Queen Mary 2 Travel Diary- Moments Of Sophistication and History

Cunard never disappoints; their ships are unfailingly beautiful, luxurious and complete with amenities, yet they capture a glamour of days gone by.  I have been lucky enough to sail on this line several times, and am posting a travel diary I wrote during one of my voyages- a six-day sailing on the QM2.  I hope you enjoy my notes of a ship with the flair of a bygone era.- Heidi Wednesday – A Stroll in Olde Londontowne …

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Chef Todd English sails (and signs) aboard Queen Mary 2- and his cake is to die for!

This week, celebrity chef Todd English is on board the Queen Mary 2 as she sails from New York to Boston.  While there, he will be signing copies of his book, Cooking in Everyday English: The ABCs of Great Flavor at Home, and take part in a Q&A with the Entertainment Director. English will also be developing a new menu with the QM2 culinarystaff, which will be available on sailings later this summer.  For those of you not …

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Queen Mary 2’s 10th Anniversary “Birthday Crossings”

Cunard’s philosophy is that travel is meant to be savored, and crossing the oceans should be a majestic experience, not merely a hop across the pond. They are known for grand ballrooms, elegant dining rooms, and luxury accommodations.  (I loved my voyage aboard this beautiful ship.  To read about my experience, please click here.) The line describes its flagship, the Queen Mary 2 as “the most magnificent ocean liner ever built…She offers so much space on board and …

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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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