Somedayif you're good and you eat all your vegetables and do all your homework and dream bigger than a vacation in Cancunyou could be sail onboard one of Cunard's three queens. The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria are proper ships, the last of which we recently sailed on and up to Norway for a little fjord action.
Even in the rocking North Sea, the Queen Vic kept her cool, smoothly cutting the waves and making full use of technology to stick to course. To witness this firsthand, occasional invitations to visit the ship's bridge do appear (for regular passengers; not just us). The bridge is the business end of the ship, where it's nautical charts and not dessert menus that get consulted, and the star of the show is Captain Inger Klein Olsen and not the winner of the "Hairiest Chest Competition." Like Cunard would ever throw a "Hairiest Chest Competition" anyway. As if!
The video above is essentially the office view for some of the Queen Victoria's crew. The watercooler chat? Oh, probably about the submarine they saw pop up off the starboard bow a week ago. And for that drink after a day well navigated? A "Black Bellini" down in the Commodore Club, to the tinkling of the piano. Boy, did we pick the wrong profession.
Disclosure: We traveled to Norway onboard the Queen Victoria as a guest of Cunard, but all images and opinions are entirely our own.