In this summer of the Omicron BA5 variant, I’m sure I’m not alone in wondering, “What happened to the ‘new normal?’” We’re getting there, but this dastardly virus isn’t done with us yet. Yes, the death rate isn’t as staggering as with the past viral variations. And, yes, hospitalizations are down significantly for the most part.
But we’ve been forced to adapt yet again to changing circumstances, this time coping with a far more transmissible disease that is still affecting day-to-day life, especially if your are a senior, or someone with an underlying condition or are immunocompromised. Nonetheless, families are gathering, ballparks are seeing filled stands, music festivals are being held—and people are traveling, as I just did, making my first venture asea since 2019.
I am just returned from seven glorious nights aboard Cunard’s luxurious Queen Mary 2, the only ocean liner on Earth, one I traveled on in 2019 for a 108-day World Voyage. It was like coming home. It was, for the most part, “normal,” except for the pre-boarding Covid protocols and the on-board mandate to mask in common areas. What a breath of fresh air, albeit through KN95 fibers.
I hope your Summer of ’22 brings you as much joy in your comings and goings as mine did. Maybe, just maybe, I can inspire you to venture forth.
In this first of three installments about my holiday voyage, I’m sharing with you glimpses of the ubiquitous elegance of this magnificent vessel. She is a world unto herself, especially in this ravaged world of war and political conflict, and, in the United States, of relentless crudeness, gun violence, and contraction of rights for women and minorities. Seeing that such elegance and grace still exist was healing. May that vibe touch you, too.
WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?!