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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

John Duffy
« on: Feb 08, 2009, 01:09 PM »
John Duffy has received the Seatrade Insider Award for “Seagoing Employee of the Year”.

We never knew him well, but he was (and no doubt is!) friendly and cheerful. We met him almost every day on our most recent voyage, when he passed the Computer Learning Centre in the evenings... we used to sit there, enjoying ourselves with our computers and benefiting from the wifi facilities!

http://seatravel.wordpress.com/2009/02/04/cunards-john-duffy-receives-seatrade-insider-award-for-seagoing-employee-of-the-year/

Offline hollihedge

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #1 on: Feb 08, 2009, 01:11 PM »
Thanks for posting Isabelle - very interesting, and glad he has gained deserved recognition
Gill

Offline Chris Frame

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #2 on: Feb 09, 2009, 12:41 AM »
we used to sit there, enjoying ourselves with our computers and benefiting from the wifi facilities!


I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #3 on: Feb 09, 2009, 06:07 PM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

Me too!  Had a great signal while sitting at the starboard side in one of those lovely big windows looking out at the sea - never, ever had a happier surfing experience!!
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #4 on: Mar 16, 2009, 02:26 PM »
Here's a rather longer article about John Duffy, which I enjoyed :

http://wearecunard.com/2009/03/john-duffy-receives-the-seagoing-employee-of-the-year-2008/

I really like the replies he gives to the interviewer. Here is one :

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You have had an incredible career at sea. What do you think kept you at sea all these years?

Having attained the position of Hotel Manager QE2, in l98l, which of course was the most prestigious liner in the world, where else would I go to better myself?  I was of course, over the years, offered innumerable prestigious positions elsewhere, but my loyalties remained with QE2 and Cunard Line.

Now a man who thinks like that, must be all right!


Offline Chris Frame

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #5 on: Mar 23, 2009, 01:21 AM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

Me too!  Had a great signal while sitting at the starboard side in one of those lovely big windows looking out at the sea - never, ever had a happier surfing experience!!

My sentiments exactly ... it was wonderful to sit there and watch the Ocean go by while writing to friends from the Magnificent QE2!

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #6 on: Mar 23, 2009, 06:30 PM »
I had the great pleasure to be at his table in 1988 and again 19 years later in 2007.
It was l must admit a pleasure to be on such a table and to compare tales of that voyage
Now if only he could be persuaded to put his diary to print...   
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Offline Andy F

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #7 on: Mar 23, 2009, 09:58 PM »
Agree Myles and whenever you think of QE2, John invariably comes to mind as one of the great characters.  It would certainly be interesting to read his stories and I bet he has a fair few to tell but IF he should ever be persuaded to go into print, it would no doubt have to wait until retirement.
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #8 on: Apr 23, 2009, 09:42 PM »
Sounds like a Top Guy

Offline Malcolm

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #9 on: Apr 23, 2009, 10:38 PM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

I found it depended on where your cabin was. When we were amidships on Deck One the Pavilion was great, forward on Deck Two put us close to the Computer Centre (we were so close you could sometimes pick up the WIFI signal in the cabin) and when we were towards the stern of Deck Three we used the Yacht Club.

Offline Glengavin

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #10 on: Apr 24, 2009, 12:35 AM »
Sounds like a Top Guy
Yes, he is a top guy, a real gentleman.  Always had time for a cheery word of welcome. John was onboard when we made our first voyage in '94 and he was last crew member we saw on the pier after disembarking in Dubai.  He must have had all sorts of emotions running through him but he still came over, shook my hand and gave my wife a hug.   Sort of seemed right that he should be the last.
« Last Edit: Apr 24, 2009, 02:13 AM by Andy F »

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: John Duffy
« Reply #11 on: Aug 13, 2009, 06:50 PM »
Great interview with John Duffy here :

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7723300.stm

"Well, you can't get better than the best, and when you're hotel manager of the QE2, there's nowhere else to go that compares..."

He must have spent more years on board QE2 than most... lucky man...

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #12 on: Aug 13, 2009, 07:24 PM »
Isabelle,

Thank You for posting this.  He IS one of the best!  His knowledge and experience of his work couldn't ever be matched.

Rosie
« Last Edit: Aug 13, 2009, 07:47 PM by Rob Lightbody »
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 #13 on: Sep 12, 2009, 10:09 AM »

He was a very good man to talk with, i used to love doing the Cocktails Parties in his Quarters.

Louis

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #14 on: Sep 28, 2009, 06:34 AM »
I preferred sitting in the Yacht Club with a drink when using WiFi :)

I found it depended on where your cabin was. When we were amidships on Deck One the Pavilion was great, forward on Deck Two put us close to the Computer Centre (we were so close you could sometimes pick up the WIFI signal in the cabin) and when we were towards the stern of Deck Three we used the Yacht Club.

And in 8183 there was a superb signal - I think wifi had been installed for the cabin above - or was it the four stripe officer forward?

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #15 on: Sep 28, 2009, 06:38 AM »
I had the great pleasure to be at his table in 1988 and again 19 years later in 2007.
It was l must admit a pleasure to be on such a table and to compare tales of that voyage
Now if only he could be persuaded to put his diary to print...   

I was at his table on QM2 this last May. My first time aboard since QE2. He was a great host, and we talked of QE2 and the QE2 ways. The number of QE2 crew on board QM2 has matured the ship, and is, I think, Mary's best hope of following in the impossible wake to follow set down by QE2.

But what would I have given to have been back where I was in October last year, on the tandems, in 1059.....

Matthew
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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #16 on: Oct 24, 2009, 03:47 PM »
John Duffy - simply the best!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/timewatch/qe2.shtml
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 #17 on: Oct 24, 2009, 07:38 PM »
You tempt us with yet another video we "canna" access this side of the pond.  :(  I think it is time I look into those ghosting programs to work around this.

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Re: John Duffy
« Reply #18 on: Oct 24, 2009, 08:43 PM »
Hello Ken,
That's not good - I am sorry.
I've tried to extract the clip, but to no avail.
There's a 'BBC iplayer outside the uk' page(s) on google
but not too sure about the legitimacy of methods recommended!
Rosie
 
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 #19 on: Oct 24, 2009, 08:47 PM »
where is John now then, is he on QM2 or has he retired?

jdl