Dawn Docking At Red Hook ~ Queen Mary 2


This week Cee wants to see black & white subjects  ‘bigger than a bread box’. And since ‘bigger’ some how prompted notions of New York, I thought I’d opt for the more extreme end of large with these shots of the Queen Mary II.

New York 222

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: bigger than a bread box

29 thoughts on “Dawn Docking At Red Hook ~ Queen Mary 2

  1. I’ve only ever been on two ‘proper’ boats – neither one a ship of this magnitude. The first, crossing the Severn to Bristol.. (School Trip to Bristol Zoo. I was 9 or 10) Second, from Fish Hoek to Seal Island during a holiday to Cape Town. Both times the water was choppy and both times I felt sea sick. Not a great fan! My mal de mer notwithstanding, your photos are very nice, especially the top one!

    1. The QM2 crossing was a very surreal experience. G organised it as a reprise of his Cunard crossing as a 3year old. His pa had a job in Canada and they went via NYC. On our trip there was something like 4,000 people aboard – travellers and staff, but we would wander the companion ways at night and visit different decks and scarcely see a soul. A bit like the Marie Celeste. But absolutely no sense of rolling seas. We had some pretty high winds too.

  2. That must have been some crossing! The only real liner I have sailed on was from India to South Africa and it wasn’t a huge ship. It was good until we hit a tremendous storm on the last night when just about everyone, including crew, were seasick. Such a shame too as there was a special dinner! I much preferred my stay on Queen Mary I which is safely moored in Long Beach and used as a very nice hotel.

    1. We spent a lot of time exploring – which was rather weird due to lack of other people doing likewise. It seems the 2,000 passengers were all being kept busy with organised entertainment of some sort, and not interested in the actual ship. The class hierarchy aboard rankled with quite a lot of us. But there was a fabulous library. I had visions of just sailing and sailing, on and on across the world in a floating library.

      1. We also had some fantastic Cunard history lectures from the ship’s historian. And arriving in the Hudson at first light was a pretty unforgettable experience.

  3. Great photos that work really well in B&W 🙂 I love being at sea but I’ve never been on a ship this large and I’m not sure how much I would enjoy it. I like to really feel that I’m on the water, so a small boat suits me better, like the eight cabin / sixteen passenger one we were in for our Galapagos cruise. Mind you, if I were crossing the Atlantic I’d want something a tad bigger than that 😆

    1. There were some good sea moments from the promenade deck – saw whales and dolphins and seabirds. The OCD speed walkers and joggers were something of a pain however. Better on the blustery open top deck where one could have surreal moments of the Malaysian lads cum dog handlers exercising handfuls of canines – just like the Fred and Ginger movie.

  4. Dear Tish,
    GREAT picture in these subtle shades of grey.
    When we lived in Montreal we went to Europe for our holidays twice a year. We always took the boat to Bremerhaven. We loved it.
    Thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Hello and thank you, Klausbernd. There is much to be said for voyaging, isn’t there. What fabulous trips you must have had from Montreal. I’d love to set sail SOMEWHERE!

      1. Dear Tish,
        we always found it thrilling that we passed by the place where the Titanic sank – it’s some time after leaving the St. Lawrence stream. Several times we saw icebergs there.
        All the best
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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