i will begin by saying this was my first transatlantic crossing.
we sailed on the 8th august from southampton and enjoyed great weather not just on this day but throughout the duration of our cruise,having only a short period of rain on one day and fog on the day before we arrived in new york.
the crossing was absolutely unbeleivable - it was like a millpond in both directions with the sea conditions being described as small wavelets by the guide on the tv channel.
we thoroughly enjoy the ship,having sailed on her once before, however the planetarium was not working then.
this time we attended talks/lectures by
eamonn gearon - arabist - i found him to be extremely interesting to listen to, both in subject matter and his manner.
andy adam - medical scientist/historian - again very interesting in subject matter and manner.
bill miller - maritime historian - DO NOT MISS ANY TALKS BY THIS GENTLEMAN he is so enthusiastic,knowledgable and entertaining.he certainly is "mr cruise liner".
also a "fellow guest" mr maurice collins - gave a talk (in the connexions room) on intersting gadgets and contraptions bringing quite a few along with him and showing and passing them around for us to see close up.he was absolutely fascinating i do hope cunard realise how popular he was and employ him to do these talks.
as usual the service onboard is second to none.
the food onboard is absolutely fantastic (unless you happen to be vegetarian - which two of our party are. but i will start another thread on this subject.)
the entertainment is, well to be completely honest, not my cup of tea.
i thoroughly enjoy the talks given - the planetarium and the choice of istudy teaching available, but the shows i find to be lacking - but many people do enjoy them. it just goes to show - you can't please all of the people all of the time.
we took advantage of the manhatten transfer tour at a cost of $40,as we had been told the traffic is so bad in new york and getting a taxi to go back to the ship
is very difficult as they do not like to go there because they cannot get a fare back from there.
the embarkation and disembarkation is very well organised and therefore very easy.
overall we had a great time and would recommend it to everyone.