Thursday, 5 April 2012

our elegant group on the QM2
E  Elegance is the word that comes to mind as I look around the restaurant  on Formal Nights on board the Queen Mary 2.  The men are handsomely attired in  black or white tuxedos. The occasional dress uniform may be seen on military men, complete with ribbons and medals. And every now and then a Scot will proudly wear a kilt in his clan tartan.
But it is really the women who turn the dining room into a palette of colour, from pale pastels to jewel colours, often glittering with threads of silver and gold. Many women chose to wear ankle length gowns; others wear evening pants or shorter dresses.
The picture shows our dance group dressed for a formal night. That's me in the green dress.
After dinner there will be a Ball held in the magnificent Queens Room ballroom, the largest ballroom at sea. Some of these Balls are themed: the Black and White Ball, the Raj Ball as we approach India or the Oriental  Ball. You can read my more detailed description of the Black and White Ball in my Travelblogue at Let the Dancing Begin and The First Formal Night.
I love the elegance of these formal evenings.  How often does one have the chance to wear formal gowns and dance to a ballroom orchestra at home? I never do.  So as long as Cunard hosts these wonderful evenings, I am going to keep on cruising on their wonderful Queen ships, QM2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and Queen Victoria.

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