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Offline Chris Frame

Lecturing Aboard QE2
« on: Apr 30, 2010, 09:02 AM »
Rosie has very kindly asked me to share some thoughts about being a guest speaker aboard QE2, so here it goes.

The first lecture I remember seeing aboard QE2 was back when I was 11 years old. The speaker, whose name escapes me, was showing slides of ships taken in Australian ports and explaining their significance. I decided then and there that I would one day stand on that stage, and lecture about QE2 aboard QE2. Another experience I had at age 11 was seeing the QE2 bookshop windows with the “Author On Board” sign below the books. I made another promise to myself then, I was going to see that sign under my own QE2 book one day.

By 2007 I had yet to achieve those goals, but had plenty of time… right?

Well that was all well and good, until Cunard announced QE2’s retirement. We had been working hard on the book during 2007 and in 2008 sailed on what was ‘supposed' to be our last ever QE2 cruise – Sydney to Singapore. We used this time to re-photograph the whole ship for the book and had a wonderful time catching up with Captain McNaught, going to parties and touring the Engine Room – it was superb!

I thought I’d be devastated when we disembarked QE2 in Singapore; but instead I declared then and there that I would be back on QE2 before she retired. I was not saying goodbye to the ship that day. Once back at home, everyone thought I was in denial - but I was determined.

Fortunately for me, our book (and my previous experience speaking in public) allowed for me to do my first shipboard lectures aboard QE2 during her final season. Initially it looked as if I was too late, as QE2: A Photographic Journey was originally due to be published in October 2008, which was too late to get aboard the already fully booked ship.

This was unacceptable, so after a call with our fabulous publisher (The History Press), we agreed to bring the publication forward to late July / Early August 2008!  This was fantastic.

Michael kindly gave me the contact details for Cunard Enrichments and the rest is history…

Stepping aboard that Emirates plane to fly to the UK to sail aboard QE2 one last time felt like a dream, it still seems like a dream... Even more so when you consider we had originally been booked to fly Cathay Pacific, who called us that morning to advise the flights were cancelled due to a typhoon in Hong Kong…. Luckily we got the last two seats on the Emirates flight that would get us there in time to board QE2... luck was on our side!

We stayed the night beforehand at the Holiday Inn (guessing many of you have?) in Southampton and awoke to see QE2 sitting there, at the QEII terminal, looking superb. What a rush.

Guest lecturers don’t have tickets like passengers, rather it’s all electronic. We printed out the email confirmation and made our way to the terminal. We checked in as all other passengers do and then waited for what seemed a lifetime to board. It was a dream come true when we stood on the terminal balcony and could see into Quarter Deck – our book was in the Bookshop window! What a thrill.

On boarding we were escorted to our cabin, a lovely QE2 tradition that is missed aboard QM2 and QV. It was a C2 grade room on Two Deck (but we were later moved to C2 on Three Deck - because the paying occupants of that room didn’t like it – we couldn’t understand why, but such is life)… Both rooms were gems. The Two Deck room was done in a red theme with the Three Deck room completed in Blue (see pic below – taken from http://www.chriscunard.com/qe2_photographs.php)



You may be interested to know, on QM2 all lecturers are in “ED” cabins, which are decorated like normal cabins but are actually located in a different area, forward on the proper cabins. On QV there are Britannia Grade passenger staterooms that are set aside for lecturers on Deck Four. The QM2 “ED” rooms have numbers like “ED14” so everyone knows you’re in a Entertainers Cabin while on QE2 and QV they are just normal cabin numbers, so no one is the wiser.

Back to QE2, you get a special welcome pack which includes your lecture schedule,  contact details and a request to meet the Cruise Director (Warren), his assistant (Lisa) and the team who run the Theatre. Actually, the Team was one man, who ran the whole lot.

Behind the Scenes in the Theatre is like another world. A small door leads into a tiny corridor that has steps that takes you up to about ½ way between Upper Deck and Boat Deck. Here you enter the projection room. It has an array of equipment from ancient film projectors to modern projectors connected to DVD players. It’s amazing, something of QE2 that not many people get to see.

While QM2 and QV have wireless microphones that are attached to the body – eg: a lapel mic – QE2 had a microphone attached to a traditional mic stand. My first lecture was un-introduced, in that no one was there to welcome me. I simply got up there when the room filled up to standing room only. It was such a thrill. I was very proud to be standing on the stage in QE2’s Theatre, talking to QE2 fans about QE2. The fact that the room was packed was an extra boost.

I’ve been told I am the youngest lecturer to work on QE2 (an honour!) as well as QM2 and QV. As such, for the first few minutes the audience look at me as if to say “who are you and where is our lecturer” – but after I introduce myself and they learn that I’ve been researching Cunard, shipping and history for near 70% of my life, I am accepted and by the end of the first talk everyone is looking forward to the next talk. Linda (from Canada), Andy F and Andy H were at all of my talks, so maybe they can give their thoughts of how they went – but for me, it was amazing.

The first talk was entitled “Number 736” and covered QE2’s early life, from concept to the Falklands War and imagery of her during her service life.

By the end, it left most of the audience in tears... the atmosphere was very emotional as I spoke about our beloved ship. I got a lot of feedback, for instance, I could hear Linda agreeing with me as I made comments about QE2, and as such as talked later about QE2 in depth. Linda said to me “So you’re Chris Cunard” – I realised then that my website had a reputation of its own (by the way, I started the website as Chris’ QE2 Page and it grew from there and met Rob through the website, I’ve been visiting his site since I was a kid!).

My second talk was 'QE2 and Cunard’s Turbulent Times'. It covered 1983-2008 including the years of turmoil Cunard went through re: Trafalgar House and QE2's numerous refits. This time I was introduced by Thomas – what an honour.

He told the audience that we had first met when I was 13 during his 1998 Heritage Trail tours – which is true; and I was thrilled that he had remembered me with such vivid detail. He actually stayed and watched my whole talk, and thanked me after. I appreciated that as it was his Heritage Trail tours that helped spark my passion for Cunard’s earlier years all those years ago.

The stage on QE2 was great to talk from. you're close enough to feel as if you’re talking to the audience, and can easily make out the faces on the Upper Deck level.

From their point of view, I think they got a good view of me and QE2’s excellent theatre screen was wonderful for the PowerPoint slides, which were the true focus of the lectures.

My final talk was “Behind the Scenes on the Queen” and showed QE2 from the Crews point of view. It toured the Bridge, Engine Room, Crew Bars and other areas that are also featured in the book. I had intended to talk about QM2's life in depth as well, but there just wasn't time as QE2 was the true focus.

As you’re all aware, the lectures are videoed and replayed in the cabins. Because of this, I had a number of crew come and thank me for the talks as well as the video – I must say, it was nice to know they spent their spare time listening to what I had to say about QE2.

Disembarkation this time was hard. I knew that this was it. I decided then that I wouldn’t go and see QE2 unless she was ‘restored’ in a respectful way. I wanted to remember her the way she was in September 2008 (remembering at this time Nakheel were planning to tear her apart – I wasn’t going to support such madness).

I was lucky to bump into Andy F on the aft decks of QE2 the day we were in Southampton. We both watched in puzzled bemusement as they loaded a new pile of deck chairs aboard and removed old ones…. Given that QE2 was retiring in just a few weeks, it seemed a bit too much like “business as usual”. But it gave us hope that she would find her place in the modern world that had seemed to leave her behind.

Funnily enough QM2 was in the port that day also, and in March 2009 I would step aboard her as a Guest Speaker, and again on QV in 2010. The reviews from passengers have all been good, so I am told, and as long as people want to hear about the Cunard ships, I’ll be happy to talk about it.

Hopefully that’s a bit of an insight into life as a guest speaker aboard the world’s greatest ship.

Chris.
« Last Edit: Mar 20, 2016, 01:06 AM by Chris »

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #1 on: Apr 30, 2010, 09:44 AM »
Chris

I really enjoyed your insight into being a guest speaker onboard the QE2.  It must have been an emotional event for you in that you had achieved your dream and also being able to say goodbye to the ship before she retired.  I hope I get the opportunity to hear you speak on the QM2 or QV.
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #2 on: Apr 30, 2010, 11:28 AM »
Glad you enjoyed it Lynda. It was emotional, at the end, but also such a thrill - an unforgettable experience, and as it turns out once in a lifetime too! Hopefully we'll catch up on QM2 or QV.
« Last Edit: Apr 30, 2010, 05:05 PM by Chris »

Online skilly56

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #3 on: Apr 30, 2010, 12:11 PM »
Chris,
I have now watched the clip 3 times, and it is in many ways even more enjoyable than the 'A Grand Farewell' video we purchased on board at the end of our cruise in July 2008. I noticed in the credits that some shots came from the BBC Production 'The Last Great Liner'. This is showing in NZ for the first time tomorrow night, so the Mysky machine has already been programmed to record it.

That video we purchased on the ship, which supposedly showed 'our voyage', featured none of the actual July '08 bridge team and only actually showed one person who we did see on board - the shortish Canadian (i think?) ladies escort with the blonde curly hair, whose name escapes me, and who we had a good conversation with one night.

We met and socialised with all the bridge team, and one of the Nav officer's is living under my roof right now while he studies for his Master's/Mates ticket (but, having somehow reached the age of 25 today, I can confirm that he definitely NOT studying tonight!).  8)

He was also on the last voyage to Dubai, so I will be copying tomorrow's program for him.  

Lisa - she did a great job for us!

I see your book came out just after we came home - from where would I be able to purchase a copy?
Cheers
Skilly
« Last Edit: Apr 30, 2010, 12:15 PM by skilly56 »

Offline Twynkle

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #4 on: Apr 30, 2010, 12:23 PM »
Please may I interrupt here, and very much hope that you won't mind!
Skilly, if you click on the QE2 Story Shop link on the home page of the Forum, then from Amazon UK, > go to Amazon.com - not only can you buy the very good book ( :) )  And then in this way, Rob can benefit, too - from anyone on the forum, using the link to the shop!
( Just an afterthought - can you get things from Amazon in NZ? If not, then I'll delete my post above - and Very sorry!)
Rosie

PS - I haven't forgotten to say thank you to Chris - That'll come very soon!
« Last Edit: Apr 30, 2010, 12:29 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Online skilly56

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #5 on: Apr 30, 2010, 12:44 PM »
Thanks Rosie,

Every time I go away I have to re-learn where everything hides on here. My boys manage to get books from Amazon - anything they can do I should be able to do better (well - dreams are free!)
Cheers
Skilly

Offline QE2 Canuck

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #6 on: Apr 30, 2010, 03:46 PM »
Wow.. Thanks,Chris...you brought back so many memories of that last voyage for me.....Both my sister-in-law (from England) and I attended all the lectures and enjoyed them immensely......you are a good speaker!!!   That video of Ian McLeans's that you played for us at the lectures brought us to tears everytime and now when I hear Flower of Scotland, especially played by bagpipes, i have to run for the kleenex box.  The last morning on QE2 in Southampton is pretty much a blur for me... as I saw it through tears, I may have seen you and Rachelle then but it was part of the blur.
Backing up to the morning of embarkation, I still remember walking out of the front door of the Holiday Inn and seeing this young couple standing waiting for a taxi.....as my sister- in-law and I were loading her car, we overheard them say..".Oh look.. they are going on the QE2 too".....we just smiled to ourselves and thought.."Nice young couple.. must be their first trip on QE2.
Then of course attending the first lecture and as we were sitting waiting, my sister-in-law leaned over and said..."Isn't that the young couple from the Holiday Inn".... as you stepped up on the stage.   After the first lecture, we came up to talk to you of course and I realized this was the young guy called Chris who's website I'd stumbled on back in 1996 through links from Sam Warwick and World Ship Society Port of New York sites....
I have your book, signed by you and Rachelle with a nice little message and beside the message I have a lovely picture of the 2 of you sitting outside the library signing your books.   Hope maybe to attend some more of your lectures on one of the other Queens someday in the future.                          .....Linda
..   

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #7 on: Apr 30, 2010, 05:03 PM »
Hi Skilly, I trust you managed to get the book from Rosie's description of the link via this site? Thanks Rosie for the idea!

Linda we also remember our brief meeting at The Holiday Inn! It was so exciting to see other QE2 passengers, well we were just very excited in general!! It was great to have such passionate QE2 fans in the lectures. It made it all that bit more exciting!

Online skilly56

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2010, 12:49 PM »
I've just watched the BBC doco on 'The Last Voyage' of the QE2 (yes, I did think I was waiting to watch 'The Last Great Liner' -don't know where I got that name from). There must have been an awful lot of BBC film footage on the cutting room floor (I wonder how one could get a copy of it all, digital or celluloid?). When I think of all the different aspects and people that could have been mentioned or covered, I'm not convinced that they got the film 'mix' right. And it could easily have been two hours long(er?), considering they were covering 40 years.

I'll guess I'll just have to wait until 'Resurrection of The Queen' is released and see if it is any better.
Cheers
Skilly

Offline Twynkle

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2010, 09:41 PM »
Rosie has very kindly asked me to share some thoughts about being a guest speaker aboard QE2, so here it goes.......
......Hopefully that’s a bit of an insight into life as a guest speaker aboard the world’s greatest ship.
Chris.
A very sincere Thank You, Chris!
Hopefully it won't be too long before you are able to tell the 'next' generation on the younger Cunarders about QE2.
They would be so lucky - I wouldn't expect that there are many who can do it 'off the cuff', and with a familiarity and affection for QE2 that you would convey....
It feels as if it was only yesterday...those comfortable, velvety 'apricot' seats - and a warm, expectant atmosphere etc

Now - there are still some questions, and you may regret that you wrote a note saying something like 'Ask away'!
Inevitably there's a sort of boundary between Guests, speakers and crew etc...I wonder whether you were able to enjoy having a 'foot-in-every-camp', so to speak!  Or, were there times when you wished for some privacy...like a 'Guest Lecturers' sitting room or Bar?

You mention visits to the Bridge, the ECR, the Galleys etc - if you had wanted to, would you have been allowed to watch quietly in the corner for hours  - like I would have given my right arm (well, almost!) for?

Thank you, again - it was so fortunate for us too, that there were just 2 seats remaining on the Emirates plane!
Rosie

« Last Edit: May 02, 2010, 12:26 AM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2010, 11:00 AM »
Hi Rosie,

Please, ask away. I'd love to share info about the experience to anyone interested in reading it.

As a guest lecturer you are actually aboard as a passenger. Your name is on the passenger list, you get the same services, treatment etc. as passengers and are restricted to the passenger areas. Our ability to get "behind the scenes" is due to the research we were doing for the Photographic Journey books, rather than the fact I was there to lecture. For example, a destination lecturer would not get access to QE2's engine room as there was no reason for them to be there.

On QM2 it is a bit different as the ED cabins are actually in an area that is 1/2 passenger and 1/2 crew. They area forward of the A-Stairway. The outside rooms are for lecturers and performers that entertain you at the evening shows. The inside rooms are saved for musicians, librarians and other service providers not strictly employed direct by Cunard (eg: contractors).

The ED rooms have the crew telephone system so if you wish to call a passenger cabin you need to go through the Pursers Office. However, the rooms are serviced daily, have room service, all the amenities of a passenger cabin and are decorated as such. QM2's ED area actually has access to a Crew staircase, that is in plain sight (no doors etc) but a sign that says "crew only" dissuades lecturers from going down there!

A funny inclusion on QM2's ED rooms is a sign, requesting that entertainers do not "personalise" their cabin. eg: Do not nail anything into the wall.. do not cook in your cabin.. made us laugh as someone somewhere must have done that once in order for such a sign to exist!



On QE2 and QV, it was just a normal passenger cabin in a normal passenger area. On QE2 I think it was random, eg: A number of C2 rooms were set aside each voyage and it wasn't always the same. On QV it is the same rooms used, a selection on Deck Four, and the only difference here is that the Cabin Breakfast thing that you hang on your door is a photo copy rather than the proper colour version. Everything else was as if you were in a normal passenger stateroom.

I am always treated well by passengers. After the lectures lots of people come and talk to me, and I love that as they share their stories and feedback which helps me get an even deeper understanding for the historical side of things, to hear first hand from someone who was on QM or QE during WW2 is a fantastic experience. I don't get bombarded when in the bar or at dinner etc. most people just come over and say they enjoyed the talk, and if it's appropriate may ask a few questions. Again, this makes my day!

I've also made friends from this. Andy and Linda, for instance.

Thank goodness for that Emirates flight. As HK was closed, everyone else who intended to fly through HK was also looking for flights, and we were told that our two seats on Emirates (which cost a fortune - always get travel insurance!!) were the last two available to get to the UK from where we were... It was meant to be!

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2010, 11:38 AM »
I always enjoy the lectures onboard ship which is so much part of the cruise experience.  It is fascinating to hear from the lecturer's perspective Chris.  I have always had the impression that the lecturers enjoyed speaking to passengers so it is also good to hear you confirm this.  Do you have a preference for lecturing on a particular ship?

I am eagerly awaiting delivery of your book which I purchased yesterday Chris.  I have a collection of QE2 books that I purchased onboard ship on various cruises so your book will take pride of place with them. 
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2010, 11:59 AM »
Thank you Lynda very much for purchasing the book! I hope you enjoy it!

I loved lecturing aboard QE2, that was a dream come true.

Queen Victoria is better from a lecturers perspective than QM2. On QV we talk in the Royal Court Theatre which has a team of technicians to ensure that you're all set-up and ready to go. On QM2, Illuminations is manned by one person who does an awesome job, but there's more chance of sound etc. not working correctly.

QV cabins for lecturers are also nicer than QM2's ED rooms, as they were in the Passenger area of the ship and central in the hull so there was less movement and noise.

QE2's C2 rooms were superb. It was fantastic that on QE2 lecturers got Caronia grade, and not just that, but C2 - which were a significant notch above C3. Those rooms on Two Deck and Three Deck were very special.

Here's shots of all three rooms types:

QE2:


QM2:


QV:


I regret not taking pics of our first QE2 room on Two Deck; it had those lovely raised ceilings with the wood trim. We were moved so quickly and unexpectedly that the only shots I got were not fit for publication.

Just seeing the QE2 cabin brings a flood of memories back. She was so special.
« Last Edit: May 02, 2010, 12:03 PM by Chris »

Pat Curry

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Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2010, 01:53 PM »
 
Not sure about you Chris but lecturers do not get a fee.  At least that's what happened to me

They get all the privileges of being a passenger without paying the cabin fee. 

Back in the 1990s when Cunard was British owned they used to let you bring not only your spouse but your kids.  Added to that we mostly got Queen's Grill, and often a One Deck cabin, alternatively a Q on two deck, and once Princess and once Britannia Grills.  We were also requested to dine in Mauri and Carionia on an occasional 'hosting' role.  Originally we had to pay full bar prices and gratuities.  When things were Miami  managed this was relented to 50% bar bills and no gratuities (we always left cash for our stewards).

We did 12 cruises on QE2 till between 1997 and 2007  inc parts (between 21 and 30 days each) of seven World Cruises, a tranni west bound and a return eastbound.  Total days on board 263. All over the world except Australasia.  Lucky or what???

As cookery demonstrators and 'Guest Chefs' we had a wonderful relationship with the crew and worked in the galleys and stores on 7 deck and we had absolute freedom of access to all crew areas.  Once we cooked for the Wardroom, and on another time for Capt Ron Warwick and Kim in their cabin (where they dine if they are not hosting a table  –  Captains don't dine in the wardroom).

We managed to hang onto our Queen's Grill status right through, though we really didn't mind where we slept or dined.

Lecturers' travel arrangements are economy class.  In the 90s this included spouses.  Things got stricter with the US management, particularly when things moved from Florida to LA..  Spouses had to pay for their own travel arrangements inc long haul flights.  This did not apply to us, though we had to fight for it at the end, since me and Dominique work together.  Cunard also hotelled us if needed , but not in the same class as pax. 

On our last two cruises on QE2, the things we were required to do extended form the original three cookery demos, to ten 'appearances'.  This may work if you are lecturing on precious stones, (very popular) or Iraqi politics (very popular) but not so easy for the Concorde pilots, nor for us.  So on our month on board, we did four cooking dems, two guest chef days, one lunch, one dinner, an appearance on QE2 TV,  and latterly, something I was really proud of, three slideshow lectures about various spicy food subjects, such as the Spice Route, etc.  Exec chef also liked us conducting tours of the Galleys during crew rest time (of which the galley crew get precious little).  so we would take two or three such tours per cruise, 45 minutes from 3.30 to 4.15 (when the galleys are empty and the crew are sleeping.
This activity became prohibited following a norovirus outbreak.

The no fee arrangement applies, as far as I know, to all daytime lecturers. They are currently contracted by the 'enrichment department', which appears to come under the personnel dpt.   Nightime entertainers get a fee, and 8xxx cabins, or even suites depending on the enormity of their 'stardom'.  They can be on board for very short periods, even a day or so, being flown in and out business class.

We haven't been contracted to work on the new Cunard ships.  The whole thing about cookery demos and guest cheffing has changed, they tell me. 

So I am exclusively a QE2 person.  I've never cruised on any other ship.  How can you just not love and adore her?

Any yes, Chris it is a wonderful thing to see your own books in the Bookshop with the 'Author on Board' signs.  And I think the relationship lecturers enjoy with passengers is amazing.  Most think you get paid, which could cause a wee grudge, but never to us, I must say. I agree about their friendliness and interest in chatting to their lecturers.  It is one of the best parts of the job.  And us too were never over pestered in the bars or grills.

Chris, you are are privileged as I am to be allowed back stage. Do you have a good collection of photos of all QE2 crew areas?  Are they published or unpublished?

Pat

PS:  My amazing QE2 story is being told on the forum here.  I have just posted part 6:
 https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1085.0.html

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2010, 04:03 PM »
Hi Pat, thanks for sharing your experience! Yes, lecturers are unpaid, but as the voyage and airfares are paid for by Cunard it's more than worth it :)

I got access behind the scenes on QE2 to photograph for our book. Some of the pictures feature in QE2 a Photographic Journey but I have plenty more on my PC.
« Last Edit: May 03, 2010, 04:05 PM by Chris »

Pat Curry

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Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2010, 09:02 PM »
. Some of the pictures feature in QE2 a Photographic Journey ....

And I've just ordered it from Amazon.

Offline Twynkle

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2010, 09:30 PM »
Hey You Guys,
It's really good to have 2 Guest Speakers - and Thank You!

Chris - you say that you have lots more pix of your ventures into QE2's 'out-of-bounds to pax' areas,
apart from the Engine Control Room and Bridge, I wonder which part of QE2 you found most intriguing?
Did you see the Print Room?

And Pat - Did you and Dominique get a fair bit of free time, when you could relax and enjoy time off - on Sea Days?


« Last Edit: May 03, 2010, 10:27 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2010, 04:00 AM »
Queet-two - thank you! :)

Rosie, the Engine Room was the most exciting place behind the scenes. We saw everything from the engines (both Forward and Aft Engine Rooms) to the propeller shafts complete with the welcome mats (as Michael showed). To stand there, in that room I had seen to many times in photographs, was such a treat!

Pat Curry

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Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2010, 09:24 PM »
Did you see the Print Room?
And Pat - Did you and Dominique get a fair bit of free time, when you could relax and enjoy time off - on Sea Days?

Chris did you photograph the print room? I had to go to the there often (it was forward on 6 deck).  Not huge, but had a small Heidleburg press which printed all the day's programmes, restaurant menus, and many other things worked by just 2 undergraduates from the Rochester Print School, NY.  They usually did a year (work experience) then went back to college to get their degree.
My business there was that they printed my recipe sheets.  They and the ship were on PCs / Windows,, my work was on Mac format  with a Quark programme but they always converted it , no problem.

As for days off.  We always had port days off.  We worked when at sea, but usually had plenty of time off, and not necessarily every day.  A typical galley day for us might be:
Shower
8am breakfast in the restaurant or Lido (casual clothes), 
9 - 1: work in galley (chef's whites),
Shower
1.30: lunch  (casual clothes), 
2 -4 sunbathing  (swimwear/T shirt), 
4.30: Afternoon tea Queen's room (casual clothes)
6pm: meet chefs for planning meeting (chef's whites)
Shower
8.30: dinner (formal wear)
10pm (till late!) a scoop or two in the crew F'o'c'sle Club (jeans), where it seemed everyone smoked
(late!) bed time (Pyjamas) stank of stale ciggs (we didn't smoke) but to knackered to shower!. 

Nine changes of clothes; three showers, 1 swim.  Never been so clean and never changed clothes as much as on the QE2.

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Lecturing Aboard QE2
« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2010, 01:56 AM »
Hi Queet-two,

No, I never saw the print room! Sounds very interesting though.

The busiest 'work' days we had were the days when I gave a lecture, did the book signings and then participated on the QE2 / QM2 / QV TV show while staying up late at night to photograph the different rooms for upcoming books (in the case of QM2 and QV anyway). We like to get the rooms with no people in them, so find its best to do this in the wee hours when the lighting is also at its most atmospheric.

It is all lots of fun though so doesn't feel like work at all!