After tons of conversation back and forth, after weighing the pros and cons, after debating the dangers of the world going forward, we wrote our travel agent and opted to cancel our January 2023 World Voyage aboard the gorgeous Queen Mary 2.
It wasn’t an easy decision. We were booked for a January 2021 voyage that would have taken us from New York to Hong Kong after 60 some days on board, but we worried about Hong Kong and what being there would mean, but the pandemic removed any worry we had because Cunard cancelled all voyages.
We didn’t like the 2022 QM2 world itinerary and saw an opening for the 2023 voyage and jumped on it. Elated. We got the exact cabin we wanted. Queens Grill suite. Midship. Deck 10, as Cunard insiders know is the only deck on the ship with no public space, thus very quiet. We were high enough on the Cunard loyalty ladder to get free drinks and free gratuities thrown in and for a 117 days on board, those freebies add up to a lot of money.
I’m deeply conflicted. I know cancelling is the right thing but this length of voyage was something we worked a long time to achieve. Our previous voyages we were nothing but jubilant before leaving. This one, despite being so far off yet, had us more hesitant than happy. We took that as a sign.
Part of our thinking process was what’s happening in Australia now. Look how much of the voyage is around Australia. If they shoot rescue dogs, how would they treat a horde of us foreigners disembarking at several of their country’s ports? South Africa is having political problems. Part of the journey was through areas that might sooner than later be held by China.
What’s odd is I am NOT a worrier by nature. I am 100% a fatalist. If it’s my time, it’s my time. We’ve traveled all over the world, in third world countries, in planes we thought might not get us off the ground, and we always made it home.
The ship QM2 is strong and run incredibly well. We’ve seen the armed British Navy protect the ship from pirates. We know the ship would do everything to keep us safe, but is the world capable of keeping us safe? I don’t know.