Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Christmas Merriment: Chill at the Queen Mary

As I mentioned in my 20 week update, we did a lot of Christmas stuff last week, and, of course, we have hundreds of pics to show for it. First up was Chill at the Queen Mary. We still had two free day passes leftover from our Ghost Harbor excursion, so we decided to use them after our early morning 20 week doctor's visit. Since we got there earlier this time, we were able to see a lot more of the Queen Mary than we did during our October visit. Also, they did a really nice job of making everything festive, with huge Christmas trees in nearly every room. After exploring the ship, we went to Chill, which is basically a Christmas Village with an ice skating rink, and a giant, freezing dome filled with gorgeous ice sculptures. You can check out all of the pictures here.

But first, we needed some Mexican food. Chile relleno & enchilada for me, shrimp enchiladas for Joe:

Holiday Festivities on the Queen Mary

Here's a comparison of the steward's room (left) compared with the Captain's quarters (middle & right)

Mmmm, Scottish candy

Time to warm up with coffee

Here are some of my favorite shots:

Gloomy but gorgeous weather

Can't get enough of these old phone booths

Love the teddys!

On the bow (?)


Another view from the bow

Me operating the artillery (scary!)

One of the many reported Ghost Sightings
After a few hours of exploration, it was time to check out Chill. The ice sculptures were amazing, but overall, it didn't take that long to view them all, and there wasn't much else to do that didn't cost money (ice skating, eating, shopping). Overall, I probably wouldn't pay to do it again next year, but I'm glad we checked it out once. Also, we saw several people try to refuse the parkas, and let me tell you, they are CRAZY! It was freezing in there. I thought my nose was going to fall off. I wish I would have taken the advice of the lady at the Scottish gift shop and bought some gloves.

The Christmas Kingdom at Chill


I know we have a ton of pictures, but I only chose a select few for this blog. There's actually waaaay more great ones that I just didn't have room for. Coming up next is our tour of Pasadena's best holiday decorations.

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