Queen Mary 2 – Lounge Reviews
It would be easy to say that the Queen Mary 2 is one gigantic transatlantic-crossing lounge...and that wouldn't be far from the truth. At every turn, and on every deck, there's a glamorous cocktail bar or charming venue – with huge windows overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I LOVE lounges. So of course, I had to explore them all! Here are my favorites:
The Commodore Club
This was a hard choice, but I would have to say that the top spot is the Commodore Club – located on Deck 9, right at the front. During the day, it has great views (outstanding views!). Two floors directly below the bridge, and you feel like you're steering the ship (but that wouldn't be advisable after three Rusty Nails).
At night you can't see anything outside, but the place is hopping for those 'in the know" – grand piano and fantastic drinks that aren't found anywhere else on the ship (all inspired by great Cunard captains.) Make sure you don't miss the HUGE model version of the QM2 set behind the bar, sure to become a collector's piece!
The Chart Room
I absolutely love The Chart Room: a fantastic place to catch a cocktail before they let in the second sitting. The décor resembles a chic hotel lobby in Sydney, and they always have live classical music before dinner. The elegance is only augmented by the Chart Room's tradition of passing out hors d'oeuvres on silver plates!
The Carinthia Lounge
This was MAJOR target of the Queen Mary 2's renovation... or 're-imagination' as they rightly call it – casual but über hip (Johnathan Adler would feel at home here). An ideal hang out during the day – but not so much at night, because this is where the people who forgot to pack their evening clothes (gasp) are exiled to. (Why?... Unless you dress up, you're not allowed in the other lounges. You've be warned.)
If you have a lap top, want to work on your knitting, or are reading War and Peace - this is the place to be. This lounge specializes in port wine - and they have some pretty rare ones (and 'no' - that is not the price for a bottle - that's the price for a glass!). The Carinthia also serves trendy Scandinavian snacks throughout the day - so that's just another reason to hang out there!
The Godiva Bar
This lounge has an 'official' name (Sir Samuels) but every one just calls it the Godiva Bar. This is the place to go if you are a complete chocolate lover (even though these gems cost extra) - or if you are looking for a good brew of coffee. They also make all kinds of hot chocolate speciality drinks on winter voyages. It was never really that busy on my crossing - but I think the atmosphere was mod and fresh.
The Golden Lion
The Golden Lion place was ALWAYS packed, especially at lunch – next to impossible to find a seat (even at the bar). Serving traditional pub food, was a huge draw (everyone seemed to love the fish and chips). I only made it in there at night for the "Trivia Quiz" as my generous dinner-mates saved me a seat. You really do feel as if you're in a British Pub. I tend to like a bit more glam – but this lounge had huge passenger appeal, so you must try it out.
And Countless Others...!
There are so MANY other places to get a drink on this ship including:
- The Veuve Clicquot Lounge - for those of you with a trust fund.
- The Queen's Room - for ballroom aficionados.
- Churchill's - for fans of cigar smoking
- The Grill Lounges - for first class cabins (...maybe next time!!)
- The numerous pool bars on deck - which I did not get to, as we had near zero temperatures on my crossing.
- G32 - for night clubbers
After reading this post, hopefully you get the picture: if you're a lounge lizard, the Queen Mary 2 is the ship for you! Cheers!!
(Standby for my next two reviews on this magnificent ship. Coming soon: "Dining" and "Public Rooms")