Being onboard the QM2 was like a dream for me. I never thought I would be able to ride in such style. Grayden and I love to cruise. We have been fortunate to cruise several times. Remember we are the folks who love an adventure. When we began to plan our trip to England we decided to take the QM2 instead of flying. We have flown to Europe several times and it is a long exhausting trip--one has to deal with a crowded airplane and also the time changes that bring about jet lag that can be hard to get over. Even with the amount of time we were spending on the crossing, it was a great way to ease into our adventure. It was wonderful getting to know many wonderful folks from England. At our dining table we had folks from Cornwall and the Channel Islands.
Who can turn down being spoiled every day with wonderful meals, afternoon tea and wonderful entertainment. We literally had a vacation before our vacation and then again on the journey home.
Cunard was celebrating their 175th anniversary of sailing the ocean. We felt very special to be part of this celebration. Cunard is a British Line so it eased us into the culture that would await us.
The Queen Mary was built specifically for ocean crossing. Even though we had 20ft seas some days, she handled the rough seas beautifully. The Captain reminded us of her not being a cruise ship. We were not going to be stopping along the way. This was a voyage or a crossing as he liked to point out. I never felt seasick or queasy--Thankfully! I was prepared if that feeling did come to me. Our son Grady recommended a product called Motion Ease. He loves deep sea fishing and has experience in this matter. I never had to use it. No Mal de Mer--thank goodness!
I enjoyed the Captain's updates at noon every day. Crossing in the North Atlantic is quite different than cruising the Caribbean. He reminded us of our coordinates and water depths under the ship. I was reminded of how small we are in comparison to this big ocean. I was also reminded of what a wonderful world we live in and how fragile life is. Our journey to England across the North Atlantic was also a spiritual journey for me---one of reflection of what life is and how small we really are in relation to the big beautiful ocean we were crossing.
We learned many interesting facts about the Queen Mary 2 and her predecessor the Queen Mary. When Cunard wanted to name the original ship they wanted it to be named after Queen Victoria. When the CEO of Cunard approached King George V, he announced that Cunard wanted to name the ship after the greatest queen that England had ever had. King George thanked him and said he would tell his wife, Queen Mary, that evening. Of course the CEO didn't say a word and Cunard went with Queen Mary!
|King George V and Queen Mary|
|Queen Mary 2 Model in the foyer of Queen's Room|
|Me and the Queen's Guard Footman|
|Phillip Morris Stewards from Queen Mary|
There is so much history to this ship and all the great ocean liners of yesteryear. I feel really blessed to have been able to experience some of that great history myself. Of course, we were still awaiting anxiously our arrival in Southampton so we could begin our tour of England.
|Copy of Magna Carta on loan from Salisbury in the Grand Lobby|