Welcome Aboard the RMS Queen Mary 2!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
It’s time. The moment I’ve been waiting for is finally here.
Just before ten o’clock this morning, I left London’s One Aldwych hotel. I got into a Mercedes C Class car and sat back for the two-hour drive to Southampton, England. While I was sad to leave London, I was fully aware that the start of my adventure still lay ahead, berthed at the Ocean Terminal in Southampton.
My transfer arrived in Southampton just after noon. The city was bombed heavily during World War II, so much of modern Southampton is a mix of medieval and Victorian architecture, interspersed with newer buildings constructed in the 1960’s through to present. And although the security guard at the Ocean Terminal gave my driver directions to Berth 46, it didn’t really seem necessary. After all, Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 absolutely towers over everything in sight.
This was the first time I’d ever embarked from the Ocean Terminal before, having previously always embarked ships at the nearly Mayflower Terminal to the west. Upon entering, I was given the standard health form to fill out (have you been to Sierra Leone? No. Do you have diarrhea? No), and then I made my way up the escalator to the check-in area.
At first, I was a bit nervous: the room was packed with pe