Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Canada/New England: Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by quilkaburd
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Queen Mary 2 (QM2) - Canada/New England
Destination: Canada & New England
Embarkation: New York (Manhattan)
Our first full sea day was marked by improving weather and gradually calming seas. The second night was marked by The Black and White Ball. We all dressed for dinner, dancing and the show and were treated to the nearly full moon lighting our wake during a late night stroll on deck, how romantic. Our day in Halifax was interesting. The weather was dreary-- breezy with mist and on & off light rain. We opted to not take any of the organized tours. We struck out on the harbor side boardwalk which runs from the cruise terminal to the casino and passes by many shops and eateries. The Maritime Museum was bright and airy. It contained a collection of articles from the Titanic. I watched a short movie about the horrible explosion that leveled most of the seaport during World War One, so I even learned some history. Everywhere we wanted to visit was open. We didn't realize that Labor Day (do they spell it "Labour"?) was a holiday in Canada. I had some yummy ice cream and we explored many shops. The casino in Halifax was comparable to some in Atlantic City. Seemed fairly loose. We did well. The casino on the ship, while small, was also loose (at least for us). We came out a little ahead there too. I think the key is to do your homework. READ the newsletters, so you know what to expect. We were not veteran cruisers, but we learned quickly and everyone on the ship was polite and professional. I was impressed when a server at the buffet showed a passenger how to use the hand sanitizer before grabbing a plate. With all the nationalities present, it was helpful. There were signs behind the stations reminding workers to wash their hands. Obviously the Captain is not a "people person". We, in our section of the Britannia, never actually saw the man even though our table was next to what we understand is the "Captains" table. I mentioned this one day to a lunch companion who was a very experienced cruiser and she explained that most Captains attain their position by technical excellence rather than through social skills. Now they have well trained crews to handle the technicalities and more time for socializing. Some enjoy and are good at socializing and some are not. Oh well, can't have everything. We see that he is moving to Queen Victoria so he must be doing many things right.
Our second sea day was the return trip and it was simply beautiful. This is what it is all about! Disembarkation was easy and painless as long as you get up on time and mark your bags well. Parting was such sweet sorrow. But, we hope to visit our queen again someday.
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