Hello. I am booked on the QM2's Mariner's Caribbean on March 25, 2005. I would like to go out on deck on watch the ship depart New York Harbor, and I was wondering if this will be possible if I have the early seating in Britannia. Could anyone tell me what the normal departure time is from New York for this type of itinerary?
QM2 departs NYC at 5 pm. If you are in the early seating you generally need to arrive at the Britannia by 6:15 pm. Much nicer to watch the sail away and not be rushed.
You might consider skipping Britannia altogether on your first night and opt instead for dinner in one of the alternative dining spots on deck 7, Lotus, the Carvery, La Piazza or the Chef's Galley. You might even try your luck at getting a reservation at Todd English for your first night at sea.
My girlfriend and I are sailing on QM2 on March 9, 2005. She has never cruised before and is eager to watch the sights leaving New York Harbor. We are planning on trying the tasting menu at Lotus for our first evening, I hear very positive things about this Pan-Asian restaurant. Dinner reservations can be made from your television in your room. Although I still prefer to make them in person with the Maitre D.
I sailed QM2 this past July and I'm counting the days to return. She is a fabulous ship. Have a great trip.
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Until we board QM2's maiden Costa Rica voyage.
We are also on 3/25/05 cruise. We wil be with 2 other couples, maybe 3, going with an inside D5. Early seating as well. We sailed out of NYC last year to Bermuda. It's not to be missed! I'm sure our waiters will forgive us if we are a few minutes late. We have sailed RCI 3 times, Celebrity once adn NCL to Hawaii. Saw the QM2 on TV when it first came to NYC and knew we had to go! I'm OCD about travel, any info on QM2 will be appreciated!