Queen Mary 2 provides a large selection of restaurants and places to spend a moment. Every lounge adopts a specific atmosphere, which will catch you on a certain part of the journey. The English ambiance of these areas makes they essential places of the ship : they are active all the day, as good for a morning coffee, for a evening tea of for a nightly cocktail.
QM2's main restaurant has been named Britannia, in honor to the famous liner owned by Cunard in the 1840s. Occupying the aft part of decks 2 and 3, it is an elegant duplex, decorated with the tones of the transatlantic epic. The magnificent fresco bedecking one of the balconies shows a Cunarder with Manhattan in background, which iterates that New York and Cunard's Queens are not separable. This restaurant can welcome 1,347 guests : it provides two services each evening, so that the majority of QM2's passengers has diner here. Its access is free, included in the cruise price, but it is more dedicated for standard cabin travelers. Here, more than in every other place of the liner, you will feel the so refined atmosphere of the maritime journey in the 30s.
Suites' guests access to smaller and more friendly dining rooms. Queens Grill (for suites) and Princess Grill (for mini-suites) are situated on deck 7 aft. Both have a capacity of 200 passengers and are fitted with a direct access to the outdoor promenade, which surrounds the ship at this floor. This allows to make a tour in exterior and to smoke quickly between two dishes. Their decoration is modern and more bright than Britannia.
In addition to this traditional restaurants, passengers can have a very more casual and flexible meal in Kings Court. This self-service is essentially selected for lunch and during calls, while it provides a large time pliancy - contrary to the others. It can welcome 478 people and it is divided between an Italian buffet, an Asian restaurant, a grill and a gastronomic place where the guests can follow the Chef working thanks to a giant screen.
In addition to these four restaurants, we have to evoke Todd English and its smart ambiance. This little restaurant (not more than 200 guests) is accessible only by booking and paying a supplement : each evening, it offers the best of the Cunard cooking. All the three Queens' restaurants are managed by JM Zimmerman, a French world-famous Chef : for a traditional cruise line, it is a duty to provide high-quality food. The place itself of Todd English, on deck 8 aft (this floor being else dedicated to staterooms) makes it a segregated place, not subject to the electric ambiance of the rest of the ship. A quarter of the tables available are outdoors, around one of the pools. If the weather is good, the Todd English terrace looks to be the greatest culinary experience to try aboard.
Concerning the lounges and bars, our visit naturally begins in the Queens Room. This dancing room, a highly representative place of the Cunard history, was already aboard Queen Elizabeth 2 and is present on the three Cunard actual vessels. Every night, and every sailing evening, it is recovers the splendor of galas at sea taking place in the 30's. Passengers come here after the show in the theater, to dance some minutes on the air played by the QM2 Orchestra. A dress suit is mandatory for this so superbly decorated room. On the middle of the afternoon, Queen's Room is used for the tea service - in complete accordance with the British traditions.
Commodore Club is undoubtedly the best place to seat and read in front of the ocean. It is located just above the library, and is connected with this last by two panoramic lifts providing a view outdoors. Occupying the fore part of deck 9, it gives a view on the prow over the ship's entire width. Bar, reading room, music place, smoking area, it is also a highlight for cruise ships enthusiasts, while the center of the bar is fitted with QM2's model realized by the Saint-Nazaire shipyards.
In addition to this essential living places, several pubs and bars are fitted in the whole ship. We can notice Sir Samuel's, whose wall portraits are an homage to Samuel Cunard, the company's founder. On deck 3, we find a champagne bar, named Veuve Cliquot. Roosted on deck 12, Broadwalk Café will allow you to have breakfast with an altitude of 60 meters : the place will often be saturated for the arrival at New York, while Brooklyn bridge will be running some meters above the funnel.
We end this second part in the Wintergarden. Located on deck 7, this room marks the entrance of wellness area. It is draw as a green terrace, in a light green and white decor. It is opened on both side to the promenade surrounding deck 7 : this is a bright and calm place. It mainly comes to life during the afternoon at sea for tea, and then on the evening for an aperitif.