Crossing the Atlantic while crossing off another item on our bucket list!
I’ve always been drawn toward the magnificence of the Queen Mary, visited the original ship multiple times. The original Queen Mary eventually went out of commission in the 1970s and now resides in Long Beach, Calif., as a hotel. Naturally my bucket list would include, “ride across the Atlantic Ocean on the Queen Mary 2.”
The moment I stepped foot onto the mammoth ship, I was greeted with friendly faces and taken aback by its sheer luxury and elegance. Everything about the Queen Mary 2 was pristine. Some cruise ships after a few days can feel crowded, but never once did we get that sensation.
There are approximately 2,600 passengers and 1,200 crew members aboard. This ocean liner is built strong, made for crossing oceans for weeks at a time.
Originally I had planned on enjoying my Kindle and a good read on my balcony, but boy was I wrong! There was so much to do, and although we were busy bouncing around doing all kinds of activities, we STILL couldn’t fit it ALL in!
INTERESTING TIDBIT: The Queen Mary 2 is the only ship with a kennel. The designated dog area is on the top deck. The luxurious area is a retreat for the K9s, and owners can come visit them anytime. What a TREAT for owners who don’t prefer flying their furry companions!
The planetarium was stellar… pun intended. The casinos were lavish and humming with energy. We had the fortune of dining in the Princess Grille. We went all out on the Queen Mary 2 because we knew we wouldn’t likely do it again anytime soon. The food was excellent. From chateaubriand and chicken en croûte to crepe suzettes, you name it. Everything was exceptional. The menus were huge.
We went to all kinds of lectures. I especially liked listening to the astrophysicist. I checked out the art galleries, which, of course, are my thing, and enjoyed dining with the captain at the Captain’s Dinner.
For seven straight days we traveled across the Atlantic. The enormous waves weren’t a worry, as the Queen Mary 2 was suited for such action! I captured video of the powerful ocean waves – the swells were unbelievable. However, the ship’s stabilizers kicked in seamlessly and she plugged away, fast.
I couldn’t imagine crossing the Atlantic on anything smaller – yet my seatmate at our dining table crossed it on his sailboat, which took 11 days. Count me out! How amazing!?
On top of the delectable food, art galleries, lectures and clubs, the Queen Mary 2 had five swimming pools sprinkled across all sides. There’s a 3D cinema, classical music venues, spas, sports and leisure events. The list goes on.
What I loved about this cruise, ontop of the luxury, fun and beauty, was the lack of jet lag when I got home!
We arrived finally in Red Hook, New York.
Keep in mind the Queen Mary 2 tends to draw in a sophisticated, generally older crowd. Majority of the passengers were around retirement age. There was a nightclub, but that’s about it for the younger crowd!
I would save the Queen Mary 2 as a must-do for when you’re retired.