Aboard the Queen Mary 2 –Yesterday was our first full day aboard this lovely ship. Because the weather is unseasonably cold and windy, most of us – except for a hardy few who bundled up for a few turns around the deck – stayed inside for the day.
Of course, this is a ship designed for these crossings and has plenty of room inside to handle a couple of thousand people.
As I noted yesterday, this ship is full of moderate size rooms that are tucked way in the bow or stern…with only a few located at the middle. So it does take a day or two to discover all of them.
We took in a couple of lectures yesterday, one was by the neurosurgeon who consults to such TV shows as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” He did a humorous but interesting overview on how doctors, specifically neurosurgeons, have been depicted on TV since the days of Dr. Kildare.
A second lecture was about the life of Princess Diana, as told by British photojournalist Phil Bye, who covered her during much of her royal life.
We also saw a show called “Cosmic Collisions,” narrated by Robert Redford, in the ship’s unique planetarium. This is located in the Illusions Lounge and is the only one at sea, as far as I know. The seats underneath this huge dome lean back and the film plays on the large, curved overhead screen. The effects are tremendous and even a bit scary at times.
Last night was also our first formal night. Although we were all gussied up, the evening ended up being a bit tame for us as we are early-to-bed folks and all of the partying started after 10 p.m.
However, we did catch the early show which featured clarinet player Kenny Martyn who gave a rousing performance. His Benny Goodman set definitely played well with the crowd, which tended to be 70+.
Tomorrow I will give you a number of brief observations that Chet and I have made about the ship since boarding.
June 18, 2012
Photos by Chet Janssens