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Seven Days on the Queen Mary 2
New York Times, by Dwight Garner

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Posted By:MissMolly, 2/10/2013 9:14:44 AM

The first rule about traveling between America and England aboard the Queen Mary 2, the flagship of the Cunard Line and the world’s largest ocean liner, is to never refer to your adventure as a cruise. You are, it is understood, making a crossing. The second rule is to refrain, when speaking to those who travel frequently on Cunard’s ships, from calling them regulars. The term of art — it is best pronounced while approximating Maggie Smith’s cut-glass accent on “Downton Abbey” — is Cunardists. The third rule, unspoken, is to not fling your Champagne flutes

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Just once, I´d like to experience an Atlantic crossing on a majestic liner.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tatterdemalion, 2/10/2013 9:51:21 AM     (No. 9168490)

Interesting article. The first I´ve ever read in the New York Times.

I wonder what their little pets, the Occupiers, think of all the bourgeois excess of this article?

Also: Titanic. Works on many levels. Especially where the NYT is involved.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Bearman43, 2/10/2013 9:59:43 AM     (No. 9168504)

I say, very POSH!!

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Reply 3 - Posted by: MDConservative, 2/10/2013 10:28:01 AM     (No. 9168545)

We did January crossing on QE2 in ´06. We discovered, as is oft said, there is nothing to do, and not enough time to do it. I highly recommend the experience aboard an ocean liner, not a two-week cruise barge repositioning. Trust me, it´s not the same.

BTW: Westbound you gain an hour each evening.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Linder, 2/10/2013 10:35:40 AM     (No. 9168562)

Just recently said to husband that I had zero desire to go on a Cruise but would love to cross the Atlantic on an ocean liner. Enjoyed the article.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 2/10/2013 11:07:45 AM     (No. 9168611)

Loved this article and thanks to the great poster. However, I would not get on a ship going anywhere. I hate large quantities of water and just KNOW that I will drown instantly.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Sunhan65, 2/10/2013 11:23:33 AM     (No. 9168636)

An English gentleman pulls up at a petrol station. As the Irish attendant cleans the windshield, he asks, "Where are you coming from, then?"
"London," answers the gentleman.
"And what do you do, if I might ask?"
"I work for Cunard," says the gentleman.
"Well so do I," says the attendant, "but you don´t have to swear about it."

[It works better read aloud.]

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Reply 7 - Posted by: navyjag907, 2/10/2013 1:13:11 PM     (No. 9168809)

I did a crossing in 1952 on a Navy transport as a child--wonderful memories; three repositioning cruises on the NORWAY (formerly FRANCE) in the past 15 years and loved it. It´s a little different than my two years on the FORRESTAL (an aircraft carrier). I love being at sea in reasonable comfort which includes warships.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: BaseballFan, 2/10/2013 3:05:59 PM     (No. 9168969)

#6.... SHAME on you! LOL

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