Queen Mary 2

          Transatlantic crossing

                     Southampton to New York

                                                  April 6 - 14, 2009

 

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Southampton

The Solent, a channel used by the British navy and merchant ships for centuries. Photo from the top deck of the ship.

Southampton

From the top deck. We departed from the same berth as the Titanic had when it started its fatal trip.

Veranda

But it was far too cold to sit outdoors.

Cabin

I was in the process of unpacking.

Cabin

Sofa and table.

Solent

Departing cruise ship.

Passengers

Taking photos from top deck.

Southampton

View to the southeast over Southampton.

Flag

Union Jack flying from the mast.

Deck

The huge black funnel. When the whistle went off inside, we all jumped and felt momentarily frightened.

Turbulent Sea

Photo from veranda.

Turbulent Sea

Photo from veranda.

Turbulent Sea

Photos from veranda.

Turbulent Sea

Taken from veranda.

Turbulent Sea

Large wave.

Turbulent Sea

Foaming.

Turbulent Sea

From the veranda.

Turbulent Sea

Waves and swells.

Turbulent Sea

Foam.

Turbulent Sea

I believe one of the engine "pods" was kicking up foam beneath my cabin.

Turbulent Sea

More churning.

Turbulent Sea

Classified as "very rough".

Turbulent Sea

More of same.

Moon

Now and then the moon came out from behind the clouds.

While it was still low in the sky, it reflected off the surface of the water.

Moon

Reflecting from the ocean.

Inside

Hallway carpeting.

Inside

One of the many stairways.

Inside

Another view of the stairway.

Inside

Mirrored elevator doors.

Inside

Mural on stairway wall depicting Cunard history.

Inside

Another view of the mural.

Inside

One of the many one-floor elevators for those who couldn't climb the stairs.

Inside

Entrance to the Britannia Restaurant where I had dinner.

Inside

The ship's bell, rung at 8 bells (noon) every day.

Inside

In the atrium

Inside

Flowers in the atrium.

Inside

Designs on the wall of the main corridor.

Inside

More designs.

Inside

The atrium decor.

Inside

Bas-relief panels in main corridor.

Inside

More of same.

Inside

The main corridor on either the second or third deck.

Inside

More bas-relief in the corridor.

Inside

And even more.

Inside

And more. The panels show the history of England and America.

Inside

Panels.

Inside

Decoration in the casino.

Inside

A model of the QM2.

Inside

Forward end of the deck three corridor.

Inside

Forward end of the deck 2 corridor.

Inside

Some of the hallway carpeting.

Inside

Vertigo-inducing carpet pattern near stairway. Also comes with pink and green backgrounds.

Inside

Inside the Illuminations theatre. Overhead is the dome of a planetarium, the only one on a ship.

Inside

Illuminations, showing the lighted planetarium dome.

Deck

The aft promenade deck with ship's wake and pool. Far too cold for swimming!

Sea

A calmer sea.

Deck

Life preserver with ship name and home port.

Inside

The Winter Garden Cafe.

Inside

Fountain in the Winter Garden.

Inside

Decor in one of the stairwells.

Inside

Bas-relief in the King's Court Restaurant.

Inside

The Britannia restaurant on a formal night.

Inside

Britannia Restaurant with a ghostly figure.

Inside

Formal night in the dining room.

Inside

Mural in the Britannia Restaurant.

Passengers

Joan, an interesting woman from Cornwall, who was one of my dinner companions.

Passengers

Dinner companions Carmen and Gustavo.

Deck

Passengers watching the entry to New York Harbor.

Deck

Approaching the Verazzano Narrows Bridge.

Deck

Verazzano Narrows bridge.

Deck

Another view of the bridge.

Deck

Under the Verazzano Bridge

Deck

Passing under the bridge.

Liberty

The Statue of Liberty

Sky

Moon behind rumpled clouds, reflected from the water.