Monday, March 26, 2018

Queen Mary 2 – Festive Caribbean Voyage – December 22, 2017 – January 3, 2018

Friday, December 22, 2017 – Brooklyn, NY - Embarkation Day

The room at the La Quinta Brooklyn Downtown was pretty quiet

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The View From Room 303

and the typical breakfast (including the ubiquitous waffles was very good.  I called for an Uber to take us to the Brooklyn Sea Port.

The check-in went very smoothly – we are in ED39 in the Entertainment Deck on Deck 5 – these rooms are wonderful and quiet.

Information for this cruise:

Captain – Christopher Wells

Entertainment Manager – Paul O’Laughlin (have always sailed with him – terrific to work with

Assistance EM – Chris Thomas (worked with him on the QV – don’t think he recognized me.

Production Manager: David (never got a last name but very nice)

Three formal nights on this cruise

As is usually the case, there are several speakers on this cruise{

Sir Iva Laurence (Celebrity speaker – Defense Solicitor and MP); Christine Roussel (Art Historian); Robert Neal Marshall (Actor, Film maker, writer); Gary McKechnie (National Geographic Author); Derek Fraser (Historian)

The speakers were assembled in the afternoon to meet each other and to go over the technical requirement of their presentations.  David and I did an equipment check. QM2 has upgraded to HDMI so no issue with my PC.

We attended the lifeboat drill – again our assembly station is the gym on Deck 7.

It wasn’t that warm outside but we did get out there for some pictures on Deck 7.

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A Decent Selfie

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I got a note in my stateroom that Paul, the EM, wanted to interview me for a promo video that would run tomorrow morning.  Luckily, my bags were here so I could get into my interviewing outfit.  I am always nervous about these interviews but Paul has a way of taking some of the edge off.  I think the interview went well.  Following my interview, he spoke with a young violinist – I don’t recall her name.

I was already dressed for dinner and ate in the Britannia Dining Room – A very helpful Maître D assigned us a table for two (very unusual for the first night).  We both had Fettuccine with salmon and alfredo sauce – very yummy.  Hopefully, a sign of things to come.

The Welcome Aboard Show was great – Four lead singers (have seen at least three of them previously) and 12 dancers (6 boys and 6 girls), who are excellent. The best dancers on the sea. I think.

It’s been a long day so we headed to our room – we will figure out where the other entertainment is on the ship another night.

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