Uh Oh

Trying something: So far I haven’t been able to upload any photos onto the blog or to Twitter!  How will we live without photos?  Let’s just see if we get words!!  But while I’m at it, I should say OH MY, it is beautiful out here today.  Not a lot of trees, but expanse of calm blue water, fresh ocean air, and plenty of sunshine; we had tea and breakfast delivered to the Cocoon (other name for room), which comes with down comforters and pillows — and a balcony with chairs and a little table and a view to forever.  I have a great photo of the Cocoon.  Tried six times to put it up.  If we can’t do it while aboard the ship, we’ll wait until England!  Loved your Tweets after you saw us go under the bridge!  Wasn’t that amazing that we could all do it together?  Let’s hope for lots more of that.  XOXO P.S. Hi Dad!  (Now I will try to post this . . .)

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144 Responses to Uh Oh

  1. sbranch says:

    It worked! Now, for the rest of this week, I’ll have to get all my descriptive words in a pile and make photographs out of them! Have a wonderful day everyone! XOXO

    • Wendy Louise says:

      Do you get our comments? Ohhhhhh….. It sounds dreamy out there in the wide ocean blue wish we could be with you ! We are in spirit!!!! OOXX

    • Dawn from Minnesota says:

      : .} If there’s a will…there’s a way!!!! It did work! You ALWAYS give
      us pictures with your words! Cocoon….sounds cozy!! I’m trying to
      imagine what it must be like, to look out and see water, and water,
      and water? I’m a 10,000 lakes girl (being from MN) but land is
      almost always in view when out on the boat. When you land in England
      it will truly be an eXplOsiOn of color…with the wonderful world of
      Spring! Hope you see the Biggest MOON ever tonight…real or
      imagined!!! “HI” Joe !!! Have fun the two of you!!!! XoXDawn

    • Jack says:

      Yes we got it — how was dinner whadyaeat ? Wow this iPad is amazin! I just typed whad — and it came up with “whadyaeat!” The cocoon — not happy with the room? Well just six more days and mostly you just sleep in it anyway ….How’s the tummy doing ? Just remember the rail is either to the right or left when facing forward ….:~] You can’t miss it – goes all the way around ….so again “Happy Cinco de Mayo ….. keep sending all you can! Incidentally, I looked at the rates; they charge to get on the Internet! Bandits!

      • sbranch says:

        Dinner: delicious. Room:honestly, it’s pure heaven — more details to follow. Tummy, like a rock. Flat seas make it easy. Loving it Dad!

        • judi says:

          Bandits indeed! I just commented on Cunnard page regarding their lack of bandwidth strength – preposterous!

          • sbranch says:

            We’re getting spoiled with all this wonderful connection. The last time we came here, I didn’t blog or Twitter so I didn’t need it, but the world has changed!

    • Deb Surman from Illinois says:

      Have a safe trip Susan! Looking forward to reading your travelog, pics or no pics.

    • Deb from Dixie says:

      We are all so excited for you and Joe……we felt like we were right there with you yesterday, thanks for the wonderful photos and video, all the tweets were great too….watching the ship leave the harbor and go under the bridge was Amazing!
      Did I mention this is so Exciting…..LOL, many thanks for giving us
      stow-aways a glimpse into an adventure of a lifetime!

    • Debbie P Weedsport, NY (near Syracuse) says:

      I’ve been thinking about you…isn’t it wonderful to wake up and have nothing more to do than to breathe in the fresh ocean breeze and give thanks for all that lead you to this moment? So happy for you! Enjoy!

      • sbranch says:

        Nothing to do! I slept all morning, in and out, in the cocoon, was just heaven. All cares are gone!

        • Jackie P says:

          . . . as it should be! sounds delightful! You are supplying us all with “remote endorphins!” Thanks.

    • zinnia patch says:

      Good Morning Susan! What fun! i did miss the bridge but i’m with you on the ship cam!!!!! Ahhhhh it’s sounds beautiful! Start collecting those words….lol can’t wait for more!!!!!

    • Darlene (nyc) says:

      Hi Susan! My husband and I waved to you last night as the ship sailed under the Verrazano Bridge. I happened to be by the Alice Austen House (Museum) with a perfect view. Unbelievable as this may sound, it was not planned. I was driving by the exact moment with my husband who had an estimate to do for his work and I saw the ship and remembered it was heading out in that time frame! I said to my husband wait, stop the car! That ship is heading for England and Susan Branch and her husband Joe are on it! He replied, “no that’s a container ship”, as it was not in full view at this point. I said “no that’s the QM2” and as it sailed by he saw that it was and said wow perfect timing, which it was. I took some photo’s with my cell phone. It was so beautiful too see and I just couldn’t/can’t get over the way it happened. I could not have planned it better!!! Hope you’re having a great time!!!

      • Diane from Washington state says:

        Darlene…that is so fun that you saw the ship with Susan and Joe ! I had to laugh too because the timing was just too perfect!

    • Sharon Alms - Ashland, OR says:

      We are very patient….♥ Anticipation is worth a lot. You are too good to us…I am taking my own train trip next week to Portland, Seattle and Victoria BC.

    • carmel says:

      It’s just so good of you to take the time to write. Descriptive language is great – that’s what good writing and good books are about anyway and you are a great writer. I could visualize your ship steaming peacefully along with you and Joe cozy with tea. Don’t worry about photos, whatever. You’re among friends and we’ll be fine. You both enjoy every moment and focus on your time together. The days on your beautiful ship will go by quickly.

  2. Chrissy Thrower says:

    Sue Sue, your balcony is enclosed? It looks as if sitting out there would feel like floating over the beautiful ocean water. Was there a reason for the late departure? Were you out on deck crossing under the Verrazano? Wallow in the luxuriousness of this day, bright and sunny!

    • sbranch says:

      Enclosed on both sides, but not in the middle, in the middle there is the rail, and the blue sky, open as far as you can see.

  3. Priscilla Palmer from Naples, Florida says:

    You’ve got words! It’s a great start.
    Your cocoon sounds wonderful … sweet travels and dreams!
    xoxo, Priscilla

  4. Priscilla Palmer from Naples, Florida says:

    Oh, if you get a little seasick, for dinner the first night, just fruit preferably apples. I did only apples my first day, and had no problems after that! xoxo

  5. Kirsten Anne Wichert of So. Calif. says:

    Yeah! So glad it posted! Your descriptions are always GREAT, no worries. Try to remember to have a great time along with the blog work. Thanks for including us, too!

  6. mary anne helms says:

    Loved watching the webcam last evening.I was not on Twitter or would have known WHY you were not moving! Was getting worried! About 70 today in Princeton.,…later on. Beautiful. Camera shots this early am of the sun on the water. Maybe you can find out later about the photos from some one on the staff? Have a great day! BTW when I sailed we would order s small room service breakfast and then go for more breakfast later!! Happy sailing (and eating!) Xx

  7. Pamela Jewett says:

    Hi Susan,
    I missed the “under the bridge” scene….different time zone and too much family activity, but have been checking the “view from the bridge” cam. The immense blue from the sky and sea is amazing. Thank heaven for stabilizers!
    xoxo Pam

  8. CarolK (central NJ) says:

    I’m not so good with Twitter but I did get to see your photos from on board and they were clear shots. You’re going to be come an expert on the internet before this trip is done. Then you can teach us. LOL Did you find out what the departure delay was all about?

  9. Hope you have a super-fantastic day!

  10. Mary Spring says:

    We saw a BEAUTIFUL sunrise from the QM11’s web cam !!! wow…enjoy your voyage and thanks again for all you do ….it’s been soooo exciting !

  11. Ethel Menhart says:

    Wishing you a great Voyage, so sorry I missed seeing the ship sail away under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge, I hail from Staten Island,NY and could have watched it on the New York Harbor Web Cam; wishing you and your husband so much fun and love and good times; thanks for all your wonderful posts…..so much fun and enjoyable to read…..thanks again…..and I love your little cats, I have five of my own plus a wonderful labradoodle…….named “Dixie”.

  12. Cindy Maulin says:

    following you right along…looks amazing for sure..and don’t worry about us..i am sure everyone is checking in via tweets….have a splendid day susan and joe!!!

  13. Joan Lesmeister says:

    Good Morning! A balcony, breakfast in the cocoon, looking for trees, lovely seas, & basking in the beauty of the morning – what more could one want? Happy day my dears! Thanks for attempting to send more videos, we’ll wait with baited breath, even if we have to get to England, we can do it!!! Cheerio! xoxoxo

  14. Kathy from Brevard, NC says:

    Good Morning Darling Susan & Joe,

    It is thrilling to be able to travel with you from MV to out on the ocean!!!!! Even without your photos from your stateroom, etc. I still feel like I am with you because we can see from the bridge and know what you are doing from your Tweets from your Twip! I am truly being transported out of my easy chair and into a mini-vacation when I spend time online this way. What a wonderful gift from you to us!

    Have a lovely and love-filled day,



  15. mari says:

    Don’t see pix – but what a gorgeous morning view you have! The absolute magic and wonder of the Internet that we have these cams – we didn’t have anything like these when my parents went on the QEII back in the 80’s- thank you again for taking us along – the sendoff was spectacular!!!!! Have a great day – and it’s only the beginning 🙂

  16. Vee says:

    Your words will be enough, Susan. Truly.

  17. Jaimee says:

    Oh the view is Glorious. Great with a cup of tea.
    XOXO back at you and Joe.

  18. Shana says:

    It sounds beautiful! Enjoy yourself! I wish I was there…

  19. Yvonne Harvey says:

    Hi Sue, I just checked the webcam view from the ship and it’s beautiful! Can’t wait to see your photos. Have a wonderful voyage. Thanks for taking us along with you.

  20. Suzanne from Georgia says:

    Bon Voyage…Enjoy your day!

  21. Susan Bryza says:

    Dear Susan,

    What a wonderful time you and Joe must be having! Remember – this is YOUR vacation, too! Enjoy and don’t worry about us. We understand!!:)

    Your friend,
    Susan (in Dallas)

  22. up early with puppy Newt listening to a bird sing “pretty pretty pretty” (at least that’s what I hear) and was anxious to read your updates…feel like I’m on vacation too! My heart is at sea with you sitting on the deck sipping morning coffee (sorry not tea). Calm seas and coffee please! Have a wonderful day.

  23. p.s. maybe there’s a reason for no photo uploads–to live through your beautiful, descriptive words as you sail across the pond 🙂

  24. Annelies says:

    Safe journey….and thank you for taking us all along. I can live my dream thru you and Joe, til I can dream it someday for my sweet husband and I. Tell Joe I have the SAME doll as in your previous post. My sweet Uncle won it for me in a dance contest on ship. I was four years old and our family was travelling from New York to Holland…..the year was 1956.
    Here is to lots of posts ( with pictures….fingers crossed for you and me). XXX

  25. Rosemary says:

    You are doing a GREAT, GRAND, AND WOW job so far! Sorry about the trees…ha ha. It is a vision…the balcony, the tea…etc. Love it!!!

  26. Lynn L. says:

    Was driving my daughter back from college last night and was watching the beautiful moon — when it came out of the clouds — and thinking of you two and hoping you were having a wonderful time!

  27. Lesley says:

    I can’t see a picture but I sure can picture it all in my mind. So fabulous too.

  28. Jeanette says:

    Sounds like a delightful start to the day!! So glad the post worked. We’ll use our imagination for the visuals for now. Smooth sailing!!! Hugs from terra firma. 😉

  29. Ohhhhhhh! HOW exciting to be on the cruise! You must feel like a princess! Just think of all the many people who have sailed across the pond like you are right now – their stories and history. My experience going over has been in a crowded jet – even though it was faster – not nearly as comfortable and romantic! So enjoy – enjoy – ocean air, excellent tea, and the beauty of making more memories! We are all thinking of you (can’t wait to see pics). : )

  30. Barbara (WA) says:

    Susan, I followed the whole departure via twitter and the two cameras until the ship was out of sight and the bridge camera showed darkness. So thrilling – you are a doll to share it all with us. Love the twitter “can you let me out of the suitcase now” – haha!

    • Barbara (WA) says:

      And I told by hubby, let’s sell the house, move into a mobile home and save out money for a trip to England via the Queen Mary 2 (this in the midst of remodeling this house) 🙂

  31. Barbara T, Wolverine Lake MI says:

    susan….you shall be soooooo busy, but did I hear a rumor that you are searching for penpals for us??

    • Charlene H. from So. Calif. (S.F.Valley) says:

      Hi Barbara! You are correct! Check the “Friends of Susan Branch” (FOSB) Facebook page. 🙂

  32. Linda Pintarell says:

    Got it, but hope you get replies…since I seem to be #1 and that is unusual for me. I was hoping to see you go under the bridge; I got on several times before hand but had to leave for a while and missed it…but it is a beautiful shot of the bridge in the evening; I loved it and will go back their often to enjoy that view. You are off and we look forward to being with you…whether words or pictures…you inspire and lift us up each day. ENJOY…and we will be right there with you.

  33. Gini Gould says:

    It’s 8:45 AM Mountain Time in Salt Lake City. ASAP turned on computer to SB, and there you are! Amazing!! I can’t believe you thought of us today though your face is turned to the wind and wonder of first day at sea! You are so faithful to your admirers; such a powerful example you are! It was a thrill to watch Queen Mary 2 leave NY, knowing you were on the ship. I was going to call you if the “smoke stack” wasn’t going to make it under the bridge as so it appeared at first! I pray for the Branches’ safety and picture success. You’re in His hands. Gini Gould PS. Did any of your “babies” see you waving in the close up shot of the ship?

  34. Susie says:

    Hi Susan I love the ocean – from a distance (I have this fear of large bodies of water : \ So this is the perfect way to travel for me! Thanks for taking all of us along : )

  35. Georgie says:

    Tea and breakfast in a cocoon! Word pIctures in a pile! I love the image in my head right now 😉 Yes! Yesterday was so exciting. Ah to be at sea…. Take a breath of fresh air for us here on shore.

  36. {oc cottage} says:

    your words always paint such vivid
    “word pictures” anyway! we can do
    perfectly well with words alone…
    for now ;}
    hope you are already having a smashing


    m ^..^

  37. Betty Marie says:

    A room with a view to forever and the sea air in your face. Sunshine to caress your cares away. Yep, you are in paradise! 🙂

  38. Marianne says:

    Whew!!! I thought I missed the boat. Word pictures are good. Did you decide on a Twitter name? Have a beautiful day!


  39. Kim says:

    have a safe and wonderful trip!!!

  40. Jack says:

    P S: Jeanie sends her thank you’s for her Mother’s Day card — she has it setting up here on the side counter in the kitchen!

  41. natasha says:

    Bon Voyage dear susan, have a very fabulous time! so glad you are able to share the trip virtually :). oh! i found something that made me think of you,
    someone made a quilt for Beating around the Bush event in Australia. its a Beatrix Potter quilt. soooo cute. i will try to send you link to the pic.

  42. Marianne says:

    Not sure my original reply went thru — but thought I missed the boat. Loved someone else’s Tweet that we haven’t been let out of the suitcase yet :). Hope you can let us out soon, we promise to behave ourselves. Meantime, word pictures are good!

    Thanks, Susan — this is FUN!!!!


  43. Donna says:

    Have a wonderful day you two! Seeing you go under the bridge was so exciting. I went to Italy (my Dad was Army and stationed at NATO) on the Independence when I was 9 and came back to the States 3 years later on it’s sister ship, the Constitution. I would have gone under that same bridge! The coming home trip was most memorable because we were on deck when we approached land and all I could see was our beloved Statue of Liberty! I have goose bumps just thinking about it, 54 years later!!!!! God Bless and have a fabulous time!!!!

  44. Mary Alice says:

    It was so much fun to watch the Queen Mary 2 leave New York and go under the bridge. Sailing on this vessel is now on my bucket list! Have a wonderful time.

  45. Following your Tweets religiously on Twitter . . which I am still struggling to get the hang of . . I am sure the luxuries of the QMII will help to soothe the trauma of being ‘out of range’ with the lack of wifi or whatever technology prevails mid~Atlantic . . enjoy your trip to the gym . . I always giggle at my cousin who sends photos of himself on a treadmill looking out over the deep, blue ocean . . anyway, from your Tweets it all sounds as if you are Heaven . . so looking forward to sharing your holiday! ♥

  46. Doreen Strain - Florida says:

    I’m looking foward to reading all of those descriptive words you plan on using Susan. I’m sure once you get on land again you’ll be able to upload your pictures. Just having you stop in and say hello and that you are enjoying yourself is nice. Hope you have on your sun screen????? Enjoy and keep us up to date with your goings on. xoxo FOSB 4~Ever! ~ Doreen ~

  47. Nellie says:

    Susan, it is GREAT to hear from you, even without the photos! Hope you have happy sailing today!


  48. Francine says:

    Hi Susan! This is so exciting!!! I am not a expert at Twitter, but I did manage to bring up a few pictures. So exciting! Was thinking of you and being able to see that BIG moon reflecting on the ocean tonight! Wow! I bet that will be a sight to see. I took the virtual tour and had so much fun with that! Picked out “my” room, and everything. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your trip with all of us! What a experience! Blessings to you!

  49. Carol Maurer says:

    Hi Susan…. I liked your description of your room with all the comforts of home, but without the kitties. At least you are able to get words on your blog. You will just have to really describe things clearly so that we can ‘picture’ in our minds. I hope that you have an uneventful trip on the Atlantic. Oh, I ordered the cute little birdie clothespins and they arrived a few days ago. They are so very cute! Looking forward to hanging out my sheets with them.

    Carol M

  50. Laura Croyle says:

    And you’re off!!! I missed watching you set sail yesterday because I wasn’t home at the time, but caught up with all your tweets on Twitter! Fun Fun!! Oh Dear, I sure Hope you’ll be able to post pictures! If not, maybe you’ll have to unpack your watercolors and paint!! On second though, that’d take up way too much time! Just enjoy it all and use your descriptive words pile, after all! 🙂

  51. Gail Buss says:

    Oh my gosh…………….I love the “cocoon” word…………….that is such a great analogy! Hope you have fun drinking your tea in your cocoon! Hugs, Gail Buss

  52. Linda in Texas says:

    Sounds heavenly! Take a big deep breath of ocean air for me. Your descriptive words are doing great, but I’m hoping the photos can come sooner rather than later. Will have to let my imagination run wild in the mean time. Is your room yellow like on the ship’s web site?

    Enjoy, as I know you are.

    • sbranch says:

      It’s a cream color, they have beautiful rugs on this ship! Our deck is amazing, private, with chairs, and then the whole blue see.

      • Linda in Texas says:

        Sounds heavenly.

        “The deep blue sea, the deep blue sea
        There’s a lot to see on the deep blue sea…”

        Enjoy the bliss.

  53. Laura B Jenkins says:

    yes, you must do some virtual scrapbooking…and in less than a week, we can pour over each and every moment! xo

  54. Mrs.T says:

    You can do it, I know you can (make photos out of words, that is)! You’re an artist, after all! Looking forward to all that you will share. So kind of you to share this trip with all of us. Keep having a wonderful time!

  55. Fran Sigdestad says:

    Wow a blog from Queen Mary! How cool! Loved the song for your Dad. I too am a great Doris Day fan. I’ll bet that the tea taste extra good while sailing the blue, blue ocean. Thank you for taking us along with you and Joe. I think that Jack and Kitty Girl are having a long visit as she fills him in about your trips. They will become best of buddies.

  56. Jan from Northern CA says:

    You don’t need photos, you have the gift of painting a picture with words. So, until England, we will suffice with your words and be very happy. I enjoy your blog, books, crafts and cooking so much. I just realized that I’ve shared and given away many of your books as gifts….and upon checking, will have to begin the search to complete my own library again. But, that’s fun as well. Have a wonderful trip, and looking forward to our next “word photo”
    Jan from Northern CA

  57. Hi Susan, so happy you are having a good time…I didn’t get to watch you leave I was out helping a friend with her 3 dogs….I don’t have a Twitter account and I clicked on the link you gave and all I see is tag lines and nothing else so I will have to wait for pics on your blog. I know how hard it was to leave Jack/Girl behind; but, you just relax and enjoy every little piece of this voyage. Happy Travels and eat lots and lots of great foods!!!!

  58. Heartsdesire says:

    It was fabulous seeing the ship set sail and cruise under the bridge. So exciting to be able to see this. Isn’t technology great! I’m keeping an eye on the ship’s web cam and can see what a beautiful day it is. Hope it keeps up, what a wonderful way to travel. Looking forward to those pictures.

  59. Mary Ann - Central Highlands of Mexico says:

    Watching the QM2 sail under the Verrazzano was very exciting! This is bringing back some wonderful, fun, romantic memories!

  60. Victoria Miller says:

    There was a wonderful quote on Twitter yesterday: “A short story is a love affair; a novel is a marriage. A short story is a photograph; a novel is a film.
    L. Moore. (from Alfred Knopf on Twitter 5/4/12) Or, as the old platitude says, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” With all due respect to any professors of logic, wouldn’t a thousand words then be worth a picture.” However you share, it’s a joy to have a vicarious Bon Voyage to Merry Old England. Thank you, and you and Joe have a wonderful time (as I’ve no doubt you will!)

  61. judi says:

    Words came thru fine. If pics don’t show up we will wait:) That HUGE full moon tonight will be really something to see while at sea, ha!

  62. Oh Yes Susan! I LOVED watching you leave and I was trying to peek around the corner for a wee bit more as you went out of view! I even went back to the harbor site later and that bridge was lit with pretty lights! Have so enjoyed the tweets, and that picture of your champagne glasses with the Statue of Liberty! WOW!!
    So, even if the pictures don’t come through right now..I am satisfied with reading a bit of what is going on. Thanks for all your effort so we cam enjoy this along with you two! XO♥

  63. Nancy M. says:

    It worked……very happy for you! Enjoy every minute! 😉

  64. barb bussell says:

    Wonderful to share this with you, Susan!

  65. Treese says:

    NO PICTURES!#$%$@$&^R$#@@@@!@##$$%%!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What are we to do?

  66. Sharon says:

    Thanks so much for all your efforts. Loved to watch ship leave!

  67. I’m so glad you are on your way, Susan! Have a wonderful voyage. I’ll be looking forward to reading all your ship board accounts and then seeing your adventures in England.

    Best wishes!


  68. Sharon - Ohio says:

    Hi Susan and Joe,
    Know you are having a wonderful relaxing time. We will all wait patiently for pics, not to worry! Hugs, Sharon from Ohio

  69. third try, can’t post.

  70. Well third one worked so here goes with 4th! Loved watching the ship from the web cam! watched till I couldn’t see anything but dark water! I just wanted to jump aboard! My husband sailed across when he was 12 just like Joe! He loved it and would also love to go again! Now I do too! Loved going under the bridge, the cam did a close up of QMII, saw people walking on the deck, was that you? I waved! Took the virtual tour, went in the commodore room and had a pink champagne with you, cheers! Can’t wait to see the moon tonight, hope it’s clear as a bell out there in the atlantic, how awesome that will be!
    Enjoy yourselves Susan and Joe!
    Did you leave the web cam on the the kitties?
    Toot toot!
    Tweet tweet!

  71. Sandra says:

    Why! You ain’t nothing but a big ole tease, Girlfriend!

  72. deborah says:

    So glad you are on your way! Enjoy that view to forever, and it’s ok about the pics………..we have so much other joy from you, Susan! It is a beautiful day here in NY too, even if I am home in my little house, and not on my way to such a glorious trip. I will be one of the ones to enjoy it with you! Safe travels!

  73. Mary S. says:

    I have been avidly following your all your Tweets!! Thank you!!
    Excited for you,
    Mary S. from Fresno, CA

  74. Carol says:

    Happy Sailing!

  75. Angie(Tink!) says:

    Good Afternoon Sweet Sue…Hey Joe! First We’ll Be Patient about all Your Wonderful Photos…& We Have “Words” Amen! ok it was Beyond Exciting that We all were “With~You” watching as The Queen Mary 2 Sailed Out to Sea! It was Amazing! ok…so Your Cocoon…(L♥ve it) all cozy & snuggly…Perfect…& a Balcony with a View…down comforters & pillows to help with sweet dreams & sleep… 🙂 Excellent…& Breakfast & Tea in Your Room…Perfect for relaxing…etc…ok Today is Cinco~De~Mayo…Ole’! will there be a Party on the Ship? & it is also The Kentucky~Derby Day….Giddy~Up!… 🙂 so Tequila & Mint~Julips Everywhere! Twirling in The Queen Mary 2 Bliss! sending Hugzzz & Lots of High~Seas Pixie~Dust Sweet Sue….You & Joe Celebrate Every Day! & Thank You for Sharing all of This with all of Us~ L♥ve & always Joy! xoxo Poof!♥

  76. Mary Spring says:

    Good day…having tea….guess my morning comment got lost somewhere out in the sea..lol….just wanted to say we saw a BEAUTIFUL sunrise from the QM2’s web cam this morning….enjoy the voyage and again…thanks for all you do!!!!…with love..

  77. Aggie says:

    What an experience…..thanks for letting those of us who suffer sea sickness come along too! Vicariously vacationing on the high seas with you 🙂

  78. Mary Spring says:

    P.S> ..the previous comment just popped up…go figure !!!..’can’t wait for this eve’s moon !!! ENJOY !!

  79. Karen C (from the heart of the peidmont, Greensboro NC) says:

    Glad to hear about your “cocoon”. You deserve all the luxury. Thanks for sharing all the info. Wanted to know, what kind of tea did you have? Just now in my later life, I am trying hot tea. It is wonderful. Happy Cinco ! and Happy Derby day! And Happy Sailing!

  80. Lynn McMahon says:

    Hi Susan~
    Just words is fun!
    It’s the old school way of doing things~ like using your imagination!
    We girlfriends have great ones and know your pictures will be beautiful!
    I was at an estate sale today and thought of you!
    I bought the following books for my grandchildren~
    The Tale of Peter Rabbit
    The Story of A Fierce Bad Rabbit
    The Tale of The Flopsy Bunnies
    The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
    The World Of Pooh with illustrations by E.H. Shepard
    The Secret Garden with illustrations by Tasha Tudor
    ~Have a Great Day~ Smooth Sailing!

  81. Ro from Rose Cottage, New Jersey says:

    When you and Joe departed there was 360 watchers on the harbor web cam! Don’t look in your pocket because you have just as many ‘stowaways’ traveling with you!
    After you have your life boat drill, enjoy your trip. Those orange vest clash with anything you wear!
    Keep the beautiful descriptive narative posted for us who are land locked but traveling with you!

  82. Jennie says:

    How wonderful that your ‘cocoon’ has a balcony!
    So glad your post got through, too! Enjoy your day as a ‘queen’ on the Queen!

  83. Pam G. says:

    wishing you calm seas and clear sailing-sounds beautiful. I am imagining you at breakfast and sleeping on the seas.

  84. Diane from Washington state says:

    Susan, I am so happy that “we” ended up in such a lovely cacoon….such luxury with the private balcony too! I am feeling it and I am right there with you in my mind! lol. Are we going dancing and to a show or dinner tonight? What should we wear? lol. I think I would like to indulge in a really wonderful meal and maybe a drink with an umbrella in it if you dont mind…..lol. Have a wonderful, wonderful time!

  85. Terri from Swansboro, NC says:

    Awwww, I missed your leaving the port. I bet it was awesome and fairy tale-ish. My sister and I went to the beach today to pick up sharks teeth and sea glass and I looked out in the direction I thought you would be and waved! LOL!!

  86. Carol says:

    Please go to Bath. It will take your breath away!!

    • sbranch says:

      You are right, we stayed in Bath for a week once, and you are so right. So beautiful!!

  87. Rosinda says:

    Yay! It worked!! Wll at least, we’ve got words! Pictures will come later. It gives us something to look forward to. I’m picturing your room; the down comforter, pillows, and the forever view… xoxo

  88. Pat Mofjeld says:

    I commented earlier and think it got lost…not important but wanted to tell you thanks for alerting that it would take a while for the ship to get moving. Norm and I watched it leave the New York Harbor. Was wonderful to watch–don’t know anyone who has taken a cruise like this so it is fascinating…have a good week! Enjoy and relax!

  89. Martha Ellen says:

    Susan it sounds absolutely divine–you and Joe and your wonderful stateroom! I know the moon will be smiling down on you tonight! Don’t worry about photos–your descriptions are always right on target! Enjoy yourself! ♥

  90. Shannon (Pennsylvania) says:

    Tea in a cocoon, and a super moon!!!! I LOVE it! We’re all having a wonderful time on our trip, and the most delightful part is that we’re just getting started!

  91. Jacquelyn Wirthlin - Las Vegas says:

    Thank you, Sue. I was busy as a one-armed-paper hanger going from Twitter to Harbor cam to Bridge cam! What great fun to watch it all unfold and knowing you were experiencing it made it even better. You folks have a wonderful voyage and thanks for creating memories.
    Love, Jackie

  92. Gert~Iowa says:

    Susan..I was so glad to hear all was well! Your cocoon sounds ‘oh so inviting’…I can see why you’d enjoy sleeping in! Always love your pictures..but your writings are so colorful! We so enjoyed watching the QM 2 heading out to sea!

    Enjoy yourselves and I’m looking forward to your future posts!


  93. Chris Wells says:

    We are on our way, pics or no pics. Missed the send off, I think I have caught up on Twitter. I don’t want to miss a moment of this virtual trip, best wishes and safe travels……………..Chris… West Texas

  94. Cindy Tuning says:

    What would we do without you Susan! Well, we’ll never know because, thankfully, you always take us with you . We just booked a cruise to Alaska. I’ve never been on a cruise and don’t like to be gone on that long of a trip but if you can leave home for 2 months , I guess I should be able to stand it for 11 days, right ? Have fun and enjoy every blissful moment on the sea, but I bet you can’t wait to settle in to your new digs in England!

  95. beebarbs says:

    Oh Susan, what a Perfect way to travel — no jet lag when you touch shore! I hope you can see the big ol’ moon tonight from your lovely cocoon. Enjoy every minute!

  96. MaryAnn says:

    Susan, It was so exciting to watch you leave New York Harbor last night. Thank you for taking us with you. Hope you are enjoying the full moon tonight. Enjoy your trip.

  97. Pat says:

    It is so nice to be on the ocean in a beautiful ship with calm seas. I am not sea sick so things are going fine. LOL I am so glad to be going on the trip and glad that we are finally on our way.

  98. Kerry S. from San Pedro, CA says:

    Watching the SyFy channel production of Treasure Island while I read today’s postings! Quite a contrast in sea voyages!
    I saw the photos on Twitter – the ones taken from NY harbor as the ship sailed!
    We viewed the Super Moon from our balcony here at home. With all the “grey May” overcast we weren’t sure we’d have clear skies but we do! Hope that skies are clear and you could view it also – would be amazing from sea!!
    Sounds like you are relaxing already! Good for you and Joe!
    Hoping for calm crossing for your voyage.

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