Crossing the Atlantic!

On Cunard’s Queen Mary2, from NYC to Southampton.

“Oh the sea is blue, so blue” goes a song by Kurt Weill, and ain’t it the truth! We are on our 5th day into a sea voyage crossing the Atlantic from New York’s Manhattan Pier to Southampton and are loving every minute. Our first transatlantic voyage, our first time on a Cunard ship and I can say with certainty that this is a great experience. This ship is large and lovely — not the size of some of the behemoth ships that launched last year, but plenty big! With 2500 or so passengers¬†and a crew member for every two of us, the ship is longer than the Eiffel Tower is high. Despite what it looks like in the movies, the Titanic was just 1/4 the size of the Queen Mary 2. And speaking of the Titanic, we sailed right over the very spot where it went down — we are taking the Northern Route across this ocean and that route is pretty much the same as it was then. We are being entertained, amused, and fed royally. If you’re a sucker for an English accent as I am, then here you will get your fill. 12 passenger decks, many restaurants, grills, bars, and endless stuff to do — even a planetarium — the only one at sea, I think. Drama queen that I am, I have been taking workshops from the team of Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) actors on board; marvelous. Some great jazz on board and a team of 16 singers and dancers, costumes, staging, etc. We even have Shakespeare at sea — very couth! We walk the promenade deck bundled against the outside chill. The wind past our balcony cabin door whistles a sweet song of the sea, and the boat gently rocks us to sleep each night. Looking forward to reaching England and more travels there, but in some ways, I wish this voyage could go on longer — we are charmed and relaxed to the max.

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