My husband and I flew down on JetBlue (love that airline)the day before. We stayed at The Hilton in Long Beach. Great price $94, included a free shuttle for sightseeing and the trip to the ship the next day.
We got to the pier before 11:00 and was directed to the Queen Mary next door to do early registration. That was quick and painless. On the walk back to the ship I bought a straw hat. When we got their people were already checking in there. Should have waited the few minutes and just done it there, oh well. We were on the ship before noon.
We had a late breakfast buffet at the hotel so we just sat up on the Lido deck and waited for my students and their parents to get on board. We must have been asked a gazillion times if we wanted a cocktail. We weren't ready for any, but did buy a wine package for dinner. I got 3 bottles for $58.
Ended up in the Paris for some iced tea and ran into many from our group, including Robin from More
Dancin' At Sea. She's been escorting dance groups for 15 years and is FABULOUS.
We had an ocean view on the Main Deck, real close to midship, loved the location. Not as big as our cabin on The Splendor last Thanksgiving, but for an older ship it was fine. The bed was comfy. Plenty of space for clothes. I was impressed by the size of the shower, bigger than most. Our cabin steward's name was Irish. Kept everything nice for us. Lots of ice all the time too.
DINING The food was good, not great. Our waiter had our wine stolen from the area it was kept. She replaced it, I think she had to pay for that herself. She was great but the assistant waiter didn't always get our orders right. The french onion soup, baked mushrooms, short ribs and prawns were good. Didn't care for the Tilapia, blah. Chocolate Melting Cake, yummo. Our dancers 10 - 17 yr olds had fun getting up with the waiters and dancing each night. Pretty cool in the dinig room, bring a sweater.
We ate breakfast in the dining room most every day. Eggs Benedict, very good. Didn't eat much in the buffet but had a Reuben from the deli and veggie pizza, both were good.
Our dancers got to take a class from A.K. one of the Carnival dancers, she was a fabulous teacher, the kids loved her. We enjoyed the dancers and singers alot. The comedian, not so much.
Our girls got to dance on the Main stage on Thursday afternoon, the house was packed. What an awesome experiance for our girls.
The families liked the pools and the kids loved the slide. Less