CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2006 |
Betty Gray still has the old steamer trunk with its faded "Cunard" sticker that she took on board the Queen Mary in 1956. Somewhere, she still has the $315 bill for that six-day, one-way trip from Southampton to New York. She says she can remember as if it were last night dancing the fox trot with her husband to big band music in the ship salon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2006 |
Two of the world's most famous ocean liners will meet for the first time Thursday in the Port of Long Beach in an event expected to draw hundreds of former passengers, ship buffs and other curious onlookers. The Queen Mary 2, the world's largest passenger ship, is scheduled to pull near its namesake, the retired 1936-vintage Queen Mary, now a hotel and museum at the port.
August 26, 2004 |
When Andy Roddick competes, tennis tournament directors offer him chauffeured limos and free shopping trips, suites at the finest hotels, massages, bonbons, comped haircuts. Yet when the world's No. 2 player came to the Olympics -- though he could afford to stay in the Grand Bretagne, Athens' finest hotel, or spring for a room on the Queen Mary 2, where the NBA stars relax -- Roddick chose to bunk in the Olympic village. "I wouldn't want to miss that experience," Roddick said.
February 22, 2004 |
But would the Duchess of Windsor have sported a Queen Mary 2 baseball cap? That thought ran through my mind as I perused the ship's photo gallery of the grand and gracious era of Cunard ocean liners. There were the Duke and Duchess, who had brought their pug and perhaps 150 pieces of monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage. There, too, was Noel Coward, who asked, famously, "Why do the wrong people travel and the right people stay at home?" What would he have made of golf shirts at dinner?
February 18, 2004 |
Ship painter Ludovic Loreau worked on the Queen Mary 2 right up until the day in December when the vessel went to sea, putting final touches on the 24-foot columns of its sumptuous restaurant with the care of a craftsman bidding farewell to his masterpiece. Loreau has kept photos of the ship as mementos for his two children. The painter and his co-workers follow the progress of the new giant of the seas, which recently completed its maiden voyage from Britain to Florida, with proprietary pride.
February 4, 2004 |
When the Queen Mary 2, the world's biggest passenger ship, nosed out to sea on its maiden voyage to the Caribbean, along with sun-famished passengers by the hundreds, it carried $600,000 in Florida-bought food and drink, including some hastily purchased beer. For on the eve of the liner's departure from this south Florida port, employees on QM2 had an unexpected request to the corporate offices in Miami: beer in plastic bottles for the Super Bowl fans on board.