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Miscellaneous QE2 / Re: Something that's a reminder of QE2...?
« Last post by Chris Thompson on Jun 20, 2024, 08:43 PM »
This picture popped up in an ad today and was an instant reminder of QE2….😀
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That sounds like a very fair deal, and I would be more than happy to have the model for the postage costs and make the suggested £25 donation to the forum, but are you sure you don’t want something for your time and effort? Let me know what you think, and whether one of the other interested parties would like it since they were before me in the queue (E2!!)
Thanks, Dominic.
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QE2 Models and Paintings / Re: QE2 1/450 Gunze Sangyo kit available
« Last post by Lachlan on Jun 20, 2024, 11:05 AM »
I have checked what the postage is to send this kit to the UK. It is AUD71.25 which is near enough to UKP37.00.
The idea was for the recipient to reimburse the cost of postage and make a bit of a donation to the QE2 Forum.
I am not sure what to do now....Chris, Cunardqueeen and Dominic have all said they'd be interested.
Now that you know the postage cost what do you say? I'm assuming Chris and Cunardqueeen are in the UK; is that right?
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I am still way back in the Caribbean and reading forward from time to time when I get the chance. I want to savour these notes.

Really interesting to read about the Caribbean sea. We think so often about the islands and the sea ports, but I had never thought about the sea in between them. These notes are fascinating.

Isabelle you have lots of catching up to do but glad that you are finding the notes interesting.  There are so many interesting facts and having the opportunity to post on this topic has brought back many good memories.  Hope everyone is enjoying seeing the photos from the ports of call. 


Great notes, commentary, and photos ! Many thanks, Lynda !

Thanks June, it is good to know you are enjoying reading the notes. 
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It seems that the areas that are not up to par should not be accessible to guests.
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Great notes, commentary, and photos ! Many thanks, Lynda !
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9 voters ! Celebrate the beginning of Summer by voting.
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Sea Shanties / Re: Cruise Ship Webcams
« Last post by Andy Holloway on Jun 18, 2024, 11:33 PM »
In 2007 I was able to link up with my family on Christmas Day thanks to a bridge cam. I was on Sun Princess and we were in Grenada, a very helpful Bridge Officer friend, pointed the bridge cam onto the dockside and I was able to wave to my family whilst speaking to them on my phone, when they would tell me to move left or right so that I was fully in shot.

Unlike Cunard, Princess ships were usually in port on Christmas Day if only untill around 1600/1700, even in a fairly religious place like Grenada where shops would be open while a ship is in port, potential dollars are more important!
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QV World Cruise 2024 - Notes from the Navigator
Sector 2: Fort Lauderdale to San Francisco


23 January 2024
Having completed all our departure formalities and let go of our lines, Queen Victoria has begun her voyage down deeper into the Caribbean Sea. Overnight Queen Victoria navigated the Straits of Florida where currents can reach up to 4 knots and is important as it is known as the start of the Gulf Stream, the main weather driver to what we experience back in the United Kingdom. We then proceed to sail along the north side of Cuba and through the Old Baha-man Channel. This passage at its narrowest spans only 12 miles wide and is enclosed by various coral reefs on either side that have challenged seafarers since 1500’s.

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.

I am still way back in the Caribbean and reading forward from time to time when I get the chance. I want to savour these notes.

Really interesting to read about the Caribbean sea. We think so often about the islands and the sea ports, but I had never thought about the sea in between them. These notes are fascinating.
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Watched the video, rather sad to see her looking deserted, also looks like maintenance lacking in some areas.
As ex Casino staff I really wish they would re-purpose the room, sad to see the slot machines sitting unused.
Plus the Casino was not an original feature onboard the ship.

Some of the things seem inexplicable, as they'd be cheap and easy to attend to.  The vacant shops for instance - they will never need them again.  They only have a purpose on a busy cruise ship.  If you're shopping in Dubai, you'll go to one of the spectacular malls (although perhaps they do need one shop for QE2 souvenirs along with some basic essentials?).

His video is now at 182,000 views... maybe the team in Dubai need to do their own video, explaining the vision for the ship, and being realistic about what is open to guests, and what isn't, so that they don't come away disappointed like Tim was.  He said he packed his suit imagining it to be what it used to be... how many others have done similar?

The one thing that really surprised me was the Lido food not being good - I had heard it was very good indeed from the people I know who had visited - whats happened?
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