My partner and I will be on the QM2 for the 4/25 tandem crossing! We are really excited! We had the greatest time on an Eastbound QE2 crossing in 2000. We're going with a group of about 20 friends from Fort Lauderdale! Anyone else joining the fun???
I am surprised that you have got a booking this late, I was told both ships were sold out just after I had booked. We had to go up four classes of cabin to get on board, this is the most expensive six day holiday I have ever taken, but worth every penny. (The current situation in the world may be causing some less travelled passengers to cancel hence spaces becoming available).
I am hoping that there will be huge celebrations as QM2 comes in, same as with QE2, thirty odd years ago. This will be a spectacale not to be missed. I will be there, with a brace of cameras and am hoping to convince a number of American friends to come to NY to see history being made.
Does anyone know what kind of things NY and Cunard have planned, or even if the two ships will dock beside each other?
So far as I can gather, the two ships will be docked close to eachother. They are both scheduled to depart at the same time 4:45pm. I understand that QE2 will be leading the way out of NY with QM2 behind. Half way across the pond QM2 will take over the lead. There should be a pretty lavish send off - for both ships. Fire boats etc etc. Arrival in Southampton is (as usual) quite early. 7.00am. Whilst there may be some sort of 'reception' it's probably not going to be the sort where you get a flotilla of yachts as it's so early in the day. Hopefully - I'm wrong.
One of my reasons for choosing QE2 on this voyage was so that I can get excellent pics of QM2. Zoom lense will be in much use.
You should take the kids down on Sunday 4/25 both the QM2 and QE2 will be in. From what I hear you can't go to the terminal unless you're a passenger, I'm sailing on the QM2 on sunday and I was told that my ride can only drop me off and can't hang around. I went to the city on Thrusday to see the QM2 arrive, and driving by the terminal it looked like the onlookers were only allowed to see the ships from the fence on the west side drive.
Magnificent event. I was on a river cruise specifically to watch the two Queens. Lots of other people in boats were doing the same--World Yacht, Spirit Cruises, Circle Line, even the Staten Island ferry drifted to watch the two ships come down the Hudson. The piers were lined with hundreds of people, news and security helicopters buzzed about, police and fireboats escorted the Queens. There was more attention paid to the QM2, as she is a big security concern and a massive ship, but the QE2 is the more svelte of the two, just a strong profile with the more prominent funnel and bow and hull. The QM2 is a mixture of traditional and modern and has to deal with the rows of balconies blended into her traditionl hull.
Memorable event. Brought tears to my eyes. Fireworks, the spirit of a city coming together to honor two ships. This was bigger than annual celebations like the 4th of July or fleet week or other events. This was more historic, the last time 2 Queens were in NYC was 1940. Now 64 years later it happens again.
I was on the QM2 for the Tandem Crossing. I must say the departure from NY harbor has been one of the memorable events of my life (so far). It felt like the opening night of the opera and "we" were the star. All the people on the sightseeing ship and ashore were unbeliveable. I don't think I'll experience an event like that again. The QM2 is now my favorite ship. I like crossing more than cruising. Because I'm an ocean liner fan, the only reason I cruise is because of the ships not really the ports. A crossing had everything I hold dear. Endless days at sea, just relaxing without doing anything at all. I could stay up till 5 am in the disco and not have to worry about getting up to ashore at the next island. The passengers seemed more relaxed, and the general feel was that we aboard an exclusive country club. When I met someone new they would always ask "is this your first crossing"? no one used the word "cruise". The Oxford lectures were interesting and filled several hours during the daylight hours. And the planetarium was the entertainment of choice before dinner. I was hoping for some rough weather, I wanted to see what the QM2 was built for, but my crossing was pretty smooth, Thursday night they said we had a force 6 gale. The ship rocked a little but nothing to make headlines. One of the neat things I've never experienced on any of my 14 cruises. The last night we hit major fog off Lands End, I was sitting in my favorite lounge, the Commodore Club listening to the sound of the ships horn sound every couple minutes, just cool!! I met a young guy from England who sailed to NY on the QE2 on the 25th which was his 50th sailing and the QM2 Tandem was his 51st and he was only 25. I want to have a bunch of crossings under my belt in a few years. I can't wait till I book my next crossing.
I fell in love with the new Queen. Next week I'm booking the March 9th Caribbean cruise from NY. After the ship docked in Southampton, my sister flew in that morning and we took the Eurostar to Paris for 4 nights. Paris was great, the language barrier was a little awkward, I think the French do it on purpose. I went to Egypt a few years ago, and I had a much easier time there with speaking English than in France. One thing about my trip was, I had way too much luggage for a bunch of subway and train rides. My sister was ready to kill me by the time we got to Paris.