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Transatlantic Cruising - A Regal Route from England
to the U.S.

by Roy Witman © 2008

There is something that every person should experience at least once in his/her life… a transatlantic cruise. While the experience in and of itself is amazing, the grandeur is increased all the more when you choose a vessel suited for majesty, such as the Queen Mary 2.

In the tradition of the great ocean liners of the past, you'll find yourself surrounded by splendor at every turn aboard a vessel that can only be described as “royalty afloat.” As feelings of relaxation and complete security wrap around you, you'll begin to explore the Queen Mary 2 (QM2) and discover all there is to do during your six-night voyage.

Enrich Yourself

Onboard, you'll find the world-famous Canyon Ranch SpaClub™ and a state-of-the-art gym. In addition, QM2 also offers delightful programs designed to help you enrich yourself by expanding your horizons.

Learn the art of acting under the instruction of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Discover the worlds of space and the sea through seminars held onboard at the first planetarium at sea and lecture halls. From culinary classes to book signings to workshops and seminars on a wide range of topics, every passenger will find a world of interesting and imaginative activities to participate in.

Indulge in All the QM2 Has to Offer

Exceptional cuisine awaits while dining onboard with 10 restaurants serving a wide variety of food from classic to exotic. The main dining room plays host to some amazing meals created by world- famous, award-winning-chef Todd English. From casual buffets to full-service Asian, Italian or American restaurants, you'll find dining to be one of the many pleasures the QM2 has to offer.

Your stateroom boasts amenities not normally found aboard other vessels. Over 75% of the ship’s cabins offer balconies, decks and/or ocean views, meaning you can enjoy even more of the transatlantic experience. From affordable interior cabins to expansive “Queen” suites with abundant luxury, you can select the stateroom that offers the amenities you most desire.

As your body and mind begin to unwind and settle, you'll relish in the feelings of pampering and utter safety knowing you and your family are secure onboard an ocean-faring vessel.

A Unique Experience for Children

Children will enjoy cruising onboard the QM2, too. With two children's centers - the Play Zone and The Zone - kids from ages 1 to 12 will find age- appropriate activities and games. Supervised entertainment is available, including board games, computers, a splash pool and other interesting and enlightening activities. Authentic English nannies are also provided to care for the toddlers.

Transporting People and Packages

Not only an elegant way to traverse the Atlantic Ocean, but a transatlantic cruise is also practical as well as relaxing. With no weight limits on baggage or other goods (such as the ones airlines impose), passengers can easily transport thousands of pounds in the storage areas of the ship.

Works of art, souvenirs, antiques, furniture, personal belongings and more can be stowed onboard at no additional charge. This feature makes transporting such items much more affordable and aids with ensuring the safe arrival of your valued belongings.

Four-legged Friends Are Welcome

The QM2 also accommodates pets. Unlike with airline travel, your pets will be housed in approved kennels operated in conjunction with Pet Travel Scheme to ensure they are comfortable and well cared for. Of course, during the voyage, you are welcome to visit with and walk your pet daily. How comforting it will be for them to see a familiar face regularly during their cruise.

What a delightful, safe and entertaining way to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Why book airfare between the U.K. and the U.S., when you can travel in regal style?

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