This is a continuation blog of our July 4th weekend aboard the Queen Mary Hotel, in Long Beach California.
After walking for miles (literally!) aboard the ship, we took a late afternoon nap before heading to Sir Winston’s restaurant at 7:30pm. Sitting high up on deck, we strolled past the window looking up, and Dos rushed us up the stairs to see if we could get the open window table. Fortunately the timing was perfect, and we got one of the best seats in the fancy restaurant. Sir Winston’s, in the pic below, (which I took after dinner) is directly above the Verandah Grille, which was originally the area of the fancy specialty dining of it’s day, but is now used for banquet functions. We were seated directly above the word ‘Grille’ in this photo:
We were here a couple years ago, and had this or the adjacent table, both which offer great views off the rear of the ship. Sir Winston’s is now dress casual, although we saw suits, and even a tux among the others such as us dressed in slacks and a nice shirt. Here we are before walking up the outside staircase to Sir Winston’s for dinner.
We had a wonderful and leisurely meal of 2 1/2 hours, feasting on appetizers of shrimp cocktail (me), crab cakes (Dos), table-side preparation of Cesar Salad, and Chateaubriand for two. Carved table-side, it was wonderfully delicious!
Even though we skipped the dessert course as we were so stuffed, we were given delicious complimentary chocolates when the bill was finally presented. After dinner, we walked strolled aboard the open decks of the quiet ship, and had a night cap in the Observation lounge in the front of the ship.
The calm before the storm, shall we say, as tomorrow is the busy, busy, busy Fourth of July aboard the Queen Mary Hotel.
But for now, . . . ’twas a wonderful day aboard the Queen Mary!
P.S. Here’s a photo of the beautiful Observation Lounge
in the front of the ship. This legendary lounge has been featured in many movies and TV shows (as has the ship), and is a classy reminder of a bygone era of Trans-Atlantic crossings. I especially like the wall mural that shows the happy (maybe intoxicated) passengers merrily dancing around the room.