We cruised recently on the Queen Mary 2 from Dubai to Hong Kong
Queen Mary 2 is a transatlantic ocean liner. She is the largest ocean liner ever built, having served as the flagship of the Cunard Line since succeeding the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2004. As of 2019, Queen Mary 2 is the only passenger ship operating as an ocean liner.
A key point is that the Queen Mary as a liner travels the trans-Atlantic route for the majority of the year, Southampton to New York, but also does an annual World voyage as a cruise ship. Our cruise was part of that annual voyage from Southampton to Japan and back.
We were in an accessible cabin, the space was very limited with no turning circle until we got the cabin steward to split the bed into two singles and take away a chair. The bathroom was workable and a toilet raiser was provided as requested. The shower had a seat but it also had a bar that could be lowered in the center of the shower area, making transferring difficult. This bar was broken and wouldn't stay retracted until I tied it with string. Thankfully we had our own commode chair so with a bit of maneuvering we got the shower area to work. The carpets were grubby and the bathroom tiles were cracked.
We spent three days here before embarking. A exciting city, the metro is wheelchair accessible and a cheap and easy way to get around. Loved the Marina district.
We hired accessible taxi and explore the churches of Old Goa and Panjim. A little limited an many places were not wheelchair accessible. The guide and driver did very well to give us a flavour of the area. beautiful local meal a highlight.
We used Tours by Locals again and drove to Galle where our guide met us. We walked around the fort and learned some of the history of the area. We then visited a home in the hills where the owner cooked us a delicious meal, 4 vegetarian curries, washed down with the local beer.
I joined an excursion from the ship, we visited several interesting historic buildings and museums. Unfortunately, we were also taken to places where we were pressured to buy overpriced goods.
We explored the Marina District independently; the Singapore flyer, Marina Sands Hotel, Gardens by the Bay and the walkways around Marina Bay. More than enough to savour over 1 1/2 days. The Gardens By The Bay are definitely worth a visit, you can spend a day exploring here.
We disembarked here and explored independently Kowloon, and Hong Kong Island. A highlight was the Museum of Hong Kong and taking a local bus to Stanley.