Splendours of Autumn Voyage – RMS Queen Mary 2

Arrived in New York City and spent the night before boarding the ship in Brooklyn. We took a taxi the next morning to Red Hook to board the RMS Queen Mary 2. The ship is huge, towering and magnificent and we haven’t boarded yet!

We settled in to our cabin. I’m so glad we had balcony. It was sheltered and provided a break from the cold wind

My best picture – Manhattan just as the sun started to set. I was a little disappointed, the Statue of Liberty looks so small!

The captain tells us the tide has to be just right for the ship to clear the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. The clearance is only a few feet!

Leaving Red Hook, with a view of Manhattan

Statue of Liberty

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge just above the stacks

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Splendours of Autumn Voyage – RMS Queen Mary 2

Bar Harbor was the next stop after Boston and it was gorgeous! Our ship was probably one of the last to visit.  The fall season for color is almost over. After Bar Harbor we sailed to Halifax. An incredible city. We hired a taxi to drive us around the city. He took us through the University campus and through old neighborhoods of beautiful homes. On to St. John, a little rainy but they have shopping mall within walking distance to get some medicine for John’s sniffels.

We head back to New York and arrive early in the morning and taxi to La Guardia airport for our flight home, relaxed and ready to go back to work.

View from the tender

The QM2 in Bar Harbor

Tugboat in Halifax

Splendours of Autumn Voyage, Queen Mary 2

Day 2 – Newport, Rhode Island

The Safety Boats served as tenders for our arrival in Newport. We toured the town on the local bus and marveled at all the beautiful mansions. Newport is a beautiful city.

Newport tender

Day 3 – We dock in Boston on October 31. Many of our shipmates are heading to Salem for some ghostly adventure. We settled for a walk through Quincy Market. It was very windy.

Our ship docked nose to nose with the Island Princess cruise ship. Of course the Queen Mary 2 is an oceanliner. I think the difference is the engines. Both ships are huge. The Island Princess left the dock before we did and both ships gave the customary 3 blasts on the horn. It was very loud. Passengers came out on deck and balconies to wave at each other. There must have been only 100 feet between the two ships and three tugs were working very hard to guide the Princess out to the harbor.

Stiff Breeze

Quincy Market

Island Princess