As Cunard Line’s RMS Queen Mary 2 arrived in Southampton yesterday, not only did her passengers change, but so did a number of her crew. Revealed this week was the fact that the ship also now carries large numbers of crew members who are married to each other and live in "married quarters" on board. What with the romance of being at sea, there is apparently more of this than is commonly known.
This arrangement not only solves the age-old problem of family members being away when one goes to sea, but also cuts down the demand that family members be able to travel with crew members from time to time. The spouses now both work for the company instead.
By some estimates as many as 15% could be working and living under these arrangements, many of whom have met on board either Queen Mary 2 or another of the Cunard ships.