February 7, 2005
CUNARD VS CELEBRITY
As you will have seen, we cancelled our planned Xmas 05 trip on the Celebrity Line - deciding after watching a numnber of films and looking again at our Qe2 trip pics and also the DVd of the QM2 that we will go on the QM2 instead in 2006.
Interestingly, at the same time someone posted on the Cunard boards on CruiseCritic a question asking how a Sky Suite on Celebrity (what we had booked) compared to the QM2 QG experience.
Here was a posting that replied to that:
" Whilst I have not had a suite on Celebrity's Summit when I took a Caribbean cruise on her in Oct/Nov'03 in a superior balcony cabin, I have travelled mainly in QG grade cabins on QE2 and would see that whilst the food & service were both very commendable onboard Summit, the QE2's Queens Grill experience is a hard act to follow and has the edge over Celebrity.
Having said this the ambience in the main Restaurant with classical music from the orchestra is a nice touch and you dont' get this on QE2! The dining wait staff on Summit too were 1st class and I would say comparable to the QG wait staff and very anxious to please and help with special requests / particular favourite dishes! As were the cabin stewards who could not do enough for the passengers!
The 'Millennium' class ship itself was simply stunning!I particularly liked the bar at the aft of the ship that was outside and where guitar music was played nightly - it was great to sit at the bar enjoying a drink and hearing the waves in the background.Having said this the leisure facilities were second to none on Summit, which sadly are not very good on QE2! Why they ever reduced the 4 pools on QE2 to just 2 now amazes me and is a great shame!
Interestingly the night club 'Revelations' on Summit was very poorly frequented especially when the Yacht Club on QE2 is usually packed out most evenings / early hours of the morning! Whilst I would not hesitate booking Summit again, the Cunard style and unique atmosphere & always very interesting mix of International passengers will bring me back to QE2/ Cunard.I hope the above, whilst off topic a bit, is useful!Kind Regs,RJMS74"