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Title: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: KEV on May 10, 2009, 06:14 PM
There seem to be a few people who met their partner on/through QE2 and snippets are mentioned here and there. How about a thread to put them under one?
How/Where/When did you meet? Passenger/Passenger:Crew/Crew: Passenger/Crew? Were crew allowed to meet passengers socially? Or was it a bit like College staff and their students-I know plenty of happy marriages where that's happened!

Rob -sorry should have posted in Passenger memories probably if you want it
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Malcolm on May 10, 2009, 08:03 PM
I didn't meet my partner on the QE2 but we did meet through a mutual acquaintance that I met on the QE2. Our engagement became official when the legislation came into force regarding Civil Partnerships (we were on board then and celebrated with a bottle of Champagne in the Crystal Bar) and we honeymooned on board the next year.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Louis De Sousa on May 10, 2009, 09:58 PM
I meet my wife onboard we became friends after she joined in 1991.On Halloween night in 1993 we got togehter.She was a waitress in The Princess Grill.We left the QE2 in August 1998 and got married in May 1999.We have 2 lovely kids.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: cunardqueen on May 11, 2009, 12:18 AM
No , But its been fun trying ;)
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Malcolm on May 11, 2009, 06:48 AM
No , But its been fun trying ;)

LOL ;D
Title: Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
Post by: Louis De Sousa on Oct 24, 2009, 11:44 AM
Somewhere in the Engish Channel today Anja and Me made it officially.Wow thats 16 years already.  :D

Louis
Title: Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 24, 2009, 01:55 PM

24th October 1993-Somewhere in the Engish Channel today Anja and Me made it officially.Wow thats 16 years already.  :D

Louis

Congratulations, Louis and Anja! Remember that great day today  :D  !

Did you have your wedding on QE2 too?
Title: Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
Post by: Malcolm on Oct 25, 2009, 07:09 AM
Did you have your wedding on QE2 too?

I didn't think it was the wedding Louis was talking about ;)
Title: Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
Post by: Louis De Sousa on Oct 25, 2009, 07:36 AM

Maybe i used the wrong term "officially" what i meant to say was we started a relationship.We only got married after we left the ship.

Sorry for the confusion.

Louis
Title: Re: Some of The QE2 Anniversaries!
Post by: Malcolm on Oct 25, 2009, 08:38 AM
Sorry for the confusion.

It's not you causing confusion but my dirty mind working overtime! :o
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 07, 2010, 12:21 AM
Is it true... do we know... whether Nelson Mandela really proposed to his beloved Graça Machel on board QE2?

For me, one of the many reasons why I love QE2, is because Nelson Mandela and Graça Machel were there, and were so happy on board. Their wonderful spirit somehow lingered, even years later...
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: cunarder1212 on Oct 15, 2010, 11:32 PM
I went on a once in a life time linedance/scottish dance cruise in Oct 2002 on QE2,I met my wife Muriel and we got engaged on the Xmas cruise 2002. We married on 11/Sep /2003 and had our honeymoon on the Falklands cruise 2003 on QE2.
   We have spent over a third of our married life on QE2 / Queen Victoria and were on the  new Queen Elizabeth for its naming ceremony, we are now looking forward to 14th Dec this year when we embark on QE for xmas cruise and then stay on for the full world cruise (our 9th).
                                                                                                    Cunarder1212
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Sep 25, 2012, 04:41 PM
A lovely romantic story here, all happening on and thanks to QE2 :

http://wearecunard.com/2012/09/qe2-romance-blossoms-25-years-on/
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Rod on Sep 25, 2012, 08:38 PM
Yes I did!
Back in the day at a certain of year, Officers on leave would be asked to volunteer some leave time to travel to the US and travel around to various areas, with the areas local rep, and the person from the NY office for that area. I was separated from my wife and divorce was pending, so I volunteered for 3 weeks. They asked where I would like to go I said "Don't care"
Picked up my one way ticket to NY from South Western House and an itinerary, headlined in big letters "SUBJECT TO CHANGE!".
Got to NY went to the office to the Sales Dept. Was treated like royalty....Thank you, thank you, thank you!
 When I was getting my real itinerary and tix, this young lady asked what I was going to do on the weekend. Maybe see a show, visit friends etc. She told me that Cunard was doing a 5k charity run at the UN Sunday, come and support them. OK. Showed up at the UN Blazer, slacks and tie of course. So I would be identifiable and cheered them on. This beautiful young lady, named Deborah Bowne was one of the runners. After the run we went to a place called Lily Langtry's, that did a brunch, all you can eat and drink for $15. Trust me they didn't make a profit on us! Though our waitress did get a free cruise on QE2! Some of the people from the office were quite senior. From there we went to a bar to play Trivial Pursuit, 25 cents/game, we put over $50 in the machine. I got Debs extension number and went back to my hotel.
My first, week was driving round New Jersey, meeting the Travel Agents, answering questions and giving a 10 min talk on QE2. Places like Teaneck, Tintinhull.  I was then asked to fly on my own to Tampa, FL to give a talk there, flying in blues uniform, middle of summer, get to FL peeing down with rain. Local rep meets me and off we go to the Ruth Eckerd hall to do our thing there in front of 900!!!!! Following morning I have to fly out to New Orleans...get to this hotel, they said...remember no cell phones. So ticket is waiting at Tampa airport and off I go. because I am in this strange uni I get up graded to 1st class. get to NO and jump in a taxi to the hotel, message waiting for me, forget the hotel go straight to the venue. Jump in another taxi and go to the venue. Straight into my talk all rumpled and thirsty give away a few cruises to the Agents and then they take me to a different hotel. Man oh man, cant remember any hotel names, but this room had 2 three piece suites in the room and 2 phones in the bathroom! Dinner at Antoines, 400 year old brandy! The following morning started 2 weeks in Texas and Oklahoma. Weekend in Oklahoma City where a State Senator I met in the hotel bar took me on a tour, they have an oil well in the basement of the Capitol building. Cowboy Hall of Fame, them Monday touring Oklahoma, till the flight back to NY on Friday Who met me at the airport with my tix home...Deb.
It went on from there. She would have to come to the ship every time it got to NY often travelled down to Everglades. 4th of July 1987 we were married at her church in NY. Honeymoon was free, Deb won the air tickets at the Cunard picnic. Hotel in Barbados was free, Cunard Paradise Beach, and on the first day we were at the swim up bar and this dude with a video camera asks if he can ask us a few questions on camera, we said sure. So we answered the questions on how good the hotel was, the service...the rate we paid. We didn't realize that the hotel manager was watching and told the bartender that our tab was free as long as we stayed! He also upgraded our room.
25 years and 2 children later..... Thanks Cunard!
Title: QE2 Romance
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Sep 25, 2012, 08:41 PM
Cunard have posted a lovely story about a couple who first met on QE2, lost contact then after 25 years met again and were married this year. 

http://wearecunard.com/2012/09/qe2-romance-blossoms-25-years-on/
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Sep 25, 2012, 08:45 PM
Goodness, Rod, what a wonderful story! Congratulations, Rod and Deb, and many many more happy years together to you both :) .
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: knowlesvideo on Sep 27, 2012, 09:59 PM
Ships photographer
1977
Sitmar
SS Fairwind.. an ex Cunard ship

1978-1979
QE2

1979-late 1979
Cunard Countess

No, but I met her on a dec 1979 cruise out of San Juan on Cunard Countess.

Soon after, Visited her in NYC.

Been together since . Thanks Cunard. Still living in the US.

Robert Knowles
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Sep 28, 2012, 09:01 AM
Two wonderful stories from Rod and Robert - thanks for sharing!  :)
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Rod on Sep 28, 2012, 04:18 PM
I actually met my first wife on QE2 as well. She was what the Brits would call a Beauty Therapist and the Americans would call a Cosmetoligist. She worked for Steiners on board. We thought we were in love so we decided to get married. With the help of Phil Williams the Radio Officer (Willum) we arranged to go ashore in Honolulu and get married!  She ended her stint on QE2 and ended up working for Renata John, Elton John's wife...yes he was married to a woman at one time, google it! At their farm in Windsor. I met him several times when I dropped her off and quite often had breakfast with him....very strong bloody marys in his kitchen.
Sadly the marriage did not last. Well not sadly or I would have not met Deb!
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 05, 2013, 02:24 PM
Touching romantic article here in the Huffington Post :

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/long-lost-loves-queen-elizabeth-2_n_1626232.html

There is a nice lot of photo slides too -- many of them of the "Meet the Captain" variety. I wonder whether any of the photographers here in the Forum might have been behind the camera for them?
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Alan Snelson on Aug 05, 2013, 04:30 PM
Nice story but a bit after my time on board.

Will have my own story to post in this topic as soon as I can get round to writing it!
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 10, 2013, 10:17 AM
Touching romantic article here in the Huffington Post :

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/05/long-lost-loves-queen-elizabeth-2_n_1626232.html

There is a nice lot of photo slides too -- many of them of the "Meet the Captain" variety. I wonder whether any of the photographers here in the Forum might have been behind the camera for them?

Here is the story, a bit longer and clearer, in the wearecunard blog :

http://wearecunard.com/2012/09/qe2-romance-blossoms-25-years-on/

which was published some time before the above article.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: cunarder1212 on Oct 16, 2013, 07:26 PM
I WENT ONQE2 THE XMAS CRUISE WE GOT ENGAGED AND HAD OUR HONEYMOON  A LINE DANCE/SCOTTISH DANCE CRUISE TO THE CANNARYS WHEN I MET MY WIFE. IT HAD BEEN WINDY ALL WEEK AND WE FINISHED UP OVERNIGHT IN SOTON AS THE PILOT BOATS WERE STORM BOUND.
   I MET MURIEL MY WIFE DURING A DASHING WHITE SERGEANT AND IT WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT.THIS WAS IN OCTOBER 2002 AND ON XMAS CRUISE WE GOT ENGAGED AND OCT 2003 WE HAD OUR HONEYMOON DOWN TO THE FALKLANDS, 2014 WILL BE OUR 11TH FULL WORLD CRUISE ON QE2,QV,QE WITH ONE CRUISE ROUND BRITTAIN ON THE QM4 BUE WE PREFER THE QEUUN ELIZABETH AS THE NEAREST TO THE QE2 EXPEIRIENCE.       CUNARDER1212
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Dave Lowing on Oct 17, 2013, 07:56 PM
Met my wife on board, October 1977. 7 day cruise out of NY, St. Thomas, San Juan and back to NY. Married in Baltimore, June 2nd, 1979. Still married together, with 3 grown-up sons, 34 years later. Living in Maryland, USA.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 29, 2013, 09:02 PM
I married Sarah Deere-Jones the Harpist and we're now in N. Cornwall Self-employed.

Hi Willum -- looking forward to reading your story :) .

Was it on / through QE2 that you met? You must have been moving in different "worlds" while on board?

So glad that you have built up a wonderful new life together. I listened to Sarah's interview on "Excess baggage" at the time it was broadcast and enjoyed it very much.

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,4740.0.html
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Willum on Dec 30, 2013, 07:41 PM
 Yes it was Sarahs Birthday in Mombasa 1984. Chris Connerty invited her to the Wardroom we were alongside overnight, I'd just flown out to Durban to do the last leg of the worldy, many of the officers had been taken ill on the flight out but I hadn't eaten the offending prawns. Sarah (Deere-Jones) the ships Harpist, and I soon found we had a lot in common. Both 'folkies' and Alan Stivell enthusiasts (Breton Harper). I owned a house a couple of miles from where she was born in Dorset. She went back to her cabin and  told herself she'd just met her husband. We married in that village in Dorset in 86, Capt Ridley came to the reception. 28 years later we're inseparable. She's now one of the worlds authorities on the history of the Harp and lectures for NADFAS and others and I'm an electronics 'inventor', but still play music, we did a gig tour of Australia earlier this year. We live in a remote valley in N.Cornwall smallholding with horses and dogs, we had a Dogs not Sprogs policy! We both have a lot to thank QE2 for.

Willum R/O 78-88
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Dec 30, 2013, 11:31 PM
Thank you so much, Willum! What a wonderful story :) .

By the way, I too loved Alan Stivell back in those days, but don't know what has become of him in recent... decades!
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Dec 31, 2013, 10:07 AM
Brilliant story Willum and wonderful to read a story that lifts your spirits on this last day of the year.  It is amazing how QE2 worked her magic so that you both could meet.  Tell Sarah that I have a wonderful memory of my first cruise on QE2, boarding at the midship lobby where it was like heaven on earth to hear the wonderful sound of the harp. 
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: June Ingram on Dec 31, 2013, 03:10 PM
Wonderful story !!
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Feb 15, 2015, 11:53 AM
A nice story here about a young couple who met on board the QE2, Scott Sandison and Lauren Hayes. 

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/arts-culture-news/three-queens-liverpool-2015-valentines-8640059

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/the-100-day-countdown-to-cunards-three-queens-on-the-mersey-liverpool-salute-begins-on-valentines-day-300036234.html
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Louis De Sousa on Oct 30, 2016, 02:27 PM
Today 23 years ago the QE2 brought Anja and I together.Its wonderfull to share all those memories and stories with our both kids today and hopeully one day they can pass it on too.A big thank you to QE2.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Oct 30, 2016, 02:33 PM
Today 23 years ago the QE2 brought Anja and I together.Its wonderfull to share all those memories and stories with our both kids today and hopeully one day they can pass it on too.A big thank you to QE2.

Many congratulations to you both!  What a special way to meet.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Oct 30, 2016, 04:59 PM
Today 23 years ago the QE2 brought Anja and I together.Its wonderfull to share all those memories and stories with our both kids today and hopeully one day they can pass it on too.A big thank you to QE2.

Congratulations to you both! And what a beautiful picture to remember the day by :) .
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: June Ingram on Oct 31, 2016, 01:15 AM
Today 23 years ago the QE2 brought Anja and I together.Its wonderfull to share all those memories and stories with our both kids today and hopeully one day they can pass it on too.A big thank you to QE2.

Congratulations to you both !  What wonderful memories and what a wonderful way to start you life together !  :)
Title: QE2's (Romantic) Legacy.
Post by: Oceanic on Aug 31, 2017, 12:17 AM
I was intrigued to ask how many of this forums members are in, or have been in, relationships spawned by QE2, I met my wife aboard her and as a result my first child is soon to be born; Safe to say QE2 altered my life enormously by pure happenstance and i'm curious to see the many other relationships formed aboard her.   
Title: Re: QE2's (Romantic) Legacy.
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 31, 2017, 12:23 AM
I was intrigued to ask how many of this forums members are in, or have been in, relationships spawned by QE2, I met my wife aboard her and as a result my first child is soon to be born; Safe to say QE2 altered my life enormously by pure happenstance and i'm curious to see the many other relationships formed aboard her.   

Oceanic, I have merged your question with an earlier topic. You may find quite a few answers there -- and maybe a few new ones will follow below :) .

Congratulations to you and your wife and your soon to be born child! How did you meet each other, and how did you continue your romance after you disembarked QE2?
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Pete Hamill on Aug 31, 2017, 11:56 AM
Not quite, but in 1999 we boarded QE2 in Southampton, got off at Greenock and got married, re-boarded and continued to the Land of the Midnight sun as a honeymoon. Took a bit of planning, but it all worked out.

In 2007 as part of the 40th anniversary visit to Greenock, the local paper (The Greenock Telegraph) ran a competition asking for stories about QE2. The prize was a QE2 shaped (and almost sized) cake baked by Aulds, the local bakers.
Most impressive cake.
We submitted the story of how we got married - and won the cake!

Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Aug 31, 2017, 12:18 PM
What a wonderful story, Pete! That must indeed have taken some planning... well done :) .

Your anniversary should at around this time of year then... congratulations to you both!
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Pete Hamill on Aug 31, 2017, 12:21 PM
Thanks Isabelle. 20th July - and I remembered too  8)
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Aug 31, 2017, 01:01 PM
Brilliant story, thanks Pete!
Title: Re: QE2's (Romantic) Legacy.
Post by: Oceanic on Sep 03, 2017, 11:35 PM
Oceanic, I have merged your question with an earlier topic. You may find quite a few answers there -- and maybe a few new ones will follow below :) .

Congratulations to you and your wife and your soon to be born child! How did you meet each other, and how did you continue your romance after you disembarked QE2?
Me and my wife met by pure coincidence as it turned out, we had both decided to go out on deck after dinner and we ended up in close proximity to each other, I being the awkward late-teenager that I was sparked up possibly the most terrible small chat I could muster and we got to talking; After that we both had a "few" drinks and exchanged phone numbers before going back to our cabins. We kept talking for the rest of the voyage and as luck would have it we both resided in Southampton at the time so we simply continued to meet and talk until I worked up enough courage to ask her on an actual date, and a few years later I asked her to be my wife.
And now at 27 I have a child on the way, I am eternally grateful to Cunard and QE2 for giving me the most fantastic wife possible and the opportunity to bring a child into this world. We are finally closing in on a name for our daughter and we should have it by tomorrow, if so you can expect the chat forum to gain an extra topic!

     
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Brandon Sterkel on Sep 04, 2017, 01:28 AM
What an fascinating story, Oceanic! Looking forward to seeing what name you chose for your daughter!
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Peter Mugridge on Sep 04, 2017, 01:31 AM
I wonder about Elizabeth being the name...?
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Terry Foskett on Apr 30, 2020, 08:03 PM
Yes I met my future wife Karina in October 1975 on board QE2 in what was then the Double-Down Room. I was PRS then. Sadly she is no longer with us. She died in 2011.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Apr 30, 2020, 08:42 PM
Yes I met my future wife Karina in October 1975 on board QE2 in what was then the Double-Down Room. I was PRS then. Sadly she is no longer with us. She died in 2011.

Thank you, Terry, for telling us. I am sorry for your loss of Karina. But you spent 36 years together after that first meeting... :) .

I would love to hear the story... was it love at first sight? I suspect that the glamour of the Double-Down Room, which I never had the pleasure of seeing in real life, added to the excitement of the experience.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Terry Foskett on May 01, 2020, 02:50 AM
Our relationship continued ashore for some time as she lived in the US and I lived in the UK. So it took a lot longer before we were married.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Alan Dutton on Oct 13, 2020, 06:00 PM
I met my Wife Barbara on the QE2 in June of 1977. We both played hard to get, and in 1980 I came over to America and we got married in 1980 in New York. Unfortunately she passed away in May of 2019.
It was a lot different those days on the ship. Officers were encouraged to mix with passengers, which we did all the time. We even got the prices of drinks in the bar reduced by about 60% to encourage us to mingle.
My colleague Ken Adams also met his wife like me and we both left the ship the same year in 1980.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Oct 14, 2020, 09:15 AM
Thanks for sharing your story Alan.  Fantastic to learn how many people met their spouse or partner on QE2. 

Also good to hear how Officer at that time were encouraged to mix with passengers and that the drinks prices were reduced to encourage.  This is something that is missing on the new Cunard ships.  The Officers are at the organised Cocktail parties and if people want to stand in the middle of the Queens Room to chat with the officers they can do so.   But on QE2 I always felt the Officers mixed with passengers a bit more and in some cases lasting friendships were formed.
Title: Re: Did you meet your wife/husband/partner on/through QE2?
Post by: Rod on Oct 14, 2020, 01:18 PM
When I was an Apprentice/Cadet on board the ship in 71/72, for some reason we were being "supervised" by Francis Milroy, a 2 1/2 stripe, female Officer who worked in the Bureau/Pursers Office.
I couldn't figure that one out either as we were Engineer Cadets.
  Once, at a meeting with her, in our accom, she showed me the Officer "Blue Book". Where she had got hold of it I had no idea. On the page she showed me, there was a line that had been heavily underlined and I quote exactly: " Officers, who in the course of their duties, are engaged in conversation by passengers, should, as quickly and as politely as possible, should break off that conversation and return to those duties."