Off the Irish Coast, A Voyage Comes to an End

Our grand voyage aboard Cunard Line’s Remastered Queen Mary 2 has come to an end, as we pass the southern coast of Ireland en-route to Southampton. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Position as of this writing: 49° 39’ N, 5° 36’ W

Speed: 21 knots

Wind: Force 7 / Temperature: 15° / Seas: Slight

It’s my last day aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2. Today, we’re passing off the southern coast of Ireland, and are due to arrive at Southampton’s Ocean Terminal tomorrow morning at 6:30am.
Six days have passed since we left New York on Monday; six days that have given all aboard Queen Mary 2 a better appreciation for the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean. If you’ve never done a voyage like this before, it may seem a little crazy to choose a cruise with absolutely no ports of call. My job is to tell you that no ports are no problem.
Voyage M717, New York to Southampton, in full:

Across the Atlantic aboard Queen Mary 2

DAY PORT TODAY ABOARD QUEEN MARY 2
Monday, May 15, 2017 New York (Brooklyn), NY. Departure: 1700 Embarkation: The Crossing Begins
Tuesday, May 16 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Our First Day out on the Atlantic
Wednesday, May 17 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Remastering Queen Mary 2
Thursday, May 18 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Getting There is Half the Fun: Cunard’s Transatlantic Legacy
Friday, May 19 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Grand Days aboard QM2
Saturday, May 20 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Elegant Nights aboard QM2
Sunday, May 21 Crossing the Atlantic Ocean Recapping our Journey Across the Atlantic
Monday, May 22 Southampton, England
Arrive: 0700
Disembarkation

Reading about Queen Mary 2, ON Queen Mary 2! Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

This is the part where I should probably rattle off facts and figures. I should tell you how large, how imposing, how grand Queen Mary 2 is – but I feel as though I’ve already done that. I should mention that she crosses the Atlantic for the better part of her year, that she is the only ship in the world to do so, and that a good number of folks use her the way you or I might use a British Airways flight – as transportation to and from England. But, again, I feel we’ve covered that.

Of course, today is the last day to take advantage of Cunard’s daily White Gloved Afternoon Tea in the Queen’s Room. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Every afternoon, waiters parade into the largest ballroom at sea…Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

…to serve up traditional tea, scones with clotted cream, and finger sandwiches. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

The scones are to-die for. Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

Photo © 2017 Aaron Saunders

If you’ve read this far and have only one takeaway from this report, it should be this: this is a very special ship, operating a very special run. Without Queen Mary 2, this is a cruise that would not exist in its current form. Oh, sure, there are other cruise ships that cross the Atlantic. Many, in fact. But they do so as repositioning cruises; port-laden voyages between Europe and North America that happen once or twice per year, and which deviate little from your standard Caribbean or Mediterranean cruise in terms of

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