Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Day 3 (July 9, 2019) – Cunard Queen Mary 2 – Transatlantic (New York to Southampton) – Second Day at Sea

We got up at roughly the same time as the previous day as there was no time zone change. However, starting today there will be one every day for 5 straight days until we get to Southampton. We watched the morning show and then headed out to walk. We didn’t make it out to walk until a bit after 8am and it was fairly crowded.

At about 8:45, Bob went down to the Connections area (where the computers are on deck 2) and stood in line to get tickets to the Planetarium show (there were for 30-minute shows, exactly the same at 1:30pm, 2pm, 2:30pm, and 3pm). The show is called “Asteroid – Mission Extreme” and is about how asteroids could be dangerous to earth, but also possibly useful for future space travel. There was a huge line (over 100 people), but it moved quickly and Bob secured two tickets to the 2:30pm show.

We returned to our cabin, got ready for the day and barely made it to the first talk in Illuminations by Fidelis Morgan on “London Oddities: Places of Execution.” She essentially talked about the 16th and 17th century in London and how and where they executed lots of people for a bunch of different crimes – including writing a threatening letter.

After the talk, we immediately went to the Royal Court Theatre for a talk by journalist John McCarthy who talked about his 5+ years of captivity in Lebanon that began back in 1986. It was extremely crowded in the theater, with most seats taken.

After the talk, we went to the Grand Lobby and heard the Captain’s daily noon update. What was interesting is at noon is when they do the time change. So, at noon it became 1pm. We checked out the lunch menu in the Britannia and decided to head up to the trough (what we affectionately call the buffet on every ship). We went to the Chef’s grill area and sampled some of their food. After lunch, it was time to do some blogging and then left at 2pm to get in line for our 2:30 planetarium show. We entered on the starboard side and took our seats. The planetarium part had the screens come down to make it a full dome. Plus sitting in the red seats, they had a button that allowed them to lay back in a deep recline. It really is a very nice setup. The show was created by National Geographic and was decent.

After the show, Julie did some browsing in the shops and Bob went back to get the computer work done.

Tonight we have dinner in their top specialty restaurant the Verandah at 8pm (they had a $39 upcharge for this restaurant). It is a steak house on the aft of the ship, deck 8. The restaurant was quite crowded. They first brought up an unusual bread with smoky French butter. The waitress brought out a raw meat platter to show off the various cuts of meat that were available. The smoke flavor in the butter was very prevalent and weirdly interesting. Julie had the Caribbean Crab Cocktail and Bob had the Tea-smoked Duck Breast for our appetizers.

We each chose a salad for our second course, with Julie opting for the House Salad while Bob had the Iceberg Lettuce Wedge.

For the entrée, we decided to split the Deluxe Three Beef Sampler for Two. The sampler included an 8oz cut of Darragh O’Shea’s 35 Day Dry-aged Black Angus Fillet, 12oz of 28 Day Aged Prime USDA New York Strip, and finally a small portion of Louisiana Short Rib. We also had some fries with Truffle Oil and Parmesan Cheese, Onion Rings, and finally two sauces (Bearnaise and Chimichurri). (Unfortunately, we forgot to take a picture of the beef – sigh.)

For dessert, Julie decided to have the Baked New York Cheese Cake with Sour Cream topping and Bob had the Warm Apple Pie with English Custard glaze. The whole dinner was fabulous.

We decided to skip the evening’s show as it was a pair of sopranos that we had seen on Crystal. Instead we went back to the room and started watching the final episode of Amazing Race that Bob had brought on his iPad.

Today we walked 11,526 steps and 5.36 miles.

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