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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Cunard Line’s famous fleet awarded top rankings in 2014 Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships

Cunard Line has dominated the Berlitz Complete Guide to Cruising and Cruise Ships rankings for 2014, which were released on Friday, giving the company clear leadership over competitors in the “Large Resort Ship” category. The top three ships are all Cunard: Queen Mary 2 (Grill class), Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria, ranked first, second and third, respectively, with Celebrity Reflection and Celebrity Silhouette coming fourth and fifth, respectively. “Recognition such as this is only possible because of …

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Marcia arrived home fine, but her luggage lagged behind — still, it was a wonderful trip on the Queen Mary 2

Well, I am home Queen Mary 2 docked in Red Hook, Brooklyn, early (really early) Monday morning. I flew out of LaGuardia about 3 p.m .Monday afternoon and arrived in Fort Lauderdale about 7. My suitcase did not. The airline delivered it late yesterday afternoon. While I don’t want to sound like a drama diva, the trip ended on the same discordant note with which it began. Thank goodness, my grandson is fine, he is back in …

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Delicious food abounds on the Queen Mary 2, in a variety of venues

Dining is a science aboard Queen Mary 2. It is a popular past time where continental breakfast is available as early as 4 a.m. in the King’s Court and where a late snack is available until 2 am. In between, three meals a day are available in the Queen’s Grill, Princess Grill and Brittania Club as well as the Brittania Restaurant (where I have been seated all week.) Lunch and dinner are available daily inTodd English where …

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On the Queen Mary 2, it is easy to enjoy a day of inclement weather

Do you think there is something odd about loving gloomy days at with white caps on the water, steady rain and an almost imperceptible roll of the ship. I probably should feel embarrassed, but I truly enjoy crossing the Atlantic in nasty weather. I don’t expect outdoor pool time, I live in Florida and can enjoy an outdoor pool, sun and heat whenever I want to. There is something about bad weather at sea that makes me …

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After three decades of ship travel, Queen Mary 2 may well be my favorite ship

Queen Mary 2 may well be my favorite ship. After more than three decades of ship travel on oceans and rivers all over the world, this ocean liner (don’t call her a “ship” or, heaven forbid, a “boat,”) seems to really be the epitome of it all for me. This is my third or fourth crossing on QM2, but I sailed on the Queen Elizabeth 2 in the 1980s where I lectured on guidebook writing, again in …

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The best laid plans…grandson Jakob ends up flying home from London and Marcy boards the Queen Mary 2

The best laid plans, etc. Or, more simply, stuff happens. I had planned our trip to London and return via the Queen Mary 2 for six months. On Thursday evening, Jakob and I boarded Virgin Atlantic flight 0006 from Miami to Heathrow. We watched movies – with more then 50 to chose from  we each chose ZERO DARK THIRTY, had dinner and flew serenely and comfortably in Premium Economy at 650 mph. We slept and early next …

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July 6 a special day for Queen Mary 2

July 6 will be a very special day for Cunard. Why? As Cunard’s Peter Shanks writes in his blog: “On the 6 July Queen Mary 2 will make her 200th crossing of the Atlantic Ocean – and since 2004 will have delighted over 520,000 passengers. Over the coming weeks we will be celebrating this milestone – not least on the 200th crossing itself.” As two of those 520,000 delighted passengers, Pam and I have our own fond …

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Another grandparent trip: Marcy and Jakob head to London and then sail back on the Queen Mary 2

Jakob, my seventh grandchild, turned 13 earlier this year. According to Jewish tradition he became a bar mitzvah in early March. My gift to him was to take him on a cruise. Alaska was my initial destination, but the thought of climbing on a helicopter and then hiking on the glacier or white water rafting, was a little more daunting than when I took his oldest cousin on a similar trip 15 years ago. The Dawn Princess …

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Queen Mary 2 marks 77th anniversary

Today is a special day for Cunard. When the Queen Mary 2 sails into New York harbor, concluding her Transatlantic Crossing from Southampton, it will mark 77th anniversary of the maiden call of the original Queen Mary in New York in 1936. Having cruised on the Queen Mary 2 from the Big Apple, we can imagine it was just as special then as now. Here’s a little of the backstory from Cunard: “Queen Mary’s Maiden Voyage began …

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