All Ashore

Ah, the pleasures of a sea voyage…

That is without ever having left the dock.

Such awaits aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. Over the years, I have stayed aboard in a variety of accommodations. And I have been to my share of events from Sunday Brunch to New Years Eve to just a quiet drink and a nice cigar on the night before a good friends wedding.

With the right mood, the right company, it wasn’t at all difficult to imagine life on a cruise aboard. Travel aboard was civilized. One did not so much travel as they did experience it.

One memorable stay aboard was several nights (during the brief period that Disney operated the ship as a hotel) in what had been a first class room overlooking the harbor and the City of Long Beach. Complete with taps in the bath, still labeled hot and cold sea water. “Voyage to 1939” was the theme aboard. A fine meal at Sir Winston’s brought it all to the height of perfection.

Another one for the “Gotta go back soon” list.

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