Crewmembers boasting vintage uniforms and warm smiles lined up to greet member VikingExplorer as she prepared to endeavor on her 38th cruise, this one aboard Cunard Line’s‘s Queen Mary 2. Images of the long-lived Queen Mary that she remembered from her childhood resurfaced upon setting foot on the ship’s heir. But she knew the modern rendition wouldn’t be the same.
Although nothing truly compares to the first — as they say about classic movie remakes and sequels — Queen Mary 2 succeeded in fulfilling some of those age-old elements. At first glance, the ship resembled a traditional ocean vessel, although with tiered balconies and greater height. Once inside, tribute is paid to Cunard’s past ships, historical events and the British Royal Family.
Past the red and gold tones, fresh flower arrangements and sweeping staircases of the lobby, maps around nearly every corner helped unfamiliar passengers navigate throughout the ship. The color scheme seemed to lose life as VikingExplorer distanced herself from public areas, but the view from her spacious balcony cabin quickly made up for it.
On formal night, VikingExplorer wore a long evening gown and tiara, taking the rare opportunity to dress to the nines. And — perhaps paying her own tribute to the ship’s godmother Queen Elizabeth II — she lived a night of royalty, dancing for hours into the night. Ports of call were spent visiting old friends in Halifax and Boston during the day on July 4. At nightfall, the city lit up as fireworks went off, neighborhoods glistened with local displays and water boats sprayed streams of red, white and blue. “Even the British and Europeans onboard celebrated with those from the U.S.A.,” she added.
After spending only a few days cruising Queen Mary 2, VikingExplorer hopes to return for a transatlantic crossing. Read VikingExplorer’s full review to get a better feel for the ship, a taste of the dining options and a preview of other activities.
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