It’s a first for us, a transatlantic sea voyage and our first trip to England! Although we’ve cruised quite a few times, this is different. Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 is an ocean liner rather than a cruise ship. She was purpose built for transoceanic travel and has provided us an amazingly smooth passage from New York to Southampton, England these last seven days. On this journey every day has been a day at sea filled with so much opportunity for excellent food and drink, invigorating long walks along the deck, fabulous lectures, quality entertainment, opportunities to make new friends, chances to stay up much too late or stay in bed way too long. There were so many wonderful choices that we weren’t able to take advantage of them all. We’ve truly enjoyed traveling Cunard. It’s a fabulous tribute to the golden age of sea travel. Not only that, it’s a gentle way to travel across five time zones. We set our watches forward one hour at noon most days. The two of us relished the opportunities to learn about various aspects of British history in World War II, take a virtual tour of the Tower of London, delve into some royal genealogies, and learn about the search for inhabitable eco planets, as well as enjoy the only planetarium at sea. We danced to the sounds of the Big Band era, conversed with friends to the sounds of jazz, savored traditional Afternoon Tea, and explored various international foods. Now we are docked in Southampton and ensconced in our stateroom waiting for our turn to disembark, to meet Amanda by the pier, and to get connected to wi-fi to publish this and to get back in touch with the wider world.

Fabulous immense artwork gracing the far wall of the Brittania Restaurant
At our table for two in Britannia
Harp music in the Grand Lobby
Treated ourselves to a Sheltered Balcony for this special occasion
Amazing artwork everywhere
Missed any opportunity to have someone take our picture on the first Gala Evening
Spent an inordinate amount of time in the Planetarium and the Theater for great lectures and shows.
Where’s Homer? One of a few Easter Eggs aboard QM2
An opportunity to cut a rug one night in the Queen’s Room
Jazz Trio in the Chart Room
Gala Night II
Jimmy served us beautifully
Our Aussie friends at dinner.
An Anniversary Gift of flowers champagne, and chocolate truffles were waiting as we first entered our stateroom.
Admiring the Commodores Cufflinks aka the spare propellers on the bow deck
They are purposeful, not just modern art.
Wild Mushroom Haggis Croquette – delicious!
Fabulous culinary artistry
Fog one day, rain one day, but a lot of beautiful weather.
Deck Seven was great for walking laps
In Southampton at last. Time to move on to the next phase of this adventure.
It’s been a wonderful experience and we’re glad to know we’re scheduled to travel on QM2 two more times!




  1. Michael Ogden

    You two were looking great on that crossing. Glad you enjoyed it.

  2. Konni

    Welcome to the „old world „ and thank you for sharing this wonderful amazing trip.

  3. Amanda Evans

    Fantastic pictures! You really captured the elegance of the ship and the ambiance! Now you get to settle into life in London. Fantastic!


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