Queen Mary 2 – Author Visit

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Once in a lifetime, an author has an innocent conversation with a friend who is the Business Development Manager for the world’s best cruise ships.

This leads to all manner of dreaming and scheduling and before she knows it, she’s in the back of an UBER ride on her way to the famous CUNARD LINE Queen Mary II.

And yes… in my wildest dreams I would never have imagined this would be MY author adventure, but thanks to my fabulous friend Andrew Perry, it is.

And I am still pinching myself.

To continue the giddy-fest of drool-worthy photos of this magnificent vessel, I bring you the day Rel Mollet, (my part-time assistant, part-time photographer and full-time partner in author world adventures) and I, boarded this recently remastered flagship on its 2017 World Voyage – Melbourne visit.

What an honour to be invited to deliver copies of my debut Australian Historical Romance, Carry Me Home, for readers from all over the globe.

Here’s how we rolled…

 

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Really, truly…. our first ever UBER ride. Early morning excitement – before the wind tore up our hair.

 

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We’re official! Passed security and tagged for embarkation.

 

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Aboard the Queen Mary 2 with our escort and dear friend, Andrew Perry. I think he’s saying, ‘You should live onboard and write away each day in some sunny corner.’ And I’m saying, ‘I so should.’

 

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One copy each of Carry Me Home for the 3 Cunard Queens – The Queen Mary II, The Queen Elizabeth, and The Queen Victoria.

 

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With the QM2 Librarian, Nathan, and Sandy, QM2 Events Co-ordinator.

 

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Talking all things libraries and the habits of seafaring readers.

 

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Top shelf, centre…. goosebumps and cheesy author smiles.

 

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The Queen Mary 2 is the world’s largest floating library, with a backlit collection of over 8000 titles to cover the reading delights of its 2600 passengers and 1300 crew.

 

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After my author visit to the library, Andrew took us on a 3 hour guided tour of the QM2. Melbourne put on a glorious summer’s day and showered us in sunshine, befitting a ship so grand.

 

 

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The QM2 has 14 decks. I think we covered every one of them!

 

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Acres of fine dining.

 

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We worked up an enviable appetite and were delighted with our delicious luncheon. Thank you, Cunard!

 

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The Grand Lobby. Lives up to its name and then some.

 

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The Captain’s Table…, a little larger than the rest, to welcome special dinner guests.

 

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Part of the Royal Family photographs in the Grand Ballroom. I’m looking at an original photo of Queen Mary, after whom the ship was named. Bliss for a lover of all things historical.

 

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Aussie Pride on a cabin door.

 

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The view of Marvellous Melbourne from the top deck of the QM2.

 

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Author life. It’s a hard job. Lucky for me my assistant insists on afternoon naps. In the sun. On a luxury ocean liner. #dreaming

 

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Most passengers were exploring the sights of  Melbourne.

 

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So, take your pick of deckchairs.

 

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The spectacular Royal Court Theatre seats 1000 guests for movies and live performances to rival anything seen on Broadway or West End.

 

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Illuminations – The QM2 seriously has a planetarium! Seating almost 500 guests it also screens movies and features lecture programs.

 

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What a magnificent vessel! Why would anyone want to leave? A cruise onboard the Queen Mary 2 is now TOP of my wish list.

 

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Rel Mollet and I had to be lured into our ride home by this generous gift of CUNARD boxed chocolates. Otherwise we might have stayed forever.

 

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I’ve learned a lot in my short time as published author. Here’s what’s impressed me the most – My readers are the BEST PEOPLE around. They cheer me on, encourage my writing, and constantly surprise me with opportunities to speak and showcase my work. This time it was this guy. Thank you, Andrew, for your generous heart and invitation to come aboard. The author life is never dull and this week in particular, it was off the charts super spectacular. #literallyblownaway

 

 

 

 

  • Jennifer Zarifeh Major

    Oh. My. WORD!!!!
    How fabulous!!! The photos are, I’m sure, but a teeny glimpse into the awesomeness of the whole day!

    • Rel Mollet

      It was super fun, Jennifer xo

    • Dorothy Adamek

      Just a teaser. So you’ll board at your end one day and hitch a ride to Melbourne. xo

  • Andrea Grigg

    What a thrill, Dotti! Just awesome. So glad Rel shared the experience with you. It would’ve been terrible not having someone to squeal with!

    • Rel Mollet

      There was squealing, Andrea…although in a completely dignified and discreet manner as befit the situation ;-)

    • Dorothy Adamek

      I think we’re still squealing, Andrea! xo

  • Rel Mollet

    Such a special day with such a special friend! We will be talking about this day when we are telling stories in the nursing home :)

    • Dorothy Adamek

      Ha! Imagine the truth stretching and memory loss of our older brains! As if the tale is not wild enough.
      SO blessed to have you along. As always, such a constant in my author life. Would not have wanted to do it without you. xo

  • Love these pictures, Dotti! This is so fabulous!

    • Dorothy Adamek

      Thanks, love. Wish you could have shared the day with us. xo

  • Iola Goulton

    Beautiful! Apparently she’s due to visit my home port sometime next year. I’ll look forward to watching out for her.

    In the meantime, how does one get a job as librarian aboard such a ship?

    • Dorothy Adamek

      She certainly is a beauty! And as for that librarian job… What a way to sail the seas. :)

  • Catherine Hudson

    What a beautiful ship!! How exciting for you and Rel. I’m inspired to take a cruise (with a picture of me reading Carry Me Home). x

    • Dorothy Adamek

      You should! Cruising would be so much fun. Sigh… maybe someday. ;)