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Cunard ocean liner captain photographed standing beneath ship's hull

Being the captain of a huge ocean liner sounds so intimidating to me. But the captain of the Queen May 2 has taken it even a step beyond. Captain Kevin Oprey stood on the ship’s forward-thrusting bow for photographs– while the Queen Mary 2 was under weigh.

Cunard ocean liner captain poses for photos beneath ship's hull
James Morgan
Cunard ocean liner captain posts for photos beneath ship's hull
James Morgan

I’m not talking about the bow at the upper deck of the ship. I’ve stood there.

This is that teeny little thing that sails ahead of the ship to minimize the creation of bow waves around the waterline when the ship is moving. I learned that a couple of cruises ago because, to me, that bow often looks like a shark or a porpoise leading the way for the ship.

Anyway, the photos taken this week by photographer James Morgan are astounding.

It looks as though Captain Oprey is just floating on the water in front of the largest and most expensive cruise ship ever launched. Wonder if he ever turned around to see what was so close behind him?

I’m posting photos so you will know it actually happened. It took place a mile off the coast of Bali during the ship’s World Cruise on her 10th anniversary year. The Queen Mary 2 has many exciting things planned for her birthday. But I sure never expected this one.

I’m told that two safety craft were standing by during the photo shoot just in case the Captain leaned one way or the other and ended up in the water. But Captain Oprey remained sure-footed during the adventure and never had to be hauled aboard.

The Queen Mary 2 will continue her 2014 World Cruise with a port of call at Sydney on Friday, March 14. She then will head north towards Shanghai, Hong Kong, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok and Singapore before turning west for Sri Lanka and Dubai.

Next, she will enter the Mediterranean through the Suez Canal and return to Southampton, England, on May 9 to mark her 10th anniversary of becoming Cunard's magnificent flagship. Sister ships Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria will join in the exuberant celebrations.

Of course, I’ve loved the Queen Mary 2 ever since she hit the waters. 
At 151,200 tons, Queen Mary 2 is the largest and most expensive ocean liner ever built, accommodating 2,620 passengers and 1,253 crew.

In her first 10 years of service, following a spectacular naming by Her Majesty The Queen of England on January 8, 2014, Queen Mary 2 has undertaken more than 420 voyages, including over 200 transAtlantic crossings, and has called at 182 ports in 60 countries.

She remains the longest, tallest, widest ocean liner ever built, as well as being the most famous and fastest passenger ship in operation today.

The next time I’m on the Queen Mary 2 – got my fingers crossed that it will be sometime in 2014 – I plan to find Captain Oprey and commend him on that amazing photo feat. Wish I had been there to see it in person.

For more information about Queen Mary 2: Call the Cunard Line at (800) 728-6273 or visit

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