“I can always tell when a bad karaoke singer walks up to the mike. The drinks glasses start throwing themselves off the shelves.” Anonymous cruise ship bartender, 2014
“Madame Edith has a very unusual voice; was it trained?”
“Yes. But it escaped, and got back out into the wild again…” Rene Artois, cafe owner of Nouvignon, France
Lush and langourous; the string quartet performing in the Grand Lobby
Ah, music at sea. It seems to be always in the background. And yet, all genres of music play a huge part in the enjoyment- or lack thereof- on a voyage of any kind.
This is all the more true on a transatlantic crossing on board Queen Mary 2, where passenger attention, shorn of the diversion of ports of call, invariably turns inward. And, on such voyages, the entertainment programmes are always far more extensive than on a normal, warm weather cruise.