Cunardcritic and family were recently the guests if Commodore Everette Hoard aboard the 80 year old RMS Queen Mary at her permanent berth in Long Beach, California.
A bright, sunny and hot summers day, thankfully lightened by an ocean breeze, saw our arrival alongside the original Queen of the North Atlantic. For the elders of the CunardCritic team this was a welcome return to the grand old ship, for the junior CunardCritic members it was their first visit to a ship they knew so much about.
The Commodore greeted us on the dockside and escorted us aboard. This was made all the better by the presence of two of our oldest Cunard friends, Betsy and Mark who had flown down to spend the day with us.
The Commodore gave us an escorted tour of Queen Mary, including some secret spots as the captains cabin and the bridge, before inviting us to spend the remainder of our day exploring Queen Mary and her many attractions.
The Commodore explained to us that despite the entry charge, each passenger is currently costing the Queen Mary money to visit and at the time if our visit the need for an overhaul was obvious. Her hull is in desperate need of a repaint and most of her superstructure needs a good coat of overhauling. However since we have returned home an ambitious program of alterations and additions has been announced, what was obvious is the very great love the Commodore has for his charge and overall given her great age she’s doing very well. Here’s to the next 80!
I will continue our visit in a photo essay blog.