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The QE2's Story (in-service) => The QE2 herself => Passenger Areas => Topic started by: Bob C. on Apr 06, 2014, 02:19 PM

Title: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Bob C. on Apr 06, 2014, 02:19 PM
It was one of the first rooms I came to know onboard as a child in 1969 and subsequent trips in '72, '74 and I've not seen it mentioned on the forum yet.  Here are a few photos of the room in 1972.  Does anyone have any other photos to share?
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Lynda Bradford on Apr 06, 2014, 04:11 PM
Brilliant to see these photos Bob,  thanks for posting
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 06, 2014, 04:52 PM
Thanks for posting, I've woundered what that area looked like.  :)
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Bob C. on Apr 13, 2014, 01:47 PM
Here's another view of the Children's Room looking forward.  The door in the center of the photo leads to the enclosed play area just aft of the old Sports Deck.  There are some great photos of this enclosed area in this string of posts especially reply #14 - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5697.msg58676.html#msg58676
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Bob C. on Apr 13, 2014, 01:56 PM
A few seconds of video footage of the Children's Room on the maiden voyage can be seen starting at 1:27 here - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5451.0.html
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 13, 2014, 03:05 PM
Thanks for that link - it was very interesting to watch!
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rod on Apr 13, 2014, 05:22 PM
To lower the tone of the conversation just a tad.... lets talk about toilets!


The toilets in the Childrens room were specially designed and made to suit the little ones! They were about 6 inches lower and smaller in diameter than a regular toilet.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 13, 2014, 05:38 PM
Here's another view of the Children's Room looking forward.  The door in the center of the photo leads to the enclosed play area just aft of the old Sports Deck.  There are some great photos of this enclosed area in this string of posts especially reply #14 - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5697.msg58676.html#msg58676

Using some technical trickery to use the image from that topic here.

Original Enclosed Play Area on Sports Deck :-

(https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5697.0;attach=16410;image)

(https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5697.0;attach=16412;image)

(https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5697.0;attach=16414;image)

(https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=5697.0;attach=16424;image)
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 13, 2014, 06:29 PM
To lower the tone of the conversation just a tad.... lets talk about toilets!


The toilets in the Childrens room were specially designed and made to suit the little ones! They were about 6 inches lower and smaller in diameter than a regular toilet.

Another special touch of the QE2! Goes to show how well everything was thought out.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 13, 2014, 06:31 PM
Hi Rob - Was that enclosed play area where the penthouses now are? And where where was that pool located - was it in a similar place?
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Bob C. on Apr 13, 2014, 06:56 PM
Adam, the enclosed play area and the old Sports Deck was taken up by the first set of penthouse suites that were added at the end of 1972.  The small pool in the photo was located in the aft, starboard corner of the enclosed play area (you can see the propeller of one of the life boats for orientation).

For reference, the area seen in the photo of the little girl in the yellow dress playing shuffle board is the forward, starboard side of the Sports Deck.  The enclosed play area outside of the Children's Room is the aft end of the old Sports Deck.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 13, 2014, 07:05 PM
Thanks for that information Bob! :)
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Apr 13, 2014, 09:30 PM
The nursery had changed quite a bit by the time I got to see it in 2008.

https://www.flickr.com/search/?details=1&w=55206992@N00&q=nursery%20qe2

Flickr also has changed, to my chagrin, and I still need to work out how to embed the pictures -- but you can have a look via the link above and click on the individual pictures to see them in large size with some text.

I had to ask for authorisation to visit the Nursery and to explain why I wanted to do so (to take some pictures). Permission was granted, and I was given a specific time for my visit, when I was given a friendly reception. The Nursery was now a lot smaller than at the outset, and it no longer had any portholes or windows, nor any access to a deck.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Bob C. on Apr 13, 2014, 10:00 PM
Wow, that is quite a change Isabelle!  I figured the standards of child care venues had to change over the years.  The maze of orange and white walls had to come down due to the inability to monitor children properly (choking and other distress).  I see that the ramp from the aft entrance is still in place but not sure why furniture was put in the children's theater.  Also, I assume the "Youth Chill Out Room" used to be the creche?
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 13, 2014, 10:28 PM
It really has changed. It would be nice if it had natural daylight in there though.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 13, 2014, 10:59 PM
And to round the story off, 3 years after Isabelle was there, and 42 years after our first photos, I saw it in Dubai. 

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8086/8476726956_3c1df127e4.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/dV4rAL)
QE2 in Warm Lay-up in Dubai, April 25th 2011 (https://flic.kr/p/dV4rAL) by Rob Lightbody (https://www.flickr.com/people/20215714@N00/), on Flickr

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8531/8475637253_f16f9de942.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/dUXREM)
QE2 in Warm Lay-up in Dubai, April 25th 2011 (https://flic.kr/p/dUXREM) by Rob Lightbody (https://www.flickr.com/people/20215714@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 13, 2014, 11:12 PM
Great pics Rob! You were very lucky to have visited her in Dubai. I wounder if the nursery is still like that now during the cold layup.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Apr 13, 2014, 11:16 PM
Also, I assume the "Youth Chill Out Room" used to be the creche?

I don't know where the creche was -- but the Youth Chillout Room was not located near the Nursery. It was at a corner at the end of the promenade on either Upper or Quarter Deck. We never did get inside it to check how the youth had been chilling out...
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: June Ingram on Apr 14, 2014, 05:46 PM
Thank you very much to all for this wonderful information and the pictures.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 14, 2014, 06:36 PM
Is is very interesting to find out about the nursery and also a bit about the old Sports Deck too!
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: cunardqueen on Apr 14, 2014, 07:15 PM
And in April 1987 enroute to New York it looked like this...
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Adam Hodson on Apr 14, 2014, 07:18 PM
I remember reading about that leak on the forum. Were all the things in a pile part of the refit?
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Isabelle Prondzynski on Apr 15, 2014, 06:17 PM
Here they are, embedded at last. Somehow poignant to see the very same scenes on Rob's photos in the deserted nursery three years later...

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3050/2702772603_798031132b.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2702772603/)
The nursery (https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2702772603/) by prondis_in_kenya (https://www.flickr.com/people/prondis_in_kenya/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3250/2703597680_7ef8f47a13.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2703597680/)
Playing in the Nursery (https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2703597680/) by prondis_in_kenya (https://www.flickr.com/people/prondis_in_kenya/), on Flickr

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3229/2697737271_24e605dece_z.jpg) (https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2697737271/)
Nursery Notice Board (https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2697737271/) by prondis_in_kenya (https://www.flickr.com/people/prondis_in_kenya/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: June Ingram on Apr 15, 2014, 06:53 PM
Thank you, Isabelle !  Wonderful photos with rooms now just waiting to be filled with happy children again...
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Apr 15, 2014, 10:08 PM
Here they are, embedded at last. Somehow poignant to see the very same scenes on Rob's photos in the deserted nursery three years later...

The first photo is the most poignant I think. There's a table on the right which didn't move an inch and which the vships crew had been using for board games. The children's play room was quite handy for them as it was close to the penthouses.
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Bob C. on Apr 16, 2014, 12:44 PM
In Rob's photo you can see the passageway of the penthouse suites through the open forward door of the Children's Room.
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: MiamiCunarder on Apr 16, 2014, 12:52 PM
I think I may have a shot or two taken inside the "teen chill out room", Club 2000, from my first voyage aboard. Will sift through my stuff.


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Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Brandon Sterkel on Apr 16, 2015, 04:09 AM
If I ever was on the QE2, the rooms I would never visit would be the children's facilities. (Except maybe Club 2000) There are so many more interesting aspects of the ship for me to discover than just sitting in a children's room!
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Greg Rudd on Oct 15, 2015, 09:28 PM
I had to look twice at the 1969 Childrens Room to make sure it wasn't where the "Web developers" live. The more 1969 QE2 I see, the more I love her.
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: June Ingram on Jun 23, 2018, 03:29 PM
I want to bring forward this topic for all of the great Children's Room photos and great commentaries !  :)
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rod on Jun 23, 2018, 03:41 PM
Childrens room was also a popular place for staff parties and rehersals for the Wardroom show.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: trevorc on Jun 23, 2018, 05:26 PM
Here's another view of the Children's Room looking forward.  The door in the center of the photo leads to the enclosed play area just aft of the old Sports Deck.  There are some great photos of this enclosed area in this string of posts especially reply #14 - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5697.msg58676.html#msg58676 (https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5697.msg58676.html#msg58676)
Question. What are those red and white cubicles?
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: trevorc on Jun 23, 2018, 05:28 PM
And to round the story off, 3 years after Isabelle was there, and 42 years after our first photos, I saw it in Dubai. 

QE2 in Warm Lay-up in Dubai, April 25th 2011 (https://flic.kr/p/dUXREM) by Rob Lightbody (https://www.flickr.com/people/20215714@N00/), on Flickr
I love the whales!
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: June Ingram on Jun 23, 2018, 07:36 PM
Childrens room was also a popular place for staff parties and rehersals for the Wardroom show.

Do you recall any especially interesting parties or rehearsals ?  :)
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rod on Jun 23, 2018, 10:02 PM
Not for public airing, no.
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: June Ingram on Jun 24, 2018, 01:36 AM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Thomas Hypher on Jan 27, 2019, 11:20 AM
My connection with the Nursery is much the same as Bob C's but started generations later on my first voyage in August 2003, aged 6 - this being an example of how many generations QE2 touched in 39 years at sea and continues to touch in Dubai with children not born in 2008 visiting her now with their schools as shown on Instagram. The last time I recall being a part of the Nursery was in July 2005 on my third voyage as I was nearly 9 years old at the time.

I have vague memories of the Nursery itself and the time I spent there (it was quite separate from most of the rest of the ship physically and in being off limits for privacy and safety reasons) but the highlight of my connection with the Nursery was my first bridge visit in July 2005 on my third voyage onboard. We were led through to the bridge by the Nursery staff via one of the two doors at either end of the Nursery (the other door being the passenger entrance to the Nursery via a long staircase up from Boat Deck) and visited the bridge whilst transiting through a warm, sunny, and calm Bay of Biscay at 28.3 to 28.4 knots. The headwind that blasted me in the face when I stood on the compass binnacle platform and stuck my head up above the leading edge of the bridge wing (I was and still am quite short!) is something I will never forget and on that occasion the weather deflectors built into each bridge wing were not working unlike during my second bridge visit almost exactly three years to the day later in July 2008 (in similar weather and the Bay of Biscay but whilst travelling at around 23 knots) when I was tall enough to easily stick my head above the bridge wing's leading edge and the air was much calmer! Having my photo taken whilst at her wheel (on autopilot though!) was a highlight on both occasions but particularly when first visiting with the Nursery. Both visits have been a major inspiration for my dream career of being a deck officer.

I have embeded from my Flickr, a couple of the photos I took on my first bridge visit (note Ron Warwick's Captain's chair which started life as a Dentist's chair before being repurposed for QE2 by the owner of a bus company in the USA!) and one of the photos the Nursery staff took of me at the wheel at the time with my camera. Unfortunately either I didn't take many more photos on this bridge visit or photos have been lost over time maybe due to an SD Card corruption I had at one point on my camera.

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4438/37104635980_4a7b5e4cdf_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YwNXz7)Dad's QE2 Mediterranean digital photos, July 2005 (https://flic.kr/p/YwNXz7) by Thomas Hypher (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashypher/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4495/37104638900_fe0088d1b3_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YwNYrs)Dad's QE2 Mediterranean digital photos, July 2005 (https://flic.kr/p/YwNYrs) by Thomas Hypher (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashypher/), on Flickr

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4353/37104643570_7132c97a72_z.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/YwNZPY)Dad's QE2 Mediterranean digital photos, July 2005 (https://flic.kr/p/YwNZPY) by Thomas Hypher (https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashypher/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rob Lightbody on Jan 27, 2019, 11:25 AM
Great memories Thomas.

Still find it amazing that those kinds of speeds were completely normal to QE2 day in, day out, but now are unheard of.
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Rod on Jan 27, 2019, 02:20 PM
With this and another picture of Thomas on the bridge, I am almost positive that that is not the original, as built wheel! Antone any ideas? I think the original was wood with spokes.
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Willum on Jan 29, 2019, 08:55 AM
  This was the ships wheel as part of the sperry autopilot. Metal wheel with black resin-bakelite spokes handles
photo from 1984
Title: Re: Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
Post by: Thomas Hypher on Jan 13, 2021, 06:53 AM
With this and another picture of Thomas on the bridge, I am almost positive that that is not the original, as built wheel! Antone any ideas? I think the original was wood with spokes.

The original wheel was replaced by the current plastic wheel (like the wheel on a toy car) sometime in the early 2000s from what I can deduce.

  This was the ships wheel as part of the sperry autopilot. Metal wheel with black resin-bakelite spokes handles
photo from 1984


Willum, do you think that Dubai might be using the original wheel in their representation of the bridge in her lobby building? It looks very similar if not and if I recall correctly has plastic/Bakelite spoke handles too. I've attached a screenshot from one of my videos from last January.
Title: Re: Children's Room Creche and Cinema
Post by: Thomas Hypher on Jan 13, 2021, 07:20 AM
I don't know where the creche was -- but the Youth Chillout Room was not located near the Nursery. It was at a corner at the end of the promenade on either Upper or Quarter Deck. We never did get inside it to check how the youth had been chilling out...

I remember the teen club/youth chillout room was quite small and cozy. We had games consoles etc in there, much like a youth club on land really just more cramped!

I'll never forget being discreetly distraught during the final time we all met, for a farewell fish and chip meal which I struggled to finish due to being upset and which led one of the youth staff to ask if I was feeling unwell as I tried to mask my emotions, on my final voyage onboard as we'd had a wonderful time as a group including a group of us visiting QE Grand Suite which one of our group had with his family. I will also never forget craning my neck to look up at that wonderfully designed signal mast from pretty much directly below.

That last time at the teen club was one such moment of finality on that voyage when QE2's imminent retirement really hit home.

I tried to find the entrance of the teen club during my visit nearly a year ago, but looked in completely the wrong place ::) . However the door makes a slight appearance in one of my photos. I wonder if the room is much as it was, a time capsule of sorts, or just a storage place now?