 at 2:58 am

Tip #1 pick a different ship to cross the Atlantic on instead of this once great ship that the owner Carnival Cruise lines ruined!

whynot64928 · July 18, 2019 at 7:42 pm

Winter crossing on bucket list .. or would have been if the dress code wasn't what it is

CP140405 · July 21, 2019 at 4:37 am

I've always wanted to do a transatlantic cruise. It is an iconic trip.

The stars have aligned. We have, at short notice, booked a transatlantic crossing aboard QM2 departing in five weeks.

Can't wait… now I just have to get my tux and suit pressed….

MH0709 · July 22, 2019 at 10:36 pm

This video is like listening to a person from the stone age. I do not give tips – I expect companies to pay a reasonable wage. STOP PAYING TIPS – IT IS A METHOD FOR COMPANIES TO REDUCE THEIR TAX BILL.

underwaterbubbles · August 2, 2019 at 10:19 pm

The QE2 used to do the crossing 5 days there and 5 days back.

Allan du Manoir de Juaye · August 4, 2019 at 7:58 am

The QE2 crossed in 5 days Why is the QM2 s slow???

Mark Price · August 5, 2019 at 12:40 pm

This one is on my bucket list. Come on retirement….

Dawna · August 8, 2019 at 10:02 am

ahhhhh….these beautiful trans atlantic ocean liners! the QM2 and Queen Elizabeth were both in my port city recently and wowed us with a special and spectacular sail past in the harbour!! was a ship lovers dream come true!!

D Stuart · August 8, 2019 at 11:02 pm

The only reason they had ocean liners was to cross the ocean. To pretend it's pre-airline age and play dress up on what looks like a mid-range Hyatt hotel and get stuck in an Atlantic storm seems really, really boring to me. And I'm an old ocean liner buff. I'd rather fly and stay on land and see the sights than see the monotonous ocean and garish Carnival-designed public rooms for days on end filled with overweight people from Iowa.

Ronald Saul · August 10, 2019 at 3:05 pm

nice job

Morley Southorn · August 18, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Wow I would love to go

John Kemper · August 20, 2019 at 2:03 am

The only thing I have ever wanted to do since she was launched was to have a nice Atlantic crossing, cruising aboard the Queen Mary-2. It was designed specifically to be the most luxurious "Ocean Liner." The meaning she was solely designed for crossing the Atlantic Ocean as the only designed cross Atlantic Liner built since I was born in 1951.

kjh789az · August 26, 2019 at 6:38 pm

Thanks! This crossing is a great experience which encouraged me to book QM2 for other routes.
My only two cautions as of 2019, is that dinner wine prices seem to have been hiked beyond what I and several fellow travellers eating in the Britannia restaurant consider reasonable. After the first night sailing Dubai to Southampton, my sociable and congenial table of eight were avoiding the wine waiter's gaze. Table wines were $25 upwards and there was a "service charge" of 15%. We all decided to use the bar of our choice before dinner and order drinks other than wine with the meal. On what was a three-
Week cruise, this saved us a fortune.
The second alert is also wine-related. Check your interim on-board cruise bill. I always ask the helpful customer service desk for a mid-trip print out and go through it carefully. Last trip, I found I'd been charged for three bottles of restaurant wine I'd not ordered. This came to nearly $100! It's easier to get corrections mid-voyage than at the busy end of trip point. Although the customer service lady was not overly apologetic at the ship's error (I always keep my drink receipts!), The correction was quickly made and following my suggestion to her, I did receive a complementary glass of wine and apology from our wine waiter the following evening. So, it pays to be as methodical as Cunard generally are.

Sunny J · August 27, 2019 at 6:44 am

If you ever create another video, it will be better not to see our face at anytime. Just talk and show video and images of the experience. Looking at you during you reading you script makes absolutely no sense and ruins the video. Don't show your face again on another video, serves no purpose

vutEwa · August 29, 2019 at 3:36 am

dress code is bullshit. i'll never step foot on this ship

Orde Morton · August 29, 2019 at 1:17 pm

Clearly most passengers will be far too busy to spare a glance for the Atlantic. It is many years since I crossed by ship (three times) but I found looking at the sea a restful experience.

Paul Connors · August 29, 2019 at 11:29 pm

I really love your videos as I have never cruised and find the information most helpful.

JWGrum · August 31, 2019 at 7:20 pm

We are contemplating a crossing and your video has given us quite a bit of insight.

MrWill1985 · September 1, 2019 at 8:55 pm

To bad transatlantic crossing isn't still as popular. I would prefer going by ship than airplane since your sitting for hours on a plane but a ship there is plenty of entertainment during the voyage

Nigel Carpenter · September 2, 2019 at 8:14 pm

returned from new York in August 2015 on the qm2 & the weather was perfect, fantastic ship and can't wait to do it again

MistahDave · September 3, 2019 at 1:09 am

I've done three transatlantic crossings on the Queen Mary, the dress code is a non issue. Even in the nights I kept jeans and a shirt instead of a t-shirt and just ate in the all you can eat buffet restaurants. I even saw one couple who were wearing Adidas practically the whole time.

adscri · September 5, 2019 at 2:45 pm

Missing is the tip about how you will be clearly be contributing to the planet’s environmental degradation.

Positive Outlook · September 6, 2019 at 1:06 am

Ginger Root pills work at least as well as Dramamine, without side effects.

Eliza Keys · September 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm

Very well done!

radio2014 · September 10, 2019 at 8:43 pm

I wanna know what this jab (injection) is, you wake up feeling amazing and ready to party!

Irishandtired · September 13, 2019 at 8:29 am

I would do the Winter crossing. My wife would probably say otherwise.

Irishandtired · September 13, 2019 at 8:41 am

Years ago I worked on Canberra for P&O. We had a day in Thailand where we were berthed nose to nose with the QE2. The QE2 looked pretty smart in front of us. Roll on a couple of decades and I saw Queen Mary II sailing from Southampton. I was working on a channel ferry. The Queen Mary was very new then. The scale of her was something. It was nice to see a new vessel with those red funnels. Cunard is the Concorde of the Atlantic. Do it while you can.

savagecub · September 14, 2019 at 10:14 am

Very informative, thanks for posting.

Mr. Balloffur · September 20, 2019 at 5:42 pm

This is my dream vaca but it's too expensive.

Lily Hughes · September 27, 2019 at 3:38 pm

please blink! it looks like your dead!

Nigel Healy · September 29, 2019 at 1:42 am

Thanks for your video, I just did QM2 eastward New York to Southampton. We went through gale force 10 and no sea sickness, we were on deck 4 between B and C aisles and we got a little swaying but the odd jolt. A little bored at times but you're right there are plenty of things to do. We got a room with balcony and sometimes we just sat in our room with the door open. After the 1st night we did double-back towards USA to get 2 passengers off in helicopter.

1kinu T · October 3, 2019 at 3:04 am

All those people who whine about America's insistence on leaving tips for service must find mandatory tipping on this ship outrageous.

Vino · October 4, 2019 at 3:18 am

Excellent vid.

Gary L · October 4, 2019 at 2:10 pm

CROSSING TIP #11: Do not ask if/when "TITANIC" will be shown in the ship's "cinema". (Sorry-Not sorry).
(BTW-"Jack" and "Rose" say HI!)

Ed Holohan · October 5, 2019 at 7:24 am

Who cares, you rich fucks?

Carrey Perea · October 5, 2019 at 7:53 am

i have crossed on the mary 3 times, it is always awesome!!

isopath1 · October 5, 2019 at 10:35 am

Do you ever blink?

Tara Private · October 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Been on qm2 transatlantic twice only for convenience and I did get bored both times more of a ship for older people .

OlymPigs2010 · October 8, 2019 at 4:30 am

…Yes Good Info….But do they have BINGO ???

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David E Johnson · October 8, 2019 at 6:53 am

Save my money and be wise, hopefully when I retire I can travel like this at least once! You couldn’t put me on a carnival cruise ship or a southwest airline flight!

Jacobs_Rifles · October 8, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Excellent and informative video.

Phyllis Petras · October 9, 2019 at 10:33 pm

Thank you!!!!!!!

Buck Fitches · October 10, 2019 at 8:08 pm

100 squid for a sedative!?! Wow… That's Tony Montana tackle.

Jerel Donovan · October 10, 2019 at 11:10 pm

I would really like to know the name of the photographer for that print in the background.
I've seen many shots like it but none as good IMO. Any help finding it would be appreciated.

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