In the Cunard brochure it will tell the different dress coards Formal is dinner suit and black tie,ladies evening gown.Informal is ladies cocktail dress or evening trousers and top men jacket and tie.Smart casual jacket no tie needed for men smart casual for ladies each day you will have your dress code on your daily news so you will know what to wear.We sailed on the QE2 and we will be sailing on the QM2 in Fe.
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On the formal nights it is more usual for ladies to wear long dresses and men dj's but it would not be a problem if it were cocktail dresses and lounge suits. The most important thing is to dress smartly and be yourselves as QM2 does have standards but is not at all stuffy. Just have a great time as the QM2 is the best and most elegant ship on the oceans and as long as you don't mind or even enjoy dressing smartly for dinner ( as opposed to wanting to go in jeans and t-shirt) you will have a great time.
As to the taxi question, you shuld have no difficulty in getting a taxi from an hotel. Even NY taxi drivers know where the port is! Otherwise I agree with other Reviewers: be yourself, be smart, I suggest at least one long ball gown for Captains cocktail party night. If you are spending all that money, dress UP and enjoy it. I'm a guy and always take a suit, dj and - if going to a hot spot - a tux too.
We are also cruising on QM2 in january and really looking forward to the trip. We sailed transatlantic on her 18 months ago and it was fabulous. I was worried about the formal evenings on our first trip but I needn't have worried. Generally ladies wear long dresses, possibly with a bit of sparkle but there were a lot of cocktail dresses also. Provided you "dress up" rather than "down" you will be very comfortable. Actual ballgowns were few and far between. Besides if your partner is in a dinner suit you will still look dressed up even if there are no sequins. Enjoy the anticipation and don't worry, you will be fine.
Most men wore DJ'S and ladies cocktail dresses with the odd one or two in long. Some wore just very smart outfits and nobody appeared to mind anyway. It isn't anywhere near as 'stuffy' as you might think. Go into the 'pub' or most other bars and it's very down to earth but at the same time enjoyable. You'll love it.
Agree 100% with Williams comments 19 Oct i wear jeans all day long as a builder,but how nice to get dressed for dinner
and i might add my wife and i had the same worries as you.
so no jeans or track suit bottoms in the restaurant and you will be fine,with regards to a taxi we always ask the doorman to call for a cab not the desk staff it cost from down town to ship about 20/25$ no more
you will have great fu.
Yes you do wear the DJ on quite a few occassions and women do tend to dress up. This is if you want seven courses every night!!!! But if you do not want to you can go into the other restaurant wher you can wear just smart clothing. Men in trousers and shirt. I must admit by the end of two weeks we were getting a bit tired of dressing up every night. But the food was well worth it. Hope you have a lovely time and relax.
We were on QM2 in May and found that its only really in the seated restaurant you have to be dressed up, if you go to the buffet diners at Kings Court normal clothes are fine, On our first formal night a lady in a velour jog suit sat next to us and to be honest i wouldn't have worn it to paint the house never mind be seen in public, the folks who had come from New York( we did the round the med) also didn't dress up because they were bored of it, I was pleasantly surprised how relaxed it was. You will have a great time guaranteed!
Taxi transfer is not a problem and they are very reasonably priced- far cheaper than ship arranged transfers. Do be careful to avoid the rush hour (the meter keeps ticking) though this should not be a problem if you are joining around midday. Last July I did a taxi transfer from Manhattan to Brooklyn Terminal for $30 and that included a tip.