Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Warwick Wine Tasting Hosted by The 'First Lady' on board The Queen Mary 2

By Ziyanda Tutu

It is huge ! That Was my first reaction to the Queen Mary which was docked in Cape town over night.

On Saturday 5 February Warwick’s “First lady” and her entourage, which included myself, the estate manager: Ronald Spies and his son JP, hosted a wine tasting on the Queen Mary 2.
This was a wine tasting of a different kind. It was hosted on a luxury passenger ship and was accompanied by a brass orchestra. They played music from “Carmen”- one of my favourite ballets – and, “don’t cry for me Argentina!” It was all so romantic. I could not help but think about The Titanic. Fortunately we were close enough to swim to shore should this boat follow suit.

After the wine tasting I was taken on an express tour by the chief sommelier Kelley. I was in absolute awe of the sheer opulence. Even the ash-trays are pure silver! I got to see numerous dining rooms, indoor pools, swimming decks, a spa, art galleries, night clubs and pubs. I could only imagine what happens at night in these decadently decorated digs.

The security is extreme on such a ship and, even though I wanted to stay on board, it was not an option. Good bye Queen Mary 2. I hope to see you next year

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