>> Thursday, September 22, 2011
South Boston, MA 092211 As Cunard's Queen Elizabeth docked at the Black Falcon Pier in Boston on September 22, 2011, Captain Chris Wells greets a crew member washing windows. At the time of our visit the ship was mostly empty of passengers since a lot had disembarked to take in the Boston sites and attractions. The ship which is a brand new ship, not to be confused withthe QE2 which was sold three years ago to Dubai to be made into a land-locked attraction, is 90,000 tons and has 12 decks for passengers and 4 more decks for crew. The ratio of passenger to crew members is 2:1 (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET BEHIND THE SCENES: In order to gain access to the Queen we had to provide our passport information and then they kept it as we boarded the ship. The ship was due to leave on this night of September 22, 2011 after 2200 hours but in the newspaper world there is rarely an opportunity to spend more than a couple of hours- if that much- on an assignment and this was no exception. We got there a bit before 1500 hours and we were out of there by 1630 hours. I was looking forward to taste cucumber sandwiches at a reception but we, the writer and I, had to move to do other assignments. The Queen Elizabeth is a beautiful, magnificent and lavish ship with heavy a heavy Art Deco penchant. We were told the average age of its passengers is 60+ and well traveled. TECH STUFF: 2 cameras, 2 lenses: 16-35mm 2.8, 70-200 mm 2.8 and a 1.4 TC. ISO 400- 1600, speeds: 1/4th of a second to 1/2500th f a second.