By Published On: 18 Apr 2017

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Overview

This QM2 Queens Suite review explains everything you need to know about the luxurious Queens Grill suite and how to select the room that’s right for you. It applies to Queens Grill category Q5 and Q6 rooms.

If you haven’t previously sailed with Cunard the various accommodation grades can seem confusing, but it’s actually quite simple. In the same way airlines have first, business and economy class the Cunard liners have three grades of accommodation: Queens Grill on Cunard is first class, while Princess Grill and can be thought of as business class and Britannia as economy.

The origin of the Grills experience is interesting. The original Cunard liners determined accommodation grade by the restaurant in which you dined. Passengers with the most expensive tickets ate in the posh Grill dining room and consequently stayed in the best accommodation. Today Queens Grill and Princess Grill guests have their own private restaurants too, and the class of their tickets has become known as ‘Grills’.

The Queens Grill Q5 and Q6 category suites were extensively made-over during the remastering of QM2 in 2016 and the result is terrific. As you will see in this Queens Grill review there is a lot to love about the Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite. Indeed, each QM2 Queens Suite is bright and airy with an elegant feel that echoes the ocean liners of old.

Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite (QM2) ratings

RoomRating
Size
(4.5)
Design
(4.0)
Cleanliness
(4.0)
Condition
(4.5)
Sitting space
(4.0)
Closet space
(5.0)
Soundproofing
(5.0)
Balcony
(5.0)
BathroomRating
Size
(5.0)
Storage space
(5.0)
Products
(5.0)
Towels
(4.5)
Shower/bath
(3.5)
Cleanliness
(4.5)
Condition
(3.5)
BeddingRating
Comfort
(4.5)
Condition
(5.0)
Pillow options
(4.5)
Blanket options
(4.5)

Queens Suite layout

The Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite offers 47 sq. m. / 509 sq. ft. of luxury living. The layout is rather like an oversized junior suite in an upmarket hotel.

QM2 Queens Suite floor plan.
Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite floor plan.

A wide entry foyer with a fully equipped bar leads on to the main living space. This space is divided into two distinct zones: A sitting area is at one end with plush sofa, arm chair and writing desk, while at the other is a sleeping zone with luxurious king-sized bed. Behind the living space is a big walk-in wardrobe, makeup area and bathroom. Floor-to-ceiling glass doors open onto a large teak balcony.

Living space

The living space in the QM2 Queens Suite is ideal. It’s got style, comfort and loads of room to stretch out and relax. The decor has an understated nautical theme that is reminiscent of the great days of ocean travel.

A very comfortable king-sized bed with soft leather bedhead is at the far end of the living space. Above, etched glass panels evoke stories of travel by sea. There are also large, dark timber bedside tables at either side.

The luxurious Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite.
The luxurious Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite.

A plush, cream coloured sofa sits at the foot of the bed together with a designer coffee table. On the opposite wall there is a large flat screen TV and beneath it is an elegant writing desk which also has a view of the ocean. This desk in the QM2 Queens Suite doubles as a spacious dining table too. During my Queens Grill review I ate many excellent meals there. There’s also an armchair with ottoman and even a small library of books in each Queens Grill Suite.

The writing desk in the QM2 Queens Suite.
The writing desk doubles as a dining table for two.

Fully equipped bar

A highlight of the QM2 Queens Suite is the fully equipped bar. Indeed, it’s the sort of thing usually reserved for owners suites on other cruise ships. The bar has everything you need in case friends drop by, including an espresso machine, electric jug and even a set of glassware and crockery.

The bar in a QM2 Queens Suite.
Fully equipped bar in the Queen Mary 2 Queens Grill Suite.

The bar is also stocked with soft drinks and Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite guests may choose two spirits upon embarkation. Your Queens Grill butler will keep the bar replenished throughout the voyage too. In addition, fresh fruit will be delivered daily as well as canapés each evening – something I especially enjoyed on my Queens Grill review voyage.

The Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite teak balcony

I think the large teak balcony with its glass balustrade is great. In fact it one of the best aspects of the QM2 Queens Suite.

The QM2 Queens Suite teak balcony.
The teak balconies in the QM2 Queens Suites include stylish outdoor furniture.

The teak balcony is long and deep, so there is plenty of room for luxury outdoor furnishings which include a set of padded reclining chairs, an ottoman and cocktail table. During my Queens Grill review voyage it was the perfect place to relax with a good book.

QM2 Queens Suite bathroom

The bathroom in the Queen Mary 2 Queens Grill Suite is large, however it is somewhat disappointing. Sadly it was not remodelled during the 2016 remastering. This weighed negatively on my Queens Grill review.

There is plenty of space on the bathroom vanity top.
There is plenty of space on the bathroom vanity top.

However, the bathroom is very user-friendly with plenty of room to store toiletries around and underneath the stone vanity.

The toilet is in a small alcove at one end of the bathroom while at the other end there is a very deep Jacuzzi bath/shower combination.

A combination Jacuzzi tub and shower are in the QM2 Queens Suite bathroom.
A combination Jacuzzi tub and shower are in the QM2 Queens Suite bathroom.

There are quality Quercus spa products by Penhaligons of London. QM2 Queens Suite bathrooms also come with an eco-friendly foot file, a shower sponge and other grooming essentials.

Quercus spa products are replenished daily.
Quercus spa products are replenished daily.

Makeup area

Just outside the bathroom is a roomy makeup table with large mirror. Ladies will appreciate this cleverly designed space with lots of room for products on the table top as well as in the numerous small drawers underneath. The makeup table also offers both US and UK power outlets so guests from either side of the Atlantic can use their appliances.

Storage space

The Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite has plenty of storage space. Indeed, there is a very large walk-in wardrobe with ample hanging room and drawers. It’s worth noting that there is also more than enough room under the bed to stow large piece of luggage – even the hard-shell variety.

In addition to the walk-in wardrobe there is a small closet in the entry foyer ideal for keeping coats, jackets and umbrellas.

Position of the Queens Suites

Most of the Queen Mary 2 Queens Grill Suites are on deck 9, but there are some on decks 8, 10 and 11 too. There are 82 of these suites and they are almost identical, only their position on the ship varies.

QM2 Queens Grills Suite locations.
QM2 Queens Grills Suite locations.

There are in fact three Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite categories: Q5, Q6 and a few wheelchair accessible Q7 suites. The Q6 suites are less expensive and are positioned either forward or aft on QM2, in contrast Q5 suites generally have a preferred midship location. So I recommend choosing one of these midship suites if you are prone to sea sickness.

However, if that’s not a concern there are a handful of the cheaper Q6 Queens Suites that I prefer as they have a better view. Below the balconies of many Queens Grill suites are the ship’s life boats. While these don’t obstruct the view to the horizon they do prevent you looking down at the ocean. My preferred Q6 suites have no life boats below and so they have clear views down to the waves. Suites 9001, 9002, 9003, 9004, 9005 and 9006 are my favourites.

QM2 Queens Suite dining

Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite guests dine at their own table in the famous Queens Grill restaurant on deck 7. They can also dine at a time of their choosing. In addition, Queens Grills guest can dine in-suite, course-by-course, from the Queens Grill restaurant menu.

Fine dining is also available in The Verandah Restaurant upstairs on deck 8.

Queens Grill passengers can enjoy an excellent range of beverages in the exclusive Grills Lounge as well.

Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite amenities

These amenities are all standard for guests in a QM2 Queens Suite:

  • Personal butler service
  • Bon Voyage champagne and chocolates on arrival
  • Complimentary bar (stocked with your choice of spirits or wines and soft drinks)
  • Access to the Grills Lounge or Grills Terrace
  • Dine in the world-renowned Queens Grill restaurant
  • Exclusive Queen Mary 2 Queens Suite Afternoon Tea in the private Grills Lounge
  • Pre-dinner in-suite canapés
  • Priority embarkation and disembarkation
  • King sized bed (converted to two single beds on request) with exclusive Sealy Cunarder Mattress, and choice of plush pillows from the Pillow Concierge too
  • Full bathroom with tiled floor, bath and shower with Penhaligons toiletries
  • Sitting area with elegant arm chair and/or sofa
  • Private balcony with fully glazed exterior, teak deck, teak handrail on top of the balustrade as well as balcony furniture
  • 24 hour complimentary Room Service
  • Nightly turndown service with chocolate
  • Fresh flowers as well as daily fresh fruit
  • Space for your finest in spacious wardrobes
  • World atlas for exploring your voyage itinerary
  • Flat screen satellite TV with multi-language film/music channels
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • 220V British 3-Pin and 110V 2-Pin Sockets
  • Daily Programme and Daily shipboard newspaper
  • Personalised stationery
  • Writing desk with drawers and chair
  • Air conditioning
  • Soft terry robes and matching slippers, 100% cotton bed linens and towels
  • Other essentials include: refrigerator, key code safe, hair dryer

QM2 Queens Suite review conclusion

I think the QM2 Queens Suite is ideally suited for luxury cruising. The spacious teak balcony and roomy living area are delightful. I also thought the fully equipped bar was a standout. On the other hand the bathroom is somewhat dissapointing. That said, the QM2 Queens Suite is perfect for an Atlantic crossing.

About the Author: Jason Kerr

Jason is the founder and Managing Editor of The Luxury Cruise Review. He has a passion for travel, a weakness for espresso coffee and a love of Greek cuisine.

12 Comments

  1. marianne 17 Jan 2020 at 07:03 - Reply

    Great review! Thank you ! Have you reviewed other ships?

    • Jason Kerr 22 Jan 2020 at 15:52 - Reply

      Hi Marianne

      Yes, we have reviewed many ships including other Cunard ships too. That can all be found in the section entitled Expert Cruise Reviews.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  2. Tom Tenner 23 Feb 2020 at 04:02 - Reply

    Great review. I believe at their price point this class should be all inclusive with all drinks, internet, tips. Because it’s not I rate it poor value for the money.

  3. Andrew Halket 4 Dec 2020 at 03:46 - Reply

    Great review…

    I already have a P1 port side amidships for an October 2021 westbound crossing. Do I upgrade to a starboard side Queens in forward section for £300 more per person…?

    • Jason Kerr 15 Dec 2020 at 15:44 - Reply

      Hi Andrew,

      I prefer the forward Queens Suites, however that’s entirely a matter of personal preference. If you like less ship movement then I’d recommend a midship location.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing editor

  4. Gene Traynor 8 Jan 2022 at 11:15 - Reply

    Can the King bed in the Q6 suite be configured to 2 twin beds?

    • Jason Kerr 14 Jan 2022 at 11:42 - Reply

      Dear Gene

      Thanks for your question. Typically the bedding can be configured as two king-singles.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason
      Managing editor

  5. Cynthia Devine 12 May 2022 at 20:16 - Reply

    Great information Thank you, All my questions were answered,

  6. Virginia Collier 23 Aug 2022 at 20:00 - Reply

    Hi Jason. Excellent review.

    Questions: 1) is the sound proofing good enough to mitigate the effects of being next to elevators? Any other down sides to being next to elevators? 2) If you must have a Q suite with life boats below the balcony, do you think it is better to be on a higher deck (10) vs deck 9. Ie which lifeboat view is less obtrusive

    • Jason Kerr 27 Aug 2022 at 10:03 - Reply

      Hi Virginia

      Thank you for your kind words. In my experience you should not notice elevator noise. Also, I would select deck 10 so the life boat is well out of view.

      I hope this helps.

      Regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

  7. Virginia Collier 28 Aug 2022 at 00:10 - Reply

    Thanks for your reply Are there any downsides to being on the 10th floor, where there are only a few QG Suites bot many more inside and Britannia cabins, vs the 9th all QG Suites floor?

    • Jason Kerr 28 Aug 2022 at 13:04 - Reply

      Hi Virginia

      In my experience there is no differnce. You will most likely not even notice the Inside category rooms. I hope this helps.

      Kind regards
      Jason Kerr
      Managing Editor

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