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British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25182 times:

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Hello all and welcome to my first report of 2013   It has been a long time since I have posted one due to lots of changes in my life ( all positive ) and lots of travelling. Basically I have had little time to actually write my reports but now intend to clear a rather large back log.  

Gareth and myself had for a long time been talking about taking a trip on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 across the Atlantic. For our regular November trip we wanted something special and so we decided we would aim to book a passage on this ocean liner. We have both been on numerous cruise lines but this was to be very different. We came to the point where we found the accomodation we wanted and decided to book. The cost was around GBP1000 each which was what we had allowed for. I had booked a month off work so for me it was going to be the start of a lovely break.

After many months of waiting the day finally came. Gareth and I had been booked on the BMI flights but lots of time changes and flight number changes later we finally ended up with BA from DUB in Club Europe. This was going to be interesting for us as it was going to be our first experience of BA and CE back in Dublin. Previously I had been on BA operated by BMI during the transition.

We both decided that due to the very early departure time we would book into the Radisson Blu Dublin Airport. After checking in and an interesting Skype chat with Gareth's parents we decided to get some sleep.

The alarm went off way too soon as is always the case and we got ready and checked out of the hotel.

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We made our way to Terminal 1 and checked in at the Club Europe desk.




DATE: 20NOV12
AIRLINE: BRITISH AIRWAYS
ROUTE: DUBLIN TO LONDON HEATHROW
CLASS: CLUB EUROPE
AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS A320
REG: G - MIDS




First stop after clearing security was a quick walk to T2 to have our usual at the Chocolate Lounge  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/QM21/QM2SUB/file_zps462bc275.jpg

Then it was a quick visit to the now closed BA Business Lounge ( former BMI DC Lounge ) .

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Just as well we had our coffee !



Soon it was time to board so we made our way to the gate

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We were greeted by two friendly crew and we took our seats in the refurbed BA cabin. Still you can see the BMI brown curtains.

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Soon the doors were closed and we made our way to the runway. Take off was quick and soon the crew were released for the cabin service.

Gareth and I ordered some Champagne to celebrate the start of our holiday.

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Shortly breakfast arrived

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This was nice but not as nice as I remember when they used to fly DUB-LGW.

After no time at all it was time to land. The crew came around to collect the meal trays and empty glasses.
One of them noticed I had only drunk half of the bottle and was going to pour it into my glass. I said I had
drunk enough but she smiled and said ''think of the enviroment, I cant dump it''. Gareth and I laughed and
she poured it in. I quickly drank it before she took away the empties.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
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We made our final approach to LHR

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We pulled up on stand and there was a transfer bus for those connecting to T5

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We disembarked and thanked the crew for a pleasant flight. They had asked if we were doing something nice so when we told them they said they were envious and always wanted to take that trip too. They wished us a fantastic time.

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We then made our way to the baggage reclaim.

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All bags present and correct

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We then made our way to arrivals where we were met by Cunard's Reps and taken to the coach for our transfer to Southampton.

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Along the way we passed Windsor Castle. We had a older Irish Gentleman driving who gave us some excellent information along the way even things I didnt know as a local.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
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Soon we arrived at Soton and we saw our ship that would take us across the Atlantic. We were very excited at this
stage.

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After a delayed check in process due to their computers going off line we finally were able to board.

Rolf Harris was guest speaker on this voyage so it would certainly be interesting as we found out later.



We were greeted by friendly staff who all looked very smart in their uniforms.

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Our first thoughts were very positive. This liner was certainly something special.

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Our accomodation for the 7 night voyage to New York.

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Some nice things waiting for us

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So very pleased with our accomodation there was only one thing to do and that was to crack open the bubbly.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25591 times:

Next on our to do list was to get our Spa passes for the week. As we would have so many days at sea we decided we would use the Spa everyday. For USD95 each it was well worth it.

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Then after that we decided to just tour the ship.

Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar which was a favourite of mine.

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The lovely Brittania restaurant

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The ship was full of lovely art work from Cunard's history

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The speciality restaurant Todd English. We dined there one night but were not overly impressed.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
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Map showing the route and the wreck of the RMS Titanic

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The kennels . You can even bring your pets along.

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I loved this area it was inspired by the world famous Kew Gardens in West London near to where I grew up.

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The library was very large and full of interesting books. One could easily spend a few days in here!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
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A lovely model behind the bar.

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Famous people over the years who sailed on Cunard's fleet.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
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Internet at sea. We both bought packages of around 500 minutes so we could keep in touch with home.

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A little bit of England  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/QM21/file_zps4a014629.jpg

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The local whilst at sea ! They did some great food in there.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
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The safety drill which was very thorough and taken very seriously.

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A very wet and cold night on departure from Southampton

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Nightly turn down service

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A sample of the lovely food available

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This lady was one of the best performers throughout the voyage. She played during afternoon tea one
day and it was just perfect.

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Some more of the wonderful artwork.

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I had been wondering if there would be references to the Titanic and this was a very interesting yet tasteful
way of doing it.

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All ages were catered for young and old. The average age was around 40-50 which suited us fine. We did not
want to be stuck with screaming kids or party party teenagers. The mix was very nice with 90% of the people on board
very interesting and well educated. They were like us there for the experience and this certainly was not a cruise it was
a voyage.

I am so glad I did not waste my time and money on a mini cruise on this ship. I think it would have ruined it for me. Cunard do 4-5 night mini cruises from Southampton but as much as I was tempted I thought I would wait and do it
properly. I am so glad I did and Im sure Gareth is too. The departure and arrival points were a big part of the trip.

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Breakfast was always a delight with so many options and hard to choose.


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Everyday we got a newsletter to advise us what was going on around the ship :




Gareth and I had decided to purchase our own robes to take home. They were of very good quality and
a nice keep sake.

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The days at sea went quite fast. Gareth and I usually went for breakfast then mid morning coffee at the lovely
Sir Samuel's. Then a nice walk on deck weather permitting and a trip to the spa. We rotated lunch at various
venues and all of the options were great.

On one of the days we hit rough seas. It was not too bad but certainly reassured me that we were on a liner built
for this weather than a cruise ship. The Captain kept us all informed in his daily broadcast about the ships location
and weather along with some very interesting technical information about the ship. A fact of the day was always fun
with my favourite being where the saying ''swinging the lead'' came from.

On old sailing boats, depth was measured in fathoms; a fathom being 6 feet. In order to ascertain this, a rope, knotted at 6 foot intervals, was thrown into the water and the thrower would feel when it hit the bottom and count the fathom marks as he pulled it back up. In order to compensate for the forward movement of the boat, this rope had to be thrown forward and it had a lead weight on it to take it down to the bottom. The swinging of this lead was seen as a very easy job on ship and hence someone who chooses the easy option is seen as "swinging the lead".

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Coffee at Sir Samuel's

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The day had come for us to see Rolf Harris. I have to say I had my doubts as to whether I would enjoy it but
I was so amazed at how much I had forgotten about his work and his famous songs. It really was a trip down
memory lane and reminded me of my childhood. Rolf Harris is a true gentleman also and always had time for
everyone during his time on the ship.

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VIDEO of Rolf Harris CLICK PHOTO TO VIEW :




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Some more waves :

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The highlight for me everyday and I think Gareth also was traditional afternoon tea. It was a grand occasion and
people really enjoyed it. There was ballroom dancing which was lovely to watch and various live performers.

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The Kings Court self service buffet served dinner and late evening snacks. I have to say I was not a fan
and felt there could have been more on offer and better quality. Still we managed to always find something.
Compared to the rest of the ship it was not in keeping with the other standard of food options.

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Of course as aviation enthusiasts we were always on the look out for interesting aircraft flying over us.

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The one thing Gareth and I commented on during our voyage was the amount of deck space. It was really the best
I have ever seen at sea. So many areas outside to explore and relax. It made for a lovely change from the cruise ships.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25528 times:

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From one Queen to another :

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Another lovely lunch

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One of the evenings the Atlantic was so calm it was amazing. It was freezing cold but we could not take our eyes
off the horizon.

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A lovely champagne breakfast. Sure why not  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/QM21/file_zpsbd2c7dff.jpg

They even cater to Gareth's culture   lloniannau Gareth !

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On the Sunday I decided to attend the church service on board. It was lead by the Captain and it was a
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Our table for two at dinner. We met a lovely couple from Scotland and we had many laughs with them as they
were sat at the table next to us. They were sailing back to back which would have been a very nice trip to do.

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The QM2 has a wonderful bridge viewing area which was a highlight for Gareth and also myself.

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The final night had arrived and it was time to leave our luggage outside our staterooms and get some sleep.
We would be passing under the bridge at 4am so we had to get up as this would be a once in a lifetime thing to
see. The ship would be very close to the bridge as it passed under.

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We got up and wrapped up very well. It was icy cold and windy but soon we saw America in the distance. It was
an exciting moment.

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Soon we were closing in on the bridge and we were about to pass under it.

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Everyone was impressed as we passed under it was well worth getting up for.

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Soon another highlight was to come . The iconic Statue of Liberty. It was quite amazing to see this as we entered
New York. It is something I have heard many talk about but there was something really special about sailing from England to America and after a week seeing this as you sail in . Its not the same as flying and then visiting which
I have done so many times. This was unique. This was an end of a voyage that many before us had taken and some
who sadly did not make it.

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No sooner had we taken in the Statue of Liberty then another amazing view came into focus. It really
was hard to sink in that we were sailing into New York. Due to the hurricane a few weeks prior we had
switched ports but this was to our advantage as we sailed right into Manhattan.

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After all the excitement it was time to head back to get some sleep for a few hours.

We then got up had breakfast and got ready to clear US Immigration which was done on board.
No real questions and my passport was stamped. This is the view we had from the ship.

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What a great view and it seems that the storm also ripped off the roof but maybe it has been put back on
since?

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So soon after it was time to disembark the Queen Mary 2 and take one final photo.

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It had been an amazing voyage and experience. Something I would love to do one day again. Sailing across the
Atlantic is something really special and I would recommend it to anyone.

I hope you all enjoyed this report. I know its rather long but for me it was hard to remove more pics than I did  

I appreciate your comments and feedback as always and look forward to getting back to writing my back log of reports.

Kind regards

OA260/Philip  


User currently offlinevisualapproach From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25147 times:

Amazing! This is something I've always wanted to do and will definitely do one day. Thank you for sharing.

Are meals/entertainment etc included in the price?


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25110 times:

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 11):
Amazing! This is something I've always wanted to do and will definitely do one day. Thank you for sharing.

Are meals/entertainment etc included in the price?

Hi many thanks for your reply. This TR took so much work and time so Im really glad you enjoyed it.  

Yes all meals and entertainment are included. There are some things you pay for such a Todd English speciality restaurant but all the main dining areas are included. Basically we only paid for Spa / Drinks and Internet access. Everything was in USD$$ so it made it cheaper for UK/EU passengers.

You should definately go . Just a tipp there can be some great late deals in Winter season booking 7-10 days before. We could not wait that close and needed to book well in advance.


User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7090 posts, RR: 57
Reply 13, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24934 times:

Excellent review, and well worth the voyage it seems!


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User currently offlineplanemad From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2003, 533 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24882 times:

Absolutely fantastic report. I did this trip in 2008 and flew back to LHR, and seeing your photos brought back all the amazing memories. Would love to do it again!

Sam


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24905 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 13):
Excellent review, and well worth the voyage it seems!

Hi many thanks and much appreciated. Yes its one of those things on the list of to do before you die and thankfully I have one less thing to do now  


User currently offlineadityashankar From Canada, joined Jun 2007, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24835 times:

A wonderful report. I enjoyed it!!
thanks for posting!!

cheers
Aditya



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User currently offlineflightsimboy From Canada, joined Sep 2005, 1242 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24829 times:
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Why am I not surprised this is from you (and I think you also brought us pics from another ship too...sorry can't recall)....but honestly what an amazing set of photos and hard to imagine this is all aboard a ship.....Looks like you had fun, well fun in whatever meaning there is.

What a grand way to enter New York!! I wonder which one thought of herself more a diva!! lol

Btw whatever happened to that croissant on your BA flight....lol


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24839 times:

Quoting planemad (Reply 14):
Absolutely fantastic report. I did this trip in 2008 and flew back to LHR, and seeing your photos brought back all the amazing memories. Would love to do it again!

Hey thanks and Im glad it brought back some nice memories for you . For sure you should take another one its been too long  
Quoting adityashankar (Reply 16):
A wonderful report. I enjoyed it!!
thanks for posting!!

Hey Aditya   Great name BTW where is it from? Thanks so much for the reply its much appreciated and Im really glad you enjoyed it .


User currently offlinefiloflyer From Finland, joined Feb 2012, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24819 times:

One day when i have smeone to share the trip with ill do this!!!! Amazing!!!!!,

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24817 times:

Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):
Why am I not surprised this is from you (and I think you also brought us pics from another ship too...sorry can't recall)....but honestly what an amazing set of photos and hard to imagine this is all aboard a ship.....Looks like you had fun, well fun in whatever meaning there is.

Hi thanks alot and such a nice thing to say . Yes it was everything I imagined it to be .  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):
What a grand way to enter New York!! I wonder which one thought of herself more a diva!! lol

Haha very true . Who knows .  
Quoting flightsimboy (Reply 17):
Btw whatever happened to that croissant on your BA flight....lol

Oh yes your right there ! Like I said was not the best BA breakkie Ive had .

Quoting filoflyer (Reply 19):
One day when i have smeone to share the trip with ill do this!!!! Amazing!!!!!,

Well I always said that and finally after so many years it become reality so have that goal and it will happen.  


User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24792 times:

Hey Philip,

Thanks for taking the time to document our amazing trip across the Atlantic on QM2. It was a truly amazing trip and one I will definitely be repeating. She is a magnificent ship and the experience was out of this world. I can highly recommend this trip to anyone who is even remotely tempted. Seeing it all again has made me very nostalgic!

Looking forward to reading the next installment and to our next trip wherever that may be.  

Gareth



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 22, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 24381 times:
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Awesome report, Phil! What a trip.

I've always wondered what it's like to take the QM2 across the Ocean, and your amazing picture collection made me feel like I was traveling along with you. Did you fly back, or go back across by boat?

Thanks for sharing it with us!

Matthew (767747)


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Reply 23, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 24292 times:
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Hello Philip

Always nice to spend a lot of time reading tour reports, and this one is the best, as usual a lot of great photos, attention to details and made me feel like i was taking that trip with you.

I don't know about you but i am sure that i added an inch or so to my waist just looking at all that nice food pictures.  

One thing i did while reading your report is to look for those Cunard bathrobes on the net, no luck so far.

Well i am happy that the changes in your life are all positive.

Thank you again.
Sobhi



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User currently offlineKfly From Australia, joined May 2004, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 24238 times:

Amazing report ! Thanks for sharing with us  

Question, do you have to dress up for meals? My partner and I like to dress casually (eg. no suits and ties). Will we be out of place on a ship like this?


K



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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1170 posts, RR: 3
Reply 25, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 24084 times:

So you never got bored?

How much weight did you gain? Did you still fit into your trousers when you arrived?


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Reply 26, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 23808 times:
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This trip allowed you to really savor a trans Atlantic crossing and take it in slowly. I could not help but think of Titanic's tragic fate. I also enjoyed seeing the picture of the planes flying overhead. It looked like that was an Airbus 340-500, right?
As I read your TR I kept thinking of another voyage I made from LHR-JFK...on Concorde. It was very fitting you included those pics. Did you get to visit USS Intrepid Museum? It is well worth the trip. Sadly, Concorde is a beauty of the past.
This TR gave me a chance to see another aspect of travelling across the Atlantic. Thank you for posting.



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User currently offlineRichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 718 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 23814 times:

Hi

Thanks for posting this....the only problem is that with all the photos of food I am now hungry!!

There are two classic travel journeys that I would like to do

QM2 Southampton to New York and
VSOE London to Venice

Maybe one day!

Alex


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 23805 times:

Hi Phil,

Stunning report, to summerise my feelings I could not think of a better person to introduce myself and I am sure many others to the modern day titanic experience (naturally with safety lessons from the past taken onboard). Amazing levels of service and quality dining has myself pondering a possible voyage of my own.
Great to see BA physically back in DUB their service looks quite impressive compared to EI. Whats next on your itinery? Dare I mention UA EWR - BFS at some point?

All the best and happy travelling,

James

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User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2597 posts, RR: 5
Reply 29, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 23694 times:
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Wow. What more can I say? I'm speechless. I've always dreamt of going around the world on the QM2, and seeing your pictures and reading this trip report seems to have brought this dream a little closer to reality.

I only have one question: Given the rough seas that she encountered across the Atlantic, how composed was the ride on board? I ask because I'm extremely prone to motion sickness. I've seen documentaries about the QM2 which says that it has an advanced yaw dampening system to prevent or minimise side to side movement in rough seas, and I'd be interested to know how well it works.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 26):
I also enjoyed seeing the picture of the planes flying overhead. It looked like that was an Airbus 340-500, right?

To me it looked more like an A346. Does anyone fly the A345 across the Atlantic?

I could be wrong, though.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8509 posts, RR: 55
Reply 30, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 23705 times:
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Fantastic stuff Philip!

Love the images as you approached NY, must have been amazing!

One question, how much weight did you put on with all that food ?  

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2741 posts, RR: 25
Reply 31, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 23580 times:

WOW! what a voyage!

Truly a once in a lifetime experience to travel transatlantic in such a majestic ship, evoking a long gone era of luxurious ocean liners, certainly far far away from the usual ¨Liberty of the Seas¨

Not sure if I would love to be stuck in the seas for 7 days, but if I had the money I think I´d do it.

Funny seeing pictures of planes flying overhead, and thinking that in the time it took the QM2 to go from UK to NY, they would have done the same journey there and back 7 times!

Nice pics of the Intrepid Air Museum, I would certainly love to visit it when I get round to going to NYC.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 32, posted (1 year 5 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 23646 times:

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 21):
Hey Philip,

Hey Gareth  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 21):
Thanks for taking the time to document our amazing trip across the Atlantic on QM2. It was a truly amazing trip and one I will definitely be repeating. She is a magnificent ship and the experience was out of this world. I can highly recommend this trip to anyone who is even remotely tempted. Seeing it all again has made me very nostalgic!

Welcome and it was such a joy to write. Really brought back some great memories and it was such a fantastic trip.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 21):
Looking forward to reading the next installment and to our next trip wherever that may be.  

Yes hard to top this but Im sure we will think of something  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 22):
Awesome report, Phil! What a trip.

Hi Matthew many thanks .

Quoting 767747 (Reply 22):
I've always wondered what it's like to take the QM2 across the Ocean, and your amazing picture collection made me feel like I was traveling along with you. Did you fly back, or go back across by boat?

Well add it to your list you would love it. Yes we flew back as I had a blitz shopping spree in NYC   More on that in the next report LOL...

Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 23):
Always nice to spend a lot of time reading tour reports, and this one is the best, as usual a lot of great photos, attention to details and made me feel like i was taking that trip with you.

I don't know about you but i am sure that i added an inch or so to my waist just looking at all that nice food pictures.  

One thing i did while reading your report is to look for those Cunard bathrobes on the net, no luck so far.

Hi always great to hear from you and I hope life is good with you? Thanks alot for your kind words its much appreciated. I actually was not too bad 7lbs was all I put on and I lost it again so no longterm damage haha  

I will keep an eye out and let you know they are relly worth having.  
Quoting SOBHI51 (Reply 23):
Well i am happy that the changes in your life are all positive.

Thank you and yes things are really good right now .  
Quoting Kfly (Reply 24):
Amazing report ! Thanks for sharing with us  

Question, do you have to dress up for meals? My partner and I like to dress casually (eg. no suits and ties). Will we be out of place on a ship like this?

Hi thanks   Well you really do need to dreess up but what you could do is go to the restaurant on smart casual evenings where you could wear jacket and shirt no tie. Then on formal evenings you could go to the Kings Court buffet where you can wear what you want. I noticed some people doing this so you would be fine.

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 25):
So you never got bored?

How much weight did you gain? Did you still fit into your trousers when you arrived?

No never did there was so much going on around the ship we even had to miss some things as we did not have enough time. Yes trousers fit with the help of ''active waistband'' LOL...

Quoting triple7man (Reply 26):
This trip allowed you to really savor a trans Atlantic crossing and take it in slowly. I could not help but think of Titanic's tragic fate. I also enjoyed seeing the picture of the planes flying overhead. It looked like that was an Airbus 340-500, right?

Yes that was reall true. It was so stress free and enjoyable. I loved those pics and not sure what carrier it was.

Quoting triple7man (Reply 26):
As I read your TR I kept thinking of another voyage I made from LHR-JFK...on Concorde. It was very fitting you included those pics. Did you get to visit USS Intrepid Museum? It is well worth the trip. Sadly, Concorde is a beauty of the past.
This TR gave me a chance to see another aspect of travelling across the Atlantic. Thank you for posting.

Yes in the old days you flew one way Concorde and another on the QE2 but sadly those days are long gone. We did not have time to visit sadly. Maybe next time.

Quoting Richcandy (Reply 27):
Thanks for posting this....the only problem is that with all the photos of food I am now hungry!!

There are two classic travel journeys that I would like to do

Yes lots of lovely food there.

Quoting Richcandy (Reply 27):
VSOE London to Venice

Oh yes still on my to do list  
Quoting Jambost (Reply 28):
Stunning report, to summerise my feelings I could not think of a better person to introduce myself and I am sure many others to the modern day titanic experience (naturally with safety lessons from the past taken onboard). Amazing levels of service and quality dining has myself pondering a possible voyage of my own.
Great to see BA physically back in DUB their service looks quite impressive compared to EI. Whats next on your itinery? Dare I mention UA EWR - BFS at some point?

All the best and happy travelling,

Hi and thanks alot. Yes you would love it . Maybe go out on QM2 and back on the UA EWR-BFS ?   Well my next trip will be East most likely but the next TR will be interesting I think  
Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
Wow. What more can I say? I'm speechless. I've always dreamt of going around the world on the QM2, and seeing your pictures and reading this trip report seems to have brought this dream a little closer to reality.

Hi and thanks for the reply. Im glad its brought you closer. It really is something that is possible to do . Its become alot more accessible to more these days .

Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
Given the rough seas that she encountered across the Atlantic, how composed was the ride on board? I ask because I'm extremely prone to motion sickness. I've seen documentaries about the QM2 which says that it has an advanced yaw dampening system to prevent or minimise side to side movement in rough seas, and I'd be interested to know how well it works.

Well she handled it alot better than I thought. If Im honest though there was one day she encountered quite rough seas and I felt the movement and had a slight nausea/headache feeling along with someone else on board who had been on numerous sailings. After that though I was 100% .

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 30):
Fantastic stuff Philip!

Love the images as you approached NY, must have been amazing!

One question, how much weight did you put on with all that food ?  

Cheers

Hey Mark  

Many thanks for the reply. As above around 7lbs   Not too bad considering all the calories on board   Of the 7lbs I think at least 4lbs was due to afternoon tea  


User currently onlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 33, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 23051 times:

Hi Philip, great to have you back again!

What a great trip that must have been - admittedly going on a cruise doesn't really appeal to me, but that really does look like something special. I've always considered the Queen Mary (and her predecessors) the Concorde of the seas as they're quite recognisable from other ships and they're also a little bit special.

Your pictures of New York also bring back some special memories of my trip there just a couple of months before yours. The pics of the USS Intrepid especially, as I was stood next to Concorde taking pictures of the liners in dock - so interesting to see it from the other side!

Looking forward to reading about your other trips soon!



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User currently offlineshamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 34, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 23033 times:

Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Basically I have had little time to actually write my reports but now intend to clear a rather large back log.  

Looking forward very much to reading them.


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2819 posts, RR: 15
Reply 35, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 22961 times:

Wowwwwwww what a trip. That ship sure does evoke images of the old glamorous days. I love all the food & champers, it looked gorgeous. Not sure how I´d feel about Rolf Harris as entertainment but at least he was nice to everyone. I´d say coming in under the Brooklyn Bridge was an experience!

Well done, great report  



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User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 22899 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 32):
Welcome and it was such a joy to write. Really brought back some great memories and it was such a fantastic trip.

Yeah it was amazing. I thought it would be once in a lifetime but I'm determined to do it again at some point.  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 32):
Yes hard to top this but Im sure we will think of something

Oh I'm sure we will.  
Quoting CXB77L (Reply 29):
I only have one question: Given the rough seas that she encountered across the Atlantic, how composed was the ride on board? I ask because I'm extremely prone to motion sickness. I've seen documentaries about the QM2 which says that it has an advanced yaw dampening system to prevent or minimise side to side movement in rough seas, and I'd be interested to know how well it works.

I know Philip has already responded to this question but here's my observation: The seas were rough and you could feel motion in the ship but I've been on many other ships that moved around much more in far calmer seas (MSC Splendida for one!). It was only really bad on one day/night where I struggled to sleep because of the rolling (side to side movement). Other than that, it was fine and I didn't notice anyone feeling unwell because of it. Most of the motion was pitching (up and down) which was much more bearable. I'm not really the best one to judge though as I have a cast-iron stomach.   All I can tell you is that she's probably the most stable ship I have ever been on and the builders did a fantastic job of making her able to cope with the worst of the Atlantic weather she sees regularly.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 35):
Not sure how I´d feel about Rolf Harris as entertainment but at least he was nice to everyone.

We were both very sceptical as well but he was absolutely brilliant. He was only meant to do an one-hour painting demonstration but he came out an hour early and started performing his hits as the audience were entering the theatre. A wonderful performer and a true gentleman. Not sure I'd have paid £60,000 for his painting though.  



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User currently offlineTK787 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4397 posts, RR: 12
Reply 37, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 22866 times:

Thanks for the TR,
I always want to do a crossing but I get sea sick so easily even in the Caribbean, bummer.
By the way you said your muster station drill was through...
I had one with Celebrity last month, which was a joke. We didn't have to bring our lifejackets and it was done in the casino.
Cunard looks top notch, I wonder if a East bound crossing in April-May will be warm enough for outdoor activities and calmer?


User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2149 posts, RR: 4
Reply 38, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 22381 times:

Hi Philip

Thanks for posting this report, eventually   It sure was well worth the wait   You certainly meant it when you said there was loots of photos! Not only was this a great report as usual but it brought back great memories of two of my best holidays, my few days in New York just before you set sail & my first cruise last month   ( Yes I know there is a big difference between an Atlantic voyage on the QM2 & a Mediterranean cruise with Costa but you know what I mean   )

Look forward to your next few reports  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 39, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 22334 times:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 33):
Hi Philip, great to have you back again!

Hey James thanks alot and great to be back  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 33):
as I was stood next to Concorde taking pictures of the liners in dock - so interesting to see it from the other side!

Yes you get two different aspects of it.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 33):
Looking forward to reading about your other trips soon!

I know I have to get writing the next one now Im in the mood again  
Quoting shamrock104 (Reply 34):
Looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

Thank you  
Quoting shamrock104 (Reply 34):
Looking forward very much to reading them.

Thank you again its always a nice motivator to read comments like that so I will do my best.  
Quoting aerdingus (Reply 35):
Wowwwwwww what a trip. That ship sure does evoke images of the old glamorous days. I love all the food & champers, it looked gorgeous. Not sure how I´d feel about Rolf Harris as entertainment but at least he was nice to everyone. I´d say coming in under the Brooklyn Bridge was an experience!

Well done, great report  

Yes whilst its different in many ways from the old days there is still something that links the two and traditions still are kept which is lovely. The bridge was brilliant . Icy cold yet so many stood out to watch and video/photograph.

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 36):
Yeah it was amazing. I thought it would be once in a lifetime but I'm determined to do it again at some point.  

Indeed for sure and maybe a back2back next time. For the price the late dealers paid we could have done it for sure  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 36):
I'm not really the best one to judge though as I have a cast-iron stomach.  

Haha true unless its an A380  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 36):
Not sure I'd have paid £60,000 for his painting though.  

No Id rather a villa in the Med   You can pick one up in Spain or Greece for that now  
Quoting TK787 (Reply 37):
Thanks for the TR,
I always want to do a crossing but I get sea sick so easily even in the Caribbean, bummer.
By the way you said your muster station drill was through...
I had one with Celebrity last month, which was a joke. We didn't have to bring our lifejackets and it was done in the casino.
Cunard looks top notch, I wonder if a East bound crossing in April-May will be warm enough for outdoor activities and calmer?

Hi and thanks for the reply. Well the safety drills are normally done either in the public rooms or outside on deck,. Could it be your Muster station was the casino ? Its possible. I always found Celebrity good. Mind you when you compare the one Mark and I had on Costa it was a tatty projector screen in the bar and they couldnt wait to get rid of us ! I guess thats why one of their ships took to the rocks the whole safety aspect from ships crew to juniors does not fill you with reassurance.

Quoting eicvd (Reply 38):
Hi Philip

Thanks for posting this report, eventually   It sure was well worth the wait   You certainly meant it when you said there was loots of photos! Not only was this a great report as usual but it brought back great memories of two of my best holidays, my few days in New York just before you set sail & my first cruise last month   ( Yes I know there is a big difference between an Atlantic voyage on the QM2 & a Mediterranean cruise with Costa but you know what I mean   )

Look forward to your next few reports  

Hey Mark or should I say fellow cruise ship buddy   Thanks for the reply. You know the good news is that clearing the back log will eventually lead to the one your waiting for   Although ours was different than the QM2 it was very rich in ports of call and new places and of course the company was top class  


User currently offlineLuxair747SP From Germany, joined May 2010, 504 posts, RR: 17
Reply 40, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 22163 times:

Hi Phil,

all i can say is Wow!
Great report, never saw such a good review on the QM2.
After reading your report, i now think that no other ship has the classic luxury of the QM.
I think i have to do this crossing one day too, if there now would only be some 707s to connect at in Idlewild  

Thanks a lot for sharing
Cheers,
Johannes


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4627 posts, RR: 23
Reply 41, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 22081 times:

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Gareth and myself had for a long time been talking about taking a trip on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 across the Atlantic. For our regular November trip we wanted something special and so we decided we would aim to book a passage on this ocean liner

Beautiful, just beautiful!

I had the pleasure of taking the QE2 from New York to Southampton in April 2008 - flew out in World Traveller Plus LHR-JFK on BA. The immigration officer was very surprised at my response of "5 hours" in reply to his question "How long will you be staying in the USA?" ... haha!

The QM2 looks absolutely beautiful and in some regards quite similar to the QE2 - patterned carpets and so on. Loved the pictures of all the food - Cunard food is nothing short of spectacular, and the afternoon tea is pretty amazing. I put on weight noticably throughout my 6 night trip. The weather wasn't as dirty as some you had though!

Nothing beats a transatlantic crossing - I'd love to do it the other way sometime on one of the Queens. If you haven't read it, there is a cheeky book called "The Only Way To Cross" by John Maxtone-Graham that I highly recommend. It's a very well written book sprinkled with cheeky anecdotes about the transatlantic liners from about 1907 (Mauritania-Lusitania) through to the QE2 in the late 1960s. I've read it many, many times since I bought it!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 42, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 22042 times:

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 40):
Hi Phil,

all i can say is Wow!
Great report, never saw such a good review on the QM2.
After reading your report, i now think that no other ship has the classic luxury of the QM.
I think i have to do this crossing one day too, if there now would only be some 707s to connect at in Idlewild  

Hi Johannes   Thank you so much Im really glad you liked it and appreciate the comments. Oh yes if you find a B707 then let me know . I have always wanted to fly on one of those.  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 41):
Beautiful, just beautiful!

Hi Trent thanks so much. I knew you would like it as like me you appreciate these things  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 41):
I had the pleasure of taking the QE2 from New York to Southampton in April 2008 - flew out in World Traveller Plus LHR-JFK on BA. The immigration officer was very surprised at my response of "5 hours" in reply to his question "How long will you be staying in the USA?" ... haha!

The QM2 looks absolutely beautiful and in some regards quite similar to the QE2 - patterned carpets and so on. Loved the pictures of all the food - Cunard food is nothing short of spectacular, and the afternoon tea is pretty amazing. I put on weight noticably throughout my 6 night trip. The weather wasn't as dirty as some you had though!

LOL... well there were plenty doing that this time by the sounds of it . They reduced the fares a week out to some amazing prices so loads were last minute bookers back 2 back. Yeah you need to be aware as I was it so easy to put on weight. Plenty of walking on deck and sweating it out in the Sauna is a good balance lol..

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 41):
Nothing beats a transatlantic crossing - I'd love to do it the other way sometime on one of the Queens. If you haven't read it, there is a cheeky book called "The Only Way To Cross" by John Maxtone-Graham that I highly recommend. It's a very well written book sprinkled with cheeky anecdotes about the transatlantic liners from about 1907 (Mauritania-Lusitania) through to the QE2 in the late 1960s. I've read it many, many times since I bought it!

Oh yes for sure that would be cool. I think it sounds like a book Gareth wanted to get that we saw before the cruise but could only get on Kindle which we both dont have or want but Gareth can confirm . It may have been another one .


User currently offlineazstar From United States of America, joined May 2005, 618 posts, RR: 0
Reply 43, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 22032 times:

Exquisite trip report! Looks like paradise!!

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 44, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 21895 times:

Thank you very much for posting this trip report. Some great work here!

The pictures are wonderful - everything is in sequence, you are making us travel with you on your Southampton to New York Atlantic crossing. Nothing is missing!
Also it is nice that you got to dock in Manhattan (not at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal) so you got the Full Monty with Concorde and Space Shuttle Enterprise! Nice pictures of the two fast-ies!!

Queen Mary 2 is a French ship in the classic tradition. She was built at Chantiers de l'Atlantique in Saint Nazaire on the Atlantic side near Nantes. Among other ships they have built the Normandie and France.

Two videos of the Queen Mary 2 construction:

Part 1
Queen Mary 2 in completion in form C in shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique located in Saint-Nazaire, France. Filmed on 10/25/2003
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ6624OEwP0

Part 2
Queen Mary 2 in completion in form C in shipyard Chantiers de l'Atlantique located in Saint-Nazaire, France. Filmed on 10/25/2003
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xd2c2XGea3Y

Queen Mary 2 is a truly wondrous ship. The very best that is now sailing the Seven Seas.

     



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 45, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 21800 times:

Quoting azstar (Reply 43):
Exquisite trip report! Looks like paradise!!

Thank you so much I am humbled by your comments and they are much appreciated  
Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 44):
Thank you very much for posting this trip report. Some great work here!

Hello MadameConcorde   I know how much you love the Cunard ships espeically the QE2 . For me it was a dream fulfilled and it lived upto everything I ever thought it would be.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 44):
The pictures are wonderful - everything is in sequence, you are making us travel with you on your Southampton to New York Atlantic crossing. Nothing is missing!
Also it is nice that you got to dock in Manhattan (not at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal) so you got the Full Monty with Concorde and Space Shuttle Enterprise! Nice pictures of the two fast-ies!!

Thanks alot   Yes we were so lucky that by fate mother nature closed the other port. It was made extra special for us and it was the icing on the cake to a wonderful voyage.

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 44):
Two videos of the Queen Mary 2 construction:

Thank you I will watch those tonight with much interest.  


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10893 posts, RR: 37
Reply 46, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 21744 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 45):
Thank you I will watch those tonight with much interest.

You can follow Big Mary's round the world voyage on this Facebook page:

Queen Mary 2, the last Great ocean liner
https://www.facebook.com/G32GBQM2?ref=ts&fref=ts

You should join the page and post your trip report for all to enjoy!

     



There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
User currently offlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 21702 times:

I crossed on the QE2 back in the early 70's.I had a First Class cabin with a very large bathroom, complete with a bathtub. I had the stateroom to myself and my traveling friend had their own. As our cabins were in the upgraded F/C section we had our own dining room. I believe it was called Queens Grill. Other F/C passengers had their own, and tourist class had their own. There weren't the vast array of dining rooms to choose from. In the Queen"s we were asked what we would like for lunch at breakfast,and the same again at lunch for dinner.Now I don't mean choose off a menu, I mean just tell them whatever you wanted. I believe I had beef wellington several times and off course rack of lamb and prime rib. Dress for dinner was a tux. At the entrance to the dining room there was a large cocktail lounge where people met for pre dinner. We left from New York to Southampton with a stop in Cherburg. At Southampton there was a train on the pier for London direct. Special carriages for us. My God it was so TiTanic!!!!! I had a friend who took the 100 day around the world cruise on her. When they arrived home they had 2 forty foot vans meeting them so they could remove all the stuff they had bought to furnish their Ft. Lauderdale home. Oh, they had a suite complete with butler.........FOR 100 days.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 48, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 21672 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 46):
You can follow Big Mary's round the world voyage on this Facebook page:

Queen Mary 2, the last Great ocean liner
https://www.facebook.com/G32GBQM2?ref=ts&fref=ts

You should join the page and post your trip report for all to enjoy!

Thanks I wil take a look and might just do that  
Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 47):
I believe it was called Queens Grill.

They still use that for the premium accomodations. Although I doubt its as high end as you had back in the day! Its a more intimate dining experience for all meals. We had a look and although it was pleasant it would not have tempted us to part with the extra $$. We were very happy with our balcony and Brittania dining.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 47):
I don't mean choose off a menu, I mean just tell them whatever you wanted. I believe I had beef wellington several times and off course rack of lamb and prime rib. Dress for dinner was a tux

It sounds a bit like my Silversea cruise a few years back. We could tell the head waiter the night before what we wanted the next day and it was done no questions.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 47):
My God it was so TiTanic!!!!! I had a friend who took the 100 day around the world cruise on her. When they arrived home they had 2 forty foot vans meeting them so they could remove all the stuff they had bought to furnish their Ft. Lauderdale home. Oh, they had a suite complete with butler.........FOR 100 days.

That certainly sounds like it . What a lovely idea to furnish their home with memories from their world voyage. My kind of people  


User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2967 posts, RR: 1
Reply 49, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 21518 times:

Incredible; thanks for posting. I've always wanted to do this.


The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 50, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 21437 times:
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Hey Phil!

Good to see you on the posting roll again! And of course, a voyage and report with a mighty vessel in it may not be forgotten. Man I can't believe what stuff they all can put on 1 single ship: spa, restaurants, swimming pools, theatres,... Still, the most interesting pic for me was the one with the weather and sea forecast saying 'rough seas'. Puts me off for doing this kinda thing immediately. But still, a nice way to start your holiday and I'm glad you enjoyed your sailing across the Atlantic.

As for BA, a nice solid flight but what else is expected? The cabin refurb looks smart and modern, the BMI touch is indeed still visible here and there.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Just as well we had our coffee

Or not?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Shortly breakfast arrived

Hmm, looks kinda burnt, no?

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 51, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 21398 times:

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 49):
Incredible; thanks for posting. I've always wanted to do this.

Thank you   Well I hope now its going to make you book it and enjoy it .  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 50):
Hey Phil!

Hello Nils my friend  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 50):
Good to see you on the posting roll again! And of course, a voyage and report with a mighty vessel in it may not be forgotten. Man I can't believe what stuff they all can put on 1 single ship: spa, restaurants, swimming pools, theatres,... Still, the most interesting pic for me was the one with the weather and sea forecast saying 'rough seas'. Puts me off for doing this kinda thing immediately. But still, a nice way to start your holiday and I'm glad you enjoyed your sailing across the Atlantic.

Thanks it feels great to be back   Sometimes a break is a good thing. I know lots of things to do . Dont let it put you off Nils it was not that bad 90% of the time  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 50):
As for BA, a nice solid flight but what else is expected? The cabin refurb looks smart and modern, the BMI touch is indeed still visible here and there.

Yes I love the refurb interior. Dont know why the BMI curtains are still there ! Maybe someone knows .

Quoting sultanils (Reply 50):
Or not?

Indeed  
Quoting sultanils (Reply 50):
Hmm, looks kinda burnt, no?

Yes you observe rightly .


User currently offlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 52, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 20957 times:

Few more observations...if I May
The champagne in the cabin when you boarded. Was that an added $$$ thing or was it comp.The guy on board was a painter? Never heard of him. What was the proportion of Brits, Americans, European and others? The room looks like the typical shoebox container thingy that is built on land and dumped in like a container? Are the restaurants open seating and not set seatings? Can you bring your dog to your stateroom?Why would spend the money and waste paper for a newspaper when you have an inhouse channel on the TV. No Vegas type shows....WHY DO I ASK? THIS IS CUNARD FGS. It still amazes me how people dress. This isn't a cruise to Mexico,,,,,,Put some nice clothes on...IMHO I don't know Macy's stays in business...nice pants, shoes, shirts, blue blazers Jeans! Please Oh...the meal on your flight was over cooked...I'll bet it was boarded correctly by the caterer but the F/A turned the ovens on way tooo early. Can tell by burnt food. Lazy F/A's. Granted short trip, but you don't start the oven until you have pushed back and ready to go. Looked nasty.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 53, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 20904 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
Few more observations...if I May

Sure  
Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
The champagne in the cabin when you boarded. Was that an added $$$ thing or was it comp

One bottle of basic sparkling wine was comp and one bottle of the real stuff was pre ordered by myself. I like the real thing  
Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
The guy on board was a painter? Never heard of him.

He is a famous personality from British TV . He is kind of a comedian and painter all in one. Many dont take him seriously but he is a fun chap. Lots of British grew up with him as kids. He also became famous for painting the Queen .

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
What was the proportion of Brits, Americans, European and others?

It was a mix. 60% British ./ 35% Americans and the rest from everywhere with a few Irish too.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
The room looks like the typical shoebox container thingy that is built on land and dumped in like a container?

I guess its the way these days . Pre made and slotted into place.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
Are the restaurants open seating and not set seatings?

No you choose 1st or second seating . If you dont want that then its buffet at Kings Court or cover charge at the speciality Todd English.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
Can you bring your dog to your stateroom?

I dont think so . I think you have to visit them in the kennels but you can take them for a walk in that sealed off area of the ship.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
No Vegas type shows.

Not that I remember. Im actually trying to remember the shows but nothing stands out. Maybe Gareth can answer if he remembers.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
It still amazes me how people dress. This isn't a cruise to Mexico,,,,,,Put some nice clothes on.

True . You will always get some that dont follow the dress code. I remember one Indian guy from Birmingham who was with his Family. He wore the same tracksuit the whole voyage and sat in the buffet restaurant day in day out just talking to the staff. I felt he was out of his comfort zone and didnt know what to do . Still he didnt make the effort either. Such a shame as I dont think he got as much out of the trip as he should have done.

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 52):
the meal on your flight was over cooked...I'll bet it was boarded correctly by the caterer but the F/A turned the ovens on way tooo early. Can tell by burnt food. Lazy F/A's. Granted short trip, but you don't start the oven until you have pushed back and ready to go. Looked nasty.

Yes indeed it was . Now you actually have jogged my memory and the crew said something about the ovens being different on the former BMI A/C than the BA ones. While we were waiting to disembark we had a chit chat and it came up about lack of space etc... So maybe that was the reason. I guess it could excuse it being over cooked  


User currently offlineEASTERN747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 518 posts, RR: 0
Reply 54, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 20795 times:

To OA260.......I hope you two smuggled a few bottles on board for cabin use...As much as sounds nasty, I enjoy Carribean cruises etc because you visit lots of places without schlpen bags.k That being said, I've done them all.......So that' finished....I'm going to try Hong Kong next . I did some gay cruises which were fun.....you do what you want......and the crews were WONDERFUL..sorry for housekeeping. Am alone now....just natural crap thing at an very early age.....so need to move on. New ships are getting single cabins......that's cool

User currently offlineBraniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2967 posts, RR: 1
Reply 55, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 20478 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 51):
Well I hope now its going to make you book it and enjoy it

I'd love to... one of these days.



The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 56, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 20313 times:

Quoting EASTERN747 (Reply 54):

No smuggling we are not big drinkers so those two in the cabin were enough   Yes more lines seem to be offering single cabins without supplement.

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 55):

Hope you do and report back with a TR  


User currently offlineAndriyko From Ukraine, joined Jan 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 57, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 20259 times:

AMAZING! Thank you so very much for sharing!

User currently offlineCXB77L From Australia, joined Feb 2009, 2597 posts, RR: 5
Reply 58, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days ago) and read 20023 times:
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 32):
Well she handled it alot better than I thought. If Im honest though there was one day she encountered quite rough seas and I felt the movement and had a slight nausea/headache feeling along with someone else on board who had been on numerous sailings. After that though I was 100% .
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 36):
I know Philip has already responded to this question but here's my observation: The seas were rough and you could feel motion in the ship but I've been on many other ships that moved around much more in far calmer seas (MSC Splendida for one!). It was only really bad on one day/night where I struggled to sleep because of the rolling (side to side movement). Other than that, it was fine and I didn't notice anyone feeling unwell because of it. Most of the motion was pitching (up and down) which was much more bearable. I'm not really the best one to judge though as I have a cast-iron stomach. All I can tell you is that she's probably the most stable ship I have ever been on and the builders did a fantastic job of making her able to cope with the worst of the Atlantic weather she sees regularly.

Thanks for the answers!

I don't like turbulence at all as I'm very prone to motion sickness. But since this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience, if I ever get a chance to go I wouldn't give it a second thought. I'm just going to have to tough it out  



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 59, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days ago) and read 20023 times:

Quoting Andriyko (Reply 57):
AMAZING! Thank you so very much for sharing!

Your welcome and thanks for the comment  
Quoting CXB77L (Reply 58):
Thanks for the answers!

I don't like turbulence at all as I'm very prone to motion sickness. But since this is going to be a once in a lifetime experience, if I ever get a chance to go I wouldn't give it a second thought. I'm just going to have to tough it out  

No probs .   I guess a Summer crossing would be better in terms of weather but I have heard rough seas can happen throughout the year. We hardly used the balcony on our trip as it was just too cold to sit out and very windy. Next time I think I would go for a sheltered balcony low down as it apparantly gave some more shelter from the wind.

This is how rough it can get but even so I dont think I would let it put me off. This ship was built for these conditions.  

A fun video here :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKcqb...hare&list=UUw5WYtMXQ799GErKpvR_5Rw


User currently offlineCARST From Germany, joined Jul 2006, 812 posts, RR: 1
Reply 60, posted (1 year 5 months 4 days ago) and read 19991 times:

Great report Phil, a Cuncard Atlantic crossing, a dream come true. Well written, too, the photos are of a high quality, very detailed, nice!


Three questions:
1) Where are the windows close the waterline located and which direction are they facing? (The ones where you took multiple pix from the rough sea.)

2) Was is rather dark on the ship? Or is that just my feeling? Especially judging by the photos from the food you took, it looks very dark in the restaurant.

3) Where drinks and Spa priced fair? Or were it rather rip-off Cuncard 1st class prices?


User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 61, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 18987 times:

Hi Philip,

What a truly super first report of 2013.

The thought of being at sea that long doesn't appeal to me, but nevertheless you completely mesmerised me with your descriptions of the journey and all the photos. That is what travelling is about. Glamorous & stylish, it's quite incredible to see what you can fit into such a liner. I got goosebumps seeing your pictures arriving in NY, you really conveyed all the excitement.

Those waves looked pretty bad, I would have been seasick for sure!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
First stop after clearing security was a quick walk to T2 to have our usual at the Chocolate Lounge

What an excellent way to start the day. Love the snowflake stencil!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
This was nice but not as nice as I remember when they used to fly DUB-LGW.

That breakfast is poor imo: the sausage and mushrooms are burnt and the crossiant doesn't look too appetising either.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I know its rather long but for me it was hard to remove more pics than I did

I know that feeling with my mountain photos!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
They were like us there for the experience and this certainly was not a cruise it was
a voyage.

That sentence sums up the expereince perfectly.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 62, posted (1 year 5 months 3 days ago) and read 18791 times:

Great report. I think your pics of the trip are way better than the scant few pics Cunard have available on their website or brochure. I have a lot better picture of what is involved in such a trip now.

Does all that tipping everyone everyday sour the experience?


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 63, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 18724 times:

Quoting CARST (Reply 60):
Great report Phil, a Cuncard Atlantic crossing, a dream come true. Well written, too, the photos are of a high quality, very detailed, nice!

Hi many thanks  
Quoting CARST (Reply 60):
1) Where are the windows close the waterline located and which direction are they facing? (The ones where you took multiple pix from the rough sea.)

Well it was on the lower decks but was not that close to the waterline . I believe around deck 3

Quoting CARST (Reply 60):
2) Was is rather dark on the ship? Or is that just my feeling? Especially judging by the photos from the food you took, it looks very dark in the restaurant.

No in person it was not dark. I bought a new camera for the trip so was still very much getting used to it so I think it was me  
Still I have found a magic button to change that and so far working well.

Quoting CARST (Reply 60):
3) Where drinks and Spa priced fair? Or were it rather rip-off Cuncard 1st class prices?

Yes by European/Euro standards it was and being in USD$ was another bonus. I found it very fair to be honest.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 61):
Hi Philip,

What a truly super first report of 2013.

Hi Hannah   Many thanks

Quoting infodesk (Reply 61):
The thought of being at sea that long doesn't appeal to me, but nevertheless you completely mesmerised me with your descriptions of the journey and all the photos.

I know I used to think that but really come around to it now. Years ago I did a Barcelona to Miami for 10 nights . It was a bit long and was by myself.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 61):
What an excellent way to start the day. Love the snowflake stencil!

Yes I love it when they do festive things. I need to get one of those tools to make flakes and such.  
Quoting infodesk (Reply 61):
Happy flying
Infodesk

You too Hannah and next time Im in ZRH we have to meet   I will bring some M&S cakes  
Quoting babybus (Reply 62):
Great report. I think your pics of the trip are way better than the scant few pics Cunard have available on their website or brochure. I have a lot better picture of what is involved in such a trip now.

Hi many thanks and Im glad it gave a full idea. I always search Flickr and other websites for lots of pics before a voyage. It really gives you a better idea past what they want you to see but in this case its all good.  
Quoting babybus (Reply 62):
Does all that tipping everyone everyday sour the experience?

No we pre paid so nothing to tipp. I hate having to tipp everyday so only choose those lines that include it. I like to make my vacations as pre paid and all inclusive as possible. Then you have no bills at the end.


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 64, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 18708 times:

Hi Philip!

Great report, and very interesting to read about your transatlantic journey. I sure would like to experience such a journey on the sea some day as well.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Soon we arrived at Soton and we saw our ship that would take us across the Atlantic. We were very excited at this
stage.

I can only imagine.  

Martin


User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 65, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 18576 times:

Wow, amazing report! QM2 is a very beautiful and classy ship. I would love to try the same voyage. Well, my ultimate travelling experience would be to have taken the Concorde one way, and sailed back on an ocean liner the other way. Unfortunately that is not possible to do anymore, but crossing the Atlantic onboard a ship is no doubt an amazing experience. I can only hope I will get the chance in the future some day.

Really nice pictures from the entire voyage. Thank you for sharing!


User currently offlinecomorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 66, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 18483 times:

OA260, How very generous of you to take the time to do this wonderful trip report and take us along, so to speak! The pictures are simply wonderful and taken with care. So all I can say is, "THANK YOU!'...

User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 67, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 18458 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 51):
. Maybe go out on QM2 and back on the UA EWR-BFS ?

Cannot beat the excitement of trip planning, or maybe i'l wait until this beast survives it's first voyage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21597371

Would be great but also creepy to see it docked in Belfast.

It is great to have you back in good spirit, long may it continue  

James



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User currently offlinetommy525 From United States of America, joined Nov 2012, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 68, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 18302 times:

Never been on a cruise. What an awesome report ! Not sure Id like it in rough seas though.

One of the best trip reports iv ever read on here ! Just awesome !


User currently offlineSInGAPORE_AIR From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 69, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18128 times:

Thanks for a very enjoyable trip report OA260 !


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User currently offlinekurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 70, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18062 times:

Great report! I really enjoyed it. The ship looks great - like brand-new. They must work hard to keep her looking her best.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 71, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 18056 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 64):
Hi Philip!

Great report, and very interesting to read about your transatlantic journey. I sure would like to experience such a journey on the sea some day as well.

Hi Martin   Thanks alot and I hope you do manage it sometime.

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 65):
Wow, amazing report! QM2 is a very beautiful and classy ship. I would love to try the same voyage. Well, my ultimate travelling experience would be to have taken the Concorde one way, and sailed back on an ocean liner the other way. Unfortunately that is not possible to do anymore, but crossing the Atlantic onboard a ship is no doubt an amazing experience. I can only hope I will get the chance in the future some day.

Thank you   Yes indeed it was always something I wanted to do . QE2 oneway then Concorde back. I was very lucky to have flown Concorde but did not make the QE2 so I guess I did in two pieces and on the QM2  
Quoting comorin (Reply 66):
OA260, How very generous of you to take the time to do this wonderful trip report and take us along, so to speak! The pictures are simply wonderful and taken with care. So all I can say is, "THANK YOU!'...

Thanks alot   It did take hours to produce but was worth it I think and Im overwhelmed by the kinds words from everyone for which Im so grateful.

Quoting Jambost (Reply 67):
Cannot beat the excitement of trip planning, or maybe i'l wait until this beast survives it's first voyage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21597371

Would be great but also creepy to see it docked in Belfast.

Oh yes well I would love to do that but I fear even in 3rd Class it will be mega $$$$ Will be interesting to see though and I will be up in Belfast for that one  
Quoting Jambost (Reply 67):
It is great to have you back in good spirit, long may it continue  

Thank you and I hope so  
Quoting tommy525 (Reply 68):
One of the best trip reports iv ever read on here ! Just awesome !

Thank you so much for the compliment. Im really glad you enjoyed it and it makes it so worthwhile to get feedback like that .  
Quoting SInGAPORE_AIR (Reply 69):
Thanks for a very enjoyable trip report OA260 !

Thanks for the comment and Im glad you enjoyed .

Quoting kurt (Reply 70):
Great report! I really enjoyed it. The ship looks great - like brand-new. They must work hard to keep her looking her best.

Thanks . Yes they certainly keep it well maintained and cleaners go around polishing everything.


User currently offlinebcal dc10 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 722 posts, RR: 4
Reply 72, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 17764 times:

Great report Philip, loving the pics.
My partner and I have a thing for Silversea and like the small ship atmosphere and all inclusive nature, but keen to try a Cunard QM2 crossing, but not sure we'd like the big liner feel.
It never looked crowded anywhere on board from your pics. Did it ever feel like that?
Are you able to have anytime dining on board? We like to dine when ready rather than a set time.
How do the costs come out for things like drinks etc in the bars?
It does look very special tho.
Best, BCal.


User currently offlinepalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1221 posts, RR: 17
Reply 73, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 17760 times:

Hi Philip

Very much enjoyed your report - quite different from the norm. Lovely to see all those pics of the ship and what looked like an incredibly comfortable way to cross the Atlantic.

The amount of food was astonishing. I have zero self control and know that I would have arrived into New York the size of a house!

Thanks for bringing this one to A.net and I know how long it takes to prepare these reports. Great stuff!

Palmjet



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User currently offlineAirPacific747 From Denmark, joined May 2008, 2376 posts, RR: 21
Reply 74, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 17690 times:

Quoting OA260,reply=71Thank you Yes indeed it was always something I wanted to do . QE2 oneway then Concorde back. I was very lucky to have flown Concorde but did not make the QE2 so I guess I did in two pieces and on the QM2 :

Now I'm even more jealous :p


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 75, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17460 times:

Quoting bcal dc10 (Reply 72):
Great report Philip, loving the pics.

Hi many thanks  
Quoting bcal dc10 (Reply 72):
My partner and I have a thing for Silversea and like the small ship atmosphere and all inclusive nature, but keen to try a Cunard QM2 crossing, but not sure we'd like the big liner feel.

Yes I know what you mean. I have been fortunate enough to sail with Silversea twice and its a unique experience. I did the Med on the Cloud and then the Explorer which was very nice. Its in a league of its own and I would love to take one again in future.

Quoting bcal dc10 (Reply 72):
It never looked crowded anywhere on board from your pics. Did it ever feel like that?

No it was not to be honest. The only time was lunchtimes at the pub where it was very busy and sometimes we could not get a table. Usually it was when a football match was on and being shown on the TVs .

Quoting bcal dc10 (Reply 72):
Are you able to have anytime dining on board?

No its set dining times unless you go to the cover charge restaurants where you book the time you want. It was not an issue for us though as we love to dine around 8pm . So we always take second seating.

Quoting bcal dc10 (Reply 72):
How do the costs come out for things like drinks etc in the bars?

It was very reasonable. I cant remember any specific prices but could probably get hold of some for you.

Quoting palmjet (Reply 73):
Hi Philip

Hey  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 73):
Very much enjoyed your report - quite different from the norm. Lovely to see all those pics of the ship and what looked like an incredibly comfortable way to cross the Atlantic.

Thank you Im glad . Its always nice to combine TRs with something else equally as exciting  
Quoting palmjet (Reply 73):
The amount of food was astonishing. I have zero self control and know that I would have arrived into New York the size of a house!

Yes you could really do some damage there but I have learnt how to handle it and balance it thank god LOL..

Quoting AirPacific747 (Reply 74):
Now I'm even more jealous :p

Well yes I was very lucky to be honest.


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 76, posted (1 year 5 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 17408 times:

Hi Philip,

Great report - a nice change from all the airline trip reports  
I enjoyed reading it, thanks for taking the time to write it!


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12411 posts, RR: 37
Reply 77, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 17142 times:

Brilliant trip report; funny, on an airline site, that a report on a ship crossing should be the best report I've read in a long time. This is something I'd love to do sometime - although I'd particularly love to a Panama Canal crossing (ironically, the QM2 is too big - but maybe it will be able to pass when the canal is extended).

Somehow I couldn't help thinking of "Titanic" - waiting to see Jack and Rose running around a corner with Cal in hot pursuit - particularly at the end, just after passing under the bridge, seeing all the pax gathered on the rear of the deck.

Certainly on my list of "things to do!"


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1197 posts, RR: 20
Reply 78, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 17000 times:

Hola Philip!

φοβερός!

If this is your first report of 2013.... man, what can we expect from the coming ones?  

What a great experience. Crossing the Atlantic in a cruise like the Queen Mary 2 is in my to do list, probably when I fulfill it it will be the 4 or 5 on the list of Queen Maries   Anyway an unforgettable way of going to the New World.

I have been fantasizing about taking a ship from Europe to Australia; it is possible to do it on certain cargo ships that accept passengers, nothing as fancy as your trip but really an experience as well.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
They were like us there for the experience and this certainly was not a cruise it was
a voyage.

You provided the best explanation between cruise and voyage.

All the pictures are great, is there any place you did not take pictures of?

The amount of food they offered in all servings is just amazing, did they have any gym? I am very easily tempted so I think I'd be running up and down all decks the whole time between meals, which seem to be on all the time.

BTW, I think there was a report on a BA service at the beginning, wasn't there?

They seem to provide an average service on the route which compared to the rest of the trip is just like flying FR connecting to SQ / EK.

Thanks a lot for the report and the pictures, none of them are redundant, they really add to the magnitude of the voyage.

Salut!

Roger



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User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 79, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 16962 times:

Hi Phil,

I have really enjoyed reading your report on a "classic" ocean crossing. I recall the old days when you could fly to New york on Concorde and sail back on the QEII. What you have described comes very close but has the bonus of a superior ship.

As always you have given us some wonderful photos that we can only drool over (I mean that in a positive sense.) I can see how the ability to just indulge the senses and enjoy the luxury on a transatlantic voyage would be very attractive. But, I freely admit that I sometimes prefer a cruise rather than a voyage. I did travel from Rotterdam to Fremantle some years ago (1968), via the Panama Canal and Tahiti but after a while the ability to go ashore became enticing. That voyage did take six weeks, although not in such luxury, and the endless ocean can become a bit same as, same as by then. Then again, on a cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean, a day at sea can be relaxing when the rest of the journey is full-on.  

Good to see that they allow you to visit the bridge. I was lucky enough to do that on the journey to Australia and first spotted the Coat Hanger (Harbour Bridge) in Sydney from the bridge before we entered the Heads. I will always remember that.

The QM2 certainly offers top notch options, as you have so ably shown. I was particularly delighted to see the "Boy from Bassendean", as he is called here in Perth, who I had the pleasure of meeting some years ago. I still recall his adverts on television for, you guessed it, British Paints. His ability to paint a scene with just a few strokes while reciting a story is amazing.

Thanks for sharing another outstanding report.

Roy/ Quokka


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 80, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 16931 times:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 76):
Hi Philip,

Hi Robert  
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 76):
Great report - a nice change from all the airline trip reports  

Thanks alot glad you enjoyed it  
Quoting kaitak (Reply 77):
Brilliant trip report; funny, on an airline site, that a report on a ship crossing should be the best report I've read in a long time. This is something I'd love to do sometime - although I'd particularly love to a Panama Canal crossing (ironically, the QM2 is too big - but maybe it will be able to pass when the canal is extended).

Thank you and I agree with you I have always wanted to do the Panama Canal. There is however one I really have my heart set on and its a cruise that takes in the Falkland Islands. I have always wanted to go there.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 77):
Somehow I couldn't help thinking of "Titanic" - waiting to see Jack and Rose running around a corner with Cal in hot pursuit - particularly at the end, just after passing under the bridge, seeing all the pax gathered on the rear of the deck.

Haha yes there was one moment when I had that in my mind and it was coming into NYC. At least it was not raining though  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
Hola Philip!

Hola Roger  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
φοβερός!

Moltes gràcies  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
If this is your first report of 2013.... man, what can we expect from the coming ones?  

Oh well there is also something called peaking too fast haha... I hope the next ones will be enjoyable to all even if they are not so luxury  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
I have been fantasizing about taking a ship from Europe to Australia; it is possible to do it on certain cargo ships that accept passengers, nothing as fancy as your trip but really an experience as well.

Now that sounds amazing Roger and Im sure would be an amazing experience. You have to do it  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
All the pictures are great, is there any place you did not take pictures of?

I dont think so ! Maybe the crew areas  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
did they have any gym?

Oh yes they have a gym and it was well attended.

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
BTW, I think there was a report on a BA service at the beginning, wasn't there?

I think there was somewhere about 7 sea days prior LOL...

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 79):
Hi Phil,

Hi Roy  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 79):
But, I freely admit that I sometimes prefer a cruise rather than a voyage. I did travel from Rotterdam to Fremantle some years ago (1968), via the Panama Canal and Tahiti but after a while the ability to go ashore became enticing. That voyage did take six weeks, although not in such luxury, and the endless ocean can become a bit same as, same as by then. Then again, on a cruise in the Eastern Mediterranean, a day at sea can be relaxing when the rest of the journey is full-on.  

Yes I know what you mean. This was a totally different holiday and I had prepared myself for it. I do love the cruise ships where you have maybe two sea days then a few days of stops and know what you mean totally.
I was on a cruise ship in January and it stopped everyday and it was actually too much . One extreme to another lol.. Still it was very enjoyable and I got to see places I had not before which for me is always a bonus. TR to come eventually on that one too  
Quoting Quokkas (Reply 79):
I was particularly delighted to see the "Boy from Bassendean", as he is called here in Perth, who I had the pleasure of meeting some years ago. I still recall his adverts on television for, you guessed it, British Paints. His ability to paint a scene with just a few strokes while reciting a story is amazing.

Haha yes good auld Rolf . You have to hand it to him he is a all round entertainer and I have so much more respect for him after meeting him and hearing his life story. He has stayed loyal to his wife who is disabled. When they got off the ship the porters offered to push his wife but he insisted he did it and considering his age he is a trooper.


User currently offlineQuokkas From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 81, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 16821 times:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 78):
have been fantasizing about taking a ship from Europe to Australia;

At the change of season you can do it on regular cruise ships as well, although maybe not as cheap as on cargo ships. Companies like Princes Cruises and Oceania Cruises (among others) offer sailings that start at a European port (sometimes Rome, sometimes Barcelona or Athens) and travel via the Eastern Mediterranean (where they might visit Haifa, Ashkelon and Alexandria) through the Suez Canal, Muscat, Dubai, Mumbai and Colombo, then to either Port Kelang (for Kuala Lumpur) or Singapore and then down to Darwin (calling in at Bali and Lombok on the way), the Barrier Reef and Sydney.

The cruise is basically a repositioning so that when the season in Europe is over the cruise lines can take advantage of cruises to places like Samoa, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tahiti.

If you can, live your dream!


User currently offlinenimool From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 94 posts, RR: 0
Reply 82, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 16553 times:

wow this was amazing, i always wondered how luxurious and comfy it would be on a ship, although seeing all thoese pictures everywhere but not as detailed as this.

I really scared and to be honest i don't have the...... to be on a 7 day voyage on a ship but on the other side i really want to take it and experience it once in my life before i die. want to know how it feels getting out on the deck on a sunny day just to realize that you don't know where the hell you are and you are just surrounded by water. and hearing the sound of the waves...... it should be amazing in fact romantic if you're with your partner. dam these movies giving me these ideas in my head, lol.

Anyways Thanks for sharing such and amazing experience here with us.

Best of luck



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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 83, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 16330 times:

Hi Philip,

fantastic photo report of your trip on the marvelous Queen Mary 2! The ship's interior and all the food look awesome, I would enjoy that a lot. I wouldn't mind about the rough sea for a while, well, at least in between meal times.  

PH



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User currently offlineeastafspot From France, joined Jan 2008, 747 posts, RR: 12
Reply 84, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 16230 times:

Exceptional TR,
Nice to see your are coming back in this section with few stories
i must say the price is ok and i thought the QM2 would be a bit pricey considering the level of service.
what do you think about the idea of Titanic 2? hopefully you will be the first to write a TR here!  

Many thanks for sharing



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User currently offlineRIXrat From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 786 posts, RR: 0
Reply 85, posted (1 year 5 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 16191 times:

That was a great trip report on the QE2. I would like to add that I sailed from Southamton to New York on the Queen Mary and it took only six days to cross in May 1953 when I was only nine years old. Fond memories of that event.

[Edited 2013-03-03 01:24:32]

User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1091 posts, RR: 31
Reply 86, posted (1 year 5 months 23 hours ago) and read 16093 times:

Hi Philip.

A thoroughly enjoyable report, and extremely interesting to see what this voyage actually looks like. You gave a very full account. Probably more of a marine report than anything! Of all your accounts of cruises, this by far surpasses the rest for class, quality and not feeling like you are in a giant floating hotel. There seemed so much space. What was the manifest for the voyage?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The cost was around GBP1000 each which was what we had allowed for. I had booked a month off work so for me it was going to be the start of a lovely break.

A steal! Well worth it... now, could you have sneaked a bottle of Gin on board or did they search for that? The room looked great for the price.

This is quite a historical trip, and I can see why people continue to make it. Definately the best way round to do it. I presume that it is even cheaper in the opposite direction.

Thanks P.

Luke



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 87, posted (1 year 5 months 17 hours ago) and read 15808 times:

Nice report Phil, with some great photos! Cruising looks great, but I'm sure it makes one quite fat.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
This was nice but not as nice as I remember when they used to fly DUB-LGW.

That's an odd looking croissant. Hot bit looks a bit mean too.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Soon we arrived at Soton and we saw our ship that would take us across the Atlantic. We were very excited at this

So would I!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Next on our to do list was to get our Spa passes for the week. As we would have so many days at sea we decided we would use the Spa everyday. For USD95 each it was well worth it.

For unlimted sessions? Great value!



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User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 88, posted (1 year 5 months 15 hours ago) and read 15734 times:
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Hi Phillip  

Fan-tas-tic TR! Really enjoyed it and all the pictures, although all those pictures of the delicious food sure made me hungry!
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 looks absolutely great, would love to spend a week on it!

Looking forward to your next TR  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offline777ord From United States of America, joined May 2010, 490 posts, RR: 1
Reply 89, posted (1 year 5 months 14 hours ago) and read 15620 times:

wow. That is without a DOUBT the most detailed report I think we've ever seen. I've always wanted to go on a cruise. That is, not a Naval Deployment-cruise that I am so used to. So, I am excited at the oportunity.

Thanks for the insight!


User currently offlinenickh From United States of America, joined Jun 2008, 189 posts, RR: 0
Reply 90, posted (1 year 5 months 9 hours ago) and read 15420 times:
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Thank You for a wonderful trip report.

I have always wanted to take cruise - it was on my bucket list, but now, due to physical limitations, I doubt that I will be able to scratch that item off.

At least I can live vicariously through your and others' travels!

Thanks again for a well written and well documented trip report.

All the Best,

-Nick



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 91, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 15138 times:

Hey Philip

Great report, thanks for sharing this great report!
Interesting to see you're different way to cross.
Looks fun, however I would not be jumping to be on sea for 7 days. Heck, I usually get sick after an hour


Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinetan1mill From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 82 posts, RR: 0
Reply 92, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 15063 times:

As a 10 year aviation buff, but a lifelong Atlantic Liners buff, I LOVED this report. I've always been facinated by the history of the Atlantic Liners, all the way back the early days of transatlantic passage, especially Cunard. Thank You for all the great photos. Truely loved reading through this.


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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2438 posts, RR: 53
Reply 93, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 14983 times:

Dear Philip,

Will you believe me that it took me the whole weekend to (re)read your story as I didn’t want to miss a thing?

Once again you have left me speechless! What an awe-inspiring journey you have shared with us. All the joy and excitement you had together with your best friend Gareth!  


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The cost was around GBP1000 each which was what we had allowed for.

Really? I would have expected it to be at least a double!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
to have our usual at the Chocolate Lounge

I’m sorry, Gareth. But, Philip just made better choice of both cappuccino and muffin!  


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Just as well we had our coffee !

Oh no! Luckily, you visited the Chocolate Lounge beforehand.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Still you can see the BMI brown curtains.

How did you feel by the sight after your longtime BMI experience?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Gareth and I ordered some Champagne to celebrate the start of our holiday.

That’s the spirit!   


Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I said I had
drunk enough but she smiled and said ''think of the enviroment, I cant dump it''.

She was absolutely right, Philip! 


Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
when we told them they said they were envious and always wanted to take that trip too.

Such acknowledgement from crews who are to fly and to serve can only get you in the mood for the journey.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
arrivals where we were met by Cunard's Reps and taken to the coach for our transfer to Southampton.

Was the transfer included in your package?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
even things I didnt know as a local.

Amazing.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
We were very excited at this
stage.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
We were greeted by friendly staff who all looked very smart in their uniforms.

I cannot help it, but your pictures remind me of the opening scenes of the latest Titanic film.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Our accomodation for the 7 night voyage to New York.

What a luxury! Look at your welcome gifts! Canapé, bubbly, all truly top tier indulgence!  Wow!


Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
there was only one thing to do and that was to crack open the bubbly.

Cheers to a memorable journey!   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
As we would have so many days at sea we decided we would use the Spa everyday. For USD95 each it was well worth it.

Beauty! Is there a gym as well? If so, is it included in USD95?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Veuve Clicquot Champagne bar which was a favourite of mine.

I can imagine it. Did you taste La Grande Dame as well?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
The lovely Brittania restaurant

I would love to have the Peking marinated Barbarie duck breast!   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Map showing the route and the wreck of the RMS Titanic

May the victims of the RMS Titanic rest in peace.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
I loved this area it was inspired by the world famous Kew Gardens in West London near to where I grew up.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
I was so amazed at how much I had forgotten about his work and his famous songs. It really was a trip down
memory lane and reminded me of my childhood.

Everything which brings back your childhood memories is always great!  


Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Always good to carry some spares  

You’d better be on the safe side.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
A lovely model behind the bar.

The bartender? 


Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Internet at sea. We both bought packages of around 500 minutes so we could keep in touch with home.

How much did it cost? Was there Wi-Fi as well?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
A little bit of England  

Sweet!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
The safety drill which was very thorough and taken very seriously.

Rightfully so!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Nightly turn down service

Love it!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
This lady was one of the best performers throughout the voyage. She played during afternoon tea one
day and it was just perfect.

What a great artist!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
I had been wondering if there would be references to the Titanic and this was a very interesting yet tasteful
way of doing it.

Absolutely!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
We did not
want to be stuck with screaming kids or party party teenagers.

I’m with you here!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
I am so glad I did not waste my time and money on a mini cruise on this ship.

Once again, I am so glad that you share this with us. There’s definitely better way to sail than the mini cruise.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
Breakfast was always a delight with so many options and hard to choose.

That’s so cruel! I can imagine you were having a hard time! I would have ordered all of them and hit the gym afterwards!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Gareth and I had decided to purchase our own robes to take home. They were of very good quality and
a nice keep sake.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
On old sailing boats, depth was measured in fathoms; a fathom being 6 feet. In order to ascertain this, a rope, knotted at 6 foot intervals, was thrown into the water and the thrower would feel when it hit the bottom and count the fathom marks as he pulled it back up. In order to compensate for the forward movement of the boat, this rope had to be thrown forward and it had a lead weight on it to take it down to the bottom. The swinging of this lead was seen as a very easy job on ship and hence someone who chooses the easy option is seen as "swinging the lead".

Thank you for enlightening us!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Everyday we got a newsletter to advise us what was going on around the ship :

Lovely to be updated this way!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Rolf Harris is a true gentleman also and always had time for
everyone during his time on the ship.

So great of him to be that approachable for everyone.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Time for a pub lunch  

Give the Cumberland sausage!   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
There was ballroom dancing which was lovely to watch and various live performers.

Tell me! Did you hit the dance floor?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
It was freezing cold but we could not take our eyes
off the horizon.

I can’t help it, but I could see someone walking up the bow, extending both arms sideward and saying, “I’m flying!”

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
A lovely champagne breakfast. Sure why not  

It should be the norm of holiday’s breakfast!   


Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Of course we sung Eternal Father, Strong to Save

It must have been a calming experience.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
The QM2 has a wonderful bridge viewing area which was a highlight for Gareth and also myself.

Wow! It’s like flight deck visit!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
It was icy cold and windy but soon we saw America in the distance. It was
an exciting moment.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Everyone was impressed as we passed under it was well worth getting up for.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
The iconic Statue of Liberty. It was quite amazing to see this as we entered
New York.

Those must have been most mesmerizing moments of the journey!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 10):
Its not the same as flying and then visiting which
I have done so many times. This was unique. This was an end of a voyage that many before us had taken and some
who sadly did not make it.

I believe you!


Thank you, thank you so much for sharing these precious moments!      


All the very bests,
Suryo  



Friends forever
User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 94, posted (1 year 4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 14652 times:

Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
I’m sorry, Gareth. But, Philip just made better choice of both cappuccino and muffin!

Hi Suryo,

I did have a muffin too but mine was less chocolatey than Philip's so didn't show up quite as well in the picture.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
Was the transfer included in your package?

We booked the transfer with Cunard. It cost an extra £30 each which was the same price as the National Express coach to Southampton but took us directly to the ship so much better.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
Beauty! Is there a gym as well? If so, is it included in USD95?

There is a gym too. The only time we went in there was for the emergency drill as it was our muster station.   I may be wrong but I believe you didn't need to pay for the gym at all. I'm sure Philip will correct me if I'm mistaken.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
How much did it cost? Was there Wi-Fi as well?

I think it was around $150 for the 500 minutes. Not cheap but understandable when you're that far out to sea. Wi-fi was available throughout the ship including in our cabin.  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
Those must have been most mesmerizing moments of the journey!

It was truly awe-inspiring.  

Hope you don't mind me replying to some of your questions.

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlinekazim786 From UK - England, joined Apr 2011, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 95, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 14070 times:

Exquisite set my friend. Its great to see a dual trip report. Those waves look terrifyingly choppy, was the stability of the ship affected or was it relatively calm onboard?

User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5138 posts, RR: 55
Reply 96, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 14017 times:

Hi, Phil,

that´s simply great. Such a story to sail all the way from Europe to the States.
Definitely my way to do so.
Also the pictures, well done, perfectly good work.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 97, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 12834 times:

WOW where do I start. Thanks so much for the replies.   Much appreciated.

Quoting nimool (Reply 82):
wow this was amazing, i always wondered how luxurious and comfy it would be on a ship, although seeing all thoese pictures everywhere but not as detailed as this.

Well I do try to take pictures that really do tell the real story rather then the journalists/tourist version lol..  
Quoting nimool (Reply 82):
Anyways Thanks for sharing such and amazing experience here with us.

Your welcome  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 83):
fantastic photo report of your trip on the marvelous Queen Mary 2! The ship's interior and all the food look awesome, I would enjoy that a lot. I wouldn't mind about the rough sea for a while, well, at least in between meal times.  

Hey Udo thanks alot Im really glad you enjoyed it . Yes you would appreciate it for sure. Maybe a anniversary present for your good wife. Im sure it would be something special and she would love it also .

Quoting eastafspot (Reply 84):
Exceptional TR,
Nice to see your are coming back in this section with few stories
i must say the price is ok and i thought the QM2 would be a bit pricey considering the level of service.
what do you think about the idea of Titanic 2? hopefully you will be the first to write a TR here!  

Thank you . I am warming to it . Im sure it would be a bit weird but curiosity would get the better of me and I think I would like to do it . Im sure there is a huge waiting list.

Quoting RIXrat (Reply 85):
That was a great trip report on the QE2. I would like to add that I sailed from Southamton to New York on the Queen Mary and it took only six days to cross in May 1953 when I was only nine years old. Fond memories of that event.

WOW I bet that was a voyage to remember and cherish. They take 7 days these days to make it a weeks vavcation I believe .

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 86):
A thoroughly enjoyable report, and extremely interesting to see what this voyage actually looks like. You gave a very full account. Probably more of a marine report than anything! Of all your accounts of cruises, this by far surpasses the rest for class, quality and not feeling like you are in a giant floating hotel. There seemed so much space. What was the manifest for the voyage?

Hey Luke yes it was indeed . Nice to see something different but yet has aviation aspects to it but not the dominating feature. Regards the manifest Gareth will have to answer that one as he is the tech / numbers Man.  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 87):
Nice report Phil, with some great photos! Cruising looks great, but I'm sure it makes one quite fat.

Hey Gabriel thanks   Well its all about balance and taking exercise to counter act it all. Im sure you would be fine and would not do too much damage to yoruself lol..

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 87):
That's an odd looking croissant. Hot bit looks a bit mean too.

Indeed .

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 87):
For unlimted sessions? Great value!

Yes unlimited . You can go in two or five times a day if you want.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 88):
Fan-tas-tic TR! Really enjoyed it and all the pictures, although all those pictures of the delicious food sure made me hungry!
Cunard's Queen Mary 2 looks absolutely great, would love to spend a week on it!

Looking forward to your next TR  

Hi Brendan   Thanks for dropping by. Yeah would would love it I know. Something for you in future. You know they sail from Hamburg to New York sometimes !

Quoting 777ord (Reply 89):
wow. That is without a DOUBT the most detailed report I think we've ever seen. I've always wanted to go on a cruise. That is, not a Naval Deployment-cruise that I am so used to. So, I am excited at the oportunity.

Thanks for the insight!

Thanks . Yes you would be surprised about how many former and current Navy professionals take these voyages and its always so interesting to speak to them and hear their knowledge and stories.

Quoting nickh (Reply 90):
I have always wanted to take cruise - it was on my bucket list, but now, due to physical limitations, I doubt that I will be able to scratch that item off.

At least I can live vicariously through your and others' travels!

Thanks again for a well written and well documented trip report.

Hi well never give up . Im not sure of your circumstances but they are very good in giving assistance to everyone. I was really pleased to see people onboard who had various limitations to what they could do but they were well looked after and seemed to be loving the voyage.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 91):
Great report, thanks for sharing this great report!
Interesting to see you're different way to cross.
Looks fun, however I would not be jumping to be on sea for 7 days. Heck, I usually get sick after an hour

Hey Marc thanks for the reply. Im sure you would be ok with some tablets  
Quoting tan1mill (Reply 92):
As a 10 year aviation buff, but a lifelong Atlantic Liners buff, I LOVED this report. I've always been facinated by the history of the Atlantic Liners, all the way back the early days of transatlantic passage, especially Cunard. Thank You for all the great photos. Truely loved reading through this.

Hi thanks alot. I love both aviaiton and the Ocean liners/cruise ships. A really perfect combination .   Im also glad you enjoyed the photos.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
Dear Philip,

Will you believe me that it took me the whole weekend to (re)read your story as I didn’t want to miss a thing?

Hey Suryo and thanks for taking the time to read and especially to reply in such detail .  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
Really? I would have expected it to be at least a double!

Yes it was value for money .

Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
I’m sorry, Gareth. But, Philip just made better choice of both cappuccino and muffin!  

Haha very true Suryo  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
Oh no! Luckily, you visited the Chocolate Lounge beforehand.

Of course Suryo . My pefect pre flight place. I have a loyalty card there now and only two more stamps for a free gift   Last time they gave me a free hand made chocolate. They know me by now  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
How did you feel by the sight after your longtime BMI experience?

Well not much really Suryo . Its water under the bridge and time to move on . Nice memories though.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 93):
I believe you!


Thank you, thank you so much for sharing these precious moments!      


All the very bests,
Suryo  

Thanks alot too  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 94):
I did have a muffin too but mine was less chocolatey than Philip's so didn't show up quite as well in the picture.  

Yeah yeah LOL.  
Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 94):
I may be wrong but I believe you didn't need to pay for the gym at all. I'm sure Philip will correct me if I'm mistaken.

No the gym was free .

Quoting kazim786 (Reply 95):
Exquisite set my friend. Its great to see a dual trip report. Those waves look terrifyingly choppy, was the stability of the ship affected or was it relatively calm onboard?

Thank you so much . Yes they were but you felt 100% safe. This was a very strong ship and it would take something really bad to make it feel bad. It cut through the rough seas.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 96):
Hi, Phil,

that´s simply great. Such a story to sail all the way from Europe to the States.
Definitely my way to do so.
Also the pictures, well done, perfectly good work.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Hello Markus and thanks. I know you love the cruise ships too so this is something for you maybe ?


User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3611 posts, RR: 12
Reply 98, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 12571 times:

I'm a bit late to this, but thanks for that great report. This trip has been one my wife and I have been meaning to do for years - it's definitely a bucket list thing for me, but I have a feeling we'll do it sooner rather than later and reports like this one certainly do not discourage me  

I've seen *some* pics of the QM2's interior but this is by far the most detail I've ever seen. I stayed on the original Queen Mary once when I was a kid (that's an experience in itself, and you can still do it), and I've wanted to take this trip ever since - first on the QE2 and now on the QM2.

Interesting how everyone makes the comparison to the Titanic, though - there's been a long tradition of ocean liner service since that time! I guess it's to be expected, because most people don't get to experience this anymore.

Quoting Jambost (Reply 67):
Cannot beat the excitement of trip planning, or maybe i'l wait until this beast survives it's first voyage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21597371

Just FYI, but this gets "announced" every couple of years and has never happened. The first announcement I remember was in 1999 or 2000 - I actually remember exactly where I was and who I was talking to when I read it, because I thought it was such a cool idea. In fact, this may have been that announcement: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/783531.stm

But there have been a few others in the meantime, by different people. It's a publicity stunt, like Ryanair saying they're going to build standing room-only planes.



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User currently offlinegpbcroppers63 From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 99, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 12368 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 97):
Regards the manifest Gareth will have to answer that one as he is the tech / numbers Man.

Hi Philip and Luke. I don't know exact numbers but I'd say there were about 2000 passengers on board out of a capacity of 2620. I know lots of people booked very cheap last-minute deals.

Hope that answers your question.  

Gareth



According to one of my colleagues, my problem is that I'm addicted to travel!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 100, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 12290 times:

Hi Philip,
let me be your 100th reply on this report  

One word, lovely!

The ship itself and the life on board, interior and staff, the food... very positive to hear and see about it, I can't imagine how it would be as I never sailed such a trip but I should do it at some point. Impressive all the way!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The crew came around to collect the meal trays and empty glasses.
One of them noticed I had only drunk half of the bottle and was going to pour it into my glass. I said I had
drunk enough but she smiled and said ''think of the enviroment, I cant dump it''. Gareth and I laughed and
she poured it in.

I love BA for these quotes. It happens every time again it seems when flying them in CE. The staff is usually in such a good mood and some humor is always thrown in.   

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26861 posts, RR: 58
Reply 101, posted (10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6695 times:

For anyone wanting to do this TATL there is an amazing offer on at the moment for January !

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/cunard12_zps147141c7.jpg

Hope someone can take advantage of it.  


User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1170 posts, RR: 3
Reply 102, posted (10 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6622 times:

How much weight did you gain?

Is the outside pool heated? There was a guy in the pool.

I noticed a huge difference in price between the Queen / Princess Grills and Britania.

Doers not really seem worth it. 30 years ago I took the QE2 on a Caribbean cruise. We were upgraded to Queens Grill. The food I think is really no different than Brittania.

What I ,liked was a full tub in the room and a cozy lounge where we would have tea reserved for the Grill passengers.

I think I would prefer to go in the summer.

Celebrity have good deals on re-positioning cruises from Florida through the Caribbean, Azores, Gibraltar. I think I would prefer that. However they are 14 days.


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