Tuesday 30th August 2016 – Queen Mary 2 Embarkation Day – Hamburg

On the Monday afternoon I had taken the train and Heathrow Express and stayed the night at Sofitel Heathrow, Terminal 5. This is the only hotel connected to Terminal 5 which means staying here, when flying from Terminal 5 the next day, is hassle free. Whilst it is certainly not the cheapest hotel in Heathrow,…

Sunday 17th July 2016 – QM2 – Disembark Southampton

I dined in Britannia Restaurant for Breakfast this morning. This was my first breakfast here of the voyage as my other breakfasts were in Carinthia Lounge or room service. I had a nice mushroom and Swiss cheese omelette, crispy bacon, Cumberland sausage and mushrooms. I returned to my stateroom and collected my things and Lee…

Friday 15th July 2016 – Port Day QM2 – Hamburg

I didn’t sleep all night due to having developed a cold. There was no ‘Wake Up With Paul’ so instead I watched some of a James Bond film and Downton Abbey. My room Service breakfast arrived and it was hot. Our berth in Hamburg had changed from Hafen City to Steinwerder, as intended dredging work…

Thursday 14th July 2016 – Sea Day QM2 – en route to Hamburg

I turned on the stateroom TV and watched ‘Wake Up With Paul’ with Entertainment Director Paul O’Loughlin who read out questions guests ask the Captain, going way back in history – “The thing I want to know Captain is, who is driving the ship?”, “Is this the worst storm you have ever experienced?”, “Does Cunard…

Wednesday 13th July 2016 – Embarkation QM2 Southampton

We headed to Southampton for our four night round trip to Hamburg. I was accompanied by Lee who usually sails Celebrity and I had successfully encouraged him to try his first Cunard voyage. Fortunately, Lee was to see Cunard’s flagship Queen Mary 2 in all her glory, following her recent £90 million remastering. No longer…

Friday 27th May 2016 – Queen Mary 2 Disembark Hamburg

Breakfast was a disappointment. The waiter showing me to my table didn’t know where the table was and lead me on a walk of the lower left side of the Britannia Restaurant. But then I do need the exercise! Once I was seated I was given a German menu. I sat for a while before…