Contest: Win a Prime Viewing Spot for Queen Mary 2 Anniversary Sail

April 14, 2014 | By | 103 Comments

There are few ships as iconic as Queen Mary 2. With its trademark red and black funnel, the Cunard flagship has drawn oohs and aahs at 182 ports around the world for a decade now, sailing more than 419 voyages since its christening by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in January 2004.
More fun QM2 facts:
*If stood on her stern, the 1,132-foot vessel would be taller than the Empire State Building and more than three times higher than St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
*The ship took more than 1 million hours to design and eight million hours to build.
*The number of passengers in the past decade have exceeded 1.3 million, as well as 2,000 dogs traveling in the vessel’s kennel.
*The ship has served over 58 million meals and 21.9 million cups of tea – enough to fill three Olympic swimming pools.
In honor of its anniversary – and next year’s 175th celebration of the Cunard line – the liner is gearing up for a special Southampton gathering in May with its fleetmates, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Queen Mary 2 will then set sail on its traditional transatlantic route to New York City for even more festivities.
For those who can make it to New York, Cruise Critic is offering a special opportunity. On Friday, May 16, Cunard Cruise Line will host guests aboard Bateaux New York, carrying guests on a three-hour harbor cruise to watch the QM2 as it departs New York.

This contest gives you and a guest the chance to join the festivities onboard Bateaux, with cocktails, canapés and stunning photo ops.

To enter, tell us your favorite memory of Queen Mary 2 – or one that you’d like to have. A winner will be selected randomly on April 28 at 12 p.m. Note: This prize does not include transportation to New York or the pier.
If you are selected, we will need your name, email and cell phone number. Winner and guest must be 21 or older, have valid IDs to board Bateaux and be available to board at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16. Bateaux will return to Chelsea Pier at 8 p.m.

Editor’s Note: This is not a cruise onboard Queen Mary 2.

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    103 Responses to “Contest: Win a Prime Viewing Spot for Queen Mary 2 Anniversary Sail”

    1. millie sauerwein
      April 14th, 2014 @ 1:22 pm

      Love to go

    2. millie sauerwein
      April 14th, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

      Never been on queen mary, but sure love to sail her sometime

    3. Denise
      April 14th, 2014 @ 1:48 pm

      I’ve never been on Queen Mary, but I’d love the opportunity. I live in Upstate NY, so getting to NYC is pretty easy. My birthday is the same day you choose a winner, too!

    4. Randi
      April 14th, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

      My favorite memory:
      The spectacular 2008 Royal Rendezvous with fireworks!! When Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth 2 sailed out of NY Harbor in January 2008!

    5. Ronald. Lamontagne
      April 14th, 2014 @ 2:06 pm

      Would like to ride with a queen in to great sun set and and warm waters and sum good drinks and food !!!!!!!

    6. James Purvin
      April 14th, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

      That would be my dream to travel on the Queen Mary 2.

    7. James Purvin
      April 14th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

      That is our dream to sail on the Queen Mary 2.

    8. James Purvin
      April 14th, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

      A dream trip on the Queen Mary 2

    9. Cheri Barnett
      April 14th, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

      My husband and I were on board our Carnival cruise ship. We had worked our way up to the front to do the shove off from the pier to start our cruise. When then we saw it, the QM2. We were in awe. We made a plan then to someday get on that majestic ship! I saw if briefly once but that was enough.

    10. Dawn Brooks
      April 14th, 2014 @ 2:51 pm

      I would love to be queen for the day.

    11. Gary
      April 14th, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

      I’ve seen from my vantage under the Verranzano Narrows Bridge but this would be a treat for Canon camera

    12. Thom Sully
      April 14th, 2014 @ 3:13 pm

      I enjoy going down to the casino in my “James Bond” tuxedo and ordering a “James Bond” martini and playing craps. The whole thing just seems so British.

    13. Matthew Vanscoy
      April 14th, 2014 @ 4:16 pm

      Would LOVE to be on the Lido Deck, for sail away, and hear those horns blow!!!!

    14. Dennis Bradburn
      April 14th, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

      Just divorced would love to go

    15. Patricia Hayes
      April 14th, 2014 @ 8:44 pm

      I have loved seeing pictures but have not had the opportunity to board her.

    16. Caroline Gangl
      April 15th, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

      The Queen Mary 2, the epitome of classic cruising. Would love to experience that one day, but with two 12 year olds, I think we’ll have to wait a while.
      But I’m sure we could find a friend to stay with the kids when we sail on the Bateaux!

    17. Josie Levine
      April 16th, 2014 @ 1:04 am

      A memory of sailing on the QM2 is having Roger Gwinn and his wife,Camila, as table mates. Roger is one of the founding members of the rock group, “The Byrds”. He was a lecturer on the ship. They and we were afflicted, at our table, with the presence of a most annoying passenger (name provided upon request) who introduced himself by bragging about problems with his AMEX card and that he was the brother of a US Olympian. At every meal, he proceeded to brag about how much money he’s spent on his home, his travels, his everything. In his eyes, no one was as smart, well traveled, or knowledgeable (about everything) as he in his eyes.

      He also asked the most intrusive and personal questions, including about our religion, politics, etc. I literally wanted to strangle him. We did not ask to change tables because of the Gwinns’ company.

      Our obnoxious table mate showed his true colors or lack of sophistication and intelligence, when he referred to sommeliers as “Somalians” and when he asked one of the staff where she was from and was told “Peru” he asked where that was!

      That was the first time I opted not to have a picture of our table (I do have one with Roger & Camila at a reception) because I didn’t ever want to see that man’s face again.

      Our misadventures at the table has provided lots of stories. On our last cruise (12/13) on the QM2 we inquired as to whether that “gentleman” was on board as we did not want to meet up with him again. Luckily, he wasn’t!!! We had a great time during the cruise.

    18. Robert Hummel
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:11 am

      Had the privilege to stand on a very crowded pier in Hoboken NJ many years ago after waiting many hours to see, the new at the time, Queen Mary II and QE II sail out of NY side by side. It was the most exciting moment I’ll never forget. It was from that Pier that I would watch the big ships depart NYC many years before that inspired me to work on Cruise ships throughout the 1990s. I had a chance to visit the original Queen Mary that is a floating Hotel in California and a chance to go onboard the QE II when as a crew member for another line when in Columbia. I would so love to see her sail out once again without waiting for hours at the end of a Pier. She looks like a grand ship and dream to one day be able to step aboard even if for an only an hour. Love Cruise Critic for keeping us ship lovers informed, great job!

    19. Brad Poulter
      April 16th, 2014 @ 9:31 am

      WOW, what a wonderful prize, I’d love to go!

      I have many wonderful memories of the great QM2. As an ocean liner fanatic, mainly Cunard Line, I followed her construction with great interest. I still have a couple copies of the maiden voyage brochure Cunard produced selling those first sailings. I was there in New York on a small ferry that left from NJ to follow the Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 out from New York Harbor on her first NY Departure. It was also the first time since WWII that two “Queens” were docked in NYC. What an evening, I also remember it being rather chilly!

      A few months later I planned a visit to Manhattan just so I could get some good pictures of the QM2 docked at the Manhattan piers. I picked a Saturday that she happened to arrived late, and just as I arrived at the piers she was pulling in. Talk about a great photo opportunity, blue skies and the tugs assisting QM2 as she docked!

      Fast forward a couple of years and I was fortunate enough to be able to sail last minute on the QM2’s first full ship RSVP Charter. What a crossing! I couldn’t believe I was actually on the great QM2, years later we still talk about that memorable crossing!

      My next memories are from 2006 and 2013 when I went out to Ft. Wadsworth on Staten Island to photograph QM2 departing New York and going under the narrows bridge. Talk about some great photos!

      Another great memory of the QM2 was being onboard for a departure in South Hampton that was the first meeting of all three Queens (QM2, QE2, and QV) in their homeport! We docked a few days earlier on QE2 on what was one of her last crossings during her farewell season. For our QM2 departure QE2 was docked undergoing some “wet dock” maintenance. It was an amazing experience being onboard waving the Union Jacks that were being passed out as we did a sail by of QE2 and QV before departing for New York!

      My favorite QM2 memory was being in New York harbor again to celebrate QE2 final new york departure. Our ferry followed QE2 down the Hudson until we me the QM2 at the Statue of Liberty. I have an amazing photo of QM2, QE2, Lady Liberty!

      I would love to be the winner of this special prize, and add that experience to my list of QM2 memories!

    20. Molly Brown
      April 16th, 2014 @ 1:41 pm

      Cruising the QE2 would be a trip of a lifetime!

    21. Norman Malkin
      April 16th, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

      Sail on the Queen Mary and receive the “Royal Treatment”.

    22. Amy Timm
      April 16th, 2014 @ 1:50 pm

      I’ve never travelled her, but have seen in port. I would love to experience to board this classic!

    23. jackie cope
      April 16th, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

      I would love to sail the Queen Mary 2

    24. Monique Johnson
      April 16th, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

      I have never sailed the QM2 but it is a regal ship and I, along with my husband would be most honored to set sail on her for a few hours.

    25. Christine Cullison
      April 16th, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      I always wanted to go since I saw the Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mary in New York Harbour while driving down the West Side highway. A frequent cruiser but this would be a first on Cunard. Love days at sea!

    26. Marian
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:02 pm

      The trip sounds wonderful. I’ve always wanted to sail on the QM2. New York and London are my favorite cities to vist.

    27. Carlos Ilem
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

      My wife and I have been on other cruise ships but never on the Queen Mary II. Winning this prize would be a dream come true for us. We’re already excited to add this to the list of cruise ships we’ve been on and sharing the awesome experience of being on the best ocean ship ever!

    28. Lucille Aguiluz
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

      My husband and I have been on other cruise ships but never on the Queen Mary II. Winning this prize would be a dream come true for us. We’re already excited to add this to the list of cruise ships we’ve been on and sharing the awesome experience of being on the best ocean ship ever!

    29. mary burke
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

      I would love to see the Queen Mary before it is renamed “Queen Camilla.”

    30. Thomas Foulds
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

      As a teenager in NY I was invited to a Bon Voyage party on the Queen Mary back in the 70’s. What a ship. I fell in love with the indoor pool. I have taken the Batteau dinner cruise a couple of times and the combination of The QE II and sailing beside her is a great idea.

    31. Jeanne Schlosser
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:41 pm

      It sounds like a cruise of a lifetime. Queen Mary 2 would be a fantastic change from Carnival. We love Carnival but we a ready to step it up!! Please choose us !! Whoever wins – Have a wonderful trip and post lots of pictures!!

    32. Jeanne Schlosser
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

      What a wonderful way to celebrate our retirement this year and our anniversary .

    33. vincent penoro
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

      I would be honored to see this great ship sail from the greatest city in the world!!

    34. Lynn Lewis
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

      love to go

    35. Kimberly lewis
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

      To sail on the QM2 would a dream come true. What a majestic, iconic American symbol that really shows how far we can go with engineering, style, innovation and tradition. It would be a huge privilege to stand nog the other lucky passengers and crew who will be enjoying this memorable moment and voyage.

      I’m not afraid to say “Please pick me!!!!”. This would be a memory I would never forget.

    36. Lynn Lewis
      April 16th, 2014 @ 2:47 pm

      it would be really special togo

    37. Anita Weems
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

      There is no better movie than Titanic. I’ve watched it so many times and it always makes me think about how grand those old ships were.. queen mary 2 has that look and it would really be something to walk along her decks and feel like I am part of history.. back in the old days when elegance was a state of mind and being on the sea was luxurious.
      I would love to have that opportunity for my husband and I.. We haven’t been able to have a vacation in years and i miss the closeness that we used to have when we were on the sea

    38. Cynthia Sanchez-Koether
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

      I have never been on the Queen Mary 2 so I would like the experience of traveling on her for my first time.

    39. Tom Edelman
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

      After 42 years of not stepping on another ship out at sea I’d like to find myself and my wife dining in style out in the Atlantic.

    40. DeShone Jones-Polk
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:07 pm

      My children and I watched the building of the Queen Anne. I would love to see the Statue Of Liberty, as I know it would be an emotional experience for any American.

    41. Teresa White
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

      Although we have been on a number of cruises, we have never been on the Queen Mary. To us it feels like this cruise line is the epitome of romantic elegance. We would love to experience such a historic cruise.

    42. Kathy Madden
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

      We have been on many cruises, but never the Queen Mary 2. I turn 60 this year and what a birthday memory it would be to sail on her.

    43. Clive Mooney
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:16 pm

      Beautiful ship, great itinery, fabulous dining all with great views; how could you not love to win what would be the trip of a lifetime.

    44. Sharon Reason
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

      Would love it! Trip of a lifetime on an elegant, beautiful ship.

    45. Sharon Reason
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

      would love it! Trip of a lifetime on an elegant, beautiful ship. Who wouldn’t be thrilled?

    46. Phillip
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

      I was lucky enough to take a tour of the QM2 and was struck by the old-world atmosphere and sophistication. Even though I love modern cruise ships, the QM2 was classic elegance and design and was a fantastic experience!

    47. Judy Li
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

      From the moment I first saw her go by in 2004 I knew instantly I was smitten. Is it possible to be in love with an ocean liner? Time and time again I stood out of the pier in all kinds of inclement weather to watch my lady go by. Always awestruck by her magnificence, her beauty, her majesty and how silently she sailed by finally one day it dawned on me that I could cruise on her. Since then I have sailed on the QM2 seven times. I have many fond memories of each cruise such as the first time I was on the bridge. I placed a kiss on the ledge of the window which was very moving to the Captain. They used to have orchids on the ledge of the windows on the bridge. I was so happy I was moved to tears. One of my most memorable moments was this past December as we set sail from Tortola. The water was too choppy to bring the tenders back on board so they had to follow behind us until we were out in calmer waters. This sight of these little orange tenders desperately bobbing up in down in the rough waters caused tremendous concern amongst the passengers. It was getting dark and only one of them had a light on board. The desire to rescue them was intense. I found myself unable to leave the back deck to get ready for dinner. I wanted to stay there and watch over them until they were safe and sound and back on board. It was as if we were the mother and our ducklings were desperately trying to keep up while trailing behind. You could see what a terrible struggle the crewmen had to follow in her wake. By the time the tenders were able to finally come alongside and dock and be reunited with the ship it was completely dark out. The sense of joy and relief from their safe return was overwhelming. For a moment you forgot that you were on the most magnificient ship at sea. All thoughts were on the safe journey and the reuniting of the tenders and the amazing crewmen who operate them. I felt so overwhelming proud to be on the QM2 and so grateful to the Commodore and the officers and their skill and devotion to duty. This was once again on display during this cruise upon her return to NYC in the snow blizzard on January 3rd. It was amazing to watch from the porthole the docking of the QM2 in such blizzard conditions. It was also beautiful. We awoke to 2 feet of snow on the deck. It left me with a deeper respect and love for the QM2 and for all of those who sail and work within her. I would so very much love to join this dinner cruise and have the honor of celebrating the 10th anniversary transatlantic sail of my lady, the Queen Mary 2!

    48. Margaret Leola
      April 16th, 2014 @ 3:33 pm

      I remember sailing under the Verazano Bridge with the QE2 behind us. We were on our way to Bermuda, sailing on the Carnival Glory. We had just passed the Statue of Liberty and helicopters were flying nearby waving to us and the QE2. I will never forget that night.

    49. K Bolden
      April 16th, 2014 @ 4:00 pm

      Had the opportunity to get a close up look at the Queen Mary docked in Long Beach. What a beautiful and elegant ship she remains. Although we did not the opportunity to tour this ship, we wondered what it must have been like and would love the opportunity to see the QM2!

    50. Teri George
      April 16th, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      My fiance and I have never been on this ship but would live to go and return with an amazing experience to tell.

    51. Chris
      April 16th, 2014 @ 4:53 pm

      Sounds like a great opportunity!

    52. Bill Horn
      April 16th, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

      The thrill of standing on the top deck and sailing under the Verrazano Bridge. The elegance, grace and majesty of the public rooms and promenading from one to another with beautiful, art, music, lighting. Pure romance from beginning to end, with white glove service, wonderful shows and orchestras and the feeling that a time which often seems long gone is alive and doing well with guests and staff who appreciate the difference. And that’s not to mention the planetarium, library, and the exquisite service. We keep hoping the Queen will again sail from NY to the Caribbean in January/February so we can jump aboard. It really is the only way to go!

    53. pat brown
      April 16th, 2014 @ 6:46 pm

      We have always wanted to cruise on the east coast and especially to sail on a ship like the Queen Mary..

    54. Lisa Heaton
      April 16th, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

      Alarm clock on, school nurse must be on time! diabetics await their breakfast can’t wait. Nurse, nurse rings out all day …they need a hug, must treat a head ache or two; the welding class burns and sunburns; my day is almost over but wait I must search for a head lice or two. My queen take me away even if just for a hour or two!

    55. Jenny Sostre
      April 16th, 2014 @ 7:55 pm

      Celebrating our 30th anniversary this May, what an awesome way to mark the occasion!

    56. donna
      April 16th, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

      would love nothing more than to sail on her. I really have only done 2 cruises and loved both of them, but a dream is to sail on QM2 please help me make that dream come true.

    57. Denise Olsav
      April 16th, 2014 @ 8:46 pm

      When I was two years old my family and I immagrated from England. Our journey began on an ocean liner and my parents recount crossing the pond often. Being able to see and be part of a celebration involving The QE 2 would be breathtaking and add to the memories I have of my heritage. The Queen Elizabeth 2 is the epitome of grace and elegance and I would love the opportunity to be part of this special occassion.

    58. ED & Anne
      April 16th, 2014 @ 8:55 pm

      We were on the Inaugural Cruise out of NY up to Canada, it was memorable. At all the stops the ship was greeted with fanfare. In Corner Brook the whole town turned out to bid us farewell, people were standing on hillsides waving.

    59. Lizzie Gill
      April 16th, 2014 @ 9:21 pm

      Saw the QM2 on our news recently as she cruised into Brisbane Australia and thought how much I would love to travel on her – she is a truly regal and elegant lady! It is a pipe dream at the moment – to leave from New York on the Queen Mary 2, dine in her restaurants and dance the nights away in her ballrooms would put the spring in my step and a smile on my face that just wouldn’t come off – ever!

    60. Bill Duncan
      April 16th, 2014 @ 9:37 pm

      Have cruised on many ships but never on Cunard and especially not on QM2 Would love to sail on her with my wife of 45 years this Oct ,CAMILLE.

    61. Sherry Jargo
      April 16th, 2014 @ 9:57 pm

      We had the privilege of taking our first voyage on the
      QM2 coming home from Southampton England to NY. It was wonderful to see the Empire State Building and we got teary-eyed seeing the Statue of Liberty there to welcome us home.
      There were many Brits aboard and they were Making it a round trip journey and would be headingWe had the privilege of taking our first voyage on the
      QM2 coming home from Southampton England
      to NY. It was wonderful to see the Empire State Building
      and we got teary-eyed seeing the Statue of Liberty
      there to welcome us home.
      There were many Brits aboard and they were Making it a round trip journey and would be heading back to England, but not before, they said, paying their respects to the victims of nine-eleven. I was so touched by that.
      The Queen Mary II is the experience.

    62. Eileen Finegan
      April 16th, 2014 @ 10:19 pm

      My husband and I sailed on the inaugural sailing of the Queen Mary 2 from Southampton to Ft. Lauderdale so we did not sail to NY and see how it fits under the Verazano Bridge.

      The best stop on the trip was in Tenerife when almost the whole island came to see us arrive, stayed through the day, and watched the fireworks as we departed.

    63. Clive Mooney
      April 16th, 2014 @ 10:20 pm

      Beautiful ship, great itinary, fantastic food and entertainment all with a great view. We would love to make some of our best memories ever on the QM2.

    64. LaVern West
      April 16th, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

      I have been on some wonderful ships, taking cruises, but nothing as wonderful as the QM2. Past 80 now, so won’t be many cruises ahead for me–would love to have my Grand Finale on the QM2!

    65. Kim Rollins
      April 16th, 2014 @ 11:05 pm

      My husband is retired Navy and we love to cruise and enjoy the ships. It would be such a pleasure and an honor to be aboard a ship as unique as the Queen Mary 2.

    66. Michael Maher
      April 17th, 2014 @ 2:17 am

      I have enjoyed three voyages on the QM2, greatest ocean liner ever built. Wonderful memories of seeing her sail in and out of Hamburg. Would love to see her in NY harbor.

    67. Archie Hunter
      April 17th, 2014 @ 5:05 am

      I was born in the UK and remember well the exciting and romantic notion of crossing the Atlantic on the original Queen Mary, and I would love to make the crossing on the ship that inherited her name.

    68. Barbara Saulsbury
      April 17th, 2014 @ 9:53 am

      I am retiring on May 2,2014, after nearly 35 years of working for the US Navy. This would be a wonderful chance to do something exciting and fun to celebrate my retirement. Seeing the Queen Mary….priceless.

    69. Joe Van Hassel
      April 17th, 2014 @ 11:10 am

      Wow I would really like to go with my wife. I am retiring this year, and my wife has never been on a cruise. What a retirement present this would be,

      Joe Van Hassel

    70. Sal Ortiz
      April 17th, 2014 @ 6:20 pm


    71. Hilarie Wenzel
      April 18th, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

      I boarded the QM2 with some friends and had a wonderful tour. I will never forget the extensive library. It’s better than some small towns! Also the only orchestra at sea was playing as two ballroom dancers sashayed across the dance floor. Then we went to the astronomy exhibit happening in the theater. Wow, what a ship!

    72. Karl
      April 19th, 2014 @ 4:31 pm

      My favorite memory of the QM2 was the first time I saw her. She was docking in Manhattan for the first time, and I was commuting to work on the NY Waterway ferry. I had been on one cruise before back in the 80’s as a child, but seeing the QM2 made me want to book another cruise again. I’ve done many cruises since, on several lines, but the QM2 is still my favorite ship.

    73. Delores Short
      April 19th, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

      What a wonderful opportunity –she is a lovely ship! Never sailed on her–What a thrill it would be!!

    74. Dan
      April 19th, 2014 @ 9:19 pm

      What a fun idea! Hopefully one day my wife and I can sail on her instead of just gazing at her…

    75. Rod
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

      I would love to be able to sail on this ship and check out the unique planetarium on board!

    76. Jeanine Fowler
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

      My husband and I would love this opportunity! We sailed on the QM2 on our honeymoon in December 2011. We also had the privilege on sailing on the Queen Elizabeth last summer.
      Cunard is the best!!!

    77. Brian Millsap
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:30 pm

      How great to win this to celebrate my 56th birthday and the 1st anniversary of our QM2 voyage last May from NYC- Hamburg!

    78. juanita
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

      Having sailed the Queen Mary 1 in January, 1956, it would be an awesome pleasure to board the Queen Mary 2.

    79. Brian Millsap
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

      And anniversary of our shipboard vow renewal with Captain Kevin Oprey.

    80. Rebecca Power
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:54 pm

      I was fresh of a transatlantic crossing in 2003 on the QE2 and was able to go on board QM2 at her debut party in Port Everglades, January 2004. While walking the ship I said to myself ‘THIS is where I want my honeymoon to take place! What a spectacular ship!’ Seven years later I did just that. My husband and I enjoyed an amazing crossing from NY to England and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We felt like a royal couple, just as each guest is treaated by Cunard staff. We are hoping to go on another crossing for our 5 year anniversary! She’s a lovely ship and every opportunity I get to talk about and praise her, I do! I will not sail any other cruise line but CUNARD!

    81. Danny
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

      While others were getting ready for the New Year’s Eve Ball, my family and I retrieved our champagne & glasses and made our way to the very back of the cruise liner’s deck.

      With not a living soul around but ours, we had a special moment together to toast the New Year which was fast approaching.

      We retreated to the back to the Queen’s Room for the count down.

      Thank you Cunard for making such an incredible impression. We’d love to win a Prime Spot for her sail, where we can toast once again, as it passes by.

      If we don’t win, best wishes to those who would have won!

    82. Joan K
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 2:57 pm

      My favorite memory of the QM2 is standing on the top deck in the freezing February winds with a mad group of photogs holding our breath as we sailed under the Verrazano bridge. First the front mast with the billowing flag. Will it make it? It’s going to hit…no way it’s going to make’s clear! Now everyone spin in unison to see the huge red funnel slide just so gracefully under the bottom deck of the bridge with the lights of New York glowing in the background. Breathless.

    83. Vanessa Johnson
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 3:24 pm

      Would love this once in a life time opportunity.

    84. Greg Fitzgerald
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

      My first crossing on QM2 in 2009 was part of my first-ever solo trip to Europe, at age 19. I’d crossed on QE2 with the family in 2008 — a lifelong dream trip — and fell in love with the North Atlantic and the UK.

      Having made many friends throughout Britain via the CruiseCritic roll call on that QE2 trip, I planned a trip after freshman year final exams to visit some of them, combined with a crossing on QM2. I got an American CC friend to share an inside cabin with on a westbound crossing, booked a flight to Manchester, had it all finalized…and THEN I told my parents.

      That part went marginally well.

      That trip was the beginning of what has become a fruitful independent travel career, both solo and with those many friends from CC. It’s taken me on ships from Norway to Nassau, along rail lines clear across America, and on long and meandering roadtrips. It was the beginning of epic adventures without my family…trips that I would enjoy that they wouldn’t, or couldn’t. It was in many ways the true beginning of my adulthood.

      There was possibly no moment in my life more freeing than standing on the observation deck below the bridge on QM2 for that departure. 25 May 2009, a wonderful, breezy late-spring day in the Solent…dressed for the occasion in a tweed jacket, waving a Red Ensign to the shores of Hythe and Calshot…the greatest ocean liner of modern times carrying me back home to New York at 25 knots — reborn.

    85. AC
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

      I am so lucky I am actually going on this sailing for 28 days round-trip. Woohoo!

    86. Joseph Brehm
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

      I have been on the Qm2 few times. It is the most wonderful way to travel. My sister and cousin will be on the ship for the May 16th voyage and we would love to celebrate Bon Voyage with them.

      Bon Voyage to all and thank you!

      Joseph Brehm

    87. Jos
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 4:18 pm

      I worked onboard the QM2 and my first voyage was sailing out of New York to the Caribbean. It was a truly amazing experience being I had never been to New York prior to that trip or had been on a cruise ship, and it was the perfect start to an amazing year and a half of memories traveling the world on her. I wish I could attach that picture of the moment we had just set sail down the Hudson with the Statue of Liberty behind me. :)
      I can’t believe it’s been 10 years already!

    88. Susan Matthews
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

      A lasting memory, but not a particularly good one, was the sight of the bust of poor Queen Mary in the grand ballroom. Some naughty ‘children’ had tipped their crème de menthe into Her Majesty’s décolleté!
      The final memory was of viewing that magnificent prow through the windows of the arrivals hall and wishing so much that I could go back on board immediately.

    89. Frances Morrier
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

      My favorite memory of Queen Mary 2 is sailing into Southampton on the morning of June 5 2012, and sailing by the docked Queens Elizabeth and Victoria. What a special, celebratory morning-flags waving (I am looking at the flag I saved from that morning). Captain Oprey chose terrific music from the 50’s to the present-my favorite was Dancing Queen! Thanks Cunard for those memories.

    90. Dee
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

      The Stevens family sailed on the QM2 her inaugural season and disembarked in Piraeus(Athens) just in time for the Olympics. We had a wonderful time with sooooo many Russians on board to enjoy the trip to Ancient and Modern Greece. My Daughter was 18 and son 15 at the time and it would be over the top to celebrate the 10th Anniversary with them. She is now a professional photographer enjoying life in NYC. My son is a banker in NC what treat to bring him up here for some of the fun.

    91. James Leon Mahan
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

      If you pick me I have an idea on who I will take. I wish everyone the best. I don’t have a tux, I donated it to charity. This would be fun and an experience to remember. Watch for my first movie, “23 Blast” to be released in a theater near you staring Kim Zimmer Directed by Dylan Baker.

    92. John Modric
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 6:25 pm

      My favorite memory of the QM2 is the picture of the Captain on the hull. Hopefully I will get a closeup of the hull on May 16th!

    93. Joan Van Pelt
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

      I remember my first sight of QM as she sailed down the Hudson on her tandum crossing with the QE2. A close second was a few weeks later when we stood on deck 11 and watched as we cleared the Verrazano Bridge by 3 meters sailing out of the harbor.

    94. jo murray
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

      My favorite memory was when QM2 came alongside QM in Long Beach harbor- they looked great together!

    95. Julie Loos
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 8:03 pm

      Sailing on the QM2 would be a trip of a life time. It would be something to tell my friends and family about for years. Not sure I would ever be able to stop talking about it. This would be an amazing experience.

    96. Wally
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 8:49 pm

      My partner and I sailed the QM2 in Aug 2010 and celebrated his 50th birthday. Unfortunately, Joe passed away suddenly last May. I have so many wonderful memories of that week. Thank you so much.

    97. Robert Hummel
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:02 pm

      Love the Queen Mary II, Have never been on the ship. I have been on the Bateaux style River boats in London and they are fantastic! the views with mostly glass walls are spectacular. I would love to go on the Bateaux in New York as I know the skyline is also magical to see in the evening.

    98. Melissa Koscinski
      April 22nd, 2014 @ 10:31 pm

      Wow, this would be amazing too see and do!

    99. Wilford Biggs
      April 23rd, 2014 @ 12:06 am

      I have spent in total time between 2 and 3 years aboard QM2 and QE2 and find a deep attachment for both. I must confess though that that time aboard was not as a passenger but as a dance host. Queen Mary 2 is by far my favorite of all ships. I have dreamed of returning to QM2 as a regular passenger but recent shoulder surgery has caused me to hesitate because of lack of energy. I follow the destinations of her as she circumnavigates the world on her World Cruises. Having been on 5 world cruises and went the whole way on two voyages becoming a world Traveler. I look forward to doing another “all the way around” again. It is so exciting as we arrive at one port after another. LOVE THE QUEEN MARY 2.

    100. Joseph Plummer
      April 23rd, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

      My most memorable experience on the QM2 was sailing into New York Harbor before sunrise and watching the QM2 lighted stack sail under the Verrazano bridge which was also lit up in all it’s glory.
      I have family in Italy and during the mid 50’s and early 60’s, I Traveled on transatlantic ships to and from Italy several time on American and Italian transatlantic ships, the last time I traveled on a transatlantic ship
      was in 1962, after that year we started flying which indeed made the glory of transatlantic crossings a thing of the past.
      When the QM2 was built, it as the first ship that was built for transatlantic crossings since the QE2. Although the QM2 is a modern ship, the architecture of the ship represents the post war style of the modern ships that were built in the early to mid 50’s along with the elegant service that transatlantic ships were once known for.
      I sailed the QM2 from New York to Halifax and also to the Virgin Islands. My dream is to do a transatlantic crossing to Southampton and from there to Paris and then to Milan to visit my family and back to Southampton to Sail the QM2
      back to New York rather then flying. I’m glad that Cunard brought back to life the old days of sailing across the Atlantic, it’s a wonderful experience that no one could ever forget.

    101. John Skelson
      April 23rd, 2014 @ 1:28 pm

      I photograph the QM2 when ever I get the chance while she is visiting NY. I remember getting out at 5:30 AM, to witness her maiden voyage into NY Harbor. I remember that huge shape coming out of the fog and passing under the Verrizano Bridge, entering the harbor.

    102. Holly Keefer
      April 23rd, 2014 @ 4:35 pm

      So many happy days aboard her, but by far the BEST memory is sailing her out of Hamburg. She’s so well loved in that city that tens of thousands of people come to the banks of the river to watch her sail away, and the river is jammed with a flotilla of yachts. I would have made basket case queen-I totally lost it when the crowd started singing “God Save the Queen”.
      A very beautiful, very emotional experience for this American. I have been proud, and oh, so blessed to call the various Queens of Cunard “home” for many extended voyages.

    103. Ilana Lemberger
      April 28th, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

      What a lovely opportunity to witness such an event, and perhaps we can have the pleasure of meeting Winton and Oscar!

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