Our Queen Mary 2 trip
We did a trip on the Queen Mary 2, Cunard Cruise Line. This is different from most of our trips. This one states it has a dress code. That dress code seems to apply for evenings more than for day time. For example, this 12 day cruise has 3 formal nights plus a Black and White Ball. That’s a total of 4 formal nights by my counting. We booked our cabin so we would be in the Princess Grill for dinner. Our plans changed. At the last minute we were moved into the Queen’s Grill area. This was a change from what I had expected. In the evening dress code is enforced. Their paperwork states that men’s informal evening dress is jacket required, but tie is optional. No jeans and sneakers for dinner for us. So I had to up the ante on my clothes too. Also we will be spending about 5 days in Southampton before leaving on the cruise itself. We should be gone almost 3 weeks counting flying.
Once again we will be with an Insight Cruise group. At this point I don’t even know what the classes will be about or if I will attend any of their classes. My other half will, but since I’m in school working on my Masters degree, I’m not sure if I’ll have the time. The cruise will go from Southampton, UK down to the Canary Islands. Currently it looks like Southampton will be cool and wet. So rain gear will be necessary. But the Canary Islands will be warmer and probably dry. I will keep a check on weather as we get closer to the trip.
Clothes for this trip required planning. Evenings were slacks, no jeans. In the Queen’s grill men had to wear a jacket at dinner. For casual dinners I wore slacks and sweaters, with scarves. This was not as dressy as many of the women wore. Most women wore dresses and heels every night to dinner. It was significantly dressier than I would see in the USA. It was quite an education for me. Formal nights these women brought out their bling. I don’t know how the women walked in those shoes. Most wore heels – not kitten 2″ heels, but I mean 3-4″ and higher. From about teen age up heels were worn by the women in the Queen’s Grill dining room.
I’m expecting to take good skin care since we’ll be going from cool to warm weather.
For this trip I will take a larger suitcase, the 22″. I know that may not seem large, but I’m used to packing a smaller case. I will take a carry on in addition to the 22″. I expect to check the 22″ as luggage. Since I am in school I do have to take school books, laptop, and notebooks. So that will have to be carry on luggage for me. I could replace clothes if I absolutely had to, but I can’t easily replace my laptop or school books.