Posted August 10th, 2017, 05:44 PM
In 2013, we had adjusted a European itinerary so that we could begin our return crossing on QM2 in Hamburg...specifically to witness the rousing Sailaway. Unfortunately, QM2 was delayed in arriving from Norway because of North Sea weather. We didn't embark till 6pm, and didn't depart till well after midnight...to a silent sailaway. Graciously, the Fairmont hotel gave us a late checkout, and we stayed there till 4pm.
But, we were at our usual station on the Observation deck (11 deck below the Bridge) toasting the silent sailaway on our favorite ship.
We will be there again, with our bottle of wine, on November 3rd...hoping for a gala sailaway with music and whistles...
Bob & Beatrice Ring
USS INDEPENDENCE (CVA-62) '66-'67 2 Atlantic Crossings/9 month MED Cruise/St. Thomas/Gitmo, etc., etc., etc.
18 Bareboat Sailing cruises, to almost every Caribbean island, since 1972
Royal Clipper - 12/03 14-day Windwards/Grenadines
Star Clipper - 4/05 & 4/06 "Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta" Race Crew
QM2 - 9/30/06 12-day NJ/Quebec/Newfoundland/Nova Scotia/New England/NJ
Star Flyer - 05/07 Athens/Northern Cyclades/Turkey r/t
Star Flyer - 11/07 17-day Barbados/Balboa, Panama incl./full Canal
Star Flyer - 12/07 Panama to Tahiti, 30-day Pacific Crossing/Positioning
QM2 - 4/16/08 Eastbound Atlantic Crossing
Azamara Journey - 5/05/08 Venice/Adriatic/Med/Barcelona
QM2 - 6/02/08 Westbound Atlantic Crossing
QM2 - 4/14/09 Eastbound Atlantic Crossing
QM2 - 5/02/09 Westbound Atlantic Crossing
Oceania Nautica - 11/10/09 42-days Istanbul/Singapore PIRATES !!
QM2 - 6/07/10 Eastbound Atlantic Crossing
QM2 - 6/14/10 Norway/North Cape
QM2 - 6/25/10 Westbound Atlantic Crossing
Oceania Nautica - 02/15/11 25 days Bangkok-Beijing
HAL Westerdam - 01/29/12 FLL-Aruba-Curacao-FLL "TheJazz Cruise '12"
Star Clipper - 10/20/12 35-days Athens - St. Maarten
Med/N. Africa/Canaries/Trans Atlantic Crossing, under sail...
QM2 - 05/03/13 Eastbound Atlantic Crossing
QM2 - 05/23/13 Westbound Atlantic Crossing (from Hamburg)
HAL Eurodam - 01/26/14 FLL-Grand Turk-San Juan-St. Maarten-Half Moon Cay-FLL "The Jazz Cruise '14"
Crystal Symphony - 05/01/14 Tokyo-Honolulu-Los Angeles
HAL Eurodam - 01/25/15 FLL-Falmouth, Jamaica-Grand Cayman-Cozumel-Key West-FLL "THE Jazz Cruise '15"
Star Clipper - 06/20/15 18 Days Istanbul-Athens-Venice - under sail...
QM2 - 05/31/17 Eastbound Atlantic Crossing
QM2 - 10/20/17 Eastbound Atlantic Crossing (to Hamburg)
QM2 -11/03/17 Westbound Atlantic Crossing (from Hamburg)