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We had 15 nights on QE2 in 2006. It is very formal & difficult to dress down. There is no opportunity for men for example to wear smart chinos and an opened neck shirt. The most casual would be suit shirt & tie for men. Cabins are not very big on that deck and no balcony to escape.
We cruised around the Baltic in the QE2 2005 and thoroughly enjoyed it. Two formal nights - black tie etc it was all so elegant and wouldn't miss it for worlds. Otherwise you can dress down o informal casual most of the time and can also elect to eat in the informal restaurants other than the Mauretania which was just magic with excellent food and service.
We thought afternoon teas with silver service and white gloves at your sit anywhere table - super sandwiches delicately served just like afternoon tea at the Ritz we thought.
As for accomodation you get what you pay for. We were also on M deck outside with a tiny locked porthole. I jokenly told my partner (female I hasten to add!) it was more like a dog kennel but that's being unkind to Cunard. I would certainly book M deck again as one spends so little time in that tiny space - anyway the TV shows you progress through the waves so why worry.
QE2 was absolutely superb - must book again before it's dreaded demise. Enjoy it!! Stan Dixon Norwich
I have been on the QE2 some eight times.
Yes, unfortunately, if you wish to go and dine in the Mauretania (which is the restaurant for Category M1), the ship requires dressing up.
BUT, every night in the "Lido" you can wear anything you want, even jeans. The only requirement there is that you have long pants and a shirt and shoes. I just finished the 2007 World Cruise of 108 days and so my understanding should be on target.
Kobad Arjani, Albany, New York - 10th August, 2007
Guidance is given in the cruise folder with your tickets.
Formal dress is only required after 6 pm (ship time) in "public areas", this means in the dining rooms, Queen's Room, Grand Lounge; however you can probably get away with "smart casual (i.e. plus tie)" if you eat in the Lido restaurant. The Lido allows you to choose you dining companions (& vice versa!) but is self service and a lot less comfortable if the sea gets rough because it is at the stern rather than midships.
On the whole dress code is not normally strictly enforced around the ship but I think you would be unpopular in casual dress in the Master's greeting line! If in doubt have a quiet word with the maitre d'.
We did 3 weeks on the QE2 to the Caribbean and back a couple of years ago. On all days at sea (and there are a lot on a transatlantic crossing) the evenings were formal dress, and this applies to almost the whole ship, not just the restaurants. But there was a get-out. The Lido cafe is informal every evening. It's self service, but the food was great and they have regular themed evenings with various speciality cuisine. We ate there a lot.
You can dine in the alternative dining area - no need to dress up but smart casual is ok. Do make the most of your trip and try to join in on the 'formal evenings' it makes such a difference. M grade cabins are very small.
The cabins aren't huge but perfectly adequate. We sailed on her in 2003 for 19 nights and 15 of these were formal. This was a bit excessive, I ran out of outfits! There is another restaurant (self service) to go to where you can dress down, smart casual is fine, and some people didn't even do the smart! I feel it's nice to make an effort if you are going out to dinner?
I am sure you will fall in love with her, and have a wonderful time. If you don't then cruising isn't for you.
As in other comments you can dine very casually in the Lido, I met a couple from Canada on the Iceland/Norway trip who did not realise QE2 was so formal and had not taken any formal wear at all, so on formal nights they ate in the Lido , on other nights in the restaurant and there is always room service. Go ahead enjoy, I have just returned from Baltics on Norwegian Dream, freestyle dining.Unless you eat early, there are queues at the restaurants. (Cruise was good !) QE2 is much more civilised !
We went on the QE2 to the Norwegian Fjords. We enjoyed the formal dress for evenings, but the Lido provides informal dress for all meals. We actually spoke to a couple and the man did not even have a shirt and tie with him. Moores, Bournemout.