Arriving in NY is exciting by itself, however arriving by boat is doubly exciting . This time I arrived in NY on the Queen Mary 2, the largest Ocean liner as the Master (captain) loved to call it. Five days we spent in the Atlantic Ocean without a trace of another boat or land, only some dolphins and two whales. I am not sure if the passengers (2600) felt this loneliness of the long distance liner in the ocean, as they were all really busy(including me) to carry on their own everyday activities. In the morning we were jogging around the ship and being annoying if somebody was on our way with a slower pace, or going to the gym, spa , swimming pools, restaurants etc.. In the nights, the serious entertainment was starting with dress codes , evening formal dress or formal casual dress and no blue jeans please!. I managed quite successfully to pour myself into the long dress but I found difficult to balance on the high heels which at the last day they found their own way in the Ocean to arrive in NY or to the wreck of the Titanic. The night’s entertainment included drinks and dinner with the Captain who really didn’t struck me as a real Captain , fatty with a beard and a pipe, on the contrary he was thin and tall without chin, the latter, according to the gurus of physiognomy, shows a sign of weakness and this made me to worry a little bit for the luck of our trip . The ballroom was the meeting point for most of the passengers, before finishing the night with a drink , one or two Cosmopolitan by preference . The orchestra was playing mostly tango , waltz , foxtrot and the ‘dancing partners’ were moving like hunters to find some of the single girls(160) who wanted to twirl in the dancing floor, as the single men numbered only 9 and most of them were registered in the medical centre. The’ dancing partner’ was a new concept and perhaps a new job which I have never thought about until I saw them to dance like a reincarnated Fred Astaire. The weather was quite rough and foggy most of the days, only the last day we were able to swim in the outside swimming pools or to stroll around the ship without an anorak. Still I am wondering how this brave chap Leonard di Caprio and his flirt Kate Winslet managed to play games in the ship’s bow in the middle of the night wearing summer clothes !? Around the 5th day we passed the point where Titanic was sunk and to our surprise we realized how close to the land the tragedy happened(pict.map). After this point, Penelope changed her view about the chinless Captain!
On the sixth day around three o’clock in the morning we started to see land and lights and the excitement was building to a crescendo as we were approaching the port. My little Albions had about the same excitement as when Christmas is looming ....Around five o’clock in the morning we were able see clearly the NY port. We passed the Elis Island, Brooklyn Bridge and the famous Statue of Liberty, I am not really sure if I saw the statue with a naked eye or with the camera lens, the photo snaps were uncountable, but very quickly our interest was focused on the Manhattan towers where the people work and leave. This familiar structure, I believe, is the trademark of NY, more than the statue of liberty. On the other side of Manhattan, in Brooklyn, another symbol of mass production was standing bold with the blue and yellow trademark colours, IKEA. I am starting to think wherever I travel this symbol makes me to feel at home! The sticky hot New York was waiting for us..