Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Day-by-Day: Cruising Insights, Activities, Tips, Advice and Observations

Cunard Queen Mary 2 in Sydney Harbour Australia

Cunard Queen Mary 2 in Sydney Harbour Australia

I had the pleasure of enjoying cruising on two legs of Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 World Voyage. Whilst on board I recorded my thoughts, observations, tips and advice about the experience to help bring a taste and flavour of the experience. The result is this 6-part audio series of 30-minute shows. They can be listened to online or by subscribing (for free) to the Tips for Travellers podcast on iTunes, Stitcher Radio, TuneIn radio or using the RSS Feed.

Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Series (Part 1 of 6)

Episode one of a six part series recorded live on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage bringing my insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on extended voyages.

Covers travel from Sydney to Yorkeys Knob (Great Barrier Reef) in Australia

In this episode topics discussed includes: medical services, things to do on board and the daily program, passenger mix and ages, tendering to shore and the excursion process, tourist tax refund scheme, passport and visa management process, accommodation options on board, Cunard loyalty scheme and benefits, norovirus prevention and the sail out from Sydney harbour.

Listen online: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tips4travellers/137QM2Part1.mp3

Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Series (Part 2 of 6)

Episode two of a six part series recorded live on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage bringing my insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on extended voyages.

Covers travel from Yorkeys Knob (Great Barrier Reef) across the equator to Kota Kinabalu and Shanghai

In this episode topics discussed includes: budgeting and saving money on board including wine and internet packages, evening entertainment shows including the crew talent show, Cunard World Voyage charities, crossing the Equator ceremony, photo competition and photography on bard, how a ship’s size is measured, Wi-Fi and internet speed and access, Annual Crew tug-of-war competition, future voyage sales savings, White Star Service and recognition wards, “Wake Up with the Entertainment Director” TV show and gratuities.

Listen online: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tips4travellers/138QM2Part_2.mp3

Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Series (Part 3 of 6)
Insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on an extended voyage

Episode three of a six part series recorded live on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage bringing my insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on extended voyages.

Covers travel from Shanghai to Hong Kong and Ho Chi Minh City

In this episode topics discussed includes: docking problems in Shanghai, visiting China and the visa and immigration procedures, challenges Shanghai faces as major port, passenger talent show and choir, implications of cruising on a large cruise ship versus small ones, importance of choosing the right cruise line, impact of the end of the world voyage leg on the passenger mix and on board ambience, art sales on board, library and bookshop with Captain’s memorabilia signing and immigration process and visa process for Vietnam

Listen online: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tips4travellers/139QM2Part3.mp3

Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Series (Part 4 of 6)
Insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on an extended voyage

Episode four of a six part series recorded live on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage bringing my insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on extended voyages.

Covers travel from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok and Singapore

In this episode topics discussed includes: experiences and thoughts from people doing the entire World Voyage (based on my meeting with Sally Foster who was doing it), solo travel, differences in passenger mix and ambience by leg of the voyage, Cunard Insights talks program, excursion tips and advice, perks and benefits for people doing the full World Voyage, Cunard ships in history and war, Father Ray Foundation Thailand Concert, afternoon tea, laundry and on board activities (writing competition, ship building and decathlon)

Listen online: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tips4travellers/140QM2Part4.mp3

Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Series (Part 5 of 6)
Insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on an extended voyage

Episode five of a six part series recorded live on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage bringing my insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on extended voyages.

Covers travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Lankawi and Colombo

In this episode topics discussed includes: changing passenger mix and ambience, Singapore customs and immigration issues and process, medical facilities on board, excursion process pros and cons, shuttle busses in port, sea days and activities, fitness and spa, casino and bingo, iStudy, Sri Lanka issues and challenges and preparing for Pirates (restrictions, drill and precautions)

Listen online: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tips4travellers/141QM2Part5.mp3

Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage Series (Part 6 of 6)
Insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on an extended voyage

Episode six of a six part series recorded live on board Cunard Queen Mary 2 World Voyage bringing my insights, observations, tips and advice about cruising and travelling on extended voyages.

Covers travel from Colombo to Dubai and disembarking.

In this episode topics discussed includes: explaining the impact of the anti-piracy precautions now in place, shopping on board, alcohol and drinks activities, Todd English Restaurant, Entertainment Team Murder Mystery Show, Christmas Caribbean Cruise tradition, on board cruise booking and benefits, weddings on the ship, photographs and cruise DVD, Cruise Employee of the month and my final tips on what to consider if you are thinking of taking an extended cruise voyage

Listen online: http://traffic.libsyn.com/tips4travellers/142QM2Part6.mp3

 

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