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Picking up the Queen Mary 2 on her final Voyage Segment this month, from Hong Kong.

Ports of call include: Barcelona and Cadiz, Spain;  Cochin, India;  Colombo, Sri Lanka;  Dubai, United Arab Emirates and Muscat, Oman; The Suez Canal  via Port Said Cairo, Egypt; Hong Kong, China;  Kuala Lumpur ,Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia; ; Limassol, Cyprus;  Naples and Rome (from Civitavecchia) Italy;  Nha Trang, Vietnam; Petra, Jordan (from Aqaba); Phuket, Thailand; ; Singapore; Southampton, United Kingdom (SOTON)

While in Capetown last month, we had the good fortune of meeting up with The Mary:

Keep Calm. Ship Happens! 

What an  amazing feeling when boarding a ship we have sailed on. The QM2 is no miraculous exception.  This is not your typical cruise ship. In fact, it is the last of the great oceanliners- passage ships designed for 12 months brutal Atlantic crossings NY to SO'TON. Her keel sits higher above  the water line, 7 decks instead of 5, which makes it cut water better and makes for a smoother ride. Today, the first voyage segment SOTON to Cape Town is completed. This is part of the 2018 World Cruise Itinerary. We last sailed on her in June 2017:

Prior to that, In July  2014, We sailed on her.The Mary cames to Hamburg for her tenth jubilee and  she got a special celebration by the locals 
QM2 @sea July 2014

After 6 sea days, we took a voyage, not a cruise onboard the Queen Mary2. This is the shortest bridge between New York and Europe. Airplanes, afterall, are like diets - I don't like being on them.
The QM2 allows dogs onboard-cute!
The Queen Mary 2 comes to Hamburg every year.
 For her tenth jubilee she got a special celebration.
I took lots of videos, and posted them for my my friends on Facebook, but this one pretty much sums up the crowds enthusiastic response  as the flagship sails away down The Elbe River to open waters in the North Atlantic...
Sailing across The Pond to NY

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Baseball, football, basketball... requires only one ball.
Runways are for beauty queens

Airbus  H160

LA County Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk  is based on the UH-60 Black Hawk, but is fitted with specialized equipment for rescue missions and firefighting, including a 1000 gallon water tank.

Kopter rebrands

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It snowed last night near the strip.

The road trip started out with spectacular views of the Mojave desert. There were endlessJoshua trees and rock formations.

"I'll take things that I know for $2000 Alex"

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Good Morning San Diego from The Kissing Sailor

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Greetings from The People's Republic of Santa Monica.
Here with my "pier group"

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There is a brewery here called Harveys. Cheers to the hoppy life!

Lewes is nestled between the southern downs like a box of toys under a great canopy of green and white hills. Quaint.

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Always spectacular, the chalk headland in East Sussex, England-a must sea! Definitely white cliffs today with our first snowfall in the region. With some free art supplies dropped from the sky, time to get resourceful and build a snowman.
Flexing my creative muscles

If you build it, they will melt
This iconic symbol of Christmas and the winter season goes back as far as the Middle Ages and Michelangelo.

It still puts a smile on my face making these frosty friends and keeping the tradition alive in jolly old England.

Definitely White Cliffs Today

"We're cold ", they said sheepishly

Mothet Nature-Taking the edge off

Welcome to Mt. Erosion. It's not your fault.

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