Thank you to Cunard’s Peter Shanks for reminding me it was exactly two years ago, on a glorious day in Southampton, that Queen Elizabeth was christened by Her Majesty. The video above shows what a grand occasion it was.
We’ll pass quickly over the fact that Jimmy Savile was one of the other guests, and caused a bit of a stir with port security when he refused to remove the jewellery round his neck and bangles round his wrists before passing through the scanner. He was setting off alarms even then.
As it happens, I’ll be seeing quite a bit of Queen Elizabeth over the next few days. Tomorrow, she’ll be in Piraeus, the port for the Greek capital of Athens, and I will be flying in to board Crystal Serenity for a 12-night cruise to the eastern Mediterranean and the Adriatic.
While I head for Ashdod and Haifa, and excursions to Jerusalem, Masada and Galilee, Queen Elizabeth’s passengers will be visiting Istanbul, Ephesus and Olympia.
We meet again a week on Sunday in Corfu and we’ll be together the following day in Dubrovnik before we both sail into Venice on October 23. Should be fun.
My cruise on Crystal Serenity should be one of the highlights of a busy year – and I still have visits to Singapore, Vietnam and Burma to come before Christmas, travelling with Silversea and Voyages to Antiquity.
Keep checking back here to see where I am.