Monday, 15 April 2013

Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 8 nights in September 2013

A crossing of the Atlantic on the regal Queen Mary 2 is an experience to be remembered. Although there are no port stops, the ship is enough entertainment for the week spent aboard- and you can also watch the endless Atlantic pass underneath you. The way to travel! The ship departs from Southampton near London and sails in to New York after 8 nights at sea.

Operator: Cunard
Vessel: Queen Mary 2
Ports of Call: Southampton, New York
Sailing Dates: September 2nd 2013- September 10th 2013

Cruise Itinerary

Length of cruise: 8 nights

Day 1: Southampton, departing Mon 2 Sep 16:30
Day 2-8: At sea
Day 9: New York, arriving Tues 10 Sep 06:30

About the Queen Mary 2

The Queen Mary 2 is a modern ship through and through, lacking in no technology, but is also reminiscent of the good old days of ocean liners, in classic Cunard style. She underwent a freshening-up in December 2011 to remain the beautiful and stately ship she always has been! The ship is more formal than your average Mediterranean or South Pacific cruise, with daytimes tending towards country club casual and there are generally 3 formal nights in a crossing- these involve tuxes or dark suits and evening gowns! A crossing on the Queen Mary 2 is all about the old-world glamour.

Queen Mary 2
by Trondheim Havn Flickr Creative Commons

There are plenty of restaurants and bars onboard so you will always be well fed and watered. Those who pay for the top cabin categories dine in the Princess Grill or the Queens Grill, and the main dining room for the rest is the Britannia Grill. There is a great buffet on Deck 7 with stations for various cuisines, which becomes more formal in the evenings with waiter service. For a traditional english dining experience, passengers can dine free of charge in the Golden Lion Pub, and there are several lunch venues around the ship. Todd English is the specialty restaurant, and incurs a small cover charge. Afternoon Tea is a Cunard tradition, and takes place in various venues around the ship, including the ballroom. For drinks after dinner, there is a variety of pubs, bars and lounges onboard, as well as a novel Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar.

Like all Cunard ships, the Queen Mary 2 has a wonderful enrichment program, which allows passengers to put the week of their crossing to good use. There are a huge range of lectures on various topics by persons of interest, and short plays and performances by the Royal Academy of Arts. She is the only ship with an onboard planetarium, and hosts presenters from the Royal Astronomical Society. There is an extensive computer learning program, and of course the requisite art auctions and bingo sessions.

Venues for entertainment include the gym, spa, well-appointed library, basketball court, golf simulators and the swimming pool. The ballroom is utilised in many ways, of which the most exciting is ballroom dancing in the evenings. There is also a two-level disco, and it is easy to make the most of this by dancing into the wee hours, as westbound passengers gain an hour of sleep every night whilst crossing time zones!

Have a look here for great deals on the Westbound Transatlantic Crossing in September 2013!

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