Setting Sail and the Royal Wedding

Setting Sail on Queen Mary 2

Shortly after stowing our luggage we attended a mandatory lifeboat drill.  In the event of an emergency that might require abandoning the ship we would be alerted with a loud alarm of 7 short and one long blast.  We were to bring our life jackets, warm apparel, a warm hat, and a boat identification card to a specific area where ship personnel would supervise the boarding of lifeboats.   We pulled away from shore at around 6:00pm.  Shortly out of the harbor we passed by the iconic Statue of Liberty.  

 It was a foggy, cool, evening, but many gathered on deck for the departure.  George and I enjoyed our first beer on board.

 It was a foggy, cool, evening, but many gathered on deck for the departure.  George and I enjoyed our first beer on board.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 
We enjoyed a wonderful dinner of lamb shank and retired to our cabin for restful night’s sleep.
 
 

The Royal Wedding

Shortly into our voyage the occasion of the royal wedding between Prince Harry and now Princess Meghan dominated events on the Queen Mary.  The ship’s Royal Theater opened at 6:00am and broadcast live coverage of wedding preparations, the event itself, and commentary afterward.  British pride and nationalism was in evidence everywhere.  The ship and many passengers were decorated in British red, white and blue.  The British Royal Regalia (a group sing along) was held in the Grand Lobby that concluded with the British national anthem.
 
 

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