Master and Commander!
To commemorate the 10th year of service for Cunard Line's mammoth ocean liner, RMS Queen Mary 2, her current master, Captain Kevin Osprey, poses from a unique vantage point….standing atop the ship’s mostly-underwater bulbous bow….off the coast of Bali, Indonesia.
The luxurious ship is currently on her annual Round-the-World cruise. She will return to her homeport of Southampton, England in May (2014) for a huge celebration….at the end of her 119-day voyage.
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I was lucky enough to journey to Southampton and sail on Queen Mary 2's Maiden TransAtlantic voyage ten years ago, in April 2004….as I simultaneously marked my 50th birthday.
Prior to the cruise, my parents and nephews joined me in London to celebrate my birthday. What a glorious family event and send-off!
All around, it was a dream-come-true for me….born of my reading, as a boy, about the maiden voyage of RMS Titanic. Ever since, I longed to sail on the maiden voyage of a grand ocean liner.
And so I did!
It made reaching my half-century mark on this planet an unforgettable experience….and a wholly forgettable coincidental milestone! I was having way too much fun to notice the tyranny of the calendar!
When people ask me what Queen Mary 2's Maiden TransAtlantic Voyage was like….my simple, yet vivid description: “It was Titanic….minus the iceberg part!”
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»Photos: James D. Morgan for Cunard Line
»Note: RMS Queen Mary 2 is the only true ocean liner remaining on the high seas. Ocean liners are specifically built with a high freeboard — to withstand rough seas and adverse weather conditions encountered in the open ocean. Additionally, they are designed with thicker hull plating than is found on cruise ships….and have large capacities for fuel, food and other consumables on long voyages. Queen Mary 2 is also built to cruise at very high speeds….much faster than a cruise ship….even in rough weather….with little adverse motion apparent to the passengers.