London: Day 2

The Haymarket is a terrific hotel and our first day of The Coach went splendidly, as you can see from the accompanying photos. Not much to report, since I was working all day. I should have sent the butler. Le Caprice last night was jammed. The octopus was quite wonderful, the squid disappointing, however. (It was my regular tentacle night.) The hotel Fedexed our big suitcase back with only 9 forms to fill out. They are doing photo shoots all …


London: Day 1

The final evening Maria came to the Churchill Room with me and met my “friends,” including Sir John Gielgud (Sean) whom you’ll see in an accompanying photo. Breakfast on board, very civilized, no rush, docked in Southampton. Yesterday I had seen three birds flying aft of us, and I calculated we were 200 miles from land. Maybe they were the harbor pilots. Cunard takes about an hour to offload the luggage while everyone relaxes. Then we receive priority disembarkation, which …


Atlantic Crossing: Day 7

I’ve just slept for 9 hours, discounting the time change, which certainly makes a day somewhat briefer! We’re on our last full day at sea. For those of you who want to get a better idea of the experience, go to Cunard.com and click on Queen Mary 2, then on “accommodations,” then on the highest category, “Queens Grill 1.” You can then take a video, hosted tour of the complete duplex and balcony. There was lobster flambé last night, but …


Atlantic Crossing: Day 6

Dinner at Todd English last night was mixed. We had a fabulous table, looking at the ocean but also at everyone who arrived and departed. (One couple, unhappy with their table, had some bread, then declared the menu “unsatisfactory” and left in a pronounced huff, the wife in quite an advanced state on the huff-a-meter.) My octopus was again great, but the swordfish was disappointing (I restrained my own huff). All was made better by a 2002 Chateau Pavié Bordeaux, …


Sarah Palin Lessons

Note: For years I’ve been the most widely read columnist in ManagementConsultingNews.com. When I turned in this column, from the high seas no less, the editor told me that he doesn’t allow people in the news to be used in columns, even when non-partisan, as this one. He said I could skip this month or write a new one. (I have been doing him a favor, of course, writing for free all this time.) I told him there was another …


Somewhere in the North Atlantic

Where in the world is Alan Weiss? You may need a nautical mile converter to find out or just listen to this podcast and hear Alan reporting for sea. And finally find out what is the one speaking gig even Alan would love to get. Click on arrow below for podcast to start and now also on iTunes Click Here for entire podcast series table of contents © Alan Weiss 2008. All rights reserved.


Atlantic Crossing: Day 5

Dover sole last night, quite good. We then ventured to the Queen’s Royal Court, and Jerri Sager, a veteran Broadway and West End chanteuse, belted out the traditional show-stoppers in a somewhat overwrought manner, but with a wonderful voice, backed by a seven piece house orchestra. It was an enjoyable hour in a fabulous theater. (A few Americans stood in ovation, but the mostly-British audience applauded politely while seated, which is SO much better than acting as if you’ve just …




Atlantic Crossing: Day 4

We are, this afternoon, passing about 35 nautical miles north of the Titanic. No, you can’t make this up. They actually proudly announce it. (Last night on the closed circuit TV they showed “The Titanic,” not the great original, but that awful, more recent piece of jetsam that was woefully miscast and directed with the finesse of an ax murderer. But I digress.) I’m wondering if they’ll screen The Wreck of the Hesperus tonight. Last evening, already in my tux, …