Thanksgiving “3 in 2015” Cruise to Mexico, Day 1: Queen Mary

We loaded up the car, and left our home in Las Vegas at around 9:15 a.m. with our usual lunch stop in Barstow. This time we chose the tamale at Tommy’s – delish! We arrived at the Queen Mary in Long Beach around 1:30 p.m., parked the car where we would leave it for the cruise, and checked in. The weather had turned a bit brisk, and I was kicking myself for not bringing warmer shoes. But my feet really hate to be cooped up and sandals are much more comfortable for me.

It wouldn’t have been so bad if they hadn’t been the “ugly” sandals that offer the most support for walking the deck. I should have worn the “cute” sandals and packed the ugly sandals to wear once we were actually onboard. This was Thanksgiving and most people were dressed for the weather – not for a cruise – and I was almost the only one wearing sandals. At least, they could have been the cute sandals. 🙂

IMG_1144Queen Mary

We found are way to our room and talk about historic! Oh my goodness, not to dwell on this as much as I did on my sandals, but just let me say that we were terrified of the bathroom – lol! I was freezing in the room. Last time there wasn’t any A/C and now this time, apparently, there wasn’t any heat – at least not in the actual room. The hallways were heated, and you hoped the heat would find its way to the room. Thankfully, the king bed was awesomely comfortable and quite warm so we took an afternoon nap.

IMG_6185Rich peeking out the porthole

We woke up at around 4 p.m. and made our way to the Observation Bar, reminiscent of the 1930s/40s where you’d expect a celebrity sighting. Or at least James Bond. Rich ordered James Bond’s favorite drink – the Vesper – and I ordered a Singapore Sling. Our dinner reservation wasn’t until 6 p.m. so we also ordered some mixed nuts, which were warm and tasty.


FullSizeRenderSingapore Sling

It was fun to order retro drinks. The drink menu was reminiscent of the Top of the Mark drink menu in San Francisco, and my Singapore Sling reminded me that I’d had one of those where it had originated at Raffles Hotel in Singapore.

We headed for Chelsea’s Chowder House for our 6 p.m. reservation and were seated shortly after we arrived. We had a beautiful table overlooking the water, highlighting Long Beach all lit up. And we had the most amazing meal:

Rich had the New England Clam Chowder and I had Lobster Bisque for our starters, we both had the Miso Glazed Salmon, which Rich pronounced as better than at Artist Point (super delicious but different than Artist Point) with Brussel Sprouts, Bacon, and Butternut Squash.. I’m not usually a fan of Brussel Sprouts but I’ve noticed these new preparations on cooking shows with bacon and butternut squash and I loved it! Yum, yum!

After that cocktail, I really wasn’t interested in wine but it seemed sacrilegious not to have a glass of Pinot Noir with Salmon so we both ordered a glass. Unfortunately, I couldn’t finish mine. We skipped dessert.

IMG_6175Rich enjoying glass of Pinot Noir in Chelsea Chowder House

We walked the deck after dinner, browsing the historical displays, getting all caught up in the historic importance of when this ship was used during WWII and to transport war brides back to the U.S. Fascinating stuff.

IMG_1146The Queen Mary all decked out for Christmas

IMG_1140Queen Mary Promenade Deck

We changed into our sleepwear, crawled into bed, and I borrowed a pair of Rich’s socks to stay warm. Brrrr!!!


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