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. Although we have crossed the Atlantic three times previously on repositioning cruises, we have never done it Cunard-style and we are eagerly anticipating the experience.

Twenty-nine years ago Chet and I boarded the famed Queen Elizabeth 2, better known as the “QE2” for our honeymoon. It was the middle of January and snow was flying. We were heading our on the first two weeks of its 1983 World Cruise. It was an ever-so-memorable experience and I still love reading the clips of my stories in the Detroit News.

The late Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was one of the speakers on that voyage. The last time we saw that ship was two years ago in Dubai, where it is docked near the cruise terminal awaiting conversion to a floating hotel.

So we know this trip will be special, too, and the seven days will slip by all too fast.

After the Queen Mary 2 we have four days to spend before we join a Uniworld river cruise in Vienna. So we decided to head to Amsterdam, a fun city that Chet has never visited, which offers us the opportunity to go to Floriade, the horticultural exhibition held every ten years in Holland since 1960.

More on that tomorrow….


About Cynthia Boal Janssens

Cynthia Boal Janssens is the editor and chief blogger for AllThingsCruise.com. She is a former national president of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW). She has sailed on over 40 cruises all over the world.

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