After three nights in New York City, early Dec 2018, I embarked the Queen Mary 2 for the journey back to Southampton. As it was my first time on a cruise ship I was a little daunted but also excited to be on such an iconic vessel. It was a marvellous experience. The ship is beautiful in every way. i had previously been on ferries and some were a little "tired". This exuded elegance everywhere. The stateroom was very well appointed with half a bottle of chilled sparkling wine waiting. My very pleasant stewardess greeted me telling me how to contact her at any time. As I was unpacking I soon realised that I couldn't gain access to the safe which after a brief phone call to her was sorted within minutes. The food on board was excellent served by the most attentive of staff. I enjoyed a very varied beautifully cooked and presented cuisine, including lobster. Sometimes at lunch I would eat in the self service area. The choice of food here was a different menu, but equally delicious. Afternoon tea served by white gloved waiters was wonderful. The news bulletin delivered to the cabin each evening contained what was happening on board the following day plus what was happening in the outside world. This was backed up by the in house television, which was available 24 hours a day. The programme was very varied from lectures by interesting and knowledgeable people on many topics including gem stones and television to dance and art classes. Some carried a premium. There was so much to do that unfortunately some times clashed which meant that you couldn't get to everything you would have liked to. I attended the very well appointed theatre for a show on one evening, but it wasn't to my taste however a comedian plus a film being shown in the cinema were excellent. To see the planetarium on board is a must. One day the Atlantic was quite rough, but the only ocean liner in the world skimmed through it. The only downside for me was the cost of drinks on board. A glass of wine worked out at 12. Also as we were travelling the clocks were put forward by an hour each day at noon which meant there was even less time to enjoy the onboard facilities.
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