What better place to do a spot of Christmas shopping than on a Christmas Markets cruise on the QM2! The 150000 tonne liner was our home for four nights for a festive jaunt, giving us a chance to dress up to the nines and shop to our heart’s content in one convenient package! Hurray!
We had an obstructed view balcony stateroom, so plenty of room for our luggage, plus shopping bags, and a nice retreat for rocking us gently to sleep. On this cruise, the weather was kind to us and despite it being December, we were able to get outdoors and enjoy that being at sea feeling. We even had champagne on our balcony for the sailaway.
There are some great places to eat and drink on the QM2. We particularly liked The Chartroom where I indulged in the odd Kir Royale pre-dinner and dirty martini later on!
This was our first trip on the QM2 and on boarding I was blown away by the Christmas decorations and the effort that had gone into making this a Santa’s grotto for grown ups. I was so excited, it was ridiculous!
My favourite shopping outing was to Le Havre where I even bumped into Santa who caught me buying a panettone and some cassis to take home. There is a fab little market where you can test out all sort of French delicacies before you buy.
On the last night, the passengers were invited to sing Christmas carols and festive music in the atrium. Right up my street! It was so magical. Especially when we sang ‘I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas’ and snow started to fall from the ceiling! I felt like I was in a remake of Holiday Inn!
This is such a fab way to get you in the mood for Christmas that I wish I could do it every year.