Queen Mary 2

On January 30, 2004, I and other members of the New World Symphony participated in a unique gala event aboard the Queen Mary 2, the largest ocean liner ever built, which had been officially launched at Southampton by HM Queen Elizabeth II three weeks earlier.

Here is a detailed account (originally an e-mail to my parents and brother) of the experience, with more pictures.

Here I am in the Queens Room in front of a portrait of the real Queen Mary (1867-1953), after whom this new vessel and her 1936 predecessor were named:

(Digital photo courtesy of NWS cellist Sandra Halleran)