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Cruise Ship Photos Don't Get Any Better Than This

Where: Bali, Indonesia
March 10, 2014 at 10:37 AM | by | ()

She may not be the largest cruise ship in the world any longer, but the Queen Mary 2 is by far the most photogenic.

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of the Cunard liner's christening, one blustery day in January 2004 when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II smashed champagne on the bow. It's that bow which is again the focus, as the ship posed for an anniversary portrait featuring Captain Kevin Oprey standing not on the ship's bridge, but on her bulbous bow.

The image was taken as the ship anchored 1 mile off the coast of Bali, Indonesia. The weather and sea conditions were perfect for such a risky shot, and The Daily Mail has the details:

‘When I suggested we photograph the captain standing on the bulbous bow, they all looked at me like I was a tiny bit mad, but the fact it hadn’t been done was why we had to do it,’ photographer James Morgan told MailOnline.

Mr Morgan was in Sydney last week when he got a call that the conditions in Bali were perfect for the shoot and so he hurried to the Indonesian island to capture the images.

However, by the time he arrived the conditions had worsened and he spent a ‘nervous five or six hours on the bridge’, before the weather calmed and they were able to get the captain safely onto the bulbous bow.

Mr Morgan said ‘safety was paramount’ and they used two safety boats to transport Captain Oprey to the bow. He took the shot from a small boat floating in front of the Queen Mary 2.

She's on her Round-the-World cruise right now, and currently docked in Adelaide, Australia. The next big milestone for the ship will arrive in May, when the Queen Mary 2 sets off from Southampton on her 10th anniversary transatlantic sailing. Space on that westbound crossing—from Southampton, England to New York, NY—is still available, with balcony staterooms starting at $1,799, double occupancy.

[Images: James D. Morgan/REX/Cunard]

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this is the most WOW picture ever.