How Sweet it IS Aboard the QM 2!

7 day luxury cruise New York-Southampton


Note to self: " Ginny- if you could craft a really really special trip to France, what would that look like?"


A) Book late August crossing Queen Mary 2

B)Spend delicious week in Normandy and Paris

C) Return via Icelandair Paris/NY early September

D) AND make this trip both feasible and affordable

QM on deck
 On deck Queen Mary 2


Ever since friends of ours (and owners of a French Property Share fractional ) told us about their voyage on the Queen Mary 2, I've harbored a dream of someday doing likewise. In my view, the best of all world's is affordable luxury with a few splurges thrown in here and there. Could we make a transatlantic trip like this both feasible and affordable?


Mouse in hand, I began my research by typing in "Queen Mary cruise NY". A few clicks later, I located 8 available cruises and a video of James Taylor  as part of the entertainment package on one of their cruises. Prices ranged from $699 for an inside berth in July to $12645 for the Queen's Suite in September.


Thinking that a Fall trip would suit us just fine, I played around with the notion of a $945 (August 22nd) Brittania berth and then flying home one way from Paris to NY. Surprisingly, Icelandair had just such a seat for only 263 euros ($US341  including taxes) for a grand total of $1286. Lest one forget, this ALSO covers meals, lodging, and a vast array of entertainment for seven days and nights...hmmmmmm! In an ideal world, we would land in Southampton, tool around Normandy for a few days, dine in gay Paris et voila, head home to NY. Wow! Incroyable, n'est-ce pas? 



QM2- the longest, widest, tallest, biggest, and most expensive ship ever built








In a fascinating article from the Daily Telegraph (UK), Smion Williams talks about daily life aboard the Queen Mary 2:


QM2 onboard
Lounging around 

"Lucy and I are shown into the Queen Ann Royal Suite. It is truly palatial, spread over 796 sq ft - 007 himself would raise an eyebrow of approval. The lounge area has spectacular views over the prow, the bedroom has a plasma screen TV, and our bathroom has a Jacuzzi. It is decorated with subtle good taste and is ludicrously comfortable. There are even field glasses for us to watch the dolphins that follow in our wake from time to time. We have our own butler who attends to our needs before we know we have them. In return for all this, we are to be part of the on-board "enrichment programme" and will give various talks about Ian Fleming and his alter ego 007 during the voyage."

"QM2 diningIt is a crossing not a cruise and every night we have to "retard our watches"...The catering logistics under executive chef Klaus Kremer are mind-boggling: 16,000 meals are served each day. On our voyage they will get through 50 tons of fruit and veg, 32,400 eggs and 20 lbs of caviar." 


"You soon realise that what Cunard has in her new Queen is a class act. She is a big girl, as long as 39 double-decker buses and as heavy as 21,000 of them. With 19 decks, she's quite tall too.  

The public areas of the ship are spectacular; the design manages to avoid that dreaded look of having tried too hard. Even the leopard-skin carpet is subtly tongue in cheek. Everywhere you turn there is a treat in store: the harpist at the foot of the magnificent staircase, the scones at tea, the view of the sky through the retractable glass roof above the swimming pool, the smooth steel efficiency of the gym, the air always at a perfect temperature. There is something for everyone on board: cooking demonstrations, golf simulation, bingo, a planetarium, darts, karaoke, bridge, quoits, quizzes, line dancing, and, oh yippee, lessons on napkin folding."



Dining-  With ten restaurants to choose from, there is no lack of culinary delight aboard this liner. While some of the eateries offer casual dining, such as the Boardwalk Cafe, where you can sit on deck in your swimsuit or shorts, and Sir Samuels, a breakfast eatery at day and a bar at night, other restaurants like the Britannia, Queens Grill, and Princess Grill emphasize a dress code. The Britannia, Queens Grill, and Princess Grill emphasize a dress code.


QM2 piano
Lounging around 


"In the evening everyone scrubs up beautifully and the standard of ballroom dancing in the Queens Room would have Craig Revel Horwood in raptures. For your constitutional or your jog, three laps of the promenade deck equal a mile. With the wind in your face you're on top of the world, or rather on top of a ship that is on top of an ocean five miles deep."


 dress code QM2
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Whether you travel to France by train, plane, or cruiseline, bon voyage! AND if you are one of the lucky ones to own a share in your pied a terre there, quel chance...


 Ginny Blackwell
 French Property Shares
 (001) 585 905-0849