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My Trip on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2

I have always thought that a trip on a Cunard ship would be like a visit to my Grandmother’s house – with Victorian décor to match.  I had heard stories of elaborately dressed ladies in formal dress, and men in tails with ballroom skills dancing the night away, white glove dinner service, and other extravagances. Not exactly my speed. I could not have been more wrong.

I had a wonderful time on the Queen Mary 2, which conveniently left close to home.  I sailed on the Fireworks cruise to Boston, Canada and Newport over the 4th of July holiday.

The QM 2 is a cruiseliner, made for transatlantic voyages, so it is sturdier than your average cruise ship.  There was none of that rocking and rolling you experience, especially as you leave New York harbor.  It was a completely smooth voyage.  The decor is very musch "grand ocean liner" with beautiful wood paneling and giant murals. Even the art gallery had tasteful pieces for sale.

With about 2,600 passengers on board, it never felt crowded, and there was never a wait for anything.  It was all very relaxed and well organized.  Even the disembarkation processed was civilized.  A usual QM2 voyage would have mainly UK guests, but this cruise had the majority of Americans, with fewer Brits.

I was recuperating from eye surgery, so what better way to relax than on board a luxurious cruise ship.  There was nothing to do but chill out and enjoy the world class lectures (Jim Kennedy, the former head of NASA was a guest speaker), great food, wonderful weather – and the scenery.  They even have a planetarium on board, and there were two different star shows while we were on board.  Two formal nights, and a roaring 20’s party, where everyone dressed up, were fun.  There were professional dancers on board, of “Dancing with the Stars” quality, who were fun to watch.

On our week long cruise, we had just three ports to visit.  The first was Halifax, where we rented a car and drove to nearby Lunenberg, a quaint port town with colorful clapboard houses and shops, a whaling museum and enough to entertain us for a few hours.

On July 4th, we were in Boston, both for daytime activities, and for the fireworks across Boston harbor. Frankly, I was underwhelmed by the fireworks, particularly we were so far away from the action.

It was foggy when we reached Newport, but we did eventually get into the port, with enough time to explore the waterside shops and restaurants.

Back on board, we had afternoon tea every day, and unlimited soft-serve ice cream (my favorite). The food, in general was good, a notch above other cruiselines like Princess, Royal Caribbean and Celebrity. 

One nice thing about traveling with a group is that you always have someone to have dinner with, or to do something with, but you can be on your own if you like.  There were just 5 of us in the group this time  – Helen, Avia, Diane, my husband  (in a rare appearance) and myself, so we had a large dinner table with a couple from England.  It made for some interesting conversations – about Meghan and baby Archie, Trump, Brexit and more

The only drawback to the whole trip was reaching the ship’s departure point in the far end of Brooklyn (Red Hook).  All in all though, I would sail on Cunard  again (and we just might – stay tuned).


People often ask me how many countries I've been to. Here is my list, and it's growing!

Where I have been
American Samoa
Aruba
Australia
Austria
Azores
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbados
Belguim
Belize
Bermuda
Bhutan
Brazil
Brunei
Bulgaria
Canada
Cayman
Chile
China
Columbia
Costa Rica
Croatia
Cuba
Curacao
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
Egypt
England
Estonia
Fiji
Finland
France
Germany
Gibraltar
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Ireland
Isle of Man
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Kenya
Korea
Latvia
Liechenstein
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Monaco
Morocco
Myanmar
Nepal
Netherlands
New Zealand
Northern Ireland
Norway
Oman
Panama.
Papua New Guinea
Portugal
Puerto Rico
Romania
Russia
San Marino
Scotland
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
St Kitts
St. Lucia
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Tobago
Trinidad
Tunisia
Turkey
Turks and Caicos
US Virgin Islands
Vatican
Venezuela
Wales
Western Samoa


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This year promise yourself you will bucket list.

On my list for this year: South Africa, the Maldives, a South America cruise.
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