Computer classes: Another of my favorite activities on the QM2

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 – Today is the last full day aboard and I was just in the ConneXions computer center printing out boarding passes for our flight from London to Amsterdam tomorrow. I have been in the computer center a lot this week, not to use the computers for email as I can do that from the laptop in my room, but to take classes from Graham Mitchell, the IStudy Computer Learning manager. I have …

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What to do during all these sea days? For me, it’s the spa

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 – Seven days at sea. What do you do with seven days at sea during a transatlantic cruise? I can definitely tell you that the No. 1 activity is reading. Everyone is carrying a book, Ipad, Kindle, Nook, magazine or something with them to read. These readers are everywhere and in every corner. Probably, the No. 2 activity is napping. For others, it might be the lectures and for others the treadmills. …

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Cunard’s specialty restaurant, Todd English, is top-notch, except for the view

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 – I don’t think there are many cruise ships sailing today that do not have specialty restaurants. The Queen Mary 2 is no exception. However, in keeping with Cunard’s desire to partner with the best companies and “big names,” the restaurant here is by one of today’s most well-known chefs, Todd English. And he is an American chef, despite the last name. Last night we dined in the Todd English restaurant and …

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This is not a cruise and this is not a cruise ship, who knew?

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 –Last night was the Captain’s Welcome Party and if there was one thing I learned from Capt. Chris Wells it is that this is not a cruise, it is a transatlantic crossing. This is not a cruise ship, it is an ocean liner. To Cunard, which has made thousands of these crossings since 1840,  this is a very important distinction. Cunard was the first steamship company to operate a scheduled transatlantic service …

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Weather is keeping passengers inside for this first full day at sea on the QM2

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 –Yesterday was our first full day aboard this lovely ship. Because the weather is unseasonably cold and windy, most of us – except for a hardy few who bundled up for a few turns around the deck – stayed inside for the day. Of course, this is a ship designed for these crossings and has plenty of room inside to handle a couple of thousand people. As I noted yesterday, this ship …

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The beginning of our transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary 2 is memorable

Aboard the Queen Mary 2 – Yesterday we woke up to a very dreary day in New York City. The sky was granite and the clouds heavy. It didn’t seem like an auspicious start to our transatlantic cruise. But the day held many surprises. We were transferred from the Hilton New York to the Queen Mary 2 before noon and along the way we saw two places that we very much wanted to see but didn’t have …

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‘Madam Butterfly 3D’ Alights aboard Queen Mary 2

Well, dang! Sometimes our timing isn’t quite right. In three days, Chet and I are boarding the Queen Mary 2 for a transatlantic cruise from New York to Southampton, England. So I was very excited when I read the news today that Cunard Line is announcing the first shipboard screenings of the 3D feature film, “Madam Butterfly 3D,” in association with the Royal Opera House and RealD, the world’s most widely used digital 3D projection technology. Captured …

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We are heading off for a month in Europe, including two cruises

It has been a busy, busy spring. This week is particularly jammed as we are preparing to be away for almost a month. We are doing two very exciting cruises and tying them together with some time in Amsterdam. You will be reading about it all here on All ThingsCruise. Our itinerary begins like this: We first fly to New York and overnight before boarding the elegant Queen Mary 2 for a transatlantic cruise to Southampton, England. …

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