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Vacation 2004, Day 9
Thursday, November 4th
Queen Mary 2, Day 4

Today we enter the waters around North America. The weather does not improve.

Here is the noon navigational information for Thursday, November 4, 2004:

Passed approximately 10 NM (18.5 KM) south of Cape Race, Newfoundland at 7:15 AM.
Changing course to go south of Sable Island due to worsening weather. Was planning to go north of the island.

Latitude 45°.22" North, Longitude 55°.28" West
This is 201 NM (372 KM) ENE of Sable Island.
Course: Runline heading of 238° at 22 Knots (40.7 KPH).
Distance Traveled since Noon Yesterday: 543 NM (1005.6 KM). Average Speed: 22.6 Knots (41.85 KPH).
Distance Traveled since Southampton: 2196 NM (4066.99 KM). Average Speed: 24.3 Knots (45.00 KPH).
Distance to New York Pilot Station: 883 NM (1635.3 KM).
Depth of water under the keel: 70 Metres or approximately 224 feet.

Approximate position based on information above.

Weather Conditions
Overcast with moderate visibility.
Air Temperature: 7 C or 44 F.
Sea Temperature: 16C or 60 F.
Barometer: 991.5 Millibars, or 99.1 Kpa. Tendency: Rising
Winds: North-westerly at Force 9 on the Beaufort Scale or 44 Knots. (81.4 KPH)
Winds over the open decks: 35-40 Knots (68.4-74.1 KPH)
Sea Conditions: Rough with a long moderate, northerly swell.

Todays big event was the weather as you will see from the pictures. Other things that happened this day was a meeting of people who are members of Cunards World Club. These are people (like me) who have travelled previously an a Cunard vessel. My four crossings on Cunard total something like 24 days. There were people here who had over 100 days.
Other events I was involved in were a Planetarium show and a reception held by the Captain for the big spenders on the ship. I forget exactly what this was called but the only reason I got to attend was because of the mysterious cabin upgrade I had received. I am certainly not a big spender in the category to most of those that were there.This was also the final formal dining night on the crossing so the official table 51 portrait was taken as you will see below.

So here is today in images...

This is Captain Wright telling a story at the World Club get together in the morning. This first set of wave pictures was taken in the morning just before the Noon Navigation Report. I believe this is from Deck 3.
A bit less rough at this moment.
More waves as the ship moves through it at 22 knots.
In the afternoon, the sun came out but the weather seemed to get worse. This from inside the Kings Court Restaurants on deck 7. While I was getting more tapes and batteries for the various cameras I had this occasion to do a self portrait in my cabin. I wish I had waved!
With the sun out and the seas rougher than ever, spray from the white capped waves caused this rainbow just off my Deck 9 balcony. If you look really closely in the middle of this still video frame you may be able to faintly see a second rainbow.
After taking the previous pictures I went down to Deck 2 (I think it was) and took over 30 minutes of wave video. These next images are still frames of the best waves from that video. As you can see I wasn't the only person fascinated by the height and power of these waves. The ship seemed to plow through them without much trouble.
On the sound track of the tape you can hear the people going ooh and ah as this went by.
More oooooohs and aaaaahhhhhhhs for this one.
Here is a picture of the people who were doing those ohhhhs and ahhhhs. Some people were deep in there card games. One of the players just had to get some of the wave action on video.
Just before dinner there was this reception for the class group on this crossing. I was elevated to this status due to my upgraded accommodations. Way to high brow for me! Here is Captain Wright speaking to some of the guests. I even had a chance to have a brief conversation with him. Along with running the ship the social aspect is a big part of his job. He is a very personable gentleman with a quick wit and sharp memory. I really liked him.
Up to this point I have been describing my upgraded status due to my cabin upgrade. There was one additional benefit. This picture is of Francesca the Butler. Yes, I had a Butler. She was a shared Butler among 9 cabins plus my penthouse. I didn't work her too hard but when I did she was one of the friendliest people I've met. She was as surprised as I was at the cabin upgrade. I guess it does not happen too often, at least not from Deck 4 to Deck 9.

This is the last really formal night on the crossing. This is because by this time tomorrow your bags should be out ready for pickup in preparation for the disembarkation that occurs early Saturday morning. In the last of those professionally taken pictures (that should not be reproduced) here is the group from table 51 in the Queens Grill Restaurant. (You will see a much less formal picture of this group on tomorrows page taken at our last evening dinner of the crossing.)

Unfortunately I cannot remember all the names of the people here. The one I do remember was Robert Murphy
of Staten Island, New York. Mr Murphy is the gentleman in the middle of the front row.
The other 3 people were from the western U.S.
This was a very enjoyable group of people to be with for the six evenings of the crossing.

There was also a picture of just me taken on this evening as well.
Here it is.

Not bad eh!

This evening after dinner I went to hear a piano player that was said to be very good. The bar he was playing in was so smoky from cigarette smoke that I couldn't stay very long. The piano player was very good. It should be noted that the bars were just about the only public places on the ship where smoking is allowed.

So, we continue on to the final day of the crossing.

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