We did not see the bridge, as it is 'under restoration' but in 2009 there was an area aft on the self guided tour where there were instruments. Assuming these are from the bridge - don't know enough about ships of this era (or any era) to know if there were duplicates in the engine room...
Seeing as how Essie is steering, it's a good thing she is stationary...
We didn't visit this area on this trip, as Mary was not doing stairs very well, and I lacked the energy.
This is one place on the ghosts tour in 2009 that we didn't see this year. Maybe if one took the other hauntings tour...But this must be part of the no longer existent third or second class cabin area, as the stairs look like a passenger area. What puzzled me was the abandoned upright piano on the left.
I've been scanning things from the souvenir book, and this is a cutaway foldout of her as she was in 1936. A large print of this hangs on the wall in the Chelsea Chowder House where we had supper. I think it might have been 5 ft. ;ong, and was readable...mostly. This enlarged a bit when I scanned it, but still begs for a magnifying glass.
Just to the left of the crease, you can see the first class swimming pool.
These are scans of pics of second and third class cabins. I'll leave you to decide which is which...
All the way aft on M Deck is the Britannia Salon, which would have been the second class dining room. We couldn't access it, but peeked through the cracks to get these pics:
After our ghostly tour, we went to the Midship Marketplace and had sandwiches. We might have tried the Promenade Cafe if we had known where it was, but I think it would have been a bit more pricey. Anyway, the Glory days tour started in the model ship gallery, on the starboard side. they have large cutaway models of Mauretania, Normandie, and several older, smaller ships. We found that part a little tedious, as we had already browsed there, and it was a lot of standing. To get there, we passed by the First Class playroom. It has been recreated because over the years it was moved. The decor looked what was shown in pictures, but the slide was missing... Forward on Promenade deck is the Observation Bar, which I think is original. Pics from 2009 and this year: Back to the lobby, You can see the stairs on port side up to Sun Deck
Behind the stairwell in center of ship, in an area created by the removal of the funnel hatch, is the gallery where they have the huge lego model of Queen Mary. I was not able to find the cat. There is also a lego poster, and a bust of Sir Winston: Am I keeping the interest of those who like picture books?
In the picture above of the shops, the one on the right with the Tours sign outside is where Sir Winston had his office when he sailed her during WWII They took us up to the Sun Deck, and then further up to the Sports Deck to show us the Captain's Quarters. Also quarters for second officer. Rather spacious, but I didn't take any pics. Back down to Sun Deck to show us the radio room, now occupied by ham radio group. Was able to glimpse the funnel of Splendor Back down on Promenade deck we inspected the Queen's Salon, former first class lounge. Seems like every large room has a dance floor There is another large lounge on that deck further aft, called the Royal Salon. We did not see it. It was originally the first class smoking lounge. Another venue further aft is the Wedding chapel, formerly the second class smoking lounge Their restoration plan was to convert it back to a first class lounge, but those plans date from 1998 at the latest - a lot is different from those plans. And they seem to make a lot from events...weddings, receptions, etc.
After supper at the Chelsea Chowder House on the starboard side of Promenade deck, Mary went back to the cabin but I went exploring. Being of the medical persuasion, I had missed seeing the isolation ward, so I set out to find that. I had to go up to Promenade deck, walk all the way aft and down two decks, dodging wedding guests, etc. It was interesting to me... Also the capstan area
Last but not least, the Grand Salon. This was the First Class dining room. Incidentally, the Promenade deck (covered) was only for First class passengers... We went looking for this in the evening, but there was a shindig going on and they did not want us in the lobby, and were shooing off people on the ghosts tour trying to see the swimming pool...So we found it the next morning after breakfast (in the Promenade Cafe). There were areas out the restaurant that were originally 'private dining saloon'. It was not quite 1000 and they were set up for Sunday Brunch - which is frightfully expensive. The staaff were all gathered in chairs in the corner opposite where we sneaked in Apparenty I am always there on a Sunday, as these first two pics are from 2009 And pics from this year
There is supposed to be a crystal ship that sails across the tracks, showing where the ship is...
Well, I have run through my pictures. Our thoughts: There was a lot we didn't see, because we were not in the best of shape. Exhibits and displays, some I saw in 2009. Not everything interests us, but I really wanted to see some of the cavernous interior that I saw in 2009. We paid for two tours, not expensive. I think the ghosts tour was $9pp, the Glory days tour $11pp. There was little on the tour that we could not have seen on our own. He had to unlock a door to get us into the bow interior. But they do have self guided audio tours (not operational when we were there), so I think you are free to wander. You just can't see inside the cabins. I would like to corral the guide who has been there the longest and grill him on details. We have determined that there will be another visit, after Mary gets a new hip. Going upstairs was really difficult. Will have to figure out how to combine it with something else.
Impressions of the ship. We think of the age of the great ocean liners as one of luxury, but nothing I saw on her is any more luxurious than on today's ships. the cabins - more spacious that the cabins of today, but they were first class...But didn't appear first class as compared to what we expect today. WE didn't see a suite, so I wonder how they would compare to the grills of Cunard today. There are extra doors into the cabins that are now closed off. I wonder if they have combined the servant part of the cabin with the main cabin and made some larger. Although you would think servants would have been housed in third class...So much to think about. I am open to questions, although I won't necxessarily have answers. CJ
That's a very comprehensive review. Love all the pictures. Thank you, CJ.
We stayed on her for two nights a few years ago. Here is a picture of the bridge and of our spacious room. The portholes open and overlook the bay. Their own champagne label!
It wasn't called a suite then, maybe now. It was a harbor view deluxe room. We had reserved an "original" room, but when we got there they didn't have any, so we stayed in a "new" room the first night. The next morning they moved us and gave us the champagne and breakfast.