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I will be doing a TA next month and I can't wait. My last TA was in 2009 and my daughter was with me, so we kept to her schedule. This time I'll be going soIo, and I am a lifelong night owl. know there are many activities to do during the day, but what about late, late night and in the wee hours of the morning - say around 2-4am. I imagine the stores and restaurants will be closed. Any problem with just strolling around the ship at that time?

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Queen's Room dancing on QM2 usually ends about 11:30 or 12:00 midnight. Then everyone goes to Kings Court for something to eat. I would think the music and partying in G52 (is that the name of the night club) goes a bit longer. I remember going to movies that started around 11:00 pm. Fun to walk to cabin after the movie when the ship is just about empty.

 

Yes, you may walk on the Promenade deck at any time of the night. You will probably be the only one there after 10:00 pm. In fact you can walk around in the public areas of the ship.......you will see the people who are cleaning. The bars, etc. will be closed. I believe Kings Court stays open until 4:00 am.

 

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Forgot to mention, you will really have to bundle up for a walk in the late evening on Promenade Deck on TA in October. It will be cold and windy. Probably even in the daytime.

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Forgot to mention, you will really have to bundle up for a walk in the late evening on Promenade Deck on TA in October. It will be cold and windy. Probably even in the daytime.

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I'm counting on the cold and windy weather! I often compare myself to a dog who sticks his head out of a car window with his ears flapping and tongue hanging out - I'll be the same with the balcony. :p

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Hello All!

 

I will be doing a TA next month and I can't wait. My last TA was in 2009 and my daughter was with me, so we kept to her schedule. This time I'll be going soIo, and I am a lifelong night owl. know there are many activities to do during the day, but what about late, late night and in the wee hours of the morning - say around 2-4am. I imagine the stores and restaurants will be closed. Any problem with just strolling around the ship at that time?

 

I'm not a night owl myself, although I have been out and about after 2:00am on one or two occasions. You are correct that the stores and restaurants are all closed at those hours. Even the Kings Court buffet's stated late night schedule is "Late Snack 11:00pm to 2:00am" and then it reopens at 5:00am for continental breakfast. I did make one late night sortie to the Kings Court around 2:30am a couple years ago and found it was indeed shut down then.

 

Several of the bars specify "late" as their closing time. I have seen a few posts here that mention the G32 night club still going as late as 2:30am or possibly even 3:00am some nights. That's probably your best bet for a venue that might still be open that late.

 

You are certainly welcome to stroll around the ship at that time. If you do decide to take a stroll on the promenade deck late at night, do be mindful to tread lightly in consideration for those with cabins immediately below you on deck 6.

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I'm a night owl myself. Generally QM2 is not a party till you drop kind of ship, but G32 can really get going and I've closed it down more than once. That was probably around 4am. The rest of the ship will be a ghost town except for the cleaners, but you are free to walk around anywhere. Moving the fun elsewhere after G32 I've seen the sun rise, which for me means get to my cabin and bed as quickly as possible! LOL

 

Myself and my friend that I travel with are usually awakened by the noon whistle. This is even if we don't stay up too late. We listen to the noon announcement from the Bridge and then we leisurely get moving and have a long lunch. This is especially true on an Eastbound crossing. It's all very civilized not have a schedule. Just wonderful. My life and job are ruled by the clock, so being on a crossing and not having to worry about any of that is a real luxury.

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Hello All!

I will be doing a TA next month and I can't wait. My last TA was in 2009 and my daughter was with me, so we kept to her schedule. This time I'll be going soIo, and I am a lifelong night owl. know there are many activities to do during the day, but what about late, late night and in the wee hours of the morning - say around 2-4am. I imagine the stores and restaurants will be closed. Any problem with just strolling around the ship at that time?

 

We too like to stop in the G32 to and see the other NightOwls tearing up the rug and being so alive in the Midnite hours.

 

How can one not stop at the Kings Court to get that one last bite before dreaming of the Morning Breakfast hours away and seeing the New Risen Sun on the horizon.

 

I always like to walk the ship before bedtime and oh how silent it is unless you are passing a late night bar or the Casino with the coins dropping or cheers for a win at the Tables.

 

But walking in the more isolated areas with it's silences, another experience of it's own. I work in the hospital and how interesting it's to experience the wards, floors and corridors around 3 to 5AM, again another experience from the hustle and bustle of the day.

 

Bon Voyage and Enjoy your experiences with Good Cheer!

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Hello All!

I will be doing a TA next month and I can't wait. My last TA was in 2009 and my daughter was with me, so we kept to her schedule. This time I'll be going soIo, and I am a lifelong night owl. know there are many activities to do during the day, but what about late, late night and in the wee hours of the morning - say around 2-4am. I imagine the stores and restaurants will be closed. Any problem with just strolling around the ship at that time?

 

I too enjoyed strolling the QM2's deserted spaces after midnight during my return crossing in Aug/Sept.

I found it a good opportunity to visit all the ship's public spaces (including sneaking a look inside the normally-sequestered Grills dining rooms), and photographing the ship's structures and artwork in peace (and taking some un-selfconscious selfies).

Of course, one advantage of travelling solo is you can keep your own hours, including sleeping in or enjoying afternoon siestas. Just be courteous and advise your cabin steward of your preferred hours, so that he/she can plan your services accordingly. The westbound leg lends itself better to this, since the clocks go back most evenings at 0200 (versus losing an hour most afternoons on the eastbound run).

Sadly the buffet had no food out after maybe 10pm or so (although room service was always available), and neither the fitness centre nor the pools were open. I will confess to sneaking some fruit out of the buffet during the day to snack upon later, and on one - maybe two - occasions I pinched off a flower to pin to my lapel the next day. The only folks I encountered after midnight were the night stewards, a few pax sitting in the King's Court, and the occasional smoker on the aft deck. Had a few nice chats in passing ... well, except for that one seemingly-friendly Brit who started spouting extreme Britain-first rhetoric, until I simply walked away from his racist presence.

The pub and lounge were shuttered by that hour (there were a few evenings when a companion and I would be shoo'd out after Last Call), but the G32 "nightclub" will stay open about as long as people are buying drinks.

One of my favourite nocturnal activities was to stroll the open Deck 11 Observation Deck across the front of the superstructure below the wheelhouse (on nights when it wasn't roped off due to "high winds"). The other open deck areas were all lit up like a christmas tree so there was no stargazing to be had, but the forward observation deck was blacked out so as not to compromise the watchkeepers' night vision. On the few nights with clear skies, the view was spectacular, and the whole area reminded me viscerally of standing a watch myself on my older ships that had had open bridgewings. I would have done this every single night if I could, but I guess it's not practical to set varying safety standards for mariners who don't mind a bit of a fresh breeze versus the frailer guests who might struggle in the same conditions, so I reluctantly observed the posted restrictions.

Enjoy your voyage!

PJ

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Thank you for all the wonderful responses. Fortunately I have a career in nursing, so doing nightshift for over 20 years was a fantastic option. I'm not much of a party person, but I like to be up late and listen to the quiet sounds that one cannot hear during the hustle and bustle of daytime.

 

On the flipside, I do cherish my sleep, so I am very conscious of those who are in bed while I am walking around. I promise, no tap-dancing, clogging, or basketball on the promenade at night.

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I think of myself as a night owl, but you guys have me beat! On the QM2 we stay out past the last show in the theater. I'm often at the black jack table in the casino after midnight, and we do linger in the Chart Room very late. And there are some folks around, but not very many. But by 1:00 we are beat. Yet I am intrigued by the idea of wandering the ship very late. Very cool. A whole other world. Stand outside on the back deck and look at the stars and the moon shining on the wake of the ship. Sublime.

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Thank you for all the wonderful responses. Fortunately I have a career in nursing, so doing nightshift for over 20 years was a fantastic option. I'm not much of a party person, but I like to be up late and listen to the quiet sounds that one cannot hear during the hustle and bustle of daytime.

 

On the flipside, I do cherish my sleep, so I am very conscious of those who are in bed while I am walking around. I promise, no tap-dancing, clogging, or basketball on the promenade at night.

 

Kathleen,

Seven Days to go and My Wife and I wish you a Very Happy Bon Voyage!

 

Yes I truly understand, I was in Emergency Medicine/Administration many times during the Lobster Shift. Out of the blue a lonely phone ringing down the half lite hallway...

 

Ed & Bev

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A whole other world. Stand outside on the back deck and look at the stars and the moon shining on the wake of the ship. Sublime.

 

We enjoy the Full Moon nights along the side of the ship shining and glistering from up high.20170705_215149_zps5ctadkir.jpg

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Absolutely gorgeous!

 

 

 

For me part of the allure of a transatlantic is getting to see such amazing sights. The moon across the water is something to truly see.

 

Leaving Southampton this year the sunset was incredible. The sky was red and the water was an incredible shade of pink. It was absolutely intoxicating.

 

 

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Absolutely gorgeous!

 

This will be yours in 5 Days......Aloha! lol.....

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