Motley Mix Of The Ecstatic And The Unexpected:
This was Queen Mary 2’s and Cunard’s big cruise of 2015, it’s 175th anniversary cruise. We embarked at Hamburg and sailed to New York. But the 175th anniversary cruise was technically supposed to start at the first port of call after Southampton, Liverpool, and continue first to Halifax, Nova Scotia and then to Boston before finally ending up in New York on the morning of July 14. This was apparently the route that Samuel Cunard took on the first transatlantic voyage of Cunard in 1840 on a ship called the Britannia. And true, there were commemorative moments to last a lifetime. But there were also unexpected events and occurrences onboard that make you wonder about some of Cunard’s policies.
The journey up the River Elbe at dinnertime a few hours after we boarded on June 30 was a highlight of the cruise. We sat at our window-side table for four on deck 3 in the Britannia Restaurant upper level and watched all the sights drift past including first the Cruise Terminal that has not been completed yet and then the Lion King. There were also hotels waving white sheets and flags at us as well as lots of onlookers lining the banks of the river.
Deck 5 was a sort of "blah" deck. It's not deck 4 which is right above the Britannia Restaurant and right above the Royal Arcade. It's also not deck 6 which is right below deck 7 where you have the King's Court dining area and also the promenade deck where you can take walks "outside". We only lodged there because our chosen cabin, 4072, became uninhabitable due to construction noise. We especially didn't care for our cabin steward. He was always not making up our room. Or he forgot the towels, etc. We also didn't like the fact that the toilet kept on not flushing and the shower got clogged. In addition who wants a ladder parked outside his cabin? That's what we had outside 5162.