Lots of naps during four stormy days at sea on the Queen Victoria

Marcia Levin is sailing on Cunard’s Queen Victoria on a transatlantic cruise.

At 12:15 this morning the Officer of the Watch issued an alarm. A fire was expected in the funnel, or the stack, the iconic Cunard red and black stack.

All officers and crew were called to duty and the Captain, on the ship’s system, advised passengers of what had occurred and that he would get back to us. Soon an all clear was issued and the alarm was over.

Daunting experience? I actually slept through it.

The high seas and gloomy weather of the storms we’ve experienced these past four days at sea have been a soporific for me and I have slept more hours each night than I manage in three nights at home.

I heard about it from one of my tablemates this morning at breakfast. Of course, everyone on the ship is talking about it and it is a commentary on Cunard – and Captain Rynd’s efficiency that a sense of calm co-exists with the challenging experience. Paraphrasing Cunard’s policy, Captain Rynd said it is better to overact than to underact. Passengers are in full accord – the incident was handled well.

I also heard about the Queen Victoria rescuing and caring for an osprey two days ago. He will be released in the Azores and right now guests are trying to come up with a name for the bird. Since the vessel’s name is Queen Victoria, many entries offer up Albert! (I voted for Ozzie.)

We are, after all, still more than 300 miles from the Azores, our next port of call. We have been on these stormy seas for four days. I am not the only one sleeping long hours, a look around the Winter Garden or the Queens Room indicates a lot of dozing or drowsy passengers.

It’s not that there is nothing to do.

Adam Ritchin

Many activities are available. Want to visit back stage at the Royal Court Theater or how about a visit to the galley? Bingo and trivia games abound and lectures are scheduled. Want to learn bridge, knit with fellow crafters?

How about finding how that computer the kids bought you works or how to deal with digital photos on that computer?

Jacksonville native Adam Ritchin is Guest Computer Services Manager and will help guests set up their shipboard accounts or edit photos. He teaches them to use Microsoft Word and Excel Power Point and says he enjoyed watching an 85-year-old man edit a photo to send his family.

Adam taught English to children in South Korea and China and says teaching English to non-English speakers is not unlike teaching computers to seniors who are not familiar with the technology.

A graduate of Florida State University, Adam says one of the most common questions Americans ask is “Where is the @ key?” (On British computers it is near the Enter key.)

Adam is looking forward to the ship’s Mediterranean season and working with new guests who “All have a story. I’ve met more nationally and culturally different people that I’d ever imagine,” he said. “It’s wonderful.”


1 thought on “Lots of naps during four stormy days at sea on the Queen Victoria”

  1. Captain Rynd, mentioned in this article – renewed my husband’s and my wedding vows on board Queen Victoria last November when the ship was berthed off Santorini. He is a lovely, gracious Kiwi, with a great sense of professionalism and humour. and we also got to meet his lovely Australian wife. We look forward to sailing with him again in the future.


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