The Only Way to Cross – 175 Years On
Friday, August 28, 2015
“The sea, perhaps because of its saltiness, roughens the outside but keeps sweet the kernel of its servants’ soul.”
This morning, I awoke aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 after one of the most restful sleeps I’ve had in a long time. On a comfort level, the beds aboard Queen Mary 2 are the most comfortable I’ve slept on outside of luxury line Silversea. And I’m just in good ol’ Britannia Class. You can imagine what those in the Princess Grill or Queen’s Grill suites are enjoying!
In fact, if I had to register complaint with anything, it would be with the weather. It’s too darn sunny, smooth and clam for my liking! It feels as if we’re crossing a pond; QM2 is so still and steady that you’d never even suspect we were crossing an entire ocean.
Credit for that has to go to Mr. Stephen Payne, Queen Mary 2’s lead designer. If you don’t know Payne’s name, you should: chances are very good you’ve sailed on one of his ships. He was involved in the construction of Carnival Cruise Lines’ Fantasy class that revolutionized modern shipbuilding in the early 1990’s. He was a driving force behind Holland America’s Statendam-class ships,