Marty Markowitz, President of the borough of Brooklyn, is bursting with pride! As reported in The New York Times,
On Thursday, Mr. Markowitz’s own ship came in. He arrived in Brooklyn on the Queen Mary 2 after a free six-day cruise from Southampton, England. Mr. Markowitz was quick to point out that he sailed not just as a passenger, but also as the borough’s official ambassador. Between breakfasts of petit filet mignon and dinners of lobster flambé with cognac and truffles, harp recitals and black-tie soirees, the mostly European passengers were treated to an hourlong talk from Mr. Markowitz on the wonders of Brooklyn. More than 450 people attended it, he said.
“I know it sounds crazy to us,” Mr. Markowitz said yesterday, “but there are many people who don’t know Brooklyn and are curious to know about us.”…The Queen Mary 2 typically sails with a dozen or so guest lecturers, on topics ranging from politics to psychology to art history.
… Mr. Markowitz, who a few years ago told Newsday that an ocean cruise was “the ultimate vacation, a smorgasbord on water,” said one of his regrets was having broken his diet at the buffet table
I certainly agree with Mr. Markowitz about an ocean cruise being an “ultimate vacation.” Add to that distinguised speakers and an elegant ship like the QE2 – what more could you ask for? Well, I for one have never been on the QE2. I wonder if they need a speaker from Indiana?