Day 4 Cunard Queen Mary 2 Blog
As we only had one night in New York moving our clocks back five hours and now changing them forward an hour every night is really affecting me. So we had a lazy start this morning and had breakfast delivered to our stateroom. It arrived at exactly the time requested and everything ordered was very fresh and hot - how do they do it?
It takes some getting used to there being no need to rush off the ship to visit the next port of call! But there is plenty of opportunity to take part in the many activities available on board that are listed in the daily news left in our stateroom every evening for the following day.
As well as fitness classes, there were RADA workshops, Watercolour art classes, Bridge lessons, Trivia quizes, Dance lessons, Golf competions and lectures from three guest lectureres. One lady gave talks on Beatrix Potter and another gentleman gave very informative lectures on film making in particular the musicals.
During the cruise it was also possible to visit the Galley, attend a signing by the Captain of Cunard memorabilia, take part in a guest talent show, learn napkin folding, play bingo and take part in hoopla, darts, shuffleboard and table tennis tournaments - something for everyone including the ubiquitous bingo!
After our exploration of the ship we went to the main dining room for lunch . Somehow we feel that by choosing from the menu and having it served to us we will eat less, but I’m not so sure!
After lunch I was invited to meet Yoyo the on board future cruise agent and she took me on a tour of some of the Queen and Princess Grill Suites. All very spacious and well appointed. When we arrive in Southampton the ship is going to dry dock in Germany for a two week refit and all staterooms will benefit from new carpets and curtains together with flat screen TVs. A new IT system is being installed throughout the ship , all the shops are being remodelled and The Golden Lion is having a complete transformation. It will be very interesting to see some photos once this has been done.
Yoyo informed me that my husband and I had been invited to dine in the Princess Grill this evening, which was a lovely surprise.
After my mini tour I went to the Art Gallery for a very interesting talk on the life and art work of Rolf Harris. There was standing room only for this lecture and it was repeated many times throughout the cruise as it was such a popular subject. This was followed by a glass of Champagne while admiring some of his work. He is a very accomplished artist.
We changed for dinner , for this evening the style was Elegant Casual, and went to the theatre for a performance of Canterbury Tales, by the RADA group. An excellent production, very funny and the costumes and props were brilliant.
We moved to the Princess Grill for dinner where we were greeted by name and shown to a lovely table for two.
The menu presented to us contained one side showing the meal available to diners in the Britannia Restaurant and the other was the A la Carte menu for this restaurant. It was possible to mix and match and chose from either. Both our main courses were prepared for us by the Maitre d at our table and created a ’theatrical’ element to a very delicious meal.
After dinner we went to the Queens Room for a spot of line dancing(!) and then moved into the nightclub to once again enjoy the Caribbean band.