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Jul 27, 1961 - Europe 1961    No Comments

On Board the Queen Elizabeth, Day 1

We slept late, after such a restless night, and had a late breakfast in the dining room. The waiters seem to outnumber the passengers there and they are as attentive and polite and anxious to please as we’d anticipated. The menu is always very tempting but if nothing pleases you, they will bring you anything you want.

The room steward , also, is most obliging. We sent some things out to be pressed – at his insistence – I suppose I could have pressed mine, but he said only the tourist class did that!

I made an appointment for the Turkish bath hoping to lose some of my soreness. The massage was wonderful and made a new person out of me. I joined the others in the bar on the observation deck for a drink before lunch. This room is one of the few from which you can view the ocean as you sit – it’s at the front of the ship and you have an unobstructed view.

At the lunch table we were present with a bar chit – a gift from Margaret Barcus – and what a nice one! Allen & J also received some from friends. We forwent the wine at lunch but seem already to be in the habit of having it with dinner.

Harry and I read and slept all afternoon while the Earlys went off to play bridge. Harry had taken a couple of books out of the library which at a glance seems to have a pretty good selection. I’m reading Clea, the last of Lawrence Durrell’s quartet.

At dinner tonight (dressed in our formal best) we discovered we were sitting next to the captain’s table. A rather dim honor, I imagine. A & J couldn’t get excited about the Bingo and went to the movie while Harry and I threw away several dollars playing. The British couple next to us each won a game – $15 (pounds) and $22 (pounds) respectively. Wonder why they pay in pounds? But then, everything’s price is quoted in pounds: one pound for a Turkish bath and massage, 2/6 for drinks, etc, etc.

Dancing started at 10:30 and there were some Paul Jones’sPaul Jones is the name used for a number of mixer dances that were popular in the first quarter of the 20th century but continue to be used in traditional dance settings to the present day. (tho’ they didn’t call it that) to mix couples up. Other games and prizes followed as well as some entertainment – singers and dancers – both rather attractive young couples. On the whole, the other passengers area a nice looking lot – a very few young people (probably more children than college age), more our own age than I expected and of course many older people including a few very antiquated ladies in Mrs. Sanford’s categoryI don't know if 'Mrs. Sanford' was someone mother knew or a fictional character. Anyone have any ideas? almost. There are many Britishers and a smattering of other countries – it would be interesting to know where they were from. We really ought to stir ourselves and meet some of them, but as yet I’ve been too lazy, too intent on relaxing.

It was with great disgust, therefore, that after Harry and I went to bed and read for awhile that I still couldn’t sleep. Altho’ the water is very calm and the boat sways very little, it’s difficult to adjust to. At four o’clock I took another sleeping pill – very discouraging.

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Jul 30, 1961 - Europe 1961    No Comments

QE, Last Full Day

I got up in time to attend Church of England services – even so, was late and the main lounge was so crowded, I had to stand. The staff captainThis description is about an RCI Staff Captain; I'm sure it's similar for all: 'The Staff Captain is known as the ship's sheriff, priest and judge. He deals with any conflict issues arising onboard, including crew vs. crew, crew vs. passenger, or passenger vs. passenger issues.' With 2,100 passengers and 930 crew onboard, the ship is a pulsating organism, focusing on safety and guest satisfaction.' As such, conflicts and frictions do arise, so a key part of the job is counseling, coaching and teaching to find a solution that satisfies everyone involved. If satisfactory resolution of crew issues is ultimately not possible, he is involved in the final decision, which in some cases can lead to the dismissal of the crew member. conducted – he was very good.

Allen and I played gin rummy before lunch and bridge afterwards. He’d won 2nd prize yesterday – received some handkerchiefs. We asked the McClarens to play with us – they were only fair. We finished only two rubbers and Allen won first!

I rested and bathed and joined the others in the observation lounge for drinks before dinner. Afterwards we went to the movie and I played a little bingo. Read for a while and went to sleep easily.

We truly hate to leave this lazy, luxurious life. The service is so superb – it’s been so restful – we’re really spoiled. Tho’ we really haven’t gotten to know any of the other passengers real well, I feel as if we could have if we’d half tried. We exchange polite conversation with many and have a nodding acquaintance with many others. The British are more reserved and keep to themselves but even they nod and speak.

 

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Sep 4, 1961 - Europe 1961    No Comments

On Board, Day 4

Weather cleared today getting warmer & stickier. The girls helped us work on the days quiz all morning & we also had a bridge game going. A nap after lunch while Harry went to the movie. Sat in the deck chair for an hour or so – surprisingly, it is very dirty as the smoke blows over us, dropping wet soot, blackening clothes & ruining hose – stockings simply start running for no apparent reason. I started out with one dozen pair and have three left unused.

A bath, drinks, dinner & bingo – we only played one time, the “Snowball”, with the winner getting 50 pounds – or $140. We didn’t win of course. Harry went on to bed early but I stayed up with the “girls” until Marianna finally attracted a man – and we left her with him.

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