Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The Heart Will Go On, but the Meshkovs Must Come Home

In 1912, the RMS Titanic set forth on her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York.  She hit an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic, tragically ending the lives of more than 1,500 people and cutting short a passionate romance between a young drifter named Jack Dawson and a society girl named Rose DeWitt Bukater.
Ninety-nine years later (or, fourteen years after we first met Jack and Rose, and Zoë and I got a free Titanic VHS at the supermarket*) Dave and I will be setting sail on the Queen Mary 2.  We will arrive in New York on October 23 at 7am to the cheers of all of our New York-based friends, family and blog readers (hey, you can come before work!)
We board in Southampton, England on October 16.  I have a similar travel outfit packed away in Twinny Orange.
The Queen Mary 2 is, according to her promotional material, "the most magnificent ocean liner ever built [and hopefully more seaworthy than the Titanic].  Her every detail harkens to the Golden Age of Ocean Travel, while providing one of the most modern travel experiences on earth.  From bow to stern, discover 14 spacious decks on which to relax and unwind; to indulge in pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for.  Opulent public areas, extravagant dining rooms, ballrooms, theatres, lounges...even the only Planetarium at sea.  But words can only do such a lady so much justice. For to truly revel in the grandeur that is Queen Mary 2, you must sail with her. [OK, I will!]"
The QM2 boasts spacious decks where you can relax and look at naked drawings of yourself.
Talk about "pleasures and pursuits you never normally have time for!"
Some moderately interesting facts about the Queen Mary 2:

  • five times longer than Cunard's first ship, Britannia (230 ft.) 
  • 113 feet longer than the original Queen Mary 
  • more than twice as long as the Washington Monument is tall (550 ft.) 
  • 147 feet longer than the Eiffel Tower is tall (984 ft.) 
  • more than 3½ times as long as Westminster's Tower (Big Ben) is high (310 ft.) 
  • only 117 feet shorter than the Empire State Building is tall (1248 ft.) 
  • more than three times as long as St. Paul's Cathedral is tall (366 ft.) 
  • as long as 41 double-decker London buses (31½ ft. each) 
  • Queen Mary 2's whistle is audible for 10 miles 
Dinners on the QM2 are formal affairs, and you may even have the opportunity to mingle with celebrities like Kathy Bates.
But just because the GT is coming to an end (so, so sad) doesn't mean that this blog is over.  Coming up: China, Mongolia, Russia and Europe, and more!
"I'll never let go, GT. I'll never let go!"
* [DSM: We still have this VHS tape, despite the fact 1) we own a digital copy of Titanic and 2) we do not own a VCR.  Nonetheless, it sits with the only other VHS tape we own, a video of our first bungy jump in Australia, from 2001.]


  1. Are you going to have a welcome back party? Will it be the same weekend you arrive in nyc? I was planning to be back in nyc for halloween weekend but I could change my plans if your party is the weekend of your return. Miss you guys!!

  2. Way to finish it off in style, guys! I'm sure plaid will fit in nicely on the formal nights.

    Can't wait to see you!


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