Before I begin with the conclusion of our Staycation I must first apologize to my readers in getting this blog posted. We had a lot of sickness in the house for the past three weeks with colds and stomach flues. My husband first got it, then my daughter and finally me. I was down for three solid days, but enough of that on with my bog.
…back on board the famous Queen Mary…
First thing we did was wake up from the slow rocking of the ship against the waves (we wish). We actually had a great night’s sleep. We intended to have breakfast at the Promenade Cafe but it was closed for renovations so we found ourselves back at Chelsea’s. They offered a full menu or a buffet. We checkout the buffet (standard faire – nothing special or unique) and for the amount of money ($18 ea.) we decided to go with the menu. A decent offering of breakfast items. I decided on an omelet and Chris having spent some time in London decided to have a go at the traditional English breakfast. Now England may not be known for its exquisite cuisine, but the English breakfasts are renowned consisting of:
- 2 eggs Sunnyside-up
- Fried Tomatoes
- Rashers of Bacon
It is a hearty fulfilling breakfast that will carry you through the day. Unfortunately this breakfast was not hearty fulfilling or traditional English. The tomatoes were sliced, they should be halved, and not even grilled. The potatoes had some sort of scary cheese filling that was not very appealing or tasty!
My omelet, filled with spinach and mushrooms was okay but I had the same type of potatoes as Chris and quite frankly they were gross. My coffee was lukewarm. I don’t like lukewarm coffee. Enough of breakfast. I wonder, knowing that the kitchens are probably shared on Board it makes me wonder what Sir Winston’s Restaurant would have been like. It’s the five star restaurant on board the ship serving high-end meals of Beef Wellington, Chateaubriand, Dry-Aged New York Steak, Australian Rack of Lamb, and Petaluma Duck. With prices ranging from $36 to $46 per plate. The evening for two with drinks, appetizers, salad, main dish, tax and tip could run you around $250.00.
Check out time was a generous 12:00pm so we had a couple of hours to kill before the Malibu Wine and Scavenger event. We toured the ship and suddenly we realized our breakfast did not go very far so we and ended up in the first class lounge to share some Nachos. Breakfast just was not cutting it and we got hungry. The Nachos served were first class.
Gosh, I’ve almost forgotten the whole purpose of this adventure, the Malibu wine Tasting and Scavenger Hunt on board the famous Queen Mary. At 2:00pm we meander down the promenade and made our way to the stern of the ship and to the rear observation lounge were the event was being held. On checking in we were greeted with Saddleback Brut champagne. As we sipped on the bubbly we munched on a very nice spread of cheeses and fruit.
Well get a load of this list:
- Havant Dill
- Port Salut
- French Bleu
- Smoked Gouda
- A wine soaked cheese Toscano
- Goat Cheese
In addition they served fresh:
- Honey in a comb
- Pomegranate seeds
- Crackers and bread
As the bottles of champagne were tuned upside down in the buckets the wine tasting began starting with Sauvignon Blanc, a white wine that is light and crispy and quite refreshing – one of my favorite. Next was the Chardonnay, also a white wine that I find a little too sweet and fruity for my liking; however my husband likes the sweetness. He is a sweetie, of course.
Next the reds began to flow…
- Semler Grenache
All very drinkable. They are wines that have a light body to full body with heavily bouquets.
Though it is supposed to be a bit gouache to have a buzz from wine tasting it was unavoidable. With all due respect the entire party was a bit buzzed and I suppose that was the plan to kick off the scavenger hunt. We formed into teams and given one hour to complete the “hunt.” The ship was ours; no deck restrictions, no hallway unexplored, no ghost undisturbed. We had 25 questions to pursue and the answers were spread across the entire ship – bow to stern – port to starboard. Three of the question to answer were:
- How many strands of pearls in the portrait of Queen Mary were there?
- The answer was located on the Promenade Deck, mid-ship. There were five.
- What was the gray wheel used for? Location on the bridge.
- It was the autopilot.
- How many life boat are still onboard the Queen Mary –Location; port and starboard shipside, Sun Deck.
- There are 24 slots for lifeboats but the real answer was 22 because two have been removed for renovation.
Unfortunately our team did not win any of the prizes but we retained the Buzz!!!.
We dropped anchor at 5:00pm., staggered to our car and ended our Staycation very satisfied.
Live Well – Eat well