Cruisin' the Queen Elizabeth 2
September 2000
FAQ

So was it fun? Absolutely.

Would you do it again? Absolutely.

Would you recommend that I go?  Not necessarily.  And here's why.  
Presumably one makes a cruise decision based on activities, entertainment,
one's room and food.

Regarding activities and entertainment, the target audience for the QE2 is
British, over 60, and preferably married (or at least not single).  In other words,
QE2 herself defines the target market for the ship that bears her name.  To
illustrate this point, of the six nights I was on the ship, I was in the casino when
it closed.  Two possible explanations for this are: 1) I am a compulsive
gambler; and 2) it didn't take much stamina to appear to be one on the ship.  
Sadly, the second is true.  On two of the three nights I was there when it
closed, I was in bed by 1:30. On the other night, my mother and I were run out
about 2:30.  Needless to say that the karaoke in the bar had concluded much
earlier.
Regarding the cabins and the food, I think it's fair to say that the QE2 has the widest range of
accommodation of any cruise ship afloat.  When you select your cabin, you're selecting not
only the quality of your room, you're selecting the level of service you will receive and even
which dining room you'll take your meals.  I don't know this for certain, but I'm told that the QE2
is the last cruise ship around that assigns guests to dining rooms which have different levels
of service.

I had wonderful meals with wonderful people in the dining room I selected (the Mauritania), but
even though we were all having a fine time, we knew that people who had paid more were
upstairs in the Caronia Restaurant with more menu selections and better service.  The British
clientele seemed to have no problem with this, but all of the Americans commented on it.
Kay Hasseltine and Kay Kay Smith from
Batesville went aboard with us in New
York and had a drink before we sailed.  
(The ship in the background is the
Pacific
Princess
, the original Love Boat.
So I'm not the first guy who ever tried to capture the essence of the
Statue of Liberty with a drugstore camera while sailing past at
knots.

It's still pretty darned spectacular.
The highlight of every day on the ship was having dinner with our new best friends, pictured here.  On the left
are Ed and Honba Kroke.  Ed is a marketing consultant for the New York Giants, and Honka is originally for
Holland, adorable and--as Mom says, has enough personality for four people.  On the right are Linda Dencher
and her son, Scott.  Linda was celebrating her retirement as the city manager of Vineland, New Jersey.  (She
says that Vineland is, geographically, the largest city in the state.)  Scott is a parole adjudicator in
Manahawkin, New Jersey.  We really enjoyed getting to know all of them

They all want to come to Batesville for Christmas.
The Cunard Line called this the New England fall foliage tour.  As you
can see from this photo I took at Acadia National Park near Bar
Harbor, Maine,  there certainly was lots of foliage--but it was all green.
When we got to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Mom and I had planned to  go into
town and poke around.  However, her heel was a little gimpy, so instead,
we took a tour bus around town and out to a seacoast village called
Peggy's Cove.  It's somewhat famous artists colony and even more
famous as a tourist attraction.  Here's a rare photo of the lighthouse
WITHOUT a bunch of other tourists standing around it.

By the way, this lighthouse is also the smallest post office in Canada.
When we got to Halifax, a lot of passengers looked out
their windows and thought we'd tied up next to a
condominium.  Actually, it was the new
Celebration
Victory.
It's enormous.  We asked the first mate of the
QE2 if these giant new ships ever did the transatlantic
run.  He said they made the run once to say they'd done
it, but they never did it twice.
Are you ready to go
back to
Titanic? Me,
neither, but we did see
the cemetery in Halifax
were 200
Titanic
victims are buried.

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