I had the opportunity to cross off one of the items on my bucket list this past June – a Trans Atlantic Crossing on the Queen Mary!
As a young girl on a family trip to Florida, I had the opportunity to tour through the original Queen Elizabeth, moored in Ft Lauderdale as a tourist attraction. It was the memories of that ship that have stayed with me – Rich woods, elegant spaces and a timeless tradition of Liner Crossings.
The Queen Mary lived up to the past memories of an elegant Cunarder! Rich woods, understated elegance, and a plethora of activities to meet even the most finicky cruiser!
Boarding in Southampton on June 10, we sailed away to the accompaniment of stirring music befitting the Last Night of the Proms!
Our Captain promised us Classic Crossing Weather for the journey, and he delivered. Smooth seas and while, cool, pleasant weather (OK, except for the fog on the Grand Banks!)
Cunard promises 101 things to do on a crossing, and I think that there were even more! IPad classes, dance lessons, Planetarium viewings, 3D Movie showings, guest lecturers, book signings (Author PD James was on our voyage, for all those mystery lovers out there!) Heated outdoor pools, covered pools, Champagne High Tea, classical concerts, RADA Theatrical entertainment and much, much more!
While a large ship, it never felt overwhelming onboard. Always plenty of space, although, lunch at the Golden Lion Pub was very much in demand! Service was very good, and dining was also very enjoyable, with lots of options. Not to be missed is the Todd English Restaurant. Dining here for both dinner and lunch was most enjoyable, and very tasty!
The Queen Mary was built for the North Atlantic Crossing, and our sailing reflected that – The ship felt incredibly stable (we did not have a rough crossing, so no chance to really experience how the ship handled in rough seas) I can see enjoying a World Cruise, or a longer Liner Voyage on the Queen Mary, as there’s always something happening onboard.
Onboard any Cunarder you will find a more formal atmosphere – most sea days will be formal or cocktail attire – I had such fun shopping for this trip! For those who do not like to get dressed up – the Kings Court Restaurant always provided an alternate choice for those not participating in the formal evenings!
A Trans Atlantic crossing is a wonderful alternative to a cramped flight across the ocean – Why not consider it for your next European Vacation?