Virtuoso Life - September/October 2017 - 199
course in the privacy of their rooms. The annual beef consumption on board would supply a city the size of Southampton for a year.
And let's not even discuss the ice cream. Late
one afternoon, my wife and I bump into the
ship's captain, Christopher Wells, a jovial
Brit who on this trip has his three undertens in tow. The eldest boy confesses quite
proudly that he's on cone number seven -
for the day.
We all have our weaknesses. Mine
happens to be karaoke. Perhaps I was premature in expressing reservations about
spending a week with "nothing to do"
at sea. Maybe it was ignorance or even
resistance. No matter. It's all forgotten
by the last night as I drag my wife up to
the microphone in the Golden Lion Pub
and get a hundred or so new QM2 friends
to join us for the chorus of Elton John's
"Tiny Dancer." Ours is a big, busy world
with lots to do and see. But sometimes
you need to leave familiar shores behind
and let loose with high notes for all the
Atlantic to hear.
Four classic transatlantic cruises.
Line's New York-to-Southampton crossings on the 2,961-passenger Queen Mary 2
are filled bow-to-stern with elegant touches such as nightly dress codes and a lavish masquerade ball. Departures: Multiple dates through December 15; from $1,299.
in on the Azores and Bermuda during Regent Seven Seas Cruises' 15-day round-trip
circuit from Lisbon to Miami aboard the 750-passenger Seven Seas Explorer. The line partners
with the Smithsonian Institution for lectures by art historians and authors, and includes certified bridge masters on staff. Departure: November 24; from $7,099.
Celebrity Cruises' 14-day transatlantic crossing from Fort Lauderdale to Southampton calls
at Nassau, King's Wharf, and Lisbon. The Celebrity Silhouette's 2,886 passengers can relax en
route with Canyon Ranch SpaClub treatments, take painting classes from Art Center/South
Florida's master artists, and do very little in butler-serviced cabana-style alcoves that accommodate six and are outfitted with chilled towels, lounge chairs, and an assortment of food
and drinks. Departure: April 15, 2018; from $999.
The Azores also factor into Crystal Cruises' 12-day Lisbon-to-Fort Lauderdale sailing aboard
the 1,070-passenger Crystal Serenity. Among the blue-water diversions: making movies with
instructors from USC's School of Cinematic Arts. Departure: April 17, 2019; from $7,840.
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