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Queen Mary 2 Stateroom Review - Transatlantic

Queen Mary 2 Stateroom Review - Transatlantic

Traveling on the Queen Mary 2 is a truly special and unique experience that you must try at least once in your life.  This is my third transatlantic voyage -- and I'm totally hooked on the glam of the whole experience.  

For now, I'm going to break down my review of the trip into several posts as the ship is so BIG!!  I'll start with the rooms:

Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic - Sheltered Balcony Stateroom   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic - Sheltered Balcony Stateroom   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Interior

The Queen Mary 2 recently went through a complete refurbishment – and the cabins were one of the main focuses of the initiative.  I have to say they did a spectacular job! For this crossing, I had a BV outside cabin with a sheltered balcony – and I love what they did with the place.  (And I was thrilled with the bucket of champagne on arrival – who wouldn't be??)

All of the bedding, seating and paneling appear new.  It's done up in modern creams with blue accents – and there is plenty of room.  You can tell this cabin was built for a world voyage.  There's a twin couch and desk area - and the balcony is HUGE.  It's sheltered, which means it's cut from the hull and doesn't hang over the ship. This has its advantages on a winter transatlantic crossing as you can step outside without getting blown away.

Queen Mary 2 - Sitting Area in Sheltered Balcony   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 - Sitting Area in Sheltered Balcony   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 Sheltered Balcony - Desk Area  Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 Sheltered Balcony - Desk Area  Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Bed

Queen Mary 2 - Sheltered Balcony - The Bed   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 - Sheltered Balcony - The Bed   Photo:  Calvin Wood

I know this is cliché... but the bedding was heaven. Six huge pillows on my bed, and I felt like a sultan.  Each night I fell asleep within minutes of getting into this comfy escape – although the post dinner nightcap (or two, or three) might have helped with that!

Storage

Queen Mary 2 - Sheltered Balcony - Storage   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 - Sheltered Balcony - Storage   Photo:  Calvin Wood

There's enough room in this cabin to store the contents of three steamer trunks – more room than in my apartment (really!).  There are two huge closets and plenty of drawers. I was traveling alone – but even if you're with a partner, you should have plenty of space to store your gowns, top hats, and riding gear!

The Bathroom

Queen Mary 2 - Sheltered Balcony - The Bathroom   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 - Sheltered Balcony - The Bathroom   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The "facilities" in this stateroom follow the pattern of most cruise ships.  They all feel like airline restrooms (the vacuum toilet helps augment that sense!) – but I thought this one felt roomier than many other ships. Cunard seems a little more generous – but don't expect a bowling alley.

Fantastic toiletries as well. I only wish I could have purchased some in the gift shop, especially the lemon lavender soap.

Queen Mary 2 - Toiletries   Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 - Toiletries   Photo:  Calvin Wood

The Verdict

I love this cabin – roomy, modern, and super beds!  I am ready to sign-up again for my next crossing.    (Next Review – the all important lounges. Coming soon!)

 

Queen Mary 2  Sheltered Balcony    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2  Sheltered Balcony    Photo:  Calvin Wood

Queen Mary 2 – Lounge Reviews

Queen Mary 2 – Lounge Reviews

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