Aztec: Quite the Culinary Sacrifice

After the Veranda Grill you would have thought that we had learned our lesson. But no. Every evening, a part of the QM2’s King’s Court buffet is transformed into a specialty à la carte restaurant. The Aztec restaurant is one of these “offering regional Mexican cuisine.” Unfortunately, we discovered that the food at Aztec is not really Mexican at all, but rather tarted up mediocre Texmex. We once again fled back to the Princess Grill restaurant.

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Veranda Grill: Oh God, but I do miss Todd!!

Todd English’s restaurant was lost in the recent QM2 refit, replaced by the Veranda Grill. The Veranda Grill is named after and supposed to evoke the iconic restaurants of bygone Cunard vessels from the interwar period of the 20th century. It was a disaster. What can you say about a meal where the amuse bouche is the best thing you tasted? We miss you Todd!

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Queen Mary 2: Upgrades and Upselling on the Made-Over Doyenne of the Seven Seas

This was MagoGuide’s fifth voyage on Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 and it proved to be the best thanks to our Princess Grill upgrade. We missed Todd English’s restaurant, though. Its replacement, the Veranda, was a nightmare. And other eating venues (such as the Aztec restaurant) were also pretty awful. We found ourselves returning to the most excellent Princess Grill restaurant often and we were seldom disappointed.

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The Canadian: Luxury with a Purpose

Unlike most luxury train voyages, which are essentially rail cruises for well-heeled tourists, Via Rail’s Canadian provides genuine luxury for travelers on a year-round scheduled route between Vancouver and Toronto. Team Mago was surprised and delighted to find that Via’s Prestige class lived up to the hype and then some.

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