Sometimes you are lucky in life, and today was one of those days. We arrived at the dock in Hamburg for
our trip back to the US. When traveling on a cruise, you are provided luggage tags to put on your bags to ensure they arrive at your stateroom. I glanced at the boarding ticket we had just printed out, and noticed that the stateroom referenced for us, was different than the stateroom we had originally selected and been assigned. Since the new stateroom number was on the same deck, we just assumed there was a bit of a snafu and all would be settled.
When we checked in we were given a red card that read “Queen Mary Suite”, and we were told to present it when embarking the ship. The moment we boarded we realized we had been upgraded. I know cruise lines do this, but it had not happened to us before. Not only had we been upgraded, the suite we were upgraded to was one of two Royal Suites on the ship.
As we entered, one of the two Cunard crewmembers that were helping us with our bags said this “instead of going to the cabin along the usual route, we can simply take your private elevator”. Wow! The suite is massive, with two living room areas, two bathrooms, a large outdoor veranda, a closet/dressing room the size of most rooms, a small dining area and bar, and of course a doorway to our private glass enclosed elevator. We are situated directly below the Bridge, with one part of the cabin shaped like a flying bridge providing a wonderful view forward. We also have two very large windows (one complete with a built in seat) that look aft and to the starboard side of the ship.
The rooms are very tastefully decorated, and come complete with three televisions (including a large plasma in one of the living rooms), multiple DVD systems, surround sound (a VCR – not sure why), and a small library area.
What can I say? The surroundings are fit for a king (or queen), and actually were designed for one. We have been good Cunard customers, but this upgrade iced the cake for us – we are ready to book our next cruise (note to Cunard – if this is how you get customers to come back – it works). Just when we thought the trip could not get any better – it did! If you would like to see some pictures of the suite, I have posted them here.