The Legend Lives On

Cunard's Queen Mary 2: the only modern transatlantic ocean line. Photo courtesy of Cunard Line.

Cunard’s Queen Mary 2: the only modern transatlantic ocean line. Photo courtesy of Cunard Line.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Today marks my last day aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 as we make this Westbound Transatlantic Crossing with the National Symphony Orchestra. After 81 cruises, the last day of a voyage never gets any easier. That is particularly true aboard Queen Mary 2. I dislike proclaiming that any one ship is my favorite, but after a lifetime of admiring ships, I have to say: Queen Mary 2 is my favorite.

She is the ship I dream about. She is the ship I long to sail around the world on. I don’t know why – maybe it’s her ocean liner pedigree or the grandeur of her public rooms or her British traditions that carry on with the full blessing of parent company Carnival Corporation PLC – but I feel she is the most elegant, graceful, powerful ship afloat.

Today was the best day yet onboard - with temperatures up to 26C, guests flocked to Queen Mary 2's outer decks. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Today was the best day yet onboard – with temperatures up to 26C, guests flocked to Queen Mary 2’s outer decks. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

When I started this site, I always told myself that I’d be honest above all else, regardless of the fact that what I write might embarrass me or make me sound overly sentimental. Sorry – travel is sentimental. That’s just the way it goes.

I have a complicated history with the Queen Mary 2. I’ve followed her career since she was first announced in 1998. I finally got to sail her in October of 2008, on an abortive voyage when personal issues forced me to disembark in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the tail end of Hurricane Kyle. My next voyage, in October of 2012, I was chased out by Hurricane Sandy, but completed the journey to Southampton.

At Sea. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

At Sea. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

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Our Live Voyage Report aboard Cunard’s Queen Mary 2 has sadly come to a close, but we’ll have a full recap of our transatlantic adventure next week! Be sure to follow along with our adventures on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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