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Fred & Marleneann's

 

Caribbean Cruise

 

30th November 2007

 

NEW YORK

 TORTOLA - ST KITTS - BARBADOS - ST LUCIA -

 ST THOMAS

 NEW YORK

 

 
 

 

 

 
Length:

1,132 feet

Beam:

135 feet

Beam at Bridge Wings:

147.5 feet

Draft:

32 feet 10 inches

Height (Keel to Funnel):

236.2 feet

Gross Tonnage:

Approximately 151,400 gross tonnes

Guest Capacity:

2,592 lower berths
3,056 maximum capacity (Including third and fourth berths)

Crew:

1,253

Cruise Speed:

28.5 Knots

Power:

157,000 horsepower, environmentally friendly, gas turbine/diesel electric plant

Propulsion:

Four pods of 21.5 MW each; 2 fixed and 2 azimuthing

Strength:

Extra thick steel hull for strength and stability for Transatlantic Crossings

Stabilizers:

Two sets

Cost:

Estimated $800 million

 
 

The above information and picture is taken from the Cunard Website.

FIRST THINGS FIRST

On the 7th February we paid our deposit on this cruise and had to book and pay for our return flights to New York.

I searched the web and found accommodation at a reasonable price at Wingate Inn Midtown, New York. It is a new  hotel and the cost was $229.00 (plus tax) per night ...and this included breakfast!. This was arranged through  "Quickbook" via the internet. We decided to book for three nights.

Because we arrive late at night we will get a taxi from JFK Airport to the Wingate Inn Midtown. After many ,many, hours of flying I will probably sleep for three days.

I am busy researching the Caribbean tours on the internet.

Tours Booked:

TORTOLA  Booked with Cunard TOV-105

ST KITTS Booked with Cunard SKB-100

BARBADOS Members of the Cruise Critic Forum had high praise for Glory Tour so I booked a four hour private taxi tour with one of their drivers. 

ST LUCIA: After reading the reviews of tours of St Lucia I just couldn't go past Bernard -St Lucia Taxi Man.  His itinerary is for 5-6 hours.

ST THOMAS: Godfrery's Tours VI at $25.00 p/p. This itinerary included shopping, touring and swimming time.

CRUISE CRITICS  For some months now, I have been in contact with fellow passengers of the 30th November sailing via the Cruise Critic Forum. They are a friendly lot and it nice to go on a cruise with friends. I have named our group "The Crown Celebrities".

"THE CROWN CELEBRITIES"

 

Judy & Steve - Judy (55 ) and Steve (56 ), Baltimore USA
Painter - Marleneann (63 birthday 12/9 ) and Fred (?) Deck 6 Early Dining Britannia, Australia
Mustangs - Alan (40 ish) and Anne (40 ish) Deck 9
45640 - Julie (55) and Dick (61), Deck 11, Late Dining Britannia, Charleston, SC, USA
VernonFaber - Chris (54 ) and Steve (54 ), Q6 Deck 9, Devon , England
OrganizersSOS - Sandy (64, 12/1 birthday) and Rick (68), Deck 5, Early Dining Britannia, Prescott Valley, Arizona, USA
Moyaroo - Joseph ( )
GracieM - Gracie ( )
CraigTomer - Craig ( ) and Tomer ( )
Movie Buff - Gary ( ) and Brian ( )
Saraalijew -
Sddee -
Malskept - Deb ( )
Donjarvis -

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July 28th

I went on the Cunard Cruise Personalizer and discovered we were given a cabin number. It is on deck 6 and is 6029. I am not sure about this cabin as some members on the forum said it was below the Promenade Deck and it would be very noisy early mornings with the passengers doing their fitness run. I will just have to hope it is not as bad as has been reported.

August 29th

Today I received an email from Todd my T.A. He said Cunard were wanting the final payment for our cruise. I immediately acted on his request. I have been so busy lately with interstate visitors and the birth of a baby grandson I haven't had time to get into the holiday mood. But now "woopie!"

October 1st

I received a  telephone call from my T.A. to say that our pre-cruise documents had arrived. Todd said he was expecting our tickets, etc, to arrive in about two weeks time.

November 10th

We have received all documentation. I have finished packing and now just happily wait for the 27th November, for flight to the USA.

NOTE: The "Crown Celebrities" will meet in the Commodore Club on Saturday 1st December at 11.30am.

November 27th

6.00am  - We are on our way! All set to drive two hours to the Brisbane Airport to catch our first flight.

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QUEEN MARY 2 PHOTOS

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NEW YORK CITY & PORTS OF CALL

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Holiday/Cruise Review

After very long flights we had a chilly weather welcome to New York. The Wingate Inn Midtown was an excellent choice for our stay in Manhattan. Only twelve months old this accommodation included complimentary breakfasts and free internet service. Boy... did I enjoy those make-yourself waffles! It is only half a block from Macy's Department Store so the position was perfect. Very friendly staff greeted us at the desk. We had two full days to explore the city and take in the beautiful sights of the Christmas lights and decorations. Unfortunately we didn't get to see a Broadway Show because the writer's were on strike.

We arrived at the dock of the Queen Mary 2 a little after midday. I couldn't believe how quickly we were onboard. We found our cabin and then went and had a very nice lunch in the Kings Court. Our luggage was in our cabin when we returned. Everyone was very friendly and all the staff gave us a smile and a greeting. Our Cabin Steward (Lou) spoilt us with excellent service during the cruise. A few extra chocolates on our pillows some nights. Our cabin was below the Promenade Deck and the early morning joggers. We can't say it disturbed us too much but next time we would choose another position.

We had first seating in the Britannia Dining Room and shared a table with four great table mates. Our only problem with the food was trying to decide what to order. All meals were wonderful and our Table Stewards Ronchito and Bernadett bent over backwards to please. Now...I must mention how delighted we were to receive an invitation to join Captain & Mrs Rynd for dinner. I found myself very relaxed and enjoyed the experience as Captain Rynd and his wife Julie are especially easy to talk to. Mrs Rynd also proved to be the perfect hostess at our Cruise Critic meetings. She is also an Australian. This was our first Cunard cruise and we couldn't believe our luck when we were also invited to join Captain Rynd and Senior Officers for cocktails.

The entertainment in the Royal Court Theatre was fantastic. Dancers, magician, singers, etc, excelled our expectations. Magician Philip Hitchcock was amazing. Outstanding evening with Jon Courtenay with his comedy and piano talents.  The Planetarium shows were interesting. Harpist Meagan Davis presented some enchanting melodies. The Caribbean Band Vibz set the theme for our destinations. The Barbados Folklore Spectacular entertained us with local traditions of Barbados and the fire limbo dancer had to be seen to be believed. We didn't get time to try out the whirlpools but they did look inviting. Purchased a pair of mystic topaz earrings from a sidewalk sale in the foyer. After testing the perfumes just couldn't resist buying a bottle of YSL Cinema. Attended a class in napkin folding in the Queens Room while Fred went to check out the workings of the ship. So much to see and do!

PORTS OF CALL__________________________________________________________________________________

We decided to take two tours with Cunard. (Tortola and St Kitts) An easy way to do tours as Cunard staff are there to help every step of the way.

We had booked a taxi tour in Barbados with Glory Tours but had left Australia before we received a reply. Sarah the owner/operator of Glory Tours was there to meet us tell us the taxi was unavailable and asked us to join her group. This proved to be a better option then the taxi and didn't cost as much. A hot lunch and paid admission to attractions were included in this itinerary. An excellent tour!.

At St Lucia we had a tour with Bernard (St Lucia Taxi Man) This was the best tour we have ever taken. At a very reasonable price ($35.00 p/p) Bernard spent six hours showing us his beloved island. He supplied bananas, bread, biscuits, drinks and his own home made rum punch free of charge. A big man with a gentle heart. We recommend Bernard's tour most highly.

At St Thomas we were a little disappointed that Godfreys's Tours didn't meet us at 9.00am as per booking. After telephoning Godfrey he did arrive at 10.20am. After a short time we were changed to another tour and then changed again. We did enjoy seeing the island but I think next time we would try another tour company or do a Cunard tour.________________________________________________________________________________

I am happy to say we did not encounter any class distinction on Queen Mary 2. Not only were we accepted but  we were made to feel very special. This is a beautiful and stable cruise ship and we had a fantastic time.

Fred & Marleneann.

 

 

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