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Dream cruise - Crossing the Atlantic
Crossing the Atlantic on a cruise ship
As an impressionable youth, between the books I read, the music I sang, and the movies I watched: crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a ship always seemed the most exotic trip. I still find that after more than half a century later, it still ranks up there as my #1 dream vacation.
Although I can't say for sure, I am certain that my desire for an ocean crossing started with the Titanic. Not that I wanted to be on a sinking ship but I think now that it had to do with the glamor of the trip itself.
It was sad when the great ship went down
Both versions of this song share the words but the tunes are different. We used to sing both versions at church camp (many, many years ago) so I was surprised to find these still out there. The CAL State version is hard to hear but it is dated 2010 so people are still singing it and the chorus comes out clearly.
"Oh it was sad. oh it was (very, very) sad when the great ship went down to the bottom of the...husbands and wives, (itty bitty) children lost their lives."
Movies about the Titanic
A Night to Remember
Forerunner to Titanic, this movie captured the imagination of many, including me. As a child, the doomed ship was more than just a tragedy, it was the struggle between the rich and the poor. The very rich who survived, those who drank and smoked and wore fabulous clothes captured my attention. From a middle-class view, it was more about their lifestyle than the loss of life. In 1958, I was 9 years old so we have to excuse my very young thoughts about the movie but what remained was crossing the ocean on a ship.
Years later when I bought a steamer trunk with wooden hangers and six drawers, I thought I was on my way. That's how they traveled.
The Titanic is a great movie and if you watch "A Night to Remember" and then the Titanic, you will find similar dialog in the back story.
RMS Queen Mary - Long Beach, California Circa 1977.
The glamor of a stateroom with a window or a deck where one could spend time watching the ocean with turn-down service and elegant dining are just some of the reasons to cross the Atlantic. I don't think I have ever given any thought to the destination, it is the journey that captures me.
Steamer Trunk - The only way to travel
I do have two of these. One is the horizontal one with a top drawer. The other stands vertically and opens out to hold 6 drawers on the right and the other side for hanging clothes. Both of these are currently coffee tables but hold all my Christmas decorations for our family tree.
The Poseidon Adventure
Another disaster movie about an ocean voyage. I like disaster movies too.
"Gene Hackman as a priest who leads a small group of survivors to safety from the bowels of a capsized luxury liner."
Cunard Lines - If I am going to do an ocean voyage, it will be first class.
"The Queen Mary 2 is the only ship offering regularly scheduled transatlantic service. The QM2 makes cruises from Brooklyn to England. It's the civilized way to cross the Atlantic". Cunard Cruise Line
The Balcony Stateroom has:
24-hour room service
Interactive TV with multi-language film and music channels
Direct-Dial telephone & data port outlet
Refrigerator, safe, hair dryer
Bathrobe & slippers
Nightly turndown service with pillow chocolates
Daily shipboard newspaper
220V British 3-pin and 110V 2-pin sockets
Their description says: "Premium Balcony staterooms feature a panoramic hull balcony with loungers and tables. King-size bed may be converted to twins and a dual height coffee table may be used for in-suite dining."
Oh yeah, I also want to be close to the nearest lifeboat.
- Cunard Lines
Queen Mary 2 Embarkation Port: New York Number of Days/Nights: 7 Fares from: Suite: Queens Grill $6580
The Queen Mary 2
It is not a given that I will someday make the trip across the Atlantic but it is and has always been a dream. I haven't given it much thought but guess that I want to end up in the United Kingdom and there are also things I want to see there.
I do not fear the ocean and never get seasick. I would like to know which lifeboat is mine and if I need to buy a dress for dinner. I have the steamer trunks so I am ready.