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On the Queen Mary 2 (part 2)

on April 4, 2017

This is a continuation of our trip on board the Queen Mary 2 taken in December, 2016.  Read part 1 if you missed it.

Our crossing of the north  Atlantic in December took 7 days.  The sea was very rough.  It is December in the north Atlantic.  Get over it.  We went outside, briefly, one day to see the kennels and think about what the good dog Nerone would have done on this trip.  The Queen Mary 2 is the only vessel that will take dogs on the transatlantic crossing.  Many folks who are moving use this as a way to get their dog to or from Europe.  Our friend Lynn who just moved to Italy came over that way with her dog Flori.  On our vouage there were at least three other sets of folks who were moving from Europe to the US.  If you want to bring more than one suitcase it really is the way to go.

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What other things did we do?  We went to the very well stocked library every day.  We heard several talks given by Nicki Chapman the host of Escape to the Country and other shows.  That is a series that we had watched, so we found her very enjoyable.  I managed to make it in the hot tub 3 times.  I do wish that I had pictures of that.  The seas were very rough.  The indoor pool seemed to have a giant wave machine in it as the ship would slosh up and down.  It was rather fun to watch.  Ben got bronchitis and we got to visit the medical clinic.  (thank goodness for travel insurance which covered all the costs)  And that was about it.  That is probably less than one tenth of the things that we could have done.  It was just that the sea was very rough.  Fortunately I had Ben in his wheel chair to give me stability.  Unfortunately I had to push that wheel chair every where.  That wore me out.  So by the time we reached someplace I just wanted to sit down, taking pictures was the last thing on my mind.  Even though we were eating three full meals a day, I lost weight.  I really was worn out.  And there was a lot of dressing up to do.

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How do you dress someone with balance issues on board a ship in rough seas?  You make them hold on.  The handicapped bath room was one of the best designed bathrooms that we have seen.  It was really designed for someone in a wheel chair.  This was about the only time Ben was out of his wheel chair for the trip.  The sea was very rough and we did not want to chance him taking a fall.

So how about some food pics

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surf and turf

 

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This was supposed to be rabbit. I think it was a dry chicken wearing bunny ears disguised as bacon.

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A very nice Indian meal

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Lamb and mushy peas

On the last night the Chefs and cooks come out and parade around.  It is impressive to see how many there are, probably over 50.

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The best meal I had was a bowl of Thai shrimp soup.  For breakfast and lunch rather than going to the dining room we went to the open buffet.  Ben had sushi most days and I had whatever ethic food was offered.  That was where I had the good soup and most of the meals that I thought were good.

To be fair to the Queen Mary 2, there is nothing wrong with the food in the restaurant.  It is important to know my filters.  I worked in the restaurant/culinary industry with many talented chefs and students.  I lived in Europe for 10 years and have traveled other places too.   At the risk of sounding like a spoiled over privleged brat,  I do not get excited about most ‘classicly prepared dishes’.  (like most of those above)  I do get excited about ethic food that has different and strong flavors.  I do get excited about a main ingredient that stands by itself not nappped in sauce, think a steak with just a blessing of very good olive oil, salt and pepper.  (at out of the way restaurants in the Tuscan countryside that is how food is prepared)  I do get excited about taking a traditional preparation and giving it just a little twist…. oh Menchetti how we miss you.   But for many, many folks without these filters/opinions the food will be a highlight.

Look for one more post with some more pictures of the ship.

 

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4 responses to “On the Queen Mary 2 (part 2)

  1. Thank you for sharing your trip! I can’t believe you were able to function so well if the ship was rolling around so much! Believe me, I would have been laying sick in bed! Looking forward to the next installment and also how your condo is coming!

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  2. Mike says:

    If it’s any consolation, we were on QM2 crossings twice in early summer and the North Atlantic weather was not very good. We were rarely outside and almost never used our veranda. There were some rough days at sea even in summer. Fortunately there was a multitude of enjoyable onboard activities and lectures.

    On the other hand, we did a summer crossing once out of Miami via the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, ending in Barcelona. Weather and temps were much much more favorable. That trip was longer (14 days) and the ship made additional stops (Canaries, Madeira, southern Spain). Price-wise that repositioning cruise was a very good deal. They are often less popular and hence many lines offer substantial discounts.

    In my opinion, QM2’s “dressy” policies are “outdated” and I would not do another Cunard crossing. For folks who like that “tradition” that harks back to early travel days, it’s fine. However, for me, Cunard’s food and service was less impressive than on other ships I’ve experienced.

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    • I knew I would hear from you Michael. I pretty much agree with you. Still to be fair I might like to do it one time when I had no one and no excessive luggage to worry about so that I could enjoy all that is offered. To take it as part of a relaxing vacation not as part of a leg in a trans-atlantci move

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