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QE2 Models and Paintings / Re: Virtual QE2 Model
« Last post by Lynda Bradford on Jun 27, 2024, 09:27 AM »
The software program you are using gives a remarkable good image of these areas of the ship.  I feel like I am there on QE2.
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QE2 Models and Paintings / Re: Virtual QE2 Model
« Last post by Bob C. on Jun 27, 2024, 03:22 AM »
As I had the Double Room going, I decided to move aft and work on the Double Down Bar.  Here's the Sketchup model progress.  I will import this into Unreal Engine soon and work on some lighting and other rendering for a better feel for the space.
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Ships / Re: RMS St Helena
« Last post by Barumfox on Jun 26, 2024, 01:55 PM »
The St Helena arrived in the Pool of London today to tie up alongside HMS Belfast for the third time in eight years - ahead of the official launch tomorrow of the 2025 Extreme H (Hydrogen) racing series which will replace the current Extreme E (Electric) series after its fourth season this year.

This is a good opportunity for anybody interested in seeing her - is likely to be there until friday / saturday.

Gary
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RMS Queen Mary 2 / Re: QM2 problems
« Last post by Barumfox on Jun 26, 2024, 01:47 PM »
Having full tables for fixed dining has been an issue for a number of years - even on QE2 voyages in 2005 and 2007 I remember as well as on QM2 and was a major issue on the Zaandam last year.

It strikes me that are people just saying they want a fixed when asked by their travel agent on booking when they have no intention / commitment of doing so which with the rise in popularity of flexible dining and alternative restaurants is understandable - there will inevitably be a dwindling number of people who continue to prefer the fixed option over time.

It would be helpful if once on board and it becomes clear how many people actually want a fixed table, these  could then be reallocated /concentrated on tables that are full rather than spread thinner over a larger number of tables. This might mean some extra time and effort from Maître D's but should be possible - on voyages of a reasonable length - if they truly want to provide the best possible dining experience.

This is an issue I will be interested in on the October crossings on QM2 plus QA's maiden in January - which has more alternative dining options available so in theory should be more affected particularly as a new ship which many will not have sailed on before.

Gary
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Thanks Myles:

Enjoying the updates. Now what did you get upto on sea days , did you get into a routine or was every day a holiday. or did you ever just think. Lets have a day in the cabin and relax and do room service .   

During the day we were surprised how much we liked Chairobics, which was so popular that you had to be in the Queens Room at 9 am to get a seat ready for the session to start at 9.30 am.  10:15 was Line Dancing which was also very popular, but I didn’t participate as my hip has been giving me a bit of a problem. I usually went to a lecture or had a coffee after Chairobics.  Zumba was another popular activity, but I only participated in the Zumba Gold (for older people).  We didn’t go to the gym onboard ship until after half way through the cruise and wish we had done so earlier in the cruise as it was a really good facility. 

The dance team did occasional ballet and tap classes for beginners. 

There were days we just chilled out by sitting on deck 9 Lido Deck and enjoyed listening to music or reading.  I always enjoy a walk around deck  - deck 3 is my choice for walking mainly because it is nearer the sea plus there are always people with binoculars who are keen to chat to share with you information on birds or marine life they have spotted.  But I also liked spending time on deck 10 walking or sitting. 

There was some excellent lecturers.  Simon Calder, Travel Journalist, Claire Balding, Presenter, Rebecca Adlington, Olympic Swimmer, our very own Chris Frame, Maritime lectures.

The lecturers tended to compliment the area we were visiting or sailing.  There was a  Professor of Aerospace for Cape Canaveral. An Oceanographer speaking about the secrets of Ocean Waves (way above me) .   Also Across the Pacific we had an excellent Astronomer giving lectures on the Southern Sky.  He invited passengers to join him in the evening to look at the sky at night.  I learned a lot from lecturers about Pearl Harbour and the Pacific WWII conflict that I hadn’t known about.  There were lectures that linked into the areas we were visiting.  Some were very good, but others were more appreciated by the passengers from that area.  e.g. Americans, Australians etc. 

Talks on forensic science.  Music history, authors and much much more. 

I always enjoy the ask the Captain and Engineer sessions and especially enjoyed a talk "From Deck Cadet to Captain" by the Chief Engineer and Deck Cadet.

There was the usual ice sculpture and cooking demonstrations and I always went along to the Passenger Choir performance to support those who took part.  I am not a fan of playing cards but Whist and Bridge was popular.  Jigsaw outside the library but I didn't get around to participating. 

I love the library onboard Queen Victoria, so pleasant to sit and enjoy the ambiance. 

The lectures and films were screened so if you missed a lecture you could watch it the next day in your cabin. 

All this we had to fit in between meals and the occasional afternoon tea. Then we would have a sleep to recover. 
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Quite a number of Liners' List posts in recent weeks were by members of that list who had encountered Queen Victoria here and there on her 2024 world cruise, and invariably they mentioned how worn out her exteriors looked and how she looked a lot less attractive than various random ships in the vicinity.

Lynda, did you find this also during that same world cruise? Did she look exhausted, or was it just the effect of having been out at sea for a long time on this cruise?

It could be said that the exterior of the ship could do with a bit of TLC here and there, which could be down to the long time at sea or Cunard giving priority to the new ship, Queen Anne, so any dry docking for the other Cunard ships has been put on the back burner.  The balconies were showing some rust in places, which I was surprised to see as maintenance on the rust would be easy to maintain.  I wouldn't say the ship looked less attractive than other ships that we were docked near.  In fact quite the opposite as the Cunard livery always looks more attractive than other cruise lines.  I cannot remember if Queen Victoria went into dry dock before returning to service after Covid, but if not that could contribute to what people are saying.  Onboard ship there was maintenance ongoing around the decks.  In the interior there were a couple of areas where in my opinion carpets should be replaced but this type of maintenance is more likely to be done during a refit.  It was 16 years since we first sailed on Queen Victoria in 2008 so I guess she is a bit like myself ageing in places. 



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Loving the addition of the Map. At a glance we see its a proper World Cruise and not some voyage that bypasses a continent  and that you are going around the whole world .

Enjoying the updates. Now what did you get upto on sea days , did you get into a routine or was every day a holiday. or did you ever just think. Lets have a day in the cabin and relax and do room service .   
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RMS Queen Mary 2 / Re: QM2 problems
« Last post by cunardqueen on Jun 25, 2024, 03:58 PM »
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  I have not had the chance to view video yet in this thread but the drop off in Cunard service levels has been a staple of dinner table conversations amongst regular Cunarders ever since my first QE2 trip in 2003.   

If recent postings on various sites are anything to go by then the presentation of meals on plates and the quantity are leaving a  lot to be desired.   However with these new ships there are so many more venues and those seated on larger tables do you ever get the whole 8 sitting together for Dinner.

Part of my reasoning for not wanting to sail Cunard again is the fact walking down the gangway feeling disappointed is something l would hate. And perhaps the feeling on QE2 we never had it so good..and didn't probably realise it .

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A 6 night crossing!!  I'd have absolutely loved that!!  Lucky passengers (but how many of them on board know or even care...!). 

l was just thinking back 38 years ago today l was disembarking after 5 night crossing. Most of my crossing were 5 nights. On the farewell crossings in 2008 we slowed down to 6 nights and often late at night on deck you felt you could have walked faster. Now l believe its taking a week to pop over the pond ,     

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My first trip on QE2 as an adult, was a 2 night party cruise, where I remember...   
Ah Rob..... the glory days we remember them well
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QE2 Models and Paintings / Re: QE2 1/450 Gunze Sangyo kit available
« Last post by cunardqueen on Jun 25, 2024, 03:44 PM »
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I am not sure what to do now....Chris, Cunardqueeen and Dominic have all said they'd be interested.   
Again much as though id love the model, lt would sit about and its better it to to someone who will make better use of it.

Im sitting with a miniature QE2 model and a larger QM2 model just waiting . I already moved house and stopped cruising and we know how long that has been .
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Quite a number of Liners' List posts in recent weeks were by members of that list who had encountered Queen Victoria here and there on her 2024 world cruise, and invariably they mentioned how worn out her exteriors looked and how she looked a lot less attractive than various random ships in the vicinity.

Lynda, did you find this also during that same world cruise? Did she look exhausted, or was it just the effect of having been out at sea for a long time on this cruise?
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