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I have booked a trip on the QE2 for May 2003. Have you been on it? Tell me about it!!! Any comments you have would be appreciated!

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    I am surprise that you would book a cruise without knowing about the ship.

    I posted this before, and without knowing your class of service, it is nothing but an overview.

    The QE2 is the last of the class-divided ships sailing [until the QM2, which will continue the tradition.] The summer of 2003 is the last year that the QE2 will do the North Atlantic route. The ship was designed for this route, and therefore has a lower center of gravity, allowing it to ride more comfortably in heavy seas. I was told by one of the officers that when it was hit by a 90-foot wave [that’s 10 stories tall], it hardly shuddered.

    You have four classes of accommodations. Queens Grill, Princess Grill, Caronia and Mauritania. Mauritania is like tourist class on an airplane, Coronia like business class, and the Grills like first class.

    Most people dress for dinner, 2 informal nights and 4 formal nights. The QE2 enforces a dress code. A tux is required in all classes except Mauritania. Some passengers in Mauritania wear dark suits instead. There is also a cafeteria style restaurant open to all classes with open seating, which is always casual, for those that do not want to dress.

    You are assigned to a dinner table no matter what level you are in. You eat in the restaurant that matches your accommodations i.e. you can't eat in the Queens Grill if you are a Mauritania passenger.

    In the Grill class restaurant there are many 2-tops and open seating. In Coronia class, it is open seating at larger tables. Only in Mauritania class is there assigned dining times and large tables. The Grill class wait staff is trained to provide impeccable fine dining, leading one poster to say she was uncomfortable, feeling the "waiters looked down on her."

    There really isn't any other major distinction between classes. Everyone has complete run of the ship, One exception is the Queens Grill lounge is a bar and lounge set aside for the Grill class passengers.

    The QE2 transatlantic sailing is a traditional "transportation" sailing, ie. designed to get from NY to UK. Each sailing has a theme, ie "big bands". "theater", etc. It is not for the "fun" crowd who wants a busy schedule of contests, artificial excitement, and constant amusement.

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