Queens Suite - Deck 9 - Cabin 9047
Today is the day we join the Queen Mary 2 for our luxurious three week cruise down the Arabian Peninsula, through the Red Sea, up the Suez Canal, through the Mediterranean to Southampton. Whoo hoo! Getting very excited, if not a little apprehensive about seasickness, but everyone says I won't feel a thing!
For the stats lovers, here is a little bit of info about the ship.
RMS Queen Mary 2 is a transatlantic ocean liner. She is the largest ocean liner ever built, having served as the flagship of the Cunard Line since succeeding the Queen Elizabeth 2 in 2004. As of 2019, Queen Mary 2 is the only passenger ship operating as an ocean liner. She is 345 m long; is capable of 30 knots (56 km/h or 35 mph) and can accommodate 2,695 passengers after the 2016 refit. It cost 460 million UK pounds to build her (or US $687 million).
When we went to breakfast this morning, I looked out the window and there she was - The Queen Mary 2 in all her glory. She is huge! Starting to get very excited now.
After acquiting our account, we went down to the foyer and waited with the others for some instructions about boarding the bus that would take us to the Queen Mary 2. There was a bit of confusion but finally someone announced that all those who were to board at 12 noon, were to take their luggage out to the bus and board it. After about ten minutes we arrived at Terminal 3 and proceeded inside with passports in hand. We passed through immigration okay and then were asked for our tickets, which we didn't have. Phil had them in the folder in his carry on which, for the first time ever, he had left to be taken on board by the staff. At least we had our luggage tags on my backpack so we knew what our cabin number was. We passed through two security checks and then out to the wharf, where there was a queue waiting to board which moved quite quickly and before we knew it, we were aboard.
Dubai was very windy today and engulfed in a dust storm.
We found our way to our cabin and were greeted very warmly by our Butler Joel and his helper Dennis. Our cabin is gorgeous. We have an entry passage with an enormous cupboard, a floral arrangement and a fruit and coffee station. We have a lounge room and bedroom combined then an office/passage way through to a walk in wardrobe with a million coat hangers and a large bathroom with a spa bath. We also have a verandah with two deck chairs. We are on Deck 9 Room 9047 mid ships.
Joel and Dennis told us everything we needed to know.
We then headed off the the 7th deck to find the Queen's Grill for lunch. This was quite difficult to find because we went down the wrong stairs, but we came back the correct way, so that's one hurdle we have crossed.
The Queen's Grill, where we will be eating all our meals, is exquisite. Most of the tables are for two people, but we opted to sit at a table for six. We haven't met our other diners yet. So far, all we have met are pommies.
Lunch was a light snack which consisted of a crab salad and lemon mousse with berries for me and a mushroom ciabata and icecream for Phil. It was just enough.
After lunch, our luggage had been delivered to our room and we unpacked and settled in for three weeks of heaven. All the drinks in our bar fridge are complimentary and will be replaced as we use them. Also, we are entitled to two litre bottles of our choice of alcohol, but it must be consumed in our cabin. Yes, we can do that! And when they are empty, they are replaced.
At 5 pm we had a life jacket drill and assembled with our group downstairs. We haven't seen any of the people who were staying on the QE2.
We were supposed to leave Dubai just after 6.30 pm but they kept making announcements asking for about five people to urgently contact reception. Then they kept calling for Mr and Mrs Rogerson to urgently contact reception. I wonder whether they made it back on board or whether we sailed without them.
We were siting on our balcony having a drink and the call to prayer started at 6.30 pm and it was lovely. There were many different calls and they were echoing all over Dubai. It was lovely to hear.
We were waiting to watch the ship leave port but had to get ready for dinner and while we were getting dressed, the ship left port and we didn't feel a thing. We are part of a table of six - Chris and Robin from a small village called Liere in the Midlands and Fiona and Yemi from Alberta, Canada. Very, very nice people and we all got on very well together. We all can't get over why most of our dining room is filled with tables for two. How boring!
Our meals were all lovely. I am so glad we are in a Queens Grill Suite. It is really a la carte dining.
I am going to have a nice relaxing bath, maybe even a spa and see what tomorrow brings.