Queen Mary II Cruise Experience – Andreas Reinold
In late November my wife and I had the chance to sail on the Queen Mary II for her milestone 250th Atlantic crossing from New York City (Brooklyn) to London (Southampton).
After spending a few days in Manhattan in rather cool autumnally, but fine weather we made the long trip from near Times Square to the rather remote pier in Brooklyn.
The usual security checks went easily and very professional, so we could settle in our comfortable protected balcony cabin. Exploring the Oceanliner started straight away, we were impressed by the generous outside areas, which were decked out with a few (unused) sunchairs. Despite the single digit temperature the outdoor pool and spa got a few hardened souls out in the water
Just the view of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty while leaving NYC is worth more than a mention. After the sun set our Host gave a short and informative introduction to the 175 year old Cunard company and the Queen Mary, in particular.
Our dining time in the Britannia restaurant was the late sitting every night, half the nights at sea were formal (dark jacket and tie at the minimum), but even on the informal nights a jacket was to be worn after 6 pm. The dresscode contributed to a rather classy atmosphere on the entire ship, even in the excellent buffet food area, which occupied the better part of the Promenade deck. The food served left nothing to be desired be it in the buffet, general or specialty dining.
In summary, the 7 night cruise from New York to Southampton is one of the most memorable Cruise experiences I have ever encountered.