Eighty-five percent of passengers stay in Britannia class staterooms, the standard category of stateroom on the Queen Mary 2. Recently refurbished, the cabins have a contemporary feel. Britannia staterooms are bright and airy, with lush bedding accented with rich blues and golds adding a royal touch. Interior staterooms start at a spacious 194 square feet, and balcony staterooms at 250 square feet. All staterooms come with a flatscreen TV, 24-hour complimentary room service, and complimentary bathrobes and slippers.
Those looking for additional service and luxury can upgrade to a Princess Grill mini-suite or a Queens Grill suite, which each come with exclusive dining privileges, in-suite dining, and personal butler and concierge service. Cunard has also introduced a class of single cabins for adults traveling alone.
Dining & Gastronomy
The main dining room on the Queen Mary 2 is the Britannia Restaurant, a grandiose space with a sweeping staircase, varnished wood paneling and a lead glass dome. Most passengers will have dinner here at one of two dining times. Britannia Club, Princess Grill and Queens Grill passengers have access to their own exclusive dining areas, which feature an improved quality of food and service.
Specialty dining includes The Verandah, a gourmet restaurant serving dishes inspired by the cuisine in the south of France. Expect gourmet options like lobster and lamb as well as French specialties such as frogs' legs and crème brulée. Another options is the stylish Carinthia Lounge, which serves delicious small plates during breakfast and lunch. Casual bites can be found at the Boardwalk Café and the Golden Lion pub.
Entertainment and Activities
Activities on the Queen Mary 2 reflect Cunard's traditional, posh style of cruising. Ballroom dancing is popular in the evenings, and the Queens Room boasts the largest dance floor at sea. Some cruises will include a royal ball, where passengers don their finest evening wear for a night of formal dance. The glamorous Royal Court Theatre hosts regular music, dance, and comedy performances in a lavish setting. Light classical music will follow you on the ship at all times of day, and the Queen Mary 2 also holds the first ever planetarium at sea. Onboard shopping and an extensive spa facility are also available, and extensive daytime programming will keep you from ever getting bored, even on long days at sea.
The Queen Mary 2 has one of the strictest dress codes at sea. Daytime wear ranges from smart casual to stylish, and the dress code shifts to formal after 6 p.m. Passengers tend to dress to the nines for dinner even on non-formal nights, with men wearing a suit with a jacket (tie optional) and women in cocktail dresses or slacks and a blouse. Formal nights are frequent and extravagant, with typical seven-night Atlantic crossings containing four formal or themed nights. On these evenings, men are expected to wear a tuxedo or suit and tie, and women wear formal dresses or evening gowns. Many passengers use these nights as an excuse to go all-out and don gloves, sequins and extravagant jewelry.