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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 nearly 12 years.  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 nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

Offline Chris Frame

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 nearly 12 years.  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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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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Offline Chris Frame

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 »
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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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Offline Chris Frame

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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