Queen Mary 2 (QM2) Cruise Review by JCC
- Sail Date: January 2006
- Destination: Eastern Mediterranean
QM2 is truly a magnificent, elegant ship....from the moment we stepped on board it was like living a dream. A dream come true!
After checking out our cabin (roomy, comfortable, quiet) while enjoying some complementary champagne we could not wait to explore the ship. What would be the next surprise around the corner?
She is huge, lots of room to roam and explore. Youre never crowded or feel rushed anywhere on the ship. Plenty to do or nothing at all-always your choice. We managed to explore every inch of the ship-what an adventure!
The lounges, Todd English, Queens Ballroom, G32 Disco, Royal Court Theatre, Planetarium, and Britannia Restaurant all had a chic 1920s feel of elegance. Beautiful velvet couches, satin curtains, deco wall sconces, chandeliers, fresh gorgeous flower arrangements everywhere added to the ambiance of the ship. Dressing for formal nights was exciting!
Plenty to do every day.....classes, lectures, art auctions, dance classes, spa, Tai Chi classes, trivia quizzes, exercise room, extensive library, movies, planetarium shows.
At night, theatre, dance, music shows, comedy, ballroom dancing, disco dancing, Karaoke, jazz, piano solos, classical quartet, the cruise band Xtasea. It was very satisfying to do something different every night and to have so many choices.
One of my favorite places was walking the length of the promenade deck (3 times around equal 1.1 mile) The sea, sky, clouds, sunsets, and several double rainbows were a glorious site to see.
One of the most memorable things on board was the Maritime Quest Exhibition. This consisted of panels and graphics all over the ship that told the history of the Cunard lines, the people that worked on them, the celebrities that traveled aboard, their stories, photos, diaries, facts.
The dinners in the Britannia Restaurant were delightful, exquisitely presented and delicious. We had two excellent waiters, Anthony and Romeo who helped make our dinners a special time. We really enjoying sharing dinnertime with our table mates, Karen & Peter, and Chris and Chris. We had the best time with these folks, laughing, telling stories and lingering after dinner.
The shows were very entertaining, well paced and professional. The singers and dancers were fabulous and put all their energy into their roles. They were all so passionate about their craft. Costumes, music, lights and staging were all a feast for the eyes.
We met interesting people from all over the world. The staff we met were the best, very hard working and eager to make our trip a happy one. Our room steward Abraham always had a kind word and a smile for us, and did a great job.
The Black & White Ball, Captains Reception, Pirates Ball, and Sail Away Parties were all lots of fun! Champagne, dancing, laughter, I can really get used to this!
Ports of Call..... St Thomas - Visited beautiful Magens Bay Beach, strolled the seashore........
Curacao - Gorgeous - visited Haito Caves, tour of the island - music in the square, inspiring lights and colors of this picturesque island.
Panama - Magnificent - walk the rainforest, see the sloths, monkeys, flowers, visit the Panama Canal.
Costa Rica - Could not dock - sea was too unstable for tenders to launch. (Maybe this port will be in our future - another time and another place.)
Were dreaming of the next journey...with lots of joyous memories of this QM2 adventure. Gifts of the Journey.....
The first glimpse of the QM2 from the port in NYC
Twinkling lights in NYC horizon as QM2 starts on her journey
Exploring the ship....whats around the next corner?
Sail away party with band Xtasea
Surprise double rainbow
Bright turquoise Caribbean Sea
Morning greeting by a giant sea turtle
Cocktails on the beach at Magens Bay
Getting a glimpse of the puppies on board
Full moon shimmering on the waves on Friday 13th
Sunsets on the back deck
DJ Alex always playing our dance requests
Dancing and dancing in Q32
Watching the graceful dancers in the Queens Ballroom
Formal tea and treats
Lights at night at Curacao
Surprise of reaching the ocean on our Panama rainforest hike
Quiet time in the Winter Garden by the waterfall
Meticulous service and friendliness of our waiters - Anthony & Romeo
Delicious dinners every night in the Britannia Restaurant
Enjoying our time with our table mates - Karen & Peter and Chris & Chris
Quiet time watching the waves by Canyon Ranch
Fresh exotic fruit......everyday
Meeting the wonderful crew members from all over the world
Gorgeous fresh flowers everywhere
Dreamy clouds seen from Promenade deck 7
Laughing and smiling a lot
Savoring an afternoon Pina Colada
Admiration for all the people who took part in planning, designing, and building the ship
Always being able to find a quiet spot to relax
Admiring the art work on the stairs and public rooms
The sleekness and sophistication of the Commodore Club
Walking and walking Deck 7 - feeling so alive
Magical night at Todd English
Watching the ocean dance from the many port-holes on ship
The wall sconces making beautiful designs on the wall
The velvet couches in the Royal Court Theatre
Enjoying the jazz trio
The camaraderie in the Lions Pub
Enjoying the talented singers and dancers so passionate about their craft
Babies Liam and Corner smiling
Admiring the elegant Vogue Lady
Little kids splashing in the pool
Listening to all the languages spoken on board
Feeling the summer sun on a January day
Beauty of Tai Chi class Elegant vibe of the Chart Room
Watching the beautiful dancers and colorful costumes in the Panama terminal
Watching the men host dancers having a ball on the dance floor
Dreamy afternoon naps
Comforting sound of the waves from the balcony
Enjoying the classical quartet
Keeping all these fabulous memories alive
Feeling so appreciative of being able to be on this journey
Making plans to do this again......soon.
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