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A grey rainy day in LiverpoolOf the 7 ports we visit on this cruise around the British Isles,  Liverpool has never been on my "must-see" short list.  In Ireland I was excited to visit Dublin because  of my interest in its great literary history. In Scotland, I am looking forward to going back to Edinburgh partly for sentimental reasons - a wonderful visit there with my then-fiance more than 40 years ago; and also because of the spectacular city-scape with Edinburgh Castle...

A grey day on the Liffey River in DublinDublin is another first time port of call for the Queen Victoria. The ship travelled east to the St. Georges channel and then followed the Irish coast northwards. We docked shortly after 8 am at Ocean Pier in Dublin.

I have two nieces that live in and nearby Dublin and was hoping to meet up with them, but communications got confused and i did not make arrangements to see them. So after a breakfast...

Still smiling near voyage end - Art, Keith, Ed, JoeWhen I was considering booking for the cruise around the British Isles, one of the things that tipped my decision towards going was the fact that the Cunard liners are one of the few among cruise lines that have a regular Dance Host program.  This means that if you are travelling without a dance partner, you can still get an opportunity to enjoy some ballroom dancing on the excellent Cunard ballroom floors.

I ...

Gordy asleep on the floor on the ferryWhile Karen got ready for dinner, I heard the start of the missed sailing story from her perspective, as well as the key saga. When Karen first boarded she was given a key to another cabin - that was number one. Then when the confusion about who was rooming with whom was sorted out she got a key to our cabin. However it did not open the door so  she went to the Purser...

Cobh, Blarney, Kinsale and returnThe voyage around the British isles is a new itinerary for the Queen Victoria and several of the destinations are maiden ports of call for this ship.  Today we were stopping at  the seaport of Cobh, one of the Republic of Ireland's major transatlantic seaports.  Cobh is  the place where the survivors and victims of the 1915 Lusitania sinking were brought ashore; commemorated by a Lusitania Peace memorial in Casement Square.

From a historical interest perspective Cobh is...

Honey, Wendy and Magdalena looking stunning in black and whiteThe Queens Room was glittering with guests in formal wear. The men looked elegant in black or white tuxedos and there was a array of beautiful dresses everywhere. The champagne and wine fueled an animated level of conversation.

Some of our group were gathered together chatting on the dance floor, when a visibly upset Bill, one of our dance hosts, joined the group. The mystery of the missing Karen began to unfold. Here...

the pool deck - most guests went ashoreSince the first port of call for the Queen Victoria was Cherbourg in France, the clocks were set forward an hour at midnight on Thursday. When I woke around 7 am I was feeling quite weary. Five nights of less than 6 hours sleep does have a compounding effect.

the central foyerFor this cruise I had not...

Embarkation dinner menuThe first thing that struck me on walking into the welcome cocktail party, was that apart from Wendy, how many of the other dancers I knew from my previous cruises with Dancers At Sea.  From my first West coast Wine Tasting and Dance Cruise, there was Raoul, one of the hosts, and guests Nancy, Dean, Bruce, Dr. Bill, Ginny and Bill. On the Labour Weekend Getaway Dance Cruise I met Bill C, one of the dance hosts. From...

The Queen Victoria's cruise itinerary around the British isles from the Cunard site Continuing on from my visit to London 2010: For  Restaurants, Theatre and Shows, the adventure at sea begins.

Courtesy of Cunard, the map shows the clockwise route for the cruise round the British Isles from Southampton, with 10 nights at sea. First we cross the English Channel to visit Cherbourg, then travel through the Celtic and Irish Seas, stopping at Cobh, Dublin, Liverpool and Belfast; then on to to Glasgow.  With a...

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