Aboard the QMII


After four nights in New York, we have boarded the Queen Mary II and have begun our six night journey across the Atlantic. Somehow, this feels like the true beginning of our trip. When we booked our tickets for the Queen Mary II back in the spring, our adventure changed from a dream to a reality, because we actually had a hard and fast start date. Everything leading up to this — our time in Montreal, our train to New York, four nights in a dirty, dingy hostel — was made necessary by this transatlantic voyage. If the ship didn’t leave from New York, we probably wouldn’t have visited. It was like a bonus. What a great bonus! But now we are heading across the ocean, where things will quickly become increasingly less familiar, and also increasingly more exciting. It seems like a nice progression, actually: first we said good-bye to Ottawa, then to Canada, and now to North America. Europe, here we come!

Our time in New York was fantastic. We spent most of our time just walking through different parts of Manhattan, and a little bit of Brooklyn. We didn’t spend too much time in museums; aside from the MoMA, we walked past the MET, and we spent half an hour or so sitting in the lobby of the Guggenheim. We did eat some good New York food though. We had pies at Patsy’s Pizzeria and Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, which were both excellent. I think Grimaldi’s had better cheese and atmosphere, but I have to give the edge to Patsy’s for sauce and crust! We also ate at Walker’s Pub, where I had one of the most delicious and juicy swiss mushroom burgers I’ve ever had. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it again.

We also squeezed in a couple of New York must-sees. We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, went up to the observation deck of the Rockafeller Centre, and visited the financial district and Ground Zero, the Flatiron building, Times Square, Central Park, and the Highline Park. I loved sitting in front of the Flatiron Building. It was a great place to just relax and take in the city. I also really liked the Highline Park, which starts in the Meatpacking district. It’s a wonderful elevated park that is being built on an old rail line along the waterfront. It doesn’t seem to make it into many tourist guides, but it is definitely worth seeing.


We checked in and boarded the Queen Mary II around lunchtime yesterday. The ship was docked on the Brooklyn side. What a ship! At 14 decks high, it dwarfs every other ship in the harbour. We have an inside stateroom (no balcony or window, unfortunately), but we love it — especially in contrast to our nasty green-walled hostel on 83rd! After boarding, we enjoyed some lunch and a wonderful shower, and then sat on deck and watched as the ship pulled away from the dock, sailed past the Statue of Liberty, and left New York behind. It was truly an experience of a lifetime. As I write this from our stateroom, I’m anxiously anticipating heading out on deck this morning, where I’m expecting to see nothing but ocean all the way to the horizon — our view for the next five days!


Unfortunately, while we do have internet access on board the ship, it costs a small fortune to go online. Our posts may be few and far between while we are sailing, but we will catch up once we get to London.


    Sounds like you guys are off to a great start! Hope the boat ride goes well, looking forward to your next posting!

  1. Dallas Husar

  2. I am so jealous of you guys! I hope you are having the best time. I’m smiling just thinking about the adventures you are going to have.

  3. Jordan Fairbairn

  4. Wow, the ship sounds fantastic! I get more and more excited for you guys with every blog post that I read…great pictures too!

    Happy sailing!!

  5. Paul Morin

  6. Hey Guys. Sounds awesome so far. Great job with the postings and the pictures. Looking forward to seeing snaps of the ship. All the best.

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