Sunday, November 14, 2010

New York from the Queen Mary 2

Seems like a long time since I have blogged about anything. It's been a busy few weeks. It was vacation time and my wife and I set sail on the Queen Mary 2 the week of October 25th. My wife and I both love to dance and the QM2 has the largest dance floor at sea so it had been on our list for a long time. It always seems crazy busy leading up to vacation; trying get last minute things done at work by tying those loose ends over someone else's desk for a week. Not to mention all of the last minute things to do at home before you head out. However, the time away really does make you feel good and you realize how much you deserved it once you're off.

We boarded the QM2 and found our stateroom on the starboard side, which gave a great view of New York. Sailing out of New York is quite a unique experience because there's so much going on around you. Here are few of the shots I grabbed from our balcony as we were leaving.

We left from Brooklyn Pier 12 from which you get a great view of the city skyline and the Statue of Liberty.

Along with a US Coast Guard escort we also had an NYPD chopper do a low level fly by. I later found out that this is somewhat of a normal occurrence when any of the 3 Queens (Queen Mary, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth) depart New York.

As we approach the Verezzano Bridge it looks like a pretty tight squeeze... at least from this vantage point it does. We actually pass under the bridge with 11 feet between the top of the funnel and the bottom of the bridge. However, once we passed underneath we had a nice view looking back.

Until next time... enjoy!