Oct 11, 2014: Saturday afternoon: There's nothing quite like sailing from wonderful New York & its immense harbor!
A change from last month's trip on the smaller, 365-guest, super deluxe, yacht-like Silver Whisper. Tom Cassidy & I sail this afternoon aboard the 4,000-passenger Royal Princess, a year old and the 10th largest cruise liner afloat. We depart from the Brooklyn-Red Hook cruise terminal under rather
dramatically gray-streaked, twister -in-Kansas skies. We're hosting a smallish group of about two dozen, all members of the World Ocean & Cruise Liner Society.
The ship itself is very inviting – subdued, welcoming decor; superb array of well prepared foods in the casual-style Horizon Court (altogether, there are 21 eating venues onboard); and, most of all, a very, very friendly & helpful staff.We have a very nice cabin – complete with terrace – and under the good care of a Goan steward ca
lled Matthew. We are quickly settled-in: a welcome aboard party, a show, late dinner & of course a stroll around some of the vast 17 decks (but all of them surprisingly easy to navigate).
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One of the ship’s whistles on Cunard's Queen Mary 2 is from the original Queen Mary? It was used so that her famous predecessor’s voice could once again be heard on the ocean. It is audible for 10 miles.