From: Ari Silverstein, C.T.A. on
On Fri, 23 Jul 2010 10:45:56 -0700 (PDT), Bo1953 wrote:

> Tom suggested this as a "future" cruise and not replacing the one
> scheduled for January. As a future cruise this might work.

The QM2 is not my cup of tea, Sam. It might be yours but I don't go
for the British separation of classes on the ship, the overall British
theme, etc. Personal tastes, each to his own.

Now if I take another transoceanic cruise to England, it would most
probably be on the QM2, she is by far the most sea worthy liner and
was designed to be just that. Look at her compared to the modern
cruise ship which is much more like a hotel on a hull.



Now take a look at the Oasis Of The Seas


or :)

The QM2 was designed for the harsh seas and weather typical of
transatlantic crossings. For instance Carnival/Cunard's decision to
not add any balconies to the forward area of the ship. She carries her
lifeboats well above the standard minimums of SOLAS.

Her hull is longer, thinner, deeper and hydrodynamically smoother
combining speed (30+ knots) and incredible strength.

Her stern is a hybrid, square-shape stern for those rough sea days
(winter in the Atlantic).

But for the Silverstein's, a flight to Barcelona, three days there,
and a repositioning of the RCCL Brilliance to Miami is still much more
our idea of fun.
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From: gmbeasley on
On Fri, 23 Jul 2010 15:09:03 -0400, "Ari Silverstein, C.T.A."
<AriSilverstein(a)> wrote:

>On Fri, 23 Jul 2010 14:19:41 +0200, peter wrote:
>> Will you do the things Tom suggests? Read books from "the
>> huge library", learn a language from a Rosetta Stone CD, go to a "British
>> pub"? Sjeesh.
>I have to agree with this. Truth is that even though this sounds
>plausible, passengers rarely can or will want to spend their time
>doing these kinds of things. A trip to the library to look around,
>sure, or to read. Learning a language? Hardly.

I think they had Rosetta Stone on Celebrity Mercury - at least I know
I've seen it recently. It seemed popular. We had two sea days at the
beginning and two at the end.
>I keep ten or fifteen books that I read through and when I cruise,
>select one and start-finish it. Have gotten through the Vidal series
>of historicals, Robert Pirsig's novels, a couple of others.
>Nothing more peaceful than a challenging author, a shady chair and a
>day at sea.
I've stopped taking books with me. Bob sometimes gets one from the
library on board, but I just never get to it. I don't read fiction
anymore anyway. I don't watch movies except under duress (sometimes
my granddaughters insist that I will like a movie and sometimes I do,
but it wouldn't be my choice), and don't watch fictional TV either.