Graham & Sharley Bryce currently traveling in France, with Sarah (in yellow) – one of the barge hostesses they had met on a previous Edgewood Travel trip.
Susan has returned from the Norwegian Fjords aboard Cunard's Queen Elizabeth~
Cunard has an excellent system for boarding that makes a wonderful start to your cruise. Upon our 1030A arrival from Southampton we were cordially greeted by 2 Cunard Representatives and asked if we were platinum, diamond or priority passengers for pre-boarding. As we were not we were given the letter B and a comfortable waiting area with “Coffee Cart Service” for those in need of a cup of tea or java. By 1115A we were called for the usual check-in procedures, TSA scanned and boarding the ship.
As you step on-board the ship, you are greeted by the staff and assisted to the elevator and your stateroom. The Queen Elizabeth is a beautiful ship and her photos do not do her justice. After a quick unpack (our luggage was waiting in our room), I headed out to explore the ship and take photos. Of course a trip to the Spa was a must - Plus a treat - I booked the Queens Bath for the week. A perfect Oasis for couples and singles that is limited to 80 people per voyage. Complete with a large thermal pool, relaxing lounge chair area- with floor to ceiling glass windows on 2 sides. The other room housed several types of Saunas, my favorite, the herbal hot steam. Not be forgotten the tiled, warming relaxation chairs overlooking the sea ( a wall of floor to ceiling windows). Definitely an Oasis of peace and calm.
Lunch in the Lido and afternoon tea in the Glass Ceiling Garden Lounge as we set sail from Southampton to the North Sea.
A few weeks ago, Valerie sent a mother & daughter team - Catherine Adelman & Karen Mull - to Paris & London. Here is some of their review of the two cities:
From Cathy - "We had a perfect time in London. I told my husband I can’t wait to go back! The hotel was the perfect choice - not too large and very good service. We had tea at the Ritz, the Landford, Harrod’s and Fortune & Mason’s. We sawshows, did the London Eye, the Key Ceremony and in general had a really wonderful time. The weather was consistently great – mid 60’s to the mid 70’s. We had a lovely time in Paris. The Hotel de Louvre was great and the room was actually very quiet. The room was large and the location worked really well for us. We were glad we had our umbrellas - the weather was fine the day we arrived but it poured the next two days. We used the boats to travel from the Louvre to the Eiffel Tower (we were there at night so saw the lights) We skipped the museums but did Notre Dame, the surrounding area, the Galleries Lafayette and managed to do a lot of shopping despite the language barrier. We had tea and macaroons at Laduree. The train worked very well and it was so easy!"
From Karen - "[In London] We saw Jersey Boys, Top Hat, Singing in the Rain and The BodyGuard. Singing in the Rain was fantastic but closing in a few weeks – hopefully moving to Broadway. Top Hat was also very good. We loved the Portabello Market."
"Thanks for all your help in planning this trip. We really enjoyed both Paris and London and it was easy to leave Paris knowing I would return in September! Your help and suggestions made this an easy, enjoyable escape! - Cathy"
Susan Disney-Greenberg’s Adventure Aboard Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth
Traveling to the Fjords in Norway
May 21, 2013
Yesterday we sampled the British Pub Fare at the Golden Lion. We had wonderful “fish and chips” plus a real treat with an 8-piece Dixieland Jazz Concert. Later in the day we had High Tea in the Queens Room and sat with a very interesting couple - the wife is Russian and her husband is English. Here’s a bit of Cunard trivia… for the last 170 years Cunard has served High Tea on every sailing of all their ships (every day at 3:30pm).
Last night we had a fun dinner with our English and Scottish couple, then we went to the evening show and then to the CUNARD BALL. What fun to see all the women in long gowns and the men in their tuxes. Evidently there is a tradition that on the opening of every Cunard Ball they do the Gulla Dance. Of course I had to participate – it was a great mixer. This was followed by the traditional English Barn dance to the White Cliffs of Dover and it was evident that a number of the couples have taken many ballroom dance lessons.
Today we got up early to watch the 7am entrance into the Fjord that goes into Stravanger, which is a lovely quaint town that is quite walkable. Cunard supplied us with walking maps plus we were armed with the information from our port lecture yesterday which prepared us to go exploring this morning. The weather is cool as expected at 52F, overcast but fortunately no rain - perfect for sightseeing! After we got back to the ship, we spent a relaxing hour at the Spa followed by lunch with a couple from Midland, England.
I’m off now to be on deck for the sail away at 3:45pm and then it will be time to get ready for our formal dinner and the London Ball later this evening. Tomorrow we stop in Olden.
The Business Networking International meeting had the privilege of Anne-Marie's presentation this morning which included the wonderful video she put together featuring Edgewood Travel's philosophy on using a Travel Professional. Anne-Marie did a great job endorsing Edgewood Travel in our business community.