Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by Jane Grover: Second Trip Of A Lifetime!
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Second Trip Of A Lifetime!
Destination: Europe - Western Mediterranean
We are a married couple in our early seventies from San Diego who fell in love with the "Queen Mary 2" two years ago. We first sailed July 2005 doing an Atlantic crossing from New York to Southampton and taking an 18 day European land tour to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. It was our first experience on any ship. We had such a wonderful time that we decided to sail again on the QM2. This time our choice was the "Mediterranean Medley" leaving from Southampton and sailing the western Mediterranean for twelve days in September 2007.
Three days before we flew to London via Boston, we received a phone call from our travel agent telling us we had been upgraded from our A1 cabin to a Princess Suite. We were elated, to say the least! Our cabin was huge! We loved the large deck with the two lounge chairs and table. In the cabin, the closet and drawer space was very ample. The huge bathroom with tub was more than we ever expected. On the 12 night cruise, we left our deck door More open every night listening to the waves as we slept! Dining in the Princess Grill was a grand experience! Our server, Kelly, was the most pleasant person we encountered! We learned that most of the Princess Grill staff was going to have a two month leave, then join the Queen Victoria on her maiden voyage. We were seated at a table for six, which we had requested, and had four of the most interesting people as tablemates! One couple was from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and the other from Sydney, Australia! We were of different ages and cultures, but got along famously!
A few days into the voyage, we had a note slipped under our cabin door. My husband opened it and we discovered we had been invited to have dinner the next evening at the Captain's Table! We, to this day, have no idea how we were selected! It was a fantastic evening.....a table for 12......turned out to be a couple celebrating their 45th anniversary, two people who were friends of the Commodore, a retired Concorde pilot and his wife, one middle aged couple who we didn't meet, Commodore Bernard Warner, a doctor aboard the ship, and my husband and myself. The dinner was wonderful and the champagne and wine flowed all evening. Commodore Warner only took a tiny sip of wine, and said he does not drink when he has such a huge responsibility of manning the ship!
We made some visits to the Empire Casino. Two years ago, it was quite generous, this time, we couldn't win anything! That's the way casinos work! Oh well!
The shows we saw in the Royal Court Theatre were wonderful.....although we missed some of them because we spent so much time visiting at our dinner table.
We managed to go ashore at every port destination, but took the short excursions. We had seen a lot of Europe two years ago, and truly enjoyed relaxing aboard the ship. The port at Cannes, France was exquisite...... million dollar yachts sailing past the QM2 waving at us! We will never forget the blue water of the Mediterranean along the French Coast.
Disembarking was a breeze! The only thing that was hard was the 12 hour flight home from London to Los Angeles. We would definitely break up the flight if we were to do it again, by stopping on the east coast.
Maybe someday.........once again......! Less
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