The Literary and Luxurious Queen Mary 2

By Jennifer Ciotta

Bill Bryson, Joanne Harris.  Would you ever expect to meet two world famous writers on a cruise of all places?  I had the pleasure of meeting, interviewing and listening to lectures by both of them.  I had the ultimate literary (and luxury) experience aboard the Queen Mary 2 on an October transatlantic voyage.

My journey began in Southampton, England, on a dreary day, a “washout” as the Brits like to say.  The dreariness, however, came to a screeching halt when I beheld the Queen Mary 2.  I finally understood what a luxury ocean liner was—a majestic semblance to the Ti...

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