Greetings! We are really enjoying our QM2 voyage, which is now more than half over. We can understand why folks who have a lot of time (and resources) like doing this instead of flying. We have met quite a few folks from Britain (and the US) who haven’t been on an airplane in a long time, but they have seen many parts of the world by ship.
The weather today is cold, rainy and foggy, but conditions are very comfortable inside.
Earlier this morning we passed close by and due north of the location where the Titanic went down on April 14, 1912. The officer on duty announced our passage near the final resting place for one of the worst tragedies in maritime history; the officer asked everyone on board to have a moment of silence for the 1500+ lives who were lost that frigid night. Anyone who watched the Robert Ballard documentaries or the James Cameron soap opera “Titanic” knows that the Titanic split in two before hitting the bottom, more than two miles down, with the bow separated from the aft section by quite a distance and debris strewn across the ocean floor. By the way, while “Titanic” had tremendous special effects, I believe “A Night to Remember” is probably a better movie (based on the Walter Lord book). “Titanic” is spoiled in some ways by the ridiculous romance between Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
We have not seen any icebergs, by the way :-). They are pushing their luck on board, however, occasionally playing that blasted Celine Dion song from “Titanic” on some of the public room music selections and even offering cock-a-leekie soup with dinner last night (also served on Titanic on the last night – there’s a thought that makes one uncomfortable). We both decided to try the soup and it was actually quite tasty.
Our plans today include a planetarium show at 1:00 pm (they do have a fully functioning planetarium), plus a possible watercolor class. We’ll also try to get more photos of the ship. We have dinner tonight in the Todd English specialty restaurant and it is also our final formal night.
Getting to the home stretch now. We’ll post a couple more updates over the next two days.