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An Unhappy Anniversary

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This weekend we celebrate a not so happy anniversary.

A hundred years ago, on April 15th, Titanic, the ship dubbed unsinkable, sank below the waves of the north Atlantic, and into history as one of the world’s great disasters. At the time she was considered a technological marvel. It had telephone service on-board, along with wireless communications that warned the cocky captain of iceberg sightings ahead that went unheeded, and doomed the ship.

It’s hard to imagine such a disaster happening today. I crossed the Atlantic last year from Southampton to New York aboard the Cunard lines Queen Mary Two, tracing the path of Titanic. Cunard had bought the White Star Line that owned Titanic, so it traces its lineage to that ill-fated company.  read more »

An Ocean Voyage

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These days most traveling is done by air, but it might not be a bad idea to take your next voyage on the high sea.

A few weeks ago I traveled aboard the Queen Mary 2 from Southampton, England to New York City. The ship’s Commodore Bernard Warner has been in the business for 44 years and says after the Loveboat TV show took off, so did the cruise industry took off. Warner says it hit a snag when aircraft flew onto the scene but now with extra fees and constant delays the airline industry has become more necessary than enjoyable.

“I think these days as more and more people are seeking an alternative to flying they’re turning to a ship like ours which crosses the Atlantic frequently during the summer.”  read more »

Exploring the Cruise Industry

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With the down economy it’s hard to land a job. Maybe it’s time to head for the horizon and spend a little time at sea.

Two weeks ago I cruised aboard the Queen Mary 2 on its six day ocean crossing from Southampton, England to New York. The world’s largest ocean liner features 15 restaurants and bars, five swimming pools, a casino, theater and the first at sea planetarium. And to keep it all running smoothly, a staff of about 1,200 people who cater to the whims of some 2,500 guests. David Stephenson is the hotel manager for the Queen Mary 2 and says despite working seven days a week for four months he enjoys his schedule, especially when compared to a nine to five.  read more »

Cruising Along

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Looking for something different for your next vacation? How about a cruise?

A few weeks ago I sailed on the Queen Mary 2 from Southhampton, England to New York City. Cunard's ocean liner may be the world's largest but it's just one of hundreds of cruise ships operating around the world. Commodore Bernard Warner is the master of the Queen Mary 2 and says while many people have turned to airlines for traveling, they don't offer the variety you find at sea.

"I think whatever company, any cruise you go on you're looking for something different. Whether it is a family holiday, adults only, fun times or an intellectual experience every ship offers something different."  read more »