Been on qm2 with restricted view but we had cabin between 2 lifeboats which helped and I think it is definitely better than an inside cabin. Having said that, you are not going to see much on the open sea to new york . Our trip was up to norway and we had a lovely view every morning. Been to new york on the aurora in sept 2001, but luckily were in quebec the day of 9/11 as we had taken a 6 day bus tour to canada. Having photographed the twin towers coming in to new york, who would have believed they wouldnt be there 48 hours later. Got the aurora back but joined in boston instead of new york and did the cruise up to canada, nova scotia, bar harbour etc. However the cruise, the ship, bus tour, scenery views etc. were absolutely amazing. Hope you have a great time on your trip. QM2 - a wonderful ship.
Restricted view means you are on the deck where the lifeboats are hung.you can see round/through them. not great, but worth it for same cabin interior as clear views for less money.
We were on the queen mary from newyork to caribean did not like thw ship to cosmopolitan and very american with dining etc and very old fashioned not like p o yours liz morriso.
Have just sailed on QM" in cabin 8043 which is listed as restricted view......had absolutely no problem with htis cabin and woudl certainly stay in it again.The life boat outside was a very small one so there was no proble.
We sailed on QM2 to New York for 4th July (4 nights in the Waldorf Astoria were wonderful!) and back again on QM2. For the westward voyage we were upgraded to a restricted-view balcony cabin - they are bigger than non-balcony, but the lifeboat is right in front. You get fresh air but not a great view. However Atlantic weather is notoriously fickle and we had a Force 11 Storm so weren't on the balcony anyway. We have cruised P&O ten times and this was our first Cunard voyage - really great, and very good value for the package we got. Passengers are much more internatinal which was lovely - meeting Americans and Sicilians at our dinner table was very refreshing. The food was wonderful, and the healthy options are also smaller portions so very useful. The range of things-to-do in the daytime is so great you really have to write on the daily programme all you want to try to fit in, but you simply can't do everything. We were just very impressed with everything Cunard EXCEPT that the Captain wasn't really to be seen (quite the opposite from P&O captains); in his defence we had the Force 11 Storm westward and 3 days of dense fog eastbound. We would go Cunard again but only cruise every 18 months and have already booked a P&O to the Med because it calls at places we want to see.
My self cant see the point in having a balcony.You will only be looking at teh same thing teh sea as those without one.You dont spend that much time in your cabins.You are mostly on deck when sailing.We have done four cruises and we wouldnt go to expense of a balcony.Its not worth it.
I am not sure what you mean by restricted view!I believe all the outside cabins have a balcony A transatlanic crossing on the QM2 is a great experience We went in August and the weather was great very warm and the whole crossing was like a millpond Its a great adventure on a transatlantic liner with a proud tradition and the entry to the Hudson River all the way to docking is something not to be missed By the way locate the library on board and then ask for the outside lift that takes you up about 6 floors on the outside looking back to the stern of the ship The views are stunning & not many people know about the lift!! You will enjoy the experience of crossing the Atlantic Ocea.
Having sailed on the Queen Mary 2 last year to New York, personally, although we had a balcony crossing the Atlantic to New York, it really was not possible to take advantage of it as it was mainly cold outside and very wet from the sea spray of course. As to obstruction on the balconies, It is possibly because of the Lifeboats, which although you can see 'something' it is not clear view as you would be 'dodging' around the Lifeboat to see anything. On our return from New York we had an ocean view which had quite a large window and plenty of space, lovely stateroom we were delighted with it. We may be sailing to New York again soon and will certainly book an Ocean View. By the way, you will just love the whole experience, the magnificent ship and sailing into New York, Breathtaking, it makes you cry! Have a greast time
Considering all you will see is water, water and water I would not bother witha balcony. The only advantage of a restricted view is to know when and whether it is daylight and have some idea of the weather conditions from your cabin. all you normally see is the side of a lifeboat!
Done the trip twice (QM2), only cruise I feel not worth paying the extra for a balcony (water, water), however ....... not everyone can handle an inside cabin.