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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #40 on: Jan 06, 2010, 01:11 AM »
IF this is true, Im sorry to hear it. I do wonder if those at Carnival realise what a loss he will be, Perhaps they just didnt like the constant references to QE2.
 Imagine if he came aboard here, the stories he could tell..... Then again maybe hes one of the many many guests that visit.
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Offline highlander0108

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #41 on: Jan 06, 2010, 01:41 AM »
This news is reminiscent to me of how I felt when I saw the news that Cunard sold QE2; hoping it was a joke or unconfirmed rumor, but gut wrenching to find out it was quite true.  I thank Captain McNaught for 17 magical days onboard QE2 with him at the command.
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Offline Andrew W

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #42 on: Jan 06, 2010, 02:59 AM »
Maybe he got a new, better job - like Captain of QE2 ???!!

(I assume, by the way, that like the newly opened and renamed "Burgh Khalifa", QE2 will now be renamed for one of Dubai's other big creditors ... the MV King Abdullah etc.?)

Offline MiamiCunarder

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned *update*
« Reply #43 on: Jan 06, 2010, 04:50 AM »
Well, according to Cunard Captain McNaught has completed his services with Cunard and is switching over to Seabourn.


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Offline Chris Frame

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #44 on: Jan 06, 2010, 06:20 AM »
Reuniting with Pam Conover! Now there was a fantastic CEO for Cunard!
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #45 on: Jan 06, 2010, 09:21 AM »
Once, when crossing the Atlantic, I asked him what a Rhum Line course was (he had mentioned in his noon address that we were switching to one from a Great Circle course). Not only did he take the time to answer the question, he took me to an actual chart and spent over an hour explaining the difference in detail. Wonderful!


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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #46 on: Jan 06, 2010, 09:34 AM »

Maybe i can understand his reasons..............,maybe its the some reasons like i had when leaving the QE2. ( of course we had different positions lol ).

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #47 on: Jan 06, 2010, 12:51 PM »
Once, when crossing the Atlantic, I asked him what a Rhum Line course was (he had mentioned in his noon address that we were switching to one from a Great Circle course). Not only did he take the time to answer the question, he took me to an actual chart and spent over an hour explaining the difference in detail. Wonderful!

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forgive the quick off topic question but who is the non uniformed person on the bridge wing - security ??

Back on topic if he has gone to seaborne then that's great in one way as they smaller more intimate ships allowing more contact with officers and crew. But, bad news as meeting him moves up a notch financially!!!
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #48 on: Jan 06, 2010, 01:31 PM »
"forgive the quick off topic question but who is the non uniformed person on the bridge wing - security ??"

Could be Marty from Randall and Hopkirk-something definately seems to be going on in another world now

Good Luck to Capt McNaught

By the Way Happy New Year everybody

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Offline andy liney

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #49 on: Jan 06, 2010, 01:31 PM »
The non-uniformed person was the pilot, we were just leaving Quebec.

Offline pete cain

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #50 on: Jan 06, 2010, 02:28 PM »
What am I going to do??, only just booked a voyage, sorry (cruise) on wet nose vikki,  I know what you're all thinking,     but really , I  needed a rail to lean on, & Twynkle says it's not that bad if you just look out to sea at all times, so went for it. However, was going to take me favourite QE2 book with me in the hope I could get him to sign it, in return I've bought a couple of I heart QE2 badges which I was going to quietly put in his pocket, Seabourne are well out of range , so guess I'll just have to wear them with pride one on each lapel, how about I heart Mc Naught badges, a true gent!! I wish him all the best, another link to dear old QE2 gone though.....

Offline highlander0108

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned
« Reply #51 on: Jan 06, 2010, 02:44 PM »
So technically, isn't Captain McNaught still with Carnival?  Isn't the Yachts of Seabourn part of the vast Carnival empire?
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Offline MiamiCunarder

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #52 on: Jan 06, 2010, 03:14 PM »

 Indeed it is. And their offices are still at 6100 Blue Lagoon Dr Ste: 400, in Miami. This is where Cunard operated alongside Seabourn from '97 to '04 with Larry Pimentel and later Pam Conover at the helm. I joined Cunard just as Larry was leaving in 01. Nice to know the offices are still being used.

 Ron

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #53 on: Jan 06, 2010, 06:01 PM »
Can we invite him as guest of honour at our forum meet in April 2010?

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #54 on: Jan 06, 2010, 06:48 PM »
I am still finding the verb "resigns" a bit puzzling in this context. I wonder what it means...

Ian McNaught was such a memorable captain of QE2. His love of QE2 shone out, and at the same time he also had all those human qualities which made it easy and delightful to interact with him. When we checked in for our last cruise, I asked the lady at the Queen Elizabeth II Terminal which captain we would have. "The young one, the good-looking one", she winked. I am sure that many of us felt this was so true!

I hope he will find a new home at sea for himself on another ship, and wish him well for his future career!

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #55 on: Jan 06, 2010, 07:00 PM »
This is not really surprising news...I think Capt Macnaught has been very frustrated with Cunard for a very long time.

Now QE2 has gone....Cunard aren't really interested in anything gone by whether  passengers ,crew, ship ,or whatever....so now the senior crew are leaving Cunard too???

Says it all really........the glory days of true Ocean Liner Cruising is well and truly over...its a mass market package holiday.


He was always charming, polite and great fun.. we have many wonderful memories of him on board,.and he  had a great sense of pride in his wonderful QE2..the true pinnacle of his career...he appeared to be very fair and stood no nonsense....so I think very respected too...

Ian I wish  you well.....and hope our.paths cross again one day.....

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #56 on: Jan 06, 2010, 07:04 PM »
As far as I can now tell he did resign, from Cunard, and this site was the one that broke the news, by some margin.  Thank you to my source.

Cunard were forced to admit this on Facebook when 'MiamiCunarder' Ron asked them to confirm the news :-

Quote from: Ron Acosta on Facebook
Can Cunard confirm Captain Ian McNaught's resignation from the Line?

Quote from: CUNARD on Facebook
Yes. Captain McNaught is completing his service with Cunard and will begin service with our sister-company Seabourn at the end of this month.

We thank him for his many years of dedicated service to Cunard Line and wish him all the best.


I think its a shame that Cunard didn't take the lead with this, and post a nice tribute to him, rather than it having to come out by the back door.
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #57 on: Jan 06, 2010, 08:33 PM »
Will he be Master of the new classy Seabourn ship??  looooooks real nice!

Offline highlander0108

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #58 on: Jan 06, 2010, 09:51 PM »
So this news actually is not as dire as perhaps originally thought.  Perhaps a break from Cunard for awhile until they assign someone else to manage the line is not a bad idea for him.  Perhaps he just needs a break, but I suspect that even on Seabourn, people will ask him about his favorite ship.  But then again, by that time, all memories of QE2 will have been systematically removed.  :'(
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #59 on: Jan 06, 2010, 10:00 PM »
Will he be Master of the new classy Seabourn ship??  looooooks real nice!

I was just about to post that an 'invite' (read marketing invitation for the inaugural cruise) for Seabourn Sojourn that launches in June 2010 landed on my doorstep this morning. 

For my money this is where Captain Mcnaught is going, a few months supervising the last months of the handover and then a brand new ship to command - It's certainly a very tempeting offer and one he was denied by Cunard when they gave away the new QE to someone else.

I'm not convinced with Sojourn's looks  though, she isn't that bad, but, the twin rear funnel stacks and what looks like a viewing area infront of the bridge just don't look right in my book.

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Offline highlander0108

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #60 on: Jan 07, 2010, 02:06 AM »
The twin funnels are a design feature of all of Seabourn's "Yachts."  I don't mind the futuristic look of their fleet.  In fact, they really do look like very large private yachts.  At least they still look like ships and not floating apartment blocks. 

While keep getting Seabourn mail due to sailing on Cunard, I definitely do not fit their demographic and do not see myself sailing with them.
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #61 on: Jan 07, 2010, 12:14 PM »
Agree that the Seabourn ships appear to be lovely, inside and out, but I don't think I can afford them!
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #62 on: Jan 07, 2010, 02:37 PM »
I didn't realise that the twin funnel is a signature piece of design, but how you mention it it does ring a bell with sea dream 1 and 2 (no idea what they are christened now!)

the viewing balcony in front of the bridge still looks odd and possibly a little dangerous unless that is they offer open bridge access a la Hebridean cruises. But it is an artists impression and we all know how the fnished article can look a lot different!

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #63 on: Jan 07, 2010, 07:01 PM »
 'The guessing is over! Seabourn unveils name of third new luxury yacht: Seabourn Quest, debuting June 2011'
http://www.seabourn.com/
Maybe this will be Captain McNaught's new ship?
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #64 on: Jan 07, 2010, 09:47 PM »
What will he be doing in the mean time?  His transfer is effective at the end of this month.
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #65 on: Jan 08, 2010, 02:57 PM »
Opinion from The Mirror
by John Honeywell

'Cunard aficionados will be disappointed to learn that Captain Ian McNaught (above left), the last master of the QE2, is leaving the fleet to join Yachts of Seabourn.

Word leaked out this week on website The QE2 Story, and although Cunard have confirmed it is true, the nearest they have come to making an no official statement is a response on their Facebook fan page,....
Cunard aficionados will be disappointed to learn that Captain Ian McNaught (above left), the last master of the QE2, is leaving the fleet to join Yachts of Seabourn.

Word leaked out this week on website The QE2 Story, and although Cunard have confirmed it is true, the nearest they have come to making an no official statement is a response on their Facebook fan page...
Cunard aficionados will be disappointed to learn that Captain Ian McNaught (above left), the last master of the QE2, is leaving the fleet to join Yachts of Seabourn.

Word leaked out this week on website The QE2 Story, and although Cunard have confirmed it is true, the nearest they have come to making an no official statement is a response on their Facebook fan page...


http://blogs.mirror.co.uk/captain-greybeard/2010/01/qe2s-master-moves-to-seabourn.html

« Last Edit: Jan 08, 2010, 02:59 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #66 on: Jan 12, 2010, 12:29 PM »
Just saw Captain McNaught on "QE2: The Final Voyage" - a wonderful but sad little walk down memory lane!
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #67 on: Jan 12, 2010, 05:52 PM »
I've got that on DVD which I taped. What channel was it on?

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #68 on: Jan 14, 2010, 07:51 AM »
From 'The Yachts of Seabourn' page on Facebook!
 Hello .... Captain McNaught is going to be joining Seabourn Spirit at the end of January. We're looking forward to welcoming you aboard soon!
http://nl-nl.facebook.com/Seabourn/posts/244384560063
« Last Edit: Jan 14, 2010, 11:51 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #69 on: Jan 14, 2010, 10:43 AM »
I've got that on DVD which I taped. What channel was it on?

where did you get the DVD? I was on final voyage so missed out in this kinda thing....would love a copy.

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #70 on: Jan 14, 2010, 01:24 PM »
I've got that on DVD which I taped. What channel was it on?

Biography channel on Foxtel. It was a great 60 minutes :)
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #71 on: Jan 14, 2010, 10:13 PM »
Just to let you know that the material about the Solent grounding is now here, gathered together :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,227.0.html

Looks like what really happened will remain a mystery forever... quite amazing really!

Offline highlander0108

Re: Ian McNaught
« Reply #72 on: Apr 26, 2010, 12:12 AM »
Well, bringing this subject back to QE2, I secretly hoping that the planets will realign properly and one day we will get our favorite Captain McNaught back at the helm of Cunard's Flagship QM2, a "proper liner" as hew would say.  Seems like all the Cunard officers are dropping like flies.  ???
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Re: Ian McNaught
« Reply #73 on: Apr 26, 2010, 08:41 AM »
Perhaps Michael can shed some light here; but it seems that Captain McNaught has moved on from Cunard in that, rather than being seconded to Seabourn, he resigned from Cunard and was employed anew by Seabourn.

If that's the case, perhaps we won't see him back on a Queen. QE2 was his Cunarder, now that she's gone, Seabourn is probably closer to the way of life aboard QE2 than QM2 or QV.

Plus, with Pam Conover at the helm of Seabourn, Captain McNaught is in good company!
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Re: Ian McNaught
« Reply #74 on: Apr 26, 2010, 10:21 AM »
Think there would be a blue moon in the sky for Capt McNaught to return to Cunard.....

~Yes he is in very good company on board Seabourn....they are lovely little ships very well run and so rather traditional...should suit Capt McNaught very well.

I think cunard are heading the same way with Captains and Officers interacting...notice how there are no private cocktail parties any more...eventually I think there will be no hosted tables (save on the wine)  and eventually captains cocktails will be reduced to gathering in the atrium with the captain doing a short speech from deck above and thats the last you will see of him....I think its obvious they don't want their senior personnel getting too friendly with passengers.  pity....as they were the true Cunard PR.....

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #75 on: Apr 26, 2010, 10:07 PM »
I think slowly and sadly cunard is losing its unique "britishness" and becoming too international. I too think Capt Mcnaught should have been made Commodore of the line.

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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #76 on: Apr 27, 2010, 08:44 AM »
Quote
I think cunard are heading the same way with Captains and Officers interacting...notice how there are no private cocktail parties any more...eventually I think there will be no hosted tables (save on the wine)  and eventually captains cocktails will be reduced to gathering in the atrium with the captain doing a short speech from deck above and thats the last you will see of him....I think its obvious they don't want their senior personnel getting too friendly with passengers.  pity....as they were the true Cunard PR.....


Perhaps as was with QE2 its the end of an era in that sense, No cruise on QE2 was complete without one of those little printed invites and you had no idea where you were going. Who hasnt for a moment, just applied a tad more make up before joining the line up to shake hands with the Captain and then to enter into the Queens Room, who dared refuse the glass of fizzy plonk and then wondered in to see old friends from previous trips or your table guests and then before you know it the lights are raised and your making your way to dinner to start another glamorous evening. The hosted tables and private parties were always great PR and usually a talking point long after you docked

 Call me old fashioned but this was part of Cunard and what Cunard did and always should do. and they did it very well. I have no idea how they do it on the new one ones, l dont really care to be honest, But l always knew my Captain had Cunard in his veins. Now with this Princess lark is it to be first name terms and a hi five when you greet him, and who would have thought a Princess Commodore on a Cunard Queen. I do gather embarkation afternoon isnt on QM2? if that is the case lm appalled. Ok so there is that Kings Court but l saw that one day and it was a feeding frenzy for the mad
 I for one liked Cunard the way it was, Not how its going, they do l believe call it progress , but at what price 
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #77 on: Apr 27, 2010, 07:27 PM »
Totally agree Cunard Queen....

All too soon the ships will be computer controlled from a port and the passengers can pay for a 'virtual' meeting with the Captain !  LOL

We may laugh now.....but remember they used to laugh at the thought of a man on the moon????

Your comment re the hi 5 greeting etc....obviously you haven't experienced the way NCL do it....

oh my God.....you would NOT like it..... and my experience was a few years ago never to be repeated......

YES embarkation as early as poss on QM2...according to John Duffy that wonderful long time Hotel Manager for Cunard just shakes his head and said its what todays Clientelle want......they CANNOT possibly wait till afternoon to get on board., hence the reason you cannot be privately escorted to your cabin as crew are on lunch duty at the Zoo  feeding trough in kings court.

'you can call me old fashioned too....to be honest I prefer it....( I must be a boring old git as well LOL)

An I agree with the comment above Capt McNaught should have been Commodore..( TO be honest I think he had thought that too...he had earned it).....so much better than the one elected....far too 'smarmy 'in my book, ( i bet he has a lot of mirrors in his cabin!)  a behaviour not cared for in a  dignified and distinguished Cunard Captain.


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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #78 on: Apr 27, 2010, 09:50 PM »
Ian McNaught's father was a marine engineer. Ian's son is at present in the second year of his deck officer cadetship - I met him on QE2 in July 08. Once the salt gets in your veins it seems to pass down through the family generations.

My father was gunnery officer on destroyers doing the Russian convoys, I'm a marine engineer, my youngest son was one of Ian McNaught's junior officers on QE2. As I say, it gets in the blood!
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Re: Captain McNaught has resigned from Cunard
« Reply #79 on: Apr 29, 2010, 01:24 AM »
Commodore Warner is actually from P&O originally, and he treated us with the utmost professionalism and courtesy, and wrote a wonderful afterword for the QM2 book.  We had a number of QE2-style parties on QM2 in 2009 thanks to Commodore Warner.   
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