QUEEN MARY 2
POOLS AND OUTDOOR
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Unlike most cruise ships, the open decks on
Queen Mary 2 are not the primary focus. The
weather on a North Atlantic crossing and the
wind produced by the speed of the ship require
that the focus be on inside activirties.
Nonetheless, QM2 has all of the major outdoor
facilities that one would expect to find on a
modern passenger ship - - pools, whirlpools,
deck chairs and sports facilities As a result,
when the ship is cruising the Caribbean, the
Mediteranean and quite often during a crossing,
the open decks are populated with passengers.
These outdoor facilities are located in three
areas: the top decks; the back terraces, and the
Above: Rows of deck chairs on Deck 13.
The Top Decks. The public areas on top of QM2 are located on Deck
13 (forward) and Deck 12 (aft). If one were to walk from fore to aft, th
first facilities you would encounter would be the sports facilities. On
the port side, there is a basketball court and a golf practice net while
in the corresponding area on the starboard side is the deck tennis
Not much further aft is an area that includes a splash pool, two
whirlpools and the Regatta Bar (below).
Next, is a great expanse of open
deck (See photo at the top of the
page). On sunny days, this area
is populated with deck chairs.
Passengers can also play that
traditional passenger ship game
schuffleboard in this area (left).
On warm evenings in the topics,
it can be the scene of star gazing
lectures by visiting astronomers.
It is also used for emergency
helicopter evacuations. (See
article). One can also play
Strolling further aft, one
comes to the Pavillion Pool.
(right). This area is sheltered by a
glass roof and has a pool two
whirlpools, and a bar. The ship's
computerized golf simulators are
just off this area.
One of the things that gives QM2 the look of a traditional
ocean liner is that the after portion of her superstructure
cascades downward in a series of terraces (above right).
The highest level aft terrace has its own whirlpool and
is reserved for the use of guests staying in the ship's
The mainr outdoor pool area is the Terrace
Pool on Eight Deck. It has a pool, two
whirlpools and is served by the Terrace Bar
(right). The area has its own bandstand which
is used during sailaway parties and during
Caribbean deck parties.
The final terrace is the Minnows Pool area on Deck 6. It
adjoins the children's play area (below). The raised area
above the pool has a pair of water cannons for squirting
friends and relations.
QM2's Outdoor Promenade is on Deck Seven. It encircles
the ship's superstructure and is used by many passengers for
walking or jogging laps. There are also padded wooden deck
chairs for sitting and watching the sea.
Running across the front of the superstructure immediately below the bridge is the Observation Deck. This area
offers specacular views especially when the ship is entering or leaving port.