From Coming to Colorado: A Young Immigrant's Journey to Become an American Flyer by Wolfgang W. E. Samuel, recounting a crossing to England with his wife, Harriet:
...we stayed for the night in the Waldorf-Astoria before embarking on the Queen Mary the following morning...A red carpet was rolled from the first-class lounge to the stairs leading to the first class cabin. I had heard the expression "red carpet treatment" but never expected it to be quite so literal.The Queen Mary was truly a beautiful ship, with her three enormous stacks towering over everything else at the dock. According to the List of Passengers, a small booklet distributed to every first-class passenger, the ship was 81,237 gross tons and driven by a quadruple-screw turbine, under command of Captain R. G. Thelwell, O. B. E., R. D., and Staff Captain R. J. N. Nicholas, R. D., R. N. R., the junior captain, who did all the work and none of the socializing I presumed...segregation was absolute. No cabin or tourist-class passenger had opportunity to penetrate the inner sanctum of the first-class world. The passenger list was rife with titles: Lady and Sir, Prince and Princess, Captain. His Excellency, Doctor, and The Honorable.Harriet and I were escorted to our cabin by an attentive and solicitous member of the crew. B99 was a spacious and well-appointed cabin, looked after by two attendants who introduced themselves upon our arrival and put themselves at our service for the duration of the voyage. After getting settled, Harriet and I went up on deck for the departure ceremony. At twelve thirty sharp several tugs moved the huge ocean liner from its berth to the sounds of the ship's band.Returning to our cabin we found a schedule of events for Wednesday, August 10, 1955, on our nightstand. It noted that at 3:45 we were "invited" to a Passenger Lifeboat Station Muster and the Captain requested that we attend wearing our lifebelts. The mandatory drill was not going to be of any length nor interfere with anyone's personal life, because at 4:00 a ship's ensemble was scheduled to being playing "Music for Tea Time." The Naked Street with Farley Granger, Anthony Quinn, and Anne Bancroft was scheduled for 4:30 that afternoon, and again later in the evening. Harriet and I never made it to a movie throughout the voyage.Harriet and I were by far the youngest couple in first class. From our perspective most passengers were well advanced in age. Fortunately the Queen's dance orchestra began to play early in the evening in the Main Lounge, then moved to the Starlight Roof Club [Verandah Grill] as the evening progressed. The orchestra played until one o'clock in the morning to a rather lively crowd, and that's where we spent most of our time. The sea was calm, the nights star studded. Our crossing turned out to be a picture voyage.The fun ended on the fifteenth of August when we docked fairly early in the morning in Cherbourg, France. Those traveling to the Continent disembarked. The rest of us packed and got ready for our own departure in Southampton later in the day. We arrived in Southampton at ten o'clock in the evening and boarded the Cunard Steam-Ship Company Limited R. M. S. Queen Mary London Special Train.