There are so many aspects of our QM2 crossing which could furnish separate posts, but I thought I would limit myself to talking about the food, which was one of the more significant aspects of our trip!
As standard class passengers, we had the option of taking our main meals (breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner) either served in the Brittania restaurant or helping ourselves from one of the self-service buffet areas. We had a specific table for dinner each night, but otherwise it was first-come-first-served.
I was quite pleased that our request for a table for 2 for dinner had been accommodated, and in fact there were many other couples dining in a similar fashion. We only ended up sharing a table a handful of times, in one or two of the bars and twice for afternoon tea, and all the people we met were very pleasant and interesting to talk to.
The staff were very helpful and provided me with lots of lovely gluten free dishes – our fantastic evening waiter Norman and Sketty the Maitre D’ were especially good – though actually there was such a range of food on offer that I would have struggled not to find anything suitable.
Afternoon tea is a particular favourite of ours anyway, and I was delighted that a little plate of sandwiches, cake and scones were provided for me each day. T faced a daily battle with the waiters who circulated with trays of food, plying guests with more treats than the human stomach was designed for, and we seldom escaped without having drunk at least 5 cups of tea apiece (oh, the hardship!).
We had opted for the later dinner sitting (at 20:30), which was great as not only did it give us time to digest our tea, but also allowed for a drink beforehand. Most evenings required smart or formal attire, and it was really lovely to get all dressed up and go to one of the bars for a cocktail. We especially liked the Commodore’s Club bar, up on the 9th deck (out of 12) with a great view out across the ocean over the bows of the ship.
On the last day at sea the biggest galley was opened up so we could take a look at some of the food preparation areas. This was fascinating to see, and we also learned a bit more about the epic amount of food consumed on such a voyage.