In just over 3 weeks, I will be back on the fabulous ocean liner that is the Cunard Queen Mary 2. This time for 3 weeks!
What do YOU want to know from the crew about what goes on behind the scenes on a Queen Mary 2 Crossing?
Importantly for you, as sure you not that excited about ME going on a 3 week trip (!), I am able you give you the chance to find out from the crew themselves (and in their own words) whatever you want to know about what goes on behind the scenes on-board the Queen Mary 2 to create that transatlantic crossing!
Not only will this be a great trip, but there will be a lot of exciting reviews, articles, podcast and video material that I will be able to produce for all of you traveler and cruise fans. This is thanks to help from Cunard, and the crew of the Queen Mary 2. More on that below, as I need your input and help on what you would want to know more about!
First the journey:
I am joining the QM2 in Southampton on 15 December for a 7 night crossing to New York, and then am staying on the ship for a 12 night cruise from New York to the Caribbean and back. I get back to New York on 3 January, and will fly back from there to London.
I am hoping that it will be somewhat calmer than the transatlantic crossing that we did on the Queen Elizabeth 2 around the same time in 2004, where we encountered massive 30 and 40 foot waves. One evening only about 30% of people made it to dinner as so many people felt rough! So I am thinking positive thoughts for the weather.
The Caribbean cruise means that we will be on-board, and at sea too actually, for both Christmas and New Year. So really looking forward to that.
After the Transatlantic Crossing, this is where we will be calling in the Caribbean:
I have been to Barbados, St Lucia and St Kitts before, and so am planning to add to my experiences there, and try some new things to be able to recommend.
It will be the first time that I have been to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands and to Dominica. The day in port at St. Thomas will be a crazy one, as there are going to be 5 other cruise ships in port as well as the massive Queen Mary 2 (Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas, Celebrity Silhouette, Grand Princess, Norwegian Epic and Norwegian Pearl)! Sounds like madness, and so we will be heading out on an all day trip cruising around the island.
Now for the exciting news, and where you can get involved.
Cunard are going to let me interview all of the key crew members, and their teams, while on-board. This is so I can develop a series of articles and podcasts for Tips for Travellers. The series will be about what goes on behind the scenes to create the amazing experience that is a transatlantic crossing. My interviews are planned to include people like the Captain, Executive Chef, Hotel Manager, Entertainment Director, and even crew members like the Gentlemen Hosts and Social Hostess.
So what I am asking the readers of the blog:
- Who would you like me to try and interview?
- What would you like to know, and have me ask them?
Leave them in a comment on the blog, and ask anyone you know who is a cruise or Cunard or transatlantic crossing fan to let me know via a comment as well.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts and questions!
(Further reading, my article: Tips On Choosing And Making The Most of A Transatlantic Crossing )