Lounges are everywhere on the QM2, some for waiting, some for internet, some for kids, and some for enrichment.
With all the classes offered by the enrichment program and the various card tournaments going on, there need to be many lounges on the Queen Mary 2. We visited them all and were quite impressed by the variety, location, and capabilities of all these rooms. Below we detail our findings.
Right on deck 8, forward, a variety of card games and tournaments take place in the Atlantic Room during sea days. Bridge is the main attraction here, with classes and bracketed tourneys. The room is pretty dark, with card tables throughout.
The Boardroom is a multipurpose room used for a variety of functions and get togethers. Adjacent is the meeting room where business conferences are encouraged, with all of the conferencing and projecting technology necessary for a successful negotiation.
At ConneXions, there are two rooms. In the first room there are nine computer terminals ready to surf the internet. There are an additional 35 work stations in another ConneXions classroom for instructional computer classes on wide gamut of topics. ConneXions is located on deck 8 near the library.
These lounges are meant as waiting areas during embarking and debarking. There are four, named after beloved parts of England: Knightsbridge, Kensington, Belgravia, and Chelsea.
Spanning from deck 2 to deck 4, the Grand Lobby contains the pursers office, excursion and future cruise offices. There is a lounge here with a bar next to the casino with arm chairs and tables. The ships bell is on the middle level, deck 3, as well as all the shops. Cabins on deck 4 have a window into the grand atrium.
This small lounge is reserved for the smokers on board, especially cigar and pipe smokers. They sell an extensive selection of cigars, rare cognacs, single malt scotch whiskey, plantation rums, and vintage calvados. All of these items serve to enhance the refined and sophisticated surroundings of dark wood and soft leather. Drinks are ordered from the Commodore Club next door.
You can find the concierge on deck 9, but it is only for Queens Grill and Princess Grill guests. A full service concierge will help these passengers with any concerns, queries, or special requests.
Kids have a lot to do in the Playzone and the Zone for older kids. Both are open daily and staffed by trained QM2 staff. A full program of entertainment and activities are planned for young passengers in these children’s lounges. This kid’s lounge has it all, a ball pool, X-Box, a kid’s disco, a quiet sleeping area (there’s a thought), and a private outdoor play zone.
The Playzone is intended for toddlers, while the Zone is ready for children 6 to 17-years-old. Really? 6-17? Does anyone want those age groups mixing?
Nursery service is available from 6pm to midnight, with a limited number of spaces. There are activities for older children starting nightly from 8pm to midnight.
There are seven possible conference rooms that can be combined in a number of ways for different sizes. These conference rooms are home to the ship’s enrichment program. Guest instructors teach classes on topics from wine appreciation, to cooking, foreign languages, to art, both the creation and appreciation thereof. These rooms, being equipped with the latest technology can also be used for business conferences and other events as well.
The Queen Mary 2 boasts one of the largest sailing libraries in the world with almost 10,000 books, current newspapers, periodicals, and a daily quiz. There is a full-time librarian, comfy leather sofas, armchairs, and a few internet stations.
Religious services are held in one of the conference rooms.
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