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To our members who have busy working lives during the week take time to relax, have a cuppa or a glass of wine, enjoy viewing the competition photos and vote for your three favourites. 

So good!  :)
QV World Cruise 2024: Notes from the Navigator

29 January 2024
Queen Victoria will let go her lines thrust off the berth, exit the buoyage channel and disembark the local pilot. We will alter our course to the southeast through the anchorages for the Panama Canal passing 2.8 nautical miles off Taboguilla Island and Taboga Island on the starboard side. Taboga Island also known as the "Island of Flowers", is a volcanic island in the Gulf of Panama. It is a tourist destination, about 12 miles from Panama City, Panama. We will then alter to a southernly course entering the IMO adapted traffic separation scheme. Once clear of the TSS we will alter our course to a south westly and then westly heading.

Very interesting to read about this scheme. But of course it is logical, as the amount of sea traffic through the Panama Canal must be immense, and so shipping must be channelled  in an orderly way from a long distance either side to travel into and out of the Canal.
QV World Cruise 2024: Notes from the Navigator (sector 2 contd)

27 January 2024
This morning Queen Victoria will alter onto a southerly course before embarking her Panama Canal Pilot and passing to the west of the port of Colon on our port side. Throughout today Queen Victoria will transit the many buoyed channels and narrow Gatun, Pedro Miguel and Miraflores Locks which make up the Panama Canal. Once clear of the Canal this evening we will disembark the local Pilot.

I wonder whether the Panama Canal was one of the top highlights of your voyage? What a fascinating piece of engineering and service!
QV World Cruise 2024 - Notes from the Navigator
Sector 2: Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco

24 January 2024
For our second sea day Queen Victoria will steam a more southerly heading, having rounded the eastern edge of Cuba and through the Windward Passage. This is an area of sea that separates Cuba and Haiti, and is the direct shipping path between the Panama Canal and the eastern seaboard of the USA. Later we will alter to the southeast, having passed the islands of Jamaica and cleared the Haitian coast, as we cross the Caribbean Sea bound for Aruba.

You passed through fascinating sea areas. Were any of the Caribbean islands visible as you continued on your route?

Did you enjoy the sea days? What was your favourite occupation on those days?
QV World Cruise 2024 Notes from the Navigator Sector 1 (contd)

21 January 2024: Port Canaveral
Weather: high 16 low 12 degrees
The second-busiest cruise port in the United States, Port Canaveral is a charming seafront destination, bustling with activity. Though often known as the gateway to Florida's famous theme parks, its raison d'être is the Kennedy Space Centre - in 1951 the US Army Corps created the inlet to allow goods to be shipped to what is NASA's primary base for space exploration. Given its monumental importance, visiting the Space Centre is highly recommended. Port Canaveral also has a plethora of excellent cafés, restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy an always-generous helping of food and a refreshing drink in the warm Florida sun. The famously sunny weather here makes the delightful coastal parks - many of which are covered with sand dunes.

I am still fascinated by these notes and absorbing them gradually.

If the Kennedy Space Centre had been on offer as an excursion, I would have been among the first to sign up! An amazing place in the midst of fascinating landscapes, as we learn from the Navigator. These notes are a wonderful read!
Queen Victoria World Cruise 2024 navigator Notes (Sector 4)

9 March 2024
Weather: 28 degrees sunny spells
Enroute to Bitung
Queen Victoria let go her lines thrusted off the berth and proceeded out of the buoyage channel before disembarking the local pilot. Passing 3 nautical miles off the Upolu, oyster, Batt and Tongue reef on the port side. Once clear Queen Victoria altered to the North

10 March 2024
Continuing a north easterly course Queen Victoria will pass various shoals within the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres.

The reef is in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia, separated from the coast by a channel 160 kilometres wide in places and over 61 metres deep. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps. It supports a wide diversity of life and was selected as a World Heritage site in 1981
Thank you Lynda, We had a lovely day but it was cold on SNOWDROP! I got my shots of QA even through the window of our hotel, just grateful it didn't rain! Alan
Brilliant photos and videos that captured the event.  I almost felt like I was there with you enjoying every minute, though I was a bit warmer as it looked quite cold on the Snowdrop. 

You certainly had the best hotel room to view the ship sailing into Liverpool in the morning and the sail away and fireworks at night. 

Thanks for posting for us to enjoy this special day.
QUEEN ANNE arrives in Liverpool for her naming ceremony at the waterfront. This is a different view from the ferry SNOWDROP on the River Mersey. If you wish to view it, here is the link.
RMS Queen Mary 2 / Re: QM2 problems
« Last post by Rob Lightbody on Jul 10, 2024, 09:22 PM »
In stark contrast, a rave review of QM2s crossing in mid June.

Jamie, the reviewer, absolutely loved the ship and the service and his only criticisms were very mild.
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