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The dining conversation (Cunard- Queen Mary 2)

So, 3 days ago I called Cunard with a simple question about our dining options. My primary question was whether or not we could dine in the other 2 main dining rooms during meal times (I knew we had first seating in the Britannia restaurant, per request).

The pleasant customer service advisor  (I could not understand her name enough to share it here) not only told me extensively about the availability of the other main dining rooms (princess grill, queens grill and Britannia club restaurants) that have an open come and go as you please atmosphere, but proceeded to tell me about several other options available to us: 

  • Kings court is open 24 hours and is buffet style, they have an alternating availability of Asian, Indian, Italian and American (smokehouse) cuisines. 
  • The verandah restaurant has French cuisine, but I got the impression they were a separate, higher cost.
  • Boardwalk cafe may be a good option for a 12 yr old according to the agent, basically the offerings there have a fast food feel…hot dogs, hamburgers, French fries and soft drinks. I’m not sure we’ll dine here, but we may try it one afternoon if we happen to get in a mood.
  • Carinthia lounge was mentioned, but not elaborated on, from what I can find, they have a varied, if not somewhat eclectic menu. 
  • Golden lion is the signature pub on the ship. They serve a classic British pub fare. I can see me hitting this a time or 2.
  • Queens room was something she was very excited to share with me, the ship has afternoon tea every day from 330-430, complete with finger sandwiches, pastries and scones with a wide assortment of preserves and jams. (I hope to hit this every day)
  • Room service has an extensive menu, and is also available 24 hours a day.

I look forward to this part of the trip almost as much as actually being in Great Britain for the first time.

Yesterday a post they shared made me want to explore something else about the ship…activities!

I definitely want to take the fencing lessons 🙂

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The Trip 

So, for this summer excursion…my daughter and I have a short flight into the New York area , one night in New York, then 7 glorious nights  on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 before disembarking in Southampton, catching a ride up to London and staying in the London area for a total of 11 adventurous days. We will then be taking her first transatlantic flight back home in time for 4th of July. 

A lot of this trip excites me.  Adventure has always been something that inspires and excites me. Getting opportunities to meet new people, and explore places I’ve never been also excites me. 

I’ve been calling Cunard once to twice a week since I first got it in my head that I wanted to make this trip. Let me tell you something, you won’t find nicer customer service agents anywhere. Not only are they happy to assist you with your questions, but they go the extra mile to make sure their answer is thorough.

2 days ago, I called concerning the different dining options available to us on QM2. I can solidly say, after that conversation, that E and I should not lack for options. I will probably write more extensively on the options either tonight or tomorrow, as well as my thoughts on each.  

I think my favorite thing about the trip is recognizing that there are many facets/aspects of the trip that I can pull apart in the quiet hours of the evening. I probably will have as much time in exploring before the trip as I will on the trip itself. 

I look forward to sharing all of it with you. 

154 Days! (It’ll get less vague, I promise)

Well, 153 technically…but who’s counting?

153 days until what? I’m sure you’re asking yourself, if you’ve found yourself on my blog. I have a trip planned with my little girl, E, in June of this year. She is 12 years old, and for us, this will be our first grand adventure without anyone else.

I’m starting this blog for several reasons. One is as a means of collecting ideas and resources to make the trip as successful as possible for us. Another reason is to help us pack effectively for the journey. More importantly though, the reasons I’m starting the blog is to memorialize the trip for my daughter to look back on  when she is older and to help encourage any of you considering a similar adventure to go for it.

I will start out by saying that this trip is in no way a ‘spontaneous’ trip, and it’s straining my budget quite a bit to be quite honest…but it’s something I really want to do and am willing to sacrifice to make happen.

If I can inspire just one person to try doing something new or go someplace they’ve always dreamed of…in the end, I will be glad to have shared this adventure.

I am not a blogger to be quite honest, but most motivational speakers will tell you that you don’t have to be good to start…but you do have to start if you ever hope to be good at something.

So…this is me…starting.