Recapping Our Westbound Transatlantic Adventure with the National Symphony Orchestra

Welcome to New York! Queen Mary 2 slides under the Verazanno Narrows Bridge on her way into New York Harbor on Friday, September 4, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Welcome to New York! Queen Mary 2 slides under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge on her way into New York Harbor on Friday, September 4, 2015. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Friday, September 4, 2015

This morning, I awoke at the entirely-hypothetical hour of four a.m. in order to be up on the forward open viewing deck on Deck 11 as Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 eased her way under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge and into New York City.

As I passed through the A Stairwell on my way out to the open deck, I was amazed at the stream of people that were also coming out of elevators and climbing stairs in order to be up and out on the open decks for our entry into the Big Apple. While we wouldn’t be sailing past the Statue of Liberty due to our docking position at Brooklyn’s Red Hook Terminal, we would be able to see it clearly off our port side, with the newly-completed World Trade Center just off to our starboard side.

Approaching the bridge...Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Approaching the bridge…Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Staking out my position by 4:15, things got a little pushy-shovey by the time we passed under the bridge at 4:45. But I stood my ground as if my feet were cemented to the ground. Sorry – you don’t put in the time, you get stuck with the cheap seats.

Not that there’s any lack of viewing spaces. People were crowding Deck 11 forward, Deck 7 forward, and I presume Decks 12 and 13, where the passage of the ship underneath the bridge can be seen best. I’d reckon half the ship woke up before sunrise just to see that – and what an amazingly moving sight it was:

New York looms in the distance. Note the people gathered on Deck 7 forward at the bottom of the photo. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

New York looms in the distance. Note the people gathered on Deck 7 forward at the bottom of the photo. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Even in the darkness, the number of people gathered - and the flashes from cameras - were numerous. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Even in the darkness, the number of people gathered – and the flashes from cameras – were numerous. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Our Westbound Transatlantic Live Voyage Report, recapped:

As always, I like to illustrate the many contrasts between the kind of service and dedication you receive on a cruise ship and that which you receive on land. An excellent example of this was provided by the driver of my coach to JFK Airport this morning.

Queen Mary 2 at her Red Hook berth in Brooklyn on September 4. Photo © 2015 Aaron Saunders

Queen Mary 2 at her Red Hook berth in Brooklyn on September 4. 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 there are more exciting adventures to come! Be sure to follow along with our voyage reports on Twitter @deckchairblog.

 

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