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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

John Duffy
« on: Feb 08, 2009, 01:09 PM »
John Duffy has received the Seatrade Insider Award for “Seagoing Employee of the Year”.

We never knew him well, but he was (and no doubt is!) friendly and cheerful. We met him almost every day on our most recent voyage, when he passed the Computer Learning Centre in the evenings... we used to sit there, enjoying ourselves with our computers and benefiting from the wifi facilities!

http://seatravel.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/cunards-john-duffy-receives-seatrade-insider-award-for-seagoing-employee-of-the-year/

Offline hollihedge

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #1 on: Feb 08, 2009, 01:11 PM »
Thanks for posting Isabelle - very interesting, and glad he has gained deserved recognition
Gill

Offline Chris Frame

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #2 on: Feb 09, 2009, 12:41 AM »
we used to sit there, enjoying ourselves with our computers and benefiting from the wifi facilities!


I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #3 on: Feb 09, 2009, 06:07 PM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

Me too!  Had a great signal while sitting at the starboard side in one of those lovely big windows looking out at the sea - never, ever had a happier surfing experience!!
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #4 on: Mar 16, 2009, 02:26 PM »
Here's a rather longer article about John Duffy, which I enjoyed :

http://wearecunard.com/2009/03/john-duffy-receives-the-seagoing-employee-of-the-year-2008/

I really like the replies he gives to the interviewer. Here is one :

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You have had an incredible career at sea. What do you think kept you at sea all these years?

Having attained the position of Hotel Manager QE2, in l98l, which of course was the most prestigious liner in the world, where else would I go to better myself?  I was of course, over the years, offered innumerable prestigious positions elsewhere, but my loyalties remained with QE2 and Cunard Line.

Now a man who thinks like that, must be all right!


Offline Chris Frame

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #5 on: Mar 23, 2009, 01:21 AM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

Me too!  Had a great signal while sitting at the starboard side in one of those lovely big windows looking out at the sea - never, ever had a happier surfing experience!!

My sentiments exactly ... it was wonderful to sit there and watch the Ocean go by while writing to friends from the Magnificent QE2!
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Offline cunardqueen

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #6 on: Mar 23, 2009, 06:30 PM »
I had the great pleasure to be at his table in 1988 and again 19 years later in 2007.
It was l must admit a pleasure to be on such a table and to compare tales of that voyage
Now if only he could be persuaded to put his diary to print...   
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Offline Andy F

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #7 on: Mar 23, 2009, 09:58 PM »
Agree Myles and whenever you think of QE2, John invariably comes to mind as one of the great characters.  It would certainly be interesting to read his stories and I bet he has a fair few to tell but IF he should ever be persuaded to go into print, it would no doubt have to wait until retirement.
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #8 on: Apr 23, 2009, 09:42 PM »
Sounds like a Top Guy

Offline Malcolm

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #9 on: Apr 23, 2009, 10:38 PM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

I found it depended on where your cabin was. When we were amidships on Deck One the Pavilion was great, forward on Deck Two put us close to the Computer Centre (we were so close you could sometimes pick up the WIFI signal in the cabin) and when we were towards the stern of Deck Three we used the Yacht Club.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #10 on: Apr 24, 2009, 12:35 AM »
Sounds like a Top Guy
Yes, he is a top guy, a real gentleman.  Always had time for a cheery word of welcome. John was onboard when we made our first voyage in '94 and he was last crew member we saw on the pier after disembarking in Dubai.  He must have had all sorts of emotions running through him but he still came over, shook my hand and gave my wife a hug.   Sort of seemed right that he should be the last.
« Last Edit: Apr 24, 2009, 02:13 AM by Andy F »

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #11 on: Aug 13, 2009, 06:50 PM »
Great interview with John Duffy here :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7723300.stm

"Well, you can't get better than the best, and when you're hotel manager of the QE2, there's nowhere else to go that compares..."

He must have spent more years on board QE2 than most... lucky man...

Offline Twynkle

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #12 on: Aug 13, 2009, 07:24 PM »
Isabelle,

Thank You for posting this.  He IS one of the best!  His knowledge and experience of his work couldn't ever be matched.

Rosie
« Last Edit: Aug 13, 2009, 07:47 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #13 on: Sep 12, 2009, 10:09 AM »

He was a very good man to talk with, i used to love doing the Cocktails Parties in his Quarters.

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Offline Kindlychap

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #14 on: Sep 28, 2009, 06:34 AM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

I found it depended on where your cabin was. When we were amidships on Deck One the Pavilion was great, forward on Deck Two put us close to the Computer Centre (we were so close you could sometimes pick up the WIFI signal in the cabin) and when we were towards the stern of Deck Three we used the Yacht Club.

And in 8183 there was a superb signal - I think wifi had been installed for the cabin above - or was it the four stripe officer forward?

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #15 on: Sep 28, 2009, 06:38 AM »
I had the great pleasure to be at his table in 1988 and again 19 years later in 2007.
It was l must admit a pleasure to be on such a table and to compare tales of that voyage
Now if only he could be persuaded to put his diary to print...   

I was at his table on QM2 this last May. My first time aboard since QE2. He was a great host, and we talked of QE2 and the QE2 ways. The number of QE2 crew on board QM2 has matured the ship, and is, I think, Mary's best hope of following in the impossible wake to follow set down by QE2.

But what would I have given to have been back where I was in October last year, on the tandems, in 1059.....

Matthew
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Offline Twynkle

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #16 on: Oct 24, 2009, 03:47 PM »
John Duffy - simply the best!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/timewatch/qe2.shtml
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #17 on: Oct 24, 2009, 07:38 PM »
You tempt us with yet another video we "canna" access this side of the pond.  :(  I think it is time I look into those ghosting programs to work around this.

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Offline Twynkle

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #18 on: Oct 24, 2009, 08:43 PM »
Hello Ken,
That's not good - I am sorry.
I've tried to extract the clip, but to no avail.
There's a 'BBC iplayer outside the uk' page(s) on google
but not too sure about the legitimacy of methods recommended!
Rosie
 
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #19 on: Oct 24, 2009, 08:47 PM »
where is John now then, is he on QM2 or has he retired?

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Offline Andy F

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #20 on: Nov 23, 2009, 01:30 AM »
where is John now then, is he on QM2 or has he retired?
He's on QM2
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Offline Twynkle

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #21 on: Jan 25, 2010, 06:17 PM »

John E. Duffy
Hotel Manager, Queen Mary 2
by Joseph Schmitt 
The longest-serving, four-stripe officer aboard any of Cunard’s “Queen” ships, John Duffy, Hotel Manager of Queen Mary 2, is a wealth of information about these splendid sea-going vessels. His experience, passion, and knowledge are vital assets for both the cruise line and its passengers. From the moment you meet Duffy you realize you are in the presence of a man who loves what he does and the ships he calls home. It’s no wonder that Duffy was recently awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for distinguished service, and in 2008 was voted “Seagoing Employee of the Year” at the Seatrade Conference in Venice........

http://www.passportmagazine.com/departments/JohnDuffy769.php?rand=1
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #22 on: Jun 30, 2010, 07:05 PM »
An Interview with John Duffy
by Richard Wagner.
http://www.beyondships.com/QM2-art-Duffy.html
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #23 on: Oct 16, 2011, 09:39 PM »
Mr Duffy is currently on board QM2 and in good form!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #24 on: Oct 29, 2011, 07:53 PM »
The think with John, because he came up through the ranks, I believe he started as a cabin boy, he never forgot his roots. He respected all. Worked with him on many occasions as Hotel Service Engineer...had a few battles too, but always respected him and liked him!

Offline cunardqueen

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #25 on: Oct 29, 2011, 08:03 PM »
Has he not just completed his last crossing on QM2 and then retires after the World Cruise.
From a passenger point of view, l managed to dine on his table twice with him as host in 20 years, a throughly decent kind generous and highly entertaining host.
Now if he could only be persuaded to write a book, or even put his diarys into print.....
I remember his tale of interviewing people in Scotland for QE2 just prior to the start of her re entry into service in 1987, and involving a mutual friend.
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 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #26 on: Oct 29, 2011, 10:38 PM »
We need to persuade him to join the forum... :)
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Offline Twynkle

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #27 on: Oct 29, 2011, 11:21 PM »
Mr Duffy does know about the Forum.
He told me a couple of weeks ago that he's not able to join - he's an extremely busy man.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #28 on: Oct 30, 2011, 12:55 PM »
Ah, but after his imminent ( well, OK, 6 months away ) retirement indicated above...?  Maybe??

He must have a lot of stories he could tell us.
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #29 on: Dec 06, 2011, 06:15 PM »
An interview with Mr Duffy - 2010
http://www.passportmagazine.com/departments/JohnDuffy769.php?pagenum=1
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #30 on: Dec 07, 2011, 09:58 AM »
Thanks for the news that John Duffy is retiring after his trojan lifetime of Cunard service.  That he has chosen to go after the QM2's World Cruise is apt.  I am certain he will miss his job.  And let's all hope he does turn to this forum to keep the memory alive.  

He makes running a very complicated 'hotel' look easy, whether his beloved QE2 and now QM2. He remembers everyone's names, crew and pax and greets you as an old friend

On World Cruises Heads of Departments hold cocktail parties for guests of their choice.  Invites are cherished.  Because of my onboard 'celebrity' on QE2, I was lucky enough to get such invitations from Captains (in Captain's cabin), Medics on 2 deck, Chief Engineers, Wardie, and Mr Duffy's.
 
His was the best. It was uniquely held in the Yacht Club and the food was sumptous.  The huge prawns on ice were particularly outstanding.

QE2, Yacht Club, John Duffy ... what a combination ... What memories.  

Happy retirement, John, and please share them with us.
« Last Edit: Dec 07, 2011, 09:59 AM by Queet-two »

Offline Twynkle

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2012, 02:21 PM »
From Cunard.
"After 46 years with Cunard, Queen Mary 2's Hotel Manager John Duffy is retiring today. The ship's whistle will sound at 11.30am across Southampton as he leaves the vessel. We would like to wish John a very happy retirement!"

All the best to you, Mr Duffy - you have earned the best possible good health, as well as good times in retirement.
Thank You for your huge contribution in making QE2 such a magnificent ship for her guests!

QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #32 on: May 24, 2012, 02:39 PM »
I am very envious of his career.   The experiences he has had, the people he has met, the places he has been,  what he must have seen...   ;)

I do hope there is a memoir in his future.   What a joy it would be to read... and to be envious...

Offline cunardqueen

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #33 on: May 24, 2012, 06:52 PM »
He shared with me that fact hes kept a diary all these years....
From a passengers point of view he was always a superb host..
Best Wishes in his retirement.
It would be interesting to hear what his thoughts were of the fleet since QE2 was sold.. 
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #34 on: Jun 01, 2012, 08:40 AM »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #35 on: Jun 01, 2012, 03:36 PM »
Thanks Rosie for the lovely piece regarding John Duffy's retirement. What a great tribute from Cunard to a much loved man.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #36 on: Jun 18, 2012, 09:01 AM »
I think numerous people will remember John for his warmth and humour but especially someone who was absolutely dedicated to providing passengers with the best possible service.He also had an incredible memory and would remember people even if they cruised years apart and their likes/dislikes.He also expected nothing less from his staff too and his entusiasm appeared to be infectious.
I remember him helping my Father request an off menu item and when finding out it wasn't as good as the same dish on Holland America (my father would always give blunt, honest feedback) John ensured it was done again to perfection.
No one is irrepacable but John definitely came as close as is possible.
I wish John a long happy and healthy retirement.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #37 on: Jun 18, 2012, 09:36 PM »
What a great memory, philhar!

No doubt just one among many thousands, but each individual memory important in its own right, and each contributing to the great affection and respect in which John Duffy was held.

When was this, philhar? And did you meet him again after that?

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #38 on: Feb 09, 2014, 09:20 PM »
With thanks to CunardQueens, who drew attention to it in their Facebook page, a wonderful interview with John Duffy, showing just what a gentleman he is :


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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2015, 10:17 PM »
Did you know that the blue cushion covers on the deck chairs on Deck 7 (RMS Queen Mary 2) are the exact same blue as Everton Football Club's home kit?
The fabric was deliberately chosen by Mr Duffy!
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.