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We escape from the cold in the small Atlantic Room, located directly underneath the navigational bridge on deck 11 forward. This semi-circular room with adjacent outdoor viewing area features exquisite artwork by  artist Maarten Groot. Hidden away a few decks lower is the Commodore Club, a superb room with great views of QM2's majestic bow through large windows. The curves of this attractive room are accentuated by the discreet neon lighting in the ceiling and the popular bar bar features a beautiful illuminated model of the ship.

Booklovers should not pass by deck 8, where all 8,500 books in the Queen Mary 2's vast Library & Bookshop await discovery. The backlit veneered wooden bookcases interspersed with comfortable seating areas invite you to browse to your heart's content during the Library's opening hours. Right next door is the Queen Mary 2 Bookshop, selling everything that has to do with ocean liners and Cunard's Line illustrious past.

QM2's mighty bow

Commodore Club
Commodore Club
QM2 Bookshop
Library
View from the observation deck on deck 11 forward
Atlantic Room
Artwork "Lighthouses of the Atlantic" by Maarten Groot
Bar at the Commodore Club
Library
 

The days of steerage class are definitely over on Queen Mary 2 as each of her 2,514 guests will enjoy the comfort of their own stateroom or suite. Even the 293 standard inside cabins come well equipped with comfortable beds (with duvets!), a mini bar (extra charge) and a compact bathroom with shower and toilet. Wardrobe space comes with a built-in safe and is more than sufficient for a transatlantic crossing. The standard inside and outside cabins measure 194 square feet which is more or less equal to many other cruise lines' standard accommodation.

Quite special are the Atrium staterooms. While similar in layout as the standard inside cabin, any of these 12 staterooms offer a window with a view of the Grand Lobby below. Further up the price ladder are the standard outside staterooms (consider the C1 grade if you are looking for some extra space) and balcony staterooms. A generous 79% of all staterooms on Queen Mary 2 features a private verandah. On the lower decks (4, 5 and 6) these balconies have closed steel lower half - only the upper half is open to sea & air so if you are sitting down on one of the teak steamer chairs you will not see a lot. On the upper decks however, the balconies are equipped with a glass railing and are therefore excellent for gazing to distant shores. As a final note, please remember that many staterooms on deck 8 have obstructed views.

Typical cabin corridor - looooonggg....

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom: cat. B2 - cabin nr. 11.080

Standard Inside Stateroom: cat. D3 - cabin nr. 6.049

Premium Balcony Stateroom: cat. B4 - cabin nr. 6.157
Typical Stateroom bathroom
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom: cat. B2 - cabin nr. 11.080

Premium Balcony Stateroom: cat. B4 - cabin nr. 6.157

Atrium Stateroom: cat. D1 - cabin nr. 6.143

Deluxe Balcony Stateroom: cat. B2 - cabin nr. 11.080
Deluxe Balcony Stateroom: cat. B2 - cabin nr. 11.080

 

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First published on January 31st, 2004. All rights reserved.