Cruise Comparison after a FAB Float

Trip Start Dec 15, 2013
Trip End Jan 05, 2014

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

As with all holidays, ours has drawn to an end. But I can really say this has been another amazing adventure as we have had such a long short holiday and done so much and nothing. It has been perfect!

So, after ending up doing what we did after starting off looking at holidays ranging from Cuba to Cambodia but ending up as Cunarders and Cruisers, would I recommend it? OH YES!!! And which ship? BOTH!!!

Sailing on the elegant lady of the seas, the Queen Mary 2 really is a very special experience and one that I am so pleased to have done. Crossing the Atlantic by ship has been something I have wanted to do for quite some time. Being on this Voyage on board the QM2 is definitely the way to do it.

Cruising the Caribbean is not something I thought I would be doing again so soon after our South and Central American adventure of a lifetime and certainly not on a giant Carnival Cruise Ship but what a pleasure it has been. In complete contrast to the QM2's elegance, this is all about family and fun. Parents get to offload their kids for as much time as they wish to and kids get to dump their parents whenever they wish to. There is 24 hours of ice cream on tap and an incredible array and offering of food to suit all from pizza and burger bars to excellent Indian and Caribbean cuisine. The daily dinner menu has a really good range of selection and daily changes. We did learn that each 8 day cruise consumes 48,000 eggs! :-) necessary for all the egg based offerings: pancakes, French toast, eggs any style and omelettes for breakfast, cakes and pastries all day long, and so many other things make up this vast consumption. We did wonder on both ships how many of this that or the other they went through such as light bulbs, washing powder for all the sheets, towels, serviettes and table cloths, and ice cream as both ships have soft serve self service but, with the kids of all ages from 2 to 92 devouring them from breakfast to bed time, the Splendor will have gone through many more ice creams than the QM2 :-)

Some stats just for fun…

QM2 Maiden Voyage 12 January 2004

Length 1132 feet or 345 metres

Width 148 feet or 39.9 metres

Height 236 feet or 71.9 metres

Funnel 204 feet above water line

Extremely stable

Water purification and complete recycling plant

Passengers 2618

Crew 1240

Guest Decks 13

Carnival Splendor maiden voyage 2 Jul 2008 and sails all year round from New York to the Bahamas

Length 952 feet or 290 metres

Width 144 feet or 44 metres

Passengers 3002

Staterooms 1503

Crew 1150

Guest Decks 13
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