Crossing the Atlantic on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 (Day 6)

Friday, March 25th – Our 5th Day at Sea

Friday is our second formal night.

We set the clocks back again early Friday morning. I was up about 5:00 AM and at the gym at 6:00. Although the heavy door was shut, once you open it you see several people are already working out. The gym is pretty large. It has lots of cardio equipment, free weights and various exercise machines around the rooms. You wipe the equipment down after use. I had a good workout.

I headed back to the cabin before rolls, juice and coffee at 7:00 AM.

Next, we met up with our traveling friend for breakfast in the Britannia dining room. This time I tried the scrambled eggs with smoked salmon. It was served on two disks of toast a couple of inches across. I also tried a bowl of stewed fruit.

Jane went shopping while I headed up to the Pavilion pool area. The ship has a lot to offer in outdoor space, but you need warmer weather to take advantage of the space. The covered pool area is the next best thing. Not too many people seem to have discovered it.

At 11:30 it was time for the morning quiz. I needed to leave before the answers were reviewed, so I don’t know how our team did.

We visited the Verandah restaurant a lot on this crossing. We discovered it has its own cocktail lounge. You don’t need to be dining in the restaurant to use the bar.


Jane and our friend met me by the Carinthia Lounge where the quiz is held. I pointed out literally every seating area was filled. That was our meeting place for lunch in the Kings Court buffet.

Jane asked me to seek out a table in one of the glasses in areas. They go quickly. I threw my sweater and book on the table to nail it down. For lunch I started with sushi, then tried a veggie burger with fries. The meal wrapped up with soft ice cream.

Afternoon activities  

At 1:30 PM I attended the Patricia Fox lecture on how to design your home garden for outdoor entertaining. I got some interesting ideas. Then it was back to the cabin about 2:30 to finish reading by book. They need to be returned to the library. I also went to the Purser’s Office to check on our account statement.

At 4:00 we got dressed for dinner and headed to the 4:30 PM quiz. OK, we were dreadfully overdressed, but one event tonight leads into another.


The quiz led into 5:00 PM cocktails in the Commodore Club with our new friends. The sun was and we had had a table near a forward window. At 6:00 we made our way to the Britannia dining room for our first seating dinner.

We brought a bottle of older Port wine when we boarded. Although Cunard has strict rules about liquor in cabins, passengers are allowed to bring a special bottle of wine for special occasions. More on that later.

Tonight was the second formal night. The star appetizers were either the smoked salmon or the escargot. The soups included lobster bisque. Tonight I passed on the Beef Wellington and chose the lobster and shrimp entree instead. Baked Alaska might have been the most popular dessert, but I chose the dark chocolate mousse because it was great match for the Port.

We enjoy bringing special wines onboard. We try to leave at least a third of the bottle for the wine stewards. It expands their knowledge and builds good will. We always assume our paths will cross again.

After dinner we headed back to the cabin. It has been another great day at sea.

What’s different:

  • There are no gentleman dance hosts on this voyage.
  • The MyVoyage website gives you a real-time view of your account charges.
  • We have our third Covid test on Saturday.
  • Everyone on the ship gets tested for Covid, regardless if they are in transit passengers. Everyone is being careful.

Cover photo courtesy Cunard

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