Crossing the Atlantic with the National Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, August 30, 2015
Once again, sleep aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 takes on the feeling of being in a wonderfully luxurious hotel on land. Only the slightest swaying of the ship can be felt and when I awoke today, the wavelets that had littered the surface of the ocean yesterday had been replaced with small swells and seas so calm you’d think you were on a pond or a lake.
The North Atlantic has often been subject to terms like “rugged”, “fierce” and “vengeful.” And all of those are true – just not this week. But the Atlantic is a chameleon; the weather, sea conditions and cloud cover change rapidly and repeatedly throughout the day. Sun comes out, then disappears behind clouds. The bridge navigation team does their best to skirt around rain whenever possible, but often the ship will sail through a short, five-minute rain storm before the weather changes yet again.
Some shots of the ocean taken today, from various points on Queen Mary 2’s spectacular outer decks: