An Atlantic crossing on the Queen Elizabeth 2 is as close as you can get to reliving the great liners of the last 100 or so years of thriving ocean travel. Indeed, the QE2 is a piece of this past, born of the nearly160 years of experience and tradition that Sir Samuel Cunard first began with his Britannia in 1840 and developed with the grand accomplishments that were the Aquitania, Lusitania and Mauretania just to name a few of my favorites.
But the "Queen" as she is sometimes affectionately called, is much more than just her history. She is modern technology, she is powerful and efficient engineering, she is the finest of dining experiences, she is elegant gatherings, she is the sum of all her facilities... but most of all, she is the fine people who keep her traversing the north Atlantic and the entire world. She is the man who touches up her paint, she is the woman who vacuums the corridors, the waiter who brings your champagne, she is the engineer, the navigator, the chef, the penthouse butler, the purser. She is an entity who lives in the heart of anyone who has sailed on her. And I am one of those. She is inspiring, as you might guess.
From embarkation in Southampton to our arrival in New York six days later, this was the finest, most exciting, most wonderful journey I have ever taken. My review, in detail of the crossing is here if you'd care for something more in depth.
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