Queen Mary 2 Balcony Room

4.0

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The Facts

Cruise line:
Cunard
Number of passengers:
2,691
Name of ship:
Queen Mary 2
Room type reviewed:
Balcony room
Maiden voyage:
2004
Kids friendly:
No
Refurbished:
2016
What you'll love:
Smart new decor

The Facts

Cruise line:
Cunard
Name of ship:
Queen Mary 2
Maiden voyage:
2004
Refurbished:
2016
Number of passengers:
2,691
Room type reviewed:
Balcony room
Kids friendly:
No
What you'll love:
Smart new decor

Review In Brief


The Queen Mary 2 Balcony room is bright and elegant, with a distinct nautical theme. It boasts many smart design features that are bound to please as well as a spacious balcony for soaking up the ocean views.

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Queen Mary 2 Balcony Room Review


Queen Mary 2 Balcony room Overview

The Queen Mary 2 Balcony room is the most popular accommodation type onboard and it’s easy to see why. These spacious rooms are both stylish and a comfortable retreat at sea.

In June 2016 the QM2 (as she’s known) had a major refit, including a makeover of all the Britannia Balcony rooms. The result is a great improvement, with new carpet and soft furnishings. However the bathroom remains largely unchanged.

Guests staying in a QM2 Balcony room can choose to dine in either the Britannia Restaurant, Kings Court, or in the specialty Verandah restaurant.

QM2 Balcony room layout

The layout of the Queen Mary 2 Balcony room will be familiar to regular Cunard guests. A short entry hall with wardrobe on one side and small bathroom on the other leads to the main living area. It is bright and roomy with an attractive decor in colours of cream, dove grey and blue.

At one end is a comfortable king-size bed, while at the other is a small sitting area. Of course floor-to-ceiling glass doors lead on to a spacious balcony.

Queen Mary 2 Balcony Stateroom layout.

Queen Mary 2 Balcony Stateroom layout.

Position and balcony types

There are 737 Britannia Balcony staterooms onboard QM2, located on passenger decks 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12. Each Queen Mary 2 Balcony room is categorised according to its position and balcony type.

Balcony room locations on Queen Mary 2.

Balcony room locations on Queen Mary 2.

There are 3 balcony types to be aware of when considering which Queen Mary 2 Balcony room is right for you:

  1. Balcony
    These rooms are located high on decks 11 and 12, therefore they boast a full ocean view with glass from floor to teak rail.
  2. Balcony (sheltered)
    Positioned on lower decks 5 and 6, so with metal fronted balconies from floor to teak rail.
  3. Balcony (obstructed view)
    These have obstructed views because life boats are directly in front of them.

Consequently, Cunard sell 10 different QM2 balcony room categories based on balcony type and position. These are:

Balcony

  • BB – Midships, high on deck 11
  • BC – Midships, high on decks 8, 11
  • BF – Forward, high on decks 8, 11 and 12

Balcony (sheltered)

  • BU – Midships, low on decks 5 and 6
  • BV – Midships, low on decks 5 and 6
  • BY – Aft, low on decks 5 and 6
  • BZ – Forward, low on decks 5 and 6

Balcony (obstructed)

  • DB – Midships, high on deck 8
  • DC – Midships, high on deck 8
  • DF – Forward, high on deck 8
Life boat located in front of a (obstructed view) Queen Mary 2 Balcony room.

Life boat located in front of a (obstructed view) Queen Mary 2 Balcony room.

Choosing the QM2 Balcony room that’s right for you

Queen Mary 2 is the worlds biggest ocean liner. In fact she measures 340 m / 1,132 ft in length. Choosing a Balcony room in the best location is largely a matter of personal preference. For instance, rooms aft are closer to the Queens Room, Britannia Restaurant and the rear-facing pools. While mid-ship rooms have easy access to the new Carinthia Lounge, Grand Lobby and Kings Court. Forward rooms are nearer the theatres and the famous Commodores Club.

Most decks have Balcony rooms from bow to stern, so for a greater sense of exclusivity we recommend selecting one of the ten Queen Mary 2 Balcony rooms on deck 12. These are all located forward and share the floor with a relatively small number of Britannia Balcony Club rooms. As a result there’s less activity and noise in the corridors.

Comfortable living space

Each Queen Mary 2 Balcony room is comfortable and roomy. During the ‘Remastering’ in 2016 they received new cream coloured carpets, drapes and a stylish dove-grey coloured sofa. The decor has a nautical theme that evokes the great ocean liners of the past. Attractive black & white photography adorns the walls.

The space is divided into two zones: A sleeping and a sitting area.

The bed configuration in the sleeping area can be either king or twin. Either way the mattress is extremely comfortable and the bedding is luxurious. The bed is framed by a soft leather bedhead that reaches all the way to the ceiling and handy bedside drawers sit on either side too.

The very comfortable king-size bed.

The very comfortable king-size bed.

A small sitting area occupies the space between the bed and the balcony. It features the smart new 2-seater sofa and a coffee table that can be converted to a compact dining table.

The stylish new sofa in Queen Mary 2 Balcony room.

The stylish new sofa in Queen Mary 2 Balcony room.

Opposite the sofa is a writing desk which doubles as a vanity with mirror too. A hair-dryer is located in a purpose-built draw next to it. A minibar is hidden underneath, while above is an in-room tea and coffee service with hot water jug. When we reviewed the Queen Mary 2 Balcony room we especially liked the clever bar shelf above the power outlets. It’s a smart design feature that enables glassware and small beverage bottles to be neatly stowed away.

The QM2 Balcony room writing desk offers both US and UK power outlets.

The QM2 Balcony room writing desk offers both US and UK power outlets.

The free-standing television that previously occupied the space above the minibar has been removed, replaced by a larger, wall mounted flat screen TV positioned opposite the bed.

Your own private QM2 balcony

While the QM2 balconies are not as large as those her sister Cunard ships they are non-the-less a spacious and a delightful haven.

See our Expert Review of the Queen Victoria Balcony room.

At any rate there’s plenty of room for a set of reclining deck chairs and small outdoor table. Glass fronted Balcony rooms offer wonderful views of the ocean too.

Your private balcony with reclining deck chairs.

Your private balcony with reclining deck chairs.

It should be noted that Balcony (sheltered) category rooms on decks 5 and 6 have metal fronted balconies from floor to teak rail, due to their location lower to the water. Balcony (obstructed view) category rooms on deck 8 have obstructed views because life boats are directly in front of them.

Bathroom

The bathroom of a Queen Mary 2 Balcony room is small, but practical. Sadly, they received little more than a tidy-up during the 2016 Remastering.

The bathroom in the Balcony room is small.

The bathroom in the Balcony room is small.

A view of the bathroom vanity from above.

A view of the bathroom vanity from above.

Regrettably storage space is limited on the stone vanity top. However there is ample room in the cupboards underneath. The shower is small and unsuccessfully uses a shower curtain rather than a glass door to keep water from spilling out onto the bathroom floor.

Top quality Quercus bath products by Penhaligons are replenished during your voyage.

Quality Quercus bath products by Penhaligons.

Quality Quercus bath products by Penhaligons.

Wardrobe space

The QM2 Balcony room has plenty of storage space in a large wardrobe. In addition, one section of the wardrobe contains drawers and a safe. We did note the wardrobe doors were very noisy when closed. There is room to stow luggage underneath the bed.

Queen Mary 2 Balcony room amenities

QM2 Balcony room guests can order room service 24-hours a day from a limited menu. However, in the evening guests may order dinner in their stateroom from the Britannia restaurant menu.

Guests in a Queen Mary 2 Balcony room dine at a reserved table in the Britannia Restaurant and choose either a 6:00pm or 8:30pm sitting. They can also dine in either the Kings Court or the onboard specialty restaurant, The Verandah, for a modest addition charge.

Other standard QM2 Balcony room inclusions are:

  • Bon Voyage sparkling wine
  • Fresh fruit daily (on request)
  • Cunard stationery
  • Dine at your reserved table in the beautiful Britannia restaurant at either 6pm or 8.30pm
  • Complimentary 24-hour room service in addition to Britannia Restaurant
  • Choice of many other dining venues, including the famous Cunard Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room
  • Either king sized bed or two single beds (on request) with exclusive Sealy Cunarder Mattress
  • Full bathroom with tiled floor and shower, with Penhaligons toiletries
  • Sitting area with elegant armchair or sofa
  • Private balcony with either fully glazed or metal exterior, teak handrail on top of the balustrade and balcony furniture
  • Writing desk with drawers and chair
  • Wardrobes and drawer space
  • Flat screen satellite TV with multi-language film and music channels
  • Nightly turndown service with chocolate
  • Air conditioning
  • Baby equipment and bed rails on request
  • Soft terry robes and matching slippers, and 100% cotton bed linens and towels
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • 220V British 3-Pin and 110V 2-Pin Sockets
  • Daily Programme and daily shipboard newspaper
  • Other essentials include: refrigerator, key code safe and of course, a hair dryer

Our verdict

The Queen Mary 2 Balcony room is a spacious and comfortable haven at sea. As a result of the Remastering in 2016 the decor has been significantly improved. The room has a greater sense of space. All things considered, we rate it 4.0-stars.

Editors note

Certain electrical items in your luggage may fall foul of security screening. Things like travel irons in luggage will be identified by x-ray and the luggage will be put aside rather than being delivered to your stateroom. If this happens you will need to retrieve your luggage and declare any offending electrical item before it is released to you.

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