Dear Transatlantic Diary - Day 8

Cunard Account Manager, Kate Faulkner writes as she travels on board Queen Mary 2 for an iconic Transatlantic Crossing

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08 Sep 2017

It was a very early start this morning (at 4.30am!) as we wanted to watch as we sailed into New York. So, we got up, put our dressing gowns and slippers on, got ourselves a hot cup of tea and made our way to the top deck. As we approached the Verrazano Suspension bridge, we really weren’t sure if we were going to make it underneath but we were assured that the QM2 passes underneath, albeit by only a few precious feet of clearance above her funnel.

It was such a great experience and one I will never forget! As you sail under the bridge you pass the Statue of Liberty on your left and then as the QM2 turns into the Brooklyn Terminal, the fabulous Manhattan skyline comes into view… there really is something quite magical about it all.


After the excitement of our entrance into New York it was time to head back to our staterooms to finish any last-minute packing and get ready to disembark at 8am.

My flight was not until 8pm so I was lucky enough to be able to spend a little time in New York, firstly on a coach tour and then finishing with a little free time to myself in the big city to do some much-needed shopping before heading back to the UK.

When I was asked if I would like to go on a Cunard Transatlantic crossing, I've got to be honest I was a little dubious. All that time at sea. Would there be enough to do? Would I get bored? Would I get seasick? I've got to tell you though, all my misconceptions about it were proven wrong! With so much to do on board you really do not get enough time to experience everything that the QM2 has to offer!

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