Fit for a Queen

You know you are well and truly in the middle of the Atlantic when all signs of habitation disappear. We were delighted then, when gazing out at the sparkling sea one afternoon, we spotted numerous dolphins leaping through the waves, and within seconds there were four or five pods swimming alongside us. It was a fantastic sight and a truly a magical moment.

The evening entertainment was brilliant with the resident dance group providing fast-paced dance routines with stunning choreography and fabulous costumes, coupled with singing from some excellent singers. We also watch a mind reader, a fabulous comedian and a brilliant performance from jazz singer Gregory Porter during his onboard debut for Cunard’s first ever Jazz at Sea show.

What is amazing is that our crossing was fully booked yet you could walk around the ship and find several peaceful areas in which to relax. Many people spend time in their staterooms and there are so many restaurants, bars and lounges that there is always a choice between finding a quiet spot to read and enjoy the serenity of the ocean or taking part in the myriad activities available on board

Queen Mary 2 is undergoing an extensive refit shortly. Improvements will include the addition of Cunard’s signature fine dining experience restaurant The Verandah; upgrades including 30 new Britannia Club Balcony staterooms and 15 Britannia Single staterooms; lavish enhancements to Queens and Princess Grill suites and restaurants; and the Winter Garden will become the elegant Carinthia Lounge. I would love to go back on board to see the enhancements – it’s already a beautiful ship and it will be interesting to see how Cunard improves on what is already near-perfection.

One of Britannia Club Balcony’s New Staterooms

On the final evening of our cruise, we sipped cocktails as the sun gently fell towards the horizon and reflected of everything we’d experienced on board: relaxing in the spa; the delicious meals and excellent entertainment; the fresh sea air blowing away every care in the world. And I realized something that took me by surprise: I am now a cruise convert and cannot wait to plan my next voyage.

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