Queen Mary 2 - Public Venues
Built for long periods at sea - this spectacular ship has everything you'd expect from an elegant ocean liner! Designers have packed it with so many venues to enjoy a 7-day crossing, you won't yearn for any port of call. Ironically, this ship IS the destination people sign up to see. My previous posts concentrated on the staterooms, lounges and dining - this one focuses on everything else!
The Grand Lobby
The Grand Lobby is the heart of the ship – you'll walk through it a million times. An extremely festive space on my crossing – it was Christmas Central with its massive tree, balconies decked in garland, and caroling concerts. I loved the soaring ceilings, elegant staircase, and art deco mural hovering over it all.
I was on a winter crossing – so I did NOT get a chance to experience the outdoor pools – but they looked so alluring that I'm about to book a Mediterranean cruise JUST to try them out. A great place for summer cocktails – hot tubs and swimming holes 'cascading' over the stern decks.
However... there's even an indoor pool – in case you're game for a dip on a winter crossing!
All I can say is WOW! There is no better library at sea, than on the Queen Mary 2. It would take a decade of crossings to read your way through all the books in this repository! And the reading space is heavenly -- with paneled wood, cushy chairs, and slanted windows overlooking the bow of the ship. I only wish I read more!
I spent a LOT of time in Illuminations – a multi-purpose room – part planetarium (yes, you read that right) and part lecture hall. Hosting a diverse program of lectures: on my crossing, they had a New York Times political columnist, a Heathrow Airport Narcotics Officer (talking about smuggling drugs), an ocean liner architect, and a Dolly Parton expert (really!). Some of the lectures were so 'hot' that people were clamoring to sit on the steps... in a hall that seats over 500!
The Royal Court Theatre
If you are looking for Vegas shows, Shakespearean dramas, or orchestral concerts – the Royal Court was THE place. I hate to admit it – with all my other activities, I barely found time to make it there. Next time!
One of the things I loved most about this ship, were all nooks to just sit down and chill. I spent hours gazing at the ocean, and contemplating my next move...
Not all fun and games on this ship... at some point, you need to come to grips with the reality that all those cocktails, shrimps, and baked Alaskas have an impact on your waistline!
But not to worry! The QM2 has a marvelous gym, filled with cardio equipment to help squeeze you into your evening gown for the Captain's Dinner!
The Queen Mary 2 is truly an amazing way to move from one part of the world to another, especially on a transatlantic crossing. If you're looking for glam or nostalgic charm - THIS is the ship for you.
And if you've always wanted to be a character in an Agatha Christie mystery (and who hasn't?) ... you will be right at home on this liner!