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British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA

Tue Feb 26, 2013 10:52 pm

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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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RE: British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA

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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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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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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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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!
 
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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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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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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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RE: British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA

Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:01 pm

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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RE: British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA

Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:03 pm

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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.
 
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RE: British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA

Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:06 pm

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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

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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?
 
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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.
 
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Excellent review, and well worth the voyage it seems!
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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!

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

cheers
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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
 
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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 .
 
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One day when i have smeone to share the trip with ill do this!!!! Amazing!!!!!,
 
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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 .  
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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.  
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:22 am

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.  

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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!

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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.
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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?


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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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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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Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:30 am

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!

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:35 am

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,

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:07 am

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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Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:11 am

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

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:44 am

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.

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Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:57 am

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  
 
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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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Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:06 pm

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.
 
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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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Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:54 pm

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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Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:02 pm

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?
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:41 pm

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  
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:57 pm

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  
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:36 pm

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
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:42 pm

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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Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:55 pm

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 .
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 6:55 pm

Exquisite trip report! Looks like paradise!!
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:18 pm

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.

     
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:36 pm

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.  
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 7:56 pm

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:

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

     
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:14 pm

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.
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:21 pm

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  
 
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Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:48 pm

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