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Queen Mary 2 Journal from July 6 2013 New York Sailing

cruisecouple

Deckhand
Day 1



Since this was QM2’s 200th transatlantic voyage, we started the journey with a grand sendoff from New York. The ship left the Brooklyn dock and headed for Manhattan Island, where it spun around to point out to the sea. We then passed by the Statue of Liberty on our way out of the harbor, the closest the QM2 has ever come to it. There were many horn blasts to celebrate, and champagne was flowing. The weather was nice, though a bit hot and humid. Many other boats’ passengers waved at us and celebrated the spectacle with us. Later, at dinner, we sat with 4 British passengers who had spent some time in New York and expressed displeasure with their experience in the city, mainly because the weather was hot and they felt uncared for by the tourism group they were a part of. They also had taken some American trains (we had as well) prior to New York and complained of huge delays as we also had. I speculated that it is likely due to the fractured, inefficient ownership of American railways and its inconsistent and confusing rail usage rules. But now I leave that issue to other, more appropriate forums. As a side note, check-in went very quickly and smoothly, which concurs with our previous Cunard experience of embarkation.



Day 2



Seas are relatively calm, and passengers seem late to start the day. The weather continues to be fine. There was a lecture about the Hubble telescope that we attended, and at the end of the talk he disclosed that there is a new comet that was just discovered. It is expected to be quite bright and will appear in December of this year. We also watched a show at the only planetarium at sea.



Day 3



Today was a presentation by the designer of the QM2 about the original Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth ships. It was very interesting though QE came to a sad end. The presentation somewhat covered the evolution of transatlantic voyage ships of the 20th century to today. On Wednesday he will talk about the QM2. Today we also met and talked some with the chief engineer of the ship. We had our first time change today.



Day 4



We woke up to a wet balcony railing amid overcast skies. There had been a bit of drizzle overnight. The sea today is near glass-smooth. It is noticeably colder due to sea temperatures which have dropped from 65 F to 45 F. However, this has made the fresh sea air very pleasurable.



Day 5



Wet decks again this morning, and overcast with reduced visibility, followed later in the morning by light rain. It is noticeably warmer today. The sea is still fairly calm, with 1 meter waves. We are at about the halfway point of our journey. With the daily time changes, moving our clocks forward as we travel eastbound, passenger activity seems more delayed every day. Dr. Stephen Payne, designer of this ship, gave a moving presentation of how the QM2 came to be. He had wanted to build a better ship than the Queen Elizabeth or the original Queen Mary since he was 5 years old. It made us realize how unique and special of a ship the QM2 really is. Later in the day, we viewed the film “World’s Away”, a Cirque Du Soleil film in 3D, apparently the first ever display of a 3D film on a ship anywhere in the world.



Day 6



Overcast again, and still cool, but not cold. Weather at our destination is due to be warm. The water is still fairly smooth; the ship has not yet needed to use its stabilizers. We are sailing at around an average speed of 23 knots. Commodore Rynd has stated this will likely be the ship’s calmest transatlantic crossing. Later in the day, the overcast gave way to filtered sun. It was a busy day for us as we watched a planetarium film, “Arabian Nights” by RADA, and the film “Les Miserables”.



Day 7



Last day (disembarkation early tomorrow morning) skies are clear, and temperature pleasant. The sea is only slightly more broken and sailing continues to be smooth. Our last time change is today and will put us on London time. We have slowed to about 18 knots as we approach the English coast line. The days have become noticeably much longer. We had a great chat with Mark Butterworth of the Royal Astronomical Society. It was nice for the speakers to offer themselves for casual conversation. Had last dinner, then that was the end of the cruise, except for morning disembarkation, which we chose the quickest way, known as “self-help” where you carry your own luggage. We needed to pick up a car and move on quickly for the rest of our adventure, which is another story.
 

Pam in CA

Captain
Thanks for the journal. It sounds like you had good weather which is always nice on a T/A. The lecturers sound really interesting and something I'd like to attend. Are you staying and traveling in England or do you plan to return to NY via Cunard?
 

cruisecouple

Deckhand
We quickly moved on into France and now are in Switzerland. This is a very big trip for us so we will be here quite some time. No return trip is booked yet so we are not sure yet how we would like to do that.
 
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