Arrive early, leave late.

This is not a cruise ship, this is an ocean liner.

Boat Drill on first day in port is always sloppy.

Always expect fog and wind.

Sit on the Boat Deck chairs watching the ocean pass by and read a good book.

Remember that she has the largest and most extensive library at sea.

Conversation with fellow ship lovers is a big pastime on the ship.

Don't miss the Afternoon Tea in the Queens Room.

They have Children's Tea, a supper served between 5:30 and 6 p.m. in the Pavilion.

QE2 is one of few ships that has kept the traditional midnight buffet.

White-gloved staff will ply you with tea, scones, sandwiches and pastries while you relax in deep, comfy chairs, entertained by a harpist or small orchestra.

Only the penthouse cabins have balconies; they are also equipped for computer connection and feature butler service.

QE2 has a top speed of 32 knots and a regular cruising speed of 28 knots, which makes it the fastest passenger vessel afloat.

The seas can be stormy, but the QE2 is built for them, and in all but the roughest weather, she acts like a fish taking the swells in easy strides.

The ship has 12 decks, so plenty of stairs to do exercice.

A synagogue is located on deck 3.

NYC to Southampton gives you one hour less sleep time each night.

Do you have any other tips to share?

In the above picture: The bow of QE2 slices through a Force 10 gale off Cape Hatteras on January 4, 1994.

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