I don't know quite what Eric means by tight? My wife and I had a 12 day cruise around the Med. on the QM2 in May and we both thought she was absolutely fabulous - the holiday of a lifetime. She carried a full complement of passengers and we thought there was loads of room. Three times around the deck equals 1.1 miles.
If we are into knit-picking we thought the upstairs seating of the Royal Theatre could have been better arranged. Too many seats obstructed by pillars and a bigger passageway to the seats needed.
Very addictive - we will be going again next Spring all being well.
Good to hear from you - been a while! Have you done any color tinting or other digital work? I'd like to see!
Yes, that is it. The QM2 was...tight in my humble opinion. The Todd English was one of the few places that was not claustrophobic to me. And the overall decor, in corridors especially, seemed like someone used a clone and stamp tool as in Photoshop. It was like a maze to my eye. After the party there were people from Cunard to give various tours, but I chose to wander around at my own pace. Jim Kalafus was spot on in his observations about some of the decor in the QM2 threads - often some weird mix of 1980's mall and Vegas glitz. And there were wonderful things as well, such as some of the artwork like a wonderful painting of the Mauretania and the Lusitania I found in a small stairwell near the Library I think. I did like the outdoor areas at the stern by the pools and bars outside the Todd English, but a lot seemed crammed. Some of it could be more...welcoming - some areas seemed clinical (I can't think of the word I want). I did see a good bit; my visitors badge allowed me to go where I wanted so I walked from stern to bow and back inside and out on decks upper and lower. Don't get me wrong - it was a fabulous party and day - the ship is beautiful and well crafted, just not my cup of tea. I did not take as many photographs as I imagined I would. Having said that, walking the decks of a Cunard ship was a wonderful experience. Would that it were the old Mauretania - smaller as she was it was said she had the ability to feel like an old friend. Some of the QM2 seemed like a hospital or mall or something - not quite comfortable to me.
We are new to cruising, Eric, so for us it was an amazing experience. Our tastes are perhaps not so sophisticated. We did not dine in Todd English where there was an additional premium of $20 per head?; we were very happy to dine in the Britannia Restaurant with Cunard's excellent White Star silver service. One of the joys was sitting with different passengers at breakfast and lunch, learning of their experiences on different Cruise ships and generally chewing the cud.
With it being a bit rough across the Bay of Biscay - force 7 - I was pleased to have booked on Queen Mary 2 with its deeper draught and better capability to handle bad sea conditions. My wife is not a good sailor and I fear that had it been an unpleasant experience our days of cruising would have come to an abrupt end.