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Old August 14th, 2007, 11:35 AM
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I'm sailing the QM2 Oct 19 from NYC to Southampton. This is my first REAL cruise! I'm very excited and don't quite know what to expect. I will be traveling alone and am looking forward to meeting with many people. Just wondering if anyone here is going on the same crossing and if anyone has any advice for me! Thanks and it's only 65 days from today, not that I'm counting or anything.
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If you like to dance the cruise ships are usually great with different types of music to dance to. I'm taking some lessons at the moment.
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I LOVE to dance! I'm looking foward to the formal dances. I've got my gowns and am looking foward to dancing with my "host". I understand the QM2 has male hosts for single females! I can't wait!
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Technically it's a crossing but regardless the QM2 is wonderful. I travel solo all the time. Yes, there are dance hosts and just because you're alone you won't lack for company.
They sponser a single's meet usually on the first sea day (around 11 am) but there's always lectures, the planetarium, movies, the entertainment. If you play bridge, there's always lots of tables playing.
If you have breakfast and lunch in the dining room you will be seated with others which is a great way to meet people.
People are more relaxed and conversation just usually flows whenever you sit down next to someone.
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I am on this crossing, doing East and West, I also travel alone,

I do not dance these days, so cannot comment on the dance hosts, but I do like to have a pre dinner drink and watch.

Have heard that the Commadore Room is a very good place to be at any time of the day, for views, music etc.

I am looking forward to the lectures, the RDA , shows etc. I love to dress for dinner, and sit at an assigned table preferably for 8 people.

Have done quite few cruises, Crystal,Celebrity, Seaborn, Princess (did a 30 day Australia to US in April of this year),HAL, Norwegian, RCC and QE2 prior to this QM2 cruise.

E Mail me if you wish rafex1@earthlink.net

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My friend from Houston and I are going on the cruise .. I am from UK .. you will have the time of your life .. both my friend and I have been on many, many cruises .. love them ... what will you do when you hit England? gayleeastell@btconnect.com
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See? Already you've friends made!

How exciting for you! I've been on QM2 alone and loved it! I hope you will.

Get to Red Hook "earlyish" and as soon as boarding begins you just go through security and register and go on. You'll go to your cabin. Do whatever. Then you might want a bite to eat ... go to Seven Deck and they've Kings Court and food service, buffet/cafe style, so do yourself a tray and maybe get a table in one of the window bays where you can watch passersby outside. At one o'clock-ish it won't be too crowded; by after three o'clock it will be. Then you might walk around the ship and get familiar with it. It is a large ship but it's really easy to get around. Probably at half four or toward five there'll be a boat drill. Instructions are broadcast and you go get your lifejacket from your cabin and go to your assigned station. Staff is all over the place guiding you.

You'll meet people walking around, at the drill, outside when the ship sails (hope it's sunny & dry for you) and certainly during the "ahhh" moment a bit later when the funnel almost hits the bridge as you go under. Photo op here!

You'll meet people at your dinner table. Sometimes on a cossing you can see them all the time, or only at dinner. You'll meet people in the gym, the library, the Commodore Club bar and other bars. At lunch you can use your dinning room, Kings Court, or do a pub-style lunch in one of the bars. Your daily bulletin will list activities you might want to go to; there'll be people there. The photo gallery "do I really look like that" always has people browsing.

On a real cruise, a ship goes from port to port to port, stopping for a bit of time at each, while the load takes day trips off ship.

On a transatlantic crossing (a direct line point to point, New York City to Southampton, why they call the ship a liner) you'll have days of leisure; outdoor activities, indoor, whatever you want. You can be as active or as lazy as you wish.

Some say there is nothing to do at sea and just not enough time to do it! I think you'll take to it easily, being excited about the prospect. You can get up early and have a bit of early-bird room service to get you going, then go to breakfast, have a walk about, go to activities, get ready for lunch, do that, do more activities, take a swim, look in the shops, have Tea in the Queens Room (always an easy place to share tables and join up with people), stop by the bars, dress for dinner, stop by the Casino and try your luck, or not, go to the films or the shows, go dancing, go to the disco and dance and/or look, take a spin around the decks, "hear" life at sea!

You can be with people or be alone as much as you wish, sleep as much as you want, or not at all, go to all the posted activities or none. The time's your own, what you make of it. It can be great fun. As they once said, it is the only way to cross!
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Thank you all, Lynn and Gayle, I've e-mailed you both.

my email is cinbadl@yahoo.com

Thanks again!!
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