we took Amtrak to Penn Station.....
the man next to me hid under his suitcoat about 1/2 way through the ride; mom went into hysterics every time she looked across the aisle at me. We named him "shroud guy".
the Holiday Inn Midtown on West 57th
limo delivered us to the pier on Monday Oct 11
a Celebrity ship was docked next door
the VERY nice accomodations
deck 6, our "street" for the next 5 days
deck 7, the promenade deck
the busy skyline of NYC
lifeboat drill for new crew (NOT for us passengers!)
fueling from barge. this was slow for some reason and delayed our departure by 4 hrs. Instead of 1730 hrs (5:30pm), we left at 2130 (9:30)
there WAS, however, a muster drill for passengers, in case of emergency. Mom informed our leader that she planned to go down with the ship if such emergency occurred. He laughed and said he planned to do the same
QM2 carries extra blades for her 4 "pod" gas turbine engines. No rudder, no prop shafts.