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VIDEO: the Queen Mary 2 in ROUGH SEAS!

December 22, 2011 by Loloho.com · 14 Comments  
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On LonglongHoneymoon.com I have drawn an analogy between boats and RVs. Boats and RVs have a lot in common. Fiberglass, galleys, and water tanks come to mind.

Many avid RV travelers are retired. Same goes for boats.

But there’s one key difference: manufacturers don’t build gigantic RVs (“cruise RVs”?) that simultaneously accommodate thousands of people.

I think we can all agree that this is for the best. Imagine the potholes 1200-foot long motorhomes would inflict upon our already Swiss Cheese roads. Parking would also be an issue.

With with boats it’s a little different. They do build huge ships to accommodate thousands of people, and it all works pretty well. Here’s a short video I shot on one such boat last week. It’s also our Christmas card to the world.

Yes, last week Kristy and I completed a transatlantic crossing (from Southampton, England to New York) aboard RMS Queen Mary 2. Those of you with a fondness for the golden age of ocean liners will appreciate this ship. The QM2 offers a travel experience that harkens to the past. Our seven night crossing included four nights of formal dining and events (coat & tie for gentlemen, nice dresses for the ladies).

The trip also included a route that passed within 80 nautical miles of the RMS Titanic, and a couple of storms cranking out 30-foot swells and winds at gale force 10.

Although this video isn’t the most technically RV-centric in the world, it is about travel, and I thought you might enjoy it.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to all!

Here’s wishing you safe travels in 2012.

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14 Responses to “VIDEO: the Queen Mary 2 in ROUGH SEAS!”

  1. butterbean carpenter on December 22nd, 2011 5:53 pm

    Howdy Kristy & Sean,

    Did y’all do the scenes from ‘Titanic’ during the storms??

    I got seasick just watching!!!

    HOPE Y’ALL HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTmas & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

  2. John Ahrens on December 22nd, 2011 5:53 pm

    The closest thing to the big ships on land would be a train, but that analogy falls apart on too many levels as well. Airplanes may compare, better yet, zepplins.

  3. Sean Michael on December 22nd, 2011 5:57 pm

    Thanks Butterbean – same to ya! And yes, passing so close to Titanic made us feel a little bit like Jack & Rose!

    John, we met some new friends on the boat who were getting on a train in NYC and taking it to Florida.

    We first discovered the QM2 thanks to a friend who wanted to visit Europe but had a fear of flying! He traveled all the way from Alabama to Europe without ever getting on a plane. Train to NYC, boat to England, and then trains from there onward…

  4. Jim G on December 22nd, 2011 7:27 pm

    I swear this is TRUE! For about a year I follow the QM2 via the ships webcam and last week, I think around Mon or Tues the ship looked to be about 400 miles west of the U.K and I was astounded by the sight of the waves. Bear in mind that the webcam is located on the bridge and points seaward. I even commented to my wife that it looked unusually rough even for the QM2. Now I know I was right. For anyone who wants to take a look at the webcams of any of the 3 Cunard ships, go to http://www.cunard.com/Ships/ and look for a menu which lists the respective webcams. Boy, I never thought I would be writing about the QM2 webcam on my favorite RV blog; go figure!!

  5. John on December 23rd, 2011 7:58 am

    Very nice blog, sounds like a very nice trip.

  6. Sean Michael on December 23rd, 2011 5:00 pm

    Hi Jim, that’s great that you follow the QM2! It goes to show that many people who are interested in RV travel are interested in TRAVEL, period. It’s a mindset.

    Thanks for the webcam link. They actually broadcast the QM2 webcam onboard the ship’s TV system.

    If you are interested in the storm, soon I’ll be posting some raw video footage of it.

    Cheers!

  7. Jim G on December 29th, 2011 10:56 am

    Sean;
    I would love to see more footage of the storm, what you did post does give a sense of what it must have been like. BTW: The QM2 is presently on an excursion through the Caribbean islands, a no-cost way to see what it is like. SOMEday hopefully we can take a trip on the QM2, one of my personal bucket list items. Thanks again and safe travels in 2012!

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