Onboard Queen Elizabeth in Sydney Harbour

Today I joined a group of fellow travel agents to ‘inspect’ the Queen Elizabeth on her inaugural visit to Sydney Harbour. What started as a grey, rainy morning turned into a sunny lunch time as we were shown the new Queen in all her glory. A very impressive deep blue hull and unusual exhaust stack give this vessel a stately presence at Circular Quay.
Of course I took my camera…so you too could get a glimpse of this beautiful lady!

Features that evoke Cunard’s past and glorious maritime history are found throughout – here is the marquetry portrait of Cunard’s first Queen Mary.

The Verandah – pictured – offers alternative dining options to all guests. For everyday dining, Brittania class guests dine in the Brittania restaurant; Brittania Club is a higher category of cabin and dining, and Queens Grill and Princess Grill guests have their own dining area and exclusive lounge.

Chess… or golf, or croquet – maybe you prefer the gym or would rather enjoy a siesta before going to the theatre, or listening and dancing to the afternoon session by the ship’s swing band.

Welcome to the Brittannia – a restaurant which prides itself on Cunard’s White Star service and can serve 200 people with ease. Here I enjoyed an excellent steak and a glass of Cunard’s “house” red – a very pleasant merlot from the Wente vineyard in California’s Napa valley.

You could be in a world class hotel in London, or meeting a friend in an exclusive club – but no, you are on the Queen Elizabeth.

Today the Queen Elizabeth arrived in Sydney Harbour with Queen Mary 2 – the most famous cruise ships in the world creating news and traffic as Sydneysiders came out in droves to see them.