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Offline Andy F

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #20 on: Nov 23, 2009, 01:30 AM »
where is John now then, is he on QM2 or has he retired?
He's on QM2
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #21 on: Jan 25, 2010, 06:17 PM »

John E. Duffy
Hotel Manager, Queen Mary 2
by Joseph Schmitt 
The longest-serving, four-stripe officer aboard any of Cunard’s “Queen” ships, John Duffy, Hotel Manager of Queen Mary 2, is a wealth of information about these splendid sea-going vessels. His experience, passion, and knowledge are vital assets for both the cruise line and its passengers. From the moment you meet Duffy you realize you are in the presence of a man who loves what he does and the ships he calls home. It’s no wonder that Duffy was recently awarded the Merchant Navy Medal for distinguished service, and in 2008 was voted “Seagoing Employee of the Year” at the Seatrade Conference in Venice........

http://www.passportmagazine.com/departments/JohnDuffy769.php?rand=1
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #22 on: Jun 30, 2010, 07:05 PM »
An Interview with John Duffy
by Richard Wagner.
http://www.beyondships.com/QM2-art-Duffy.html
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #23 on: Oct 16, 2011, 09:39 PM »
Mr Duffy is currently on board QM2 and in good form!
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Offline Rod

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #24 on: Oct 29, 2011, 07:53 PM »
The think with John, because he came up through the ranks, I believe he started as a cabin boy, he never forgot his roots. He respected all. Worked with him on many occasions as Hotel Service Engineer...had a few battles too, but always respected him and liked him!

Online cunardqueen

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #25 on: Oct 29, 2011, 08:03 PM »
Has he not just completed his last crossing on QM2 and then retires after the World Cruise.
From a passenger point of view, l managed to dine on his table twice with him as host in 20 years, a throughly decent kind generous and highly entertaining host.
Now if he could only be persuaded to write a book, or even put his diarys into print.....
I remember his tale of interviewing people in Scotland for QE2 just prior to the start of her re entry into service in 1987, and involving a mutual friend.
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #26 on: Oct 29, 2011, 10:38 PM »
We need to persuade him to join the forum... :)
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #27 on: Oct 29, 2011, 11:21 PM »
Mr Duffy does know about the Forum.
He told me a couple of weeks ago that he's not able to join - he's an extremely busy man.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #28 on: Oct 30, 2011, 12:55 PM »
Ah, but after his imminent ( well, OK, 6 months away ) retirement indicated above...?  Maybe??

He must have a lot of stories he could tell us.
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #29 on: Dec 06, 2011, 06:15 PM »
An interview with Mr Duffy - 2010
http://www.passportmagazine.com/departments/JohnDuffy769.php?pagenum=1
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #30 on: Dec 07, 2011, 09:58 AM »
Thanks for the news that John Duffy is retiring after his trojan lifetime of Cunard service.  That he has chosen to go after the QM2's World Cruise is apt.  I am certain he will miss his job.  And let's all hope he does turn to this forum to keep the memory alive.  

He makes running a very complicated 'hotel' look easy, whether his beloved QE2 and now QM2. He remembers everyone's names, crew and pax and greets you as an old friend

On World Cruises Heads of Departments hold cocktail parties for guests of their choice.  Invites are cherished.  Because of my onboard 'celebrity' on QE2, I was lucky enough to get such invitations from Captains (in Captain's cabin), Medics on 2 deck, Chief Engineers, Wardie, and Mr Duffy's.
 
His was the best. It was uniquely held in the Yacht Club and the food was sumptous.  The huge prawns on ice were particularly outstanding.

QE2, Yacht Club, John Duffy ... what a combination ... What memories.  

Happy retirement, John, and please share them with us.
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #31 on: May 24, 2012, 02:21 PM »
From Cunard.
"After 46 years with Cunard, Queen Mary 2's Hotel Manager John Duffy is retiring today. The ship's whistle will sound at 11.30am across Southampton as he leaves the vessel. We would like to wish John a very happy retirement!"

All the best to you, Mr Duffy - you have earned the best possible good health, as well as good times in retirement.
Thank You for your huge contribution in making QE2 such a magnificent ship for her guests!

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Offline Stowaway2k

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #32 on: May 24, 2012, 02:39 PM »
I am very envious of his career.   The experiences he has had, the people he has met, the places he has been,  what he must have seen...   ;)

I do hope there is a memoir in his future.   What a joy it would be to read... and to be envious...

Online cunardqueen

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #33 on: May 24, 2012, 06:52 PM »
He shared with me that fact hes kept a diary all these years....
From a passengers point of view he was always a superb host..
Best Wishes in his retirement.
It would be interesting to hear what his thoughts were of the fleet since QE2 was sold.. 
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #34 on: Jun 01, 2012, 08:40 AM »
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: John Duffy
« Reply #35 on: Jun 01, 2012, 03:36 PM »
Thanks Rosie for the lovely piece regarding John Duffy's retirement. What a great tribute from Cunard to a much loved man.

Offline philhar

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #36 on: Jun 18, 2012, 09:01 AM »
I think numerous people will remember John for his warmth and humour but especially someone who was absolutely dedicated to providing passengers with the best possible service.He also had an incredible memory and would remember people even if they cruised years apart and their likes/dislikes.He also expected nothing less from his staff too and his entusiasm appeared to be infectious.
I remember him helping my Father request an off menu item and when finding out it wasn't as good as the same dish on Holland America (my father would always give blunt, honest feedback) John ensured it was done again to perfection.
No one is irrepacable but John definitely came as close as is possible.
I wish John a long happy and healthy retirement.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #37 on: Jun 18, 2012, 09:36 PM »
What a great memory, philhar!

No doubt just one among many thousands, but each individual memory important in its own right, and each contributing to the great affection and respect in which John Duffy was held.

When was this, philhar? And did you meet him again after that?

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #38 on: Feb 09, 2014, 09:20 PM »
With thanks to CunardQueens, who drew attention to it in their Facebook page, a wonderful interview with John Duffy, showing just what a gentleman he is :


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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #39 on: May 06, 2015, 10:17 PM »
Did you know that the blue cushion covers on the deck chairs on Deck 7 (RMS Queen Mary 2) are the exact same blue as Everton Football Club's home kit?
The fabric was deliberately chosen by Mr Duffy!
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.