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Feel Like Royalty on a Queen Mary 2 Cruise

Be queen for a week on the Queen Mary 2, a magnificent ocean liner with routes across the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean and more.

 

When traveling on the ocean liner Queen Mary 2, you’re not taking a cruise—you’re taking a voyage.

Being on this particular ship is like taking a trip back in time. In our modern high-tech world, it’s pretty hard to manage a true escape. Within 24 hours aboard the Queen Mary 2, you’ll have no trouble pretending you’ve been transported to a better, calmer, more beautiful world. I admit that long after my maiden transatlantic voyage, I was exactly like those people in QM2 ads: daydreaming of when I was almost royalty.

About the Queen Mary 2

The 14-deck ocean liner, which carries a maximum of 3,056 guests, has several restaurants, bars and lounges, a Canyon Ranch Spa and endless activity offerings. Room choices range from staterooms to 2,300-sq.-ft. duplex suites.

My friend and I were booked into a Queens Grill Suite, the top tier of accommodations, with loads of perks. We walked into our suite and were greeted by Champagne and strawberries. Other nice touches included butler service, fresh flowers, a complimentary bar and my favorite, our own personalized Cunard stationery. We also appreciated the priority embarkation and disembarkation.

Dining

If you are in the Princess or Queen’s level rooms, you have your own private restaurants to dine in, or you can visit the two-story Brittania, where most passengers eat. There’s also a Todd English restaurant, the Golden Lion Pub and a buffet area at Kings Court. For a special treat, visit the Veuve Clicquot Champagne Bar for a glass of bubbly and caviar.

Activities

The sheer number of activites to choose from can be almost paralyzing. Go to the world’s largest shipboard library? Get a massage at the spa? Visit the planetarium? Attend a lecture given by an Oxford University professor? Shop? Gamble? Take a class with actors from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art? If you can’t decide, find the nearest deck chair and nap. But if you wander around, you’ll undoubtedly find yourself engaged in something.

Nightlife

I most looked forward to dressing up at night. The Queens Room is a giant ballroom that hosts several themed formal events, such as the Black and White Captain’s Ball and the Pirates Ball. I loved hanging out and watching the hired Gentlemen Dance Hosts take women for a spin on the ballroom floor. Other evening entertainment options include the Monte Carlo-inspired Empire Casino, the G32 dance nightclub and the Royal Court Theatre.

If You Go

I flew to England where I sailed back to New York, but you can do the reverse. Remaining 2008 trips include six-day Eastbound Transatlantic Crossings on Oct. 4 and 16 and Westbound Transatlantic Crossings on Oct. 10 and Nov. 15. Other Queen Mary 2 routes include the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Canada/New England and a World Cruise. Transatlantic fares start at $1,295. Tel. 800-7-CUNARD (800-728-6273); www.cunard.com for more information.


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