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Offline Louis De Sousa

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A dream not come true
« on: Oct 24, 2009, 03:52 PM »

The QE2 for 40 years sailed to all ( almost ) corners of the World.Where did you dream of going with the QE2 but it never came true?

Sadly i never went around South America and therefore not sailing into Rio De Janeiro.But luckly i did do it on another ship.

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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #1 on: Oct 24, 2009, 08:45 PM »
I always wished for a full world cruise or at least Sydney Harbour

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Offline Kathy M.

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #2 on: Oct 25, 2009, 01:12 PM »
Going under the Verrazano Narrows Bridge while on QE2 . . .
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Offline highlander0108

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #3 on: Oct 27, 2009, 02:24 AM »
Having her remain in service long enough so I could afford to take a World Cruise, or perhaps a segment in the South Pacific.

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Offline hollihedge

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #4 on: Oct 27, 2009, 07:32 PM »
Definitely a world cruise, would have loved to have done that.
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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #5 on: Oct 31, 2009, 08:15 PM »
I would liked to have made at least one trip on her - anywhere - but didn't get a chance.  :(

However, I did get to visit her once courtesy of a friend's next-door-neighbour.  :)

Offline Cruisemarsh

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #6 on: Nov 12, 2009, 12:24 PM »
World Cruise (my dad and grandad did it just after her disastrious refit in 1994/5 and they sailed from New York to Sydney) and Transatlantic to New York (although have sailed on her across the Atlantic to Fort Lauderdale)
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Offline Andy F

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #7 on: Nov 22, 2009, 01:17 PM »
I missed doing a Transat crossing, which I would have loved to do and would have dearly wished she could have remained here in the UK but the dreams that did come true far outweigh those that didn't!
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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #8 on: Dec 11, 2009, 11:00 PM »
I would have liked to do a back to back Atlantic return crossing.
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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #9 on: Jan 11, 2012, 07:13 PM »
Anyone else wants to share the dream trip that did not happen?

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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #10 on: Jan 11, 2012, 07:42 PM »
Did Suez twice on QE2.  Would have loved to do Panama.  We nearly did it on Caronia, but Cunard changed the Caronia schedule and moved us over to QE2.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #11 on: Jan 11, 2012, 07:44 PM »
Yes, Louis.

Our dream not come true, concerned :

  • our very last QE2 port
  • our very last anchor port
  • our very last chance to have an unobstructed view of QE2's exterior
  • our very last sailaway
  • a much awaited final call to a port that QE2 had missed several times
  • a port we had been looking forward to seeing for ourselves
  • a port about which I had known from my girlhood on, as I had a penfriend there
  • a port where we had been promised a Newfoundland Dog, a Labrador Retriever and an Accordion Player
  • a port where we had booked a fascinating excursion...

Can you guess which it was?

Read all about it here :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,2659.msg30115.html#msg30115

A sad day indeed... but of course also a happy day, as we were on QE2!

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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #12 on: Jan 11, 2012, 08:30 PM »
My dream not come true:

My next cruise on QE2.

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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #13 on: Jan 11, 2012, 11:01 PM »
Well.... I guess that ^^^^^ trumps all the other answers....
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Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #14 on: Mar 23, 2012, 08:40 PM »
The World Cruise, was always a dream voyage since l can remember. But as my own voyages notched up l have nearly gone round it twice when the days are added up.

BUT over the years speaking with various passengers and some very dear friends, Im not sure now that l would have enjoyed it :o  (yes l know imagine me saying that) for a start, think of that dreaded weight gain, Three weeks is long enough on that basis, even then the last few nights im into my expanding trousers, the luggage, l never could travel light, and oh lord the souvenirs, then think on all the stuff you get onboard, the daily programmes, l always picked a few extra each day, the onboard newspaper, and all the other stuff that finds its way into the cabin, generally anything that came into the cabin, came home with me, nothing really ended up in the bin. Then of course there is the onboard purchases. How on earth do you get all the luggage home. Four/five cases after  a cruise is enough that even by train it can cause problems, flying home isnt an option as the cases are well over any luggage weight.

Its stupid but l now find it easier to fly home with six cases from LA as the "system" makes everything so easy. 

There are times when you can become quite blase about the voyages, upto a week l always considered to short, and even then unpacked very little, upto ten days- two weeks you could call that a cruise, and then when you were sailing for over two weeks, now that was a proper voyage, you could fully unpack and sit back and enjoy the trip..  A three week cruise was for me about as long as l could manage.

Then of course you have the ocean motion and the emotion of the last days onboard as you get attached to new found friends, l can get weepy eyed leaving ports l dont even like... But in all seriousness a World Cruise would probably kill me....  :'( 
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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #15 on: Jul 26, 2012, 10:17 PM »
The current photo competition with the theme of QE2 Memorabilia brought in a very poignant picture from Hamburger :



He writes :
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Due to heavy storm, the final call at Hamburg was cancelled. Instead, QE2 was going to Oslo.

And look at the postcard to remember the occasion. The text says :

Final call to Hamburg. MS Queen Elizabeth 2. 8 December 2007. Farewell party, "say goodbye"

There is a special rubber stamp too, and a stamp of a famous lighthouse, and all this was issued by the Philatelic Office. Too sad it never happened...

Offline Rod

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #16 on: Jul 27, 2012, 12:11 AM »
Round the British Isles!

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #17 on: Jul 27, 2012, 10:15 AM »
I would have loved to sail through the Panama Canal on the QE2. 

Like Myles it was also a dream of mine to do a World Cruise on QE2 and if we sailed through the Panama Canal then that would have been two dreams come true. 
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Offline Barrie Evans

Re: A dream not come true
« Reply #18 on: Jul 27, 2012, 06:30 PM »
I would have loved to sail through the Panama Canal on the QE2. 

Like Myles it was also a dream of mine to do a World Cruise on QE2 and if we sailed through the Panama Canal then that would have been two dreams come true.
My dream of sailing on the Q E 2 was shattered when i was due to sail on her in August 2003. On the Tuesday before the Saturday when we should of set sail, i was rushed into hospital for an emergency Gaul bladder operation, thus having to cancel, and it was a dream not come true.
Barrie

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Falklands visit 2001
« Reply #19 on: Nov 11, 2019, 01:31 PM »
Remembrance Sunday/Armistice Day Sunday 11th November 2001 - Stanley Falkland Islands.

QE2 was on a voyage down the East coast of S/America and by coincidence, or possibly just good forward planning by Cunard, QE2 was scheduled to be anchored off Stanley in The Falkland Islands on Sunday 11th November 2001.

In remembrance of her Service during Op Corporate [the retaking of The Falkland Islands in 1982] QE2 had  been invited to join the Islanders at their Remembrance Service and, as we would be at anchor The Captain, Ray Heath, & Staff Captain would not be able to leave the ship. As such, Captain Heath invited my self & The Ch Officer to attend on his behalf and lay wreaths from Cunard & QE2. I had formerly been a Royal Marine Warrant Officer and The Ch Off had worked for FI Government Fishery Protection, so we both had links to the islands.
The morning arrived but things were not going to be conducive to tendering from the outset, as there was a storm brewing and as such it was decided that the call would be cancelled. anybody who has  visited Stanley will know that it's  a long, difficult and fairly uncomfortable tender ride at the best of times, let along in rough weather. Still hoping to be able, at least, to join the islanders for their Remembrance Service The Captain tried hard to be able to launch one tender to take The Ch Off and myself ashore, but as time went on even this became impossible and the sad decision was made  to totally abort the call.
A Remembrance Service was hastily arranged for later that morning in the Theatre onboard where the Wreaths were laid, instead of ashore.

I think that this was one of the last times, if not The last time, QE2 visited The Falkland Islands, so it was sad that it should end in such disappointment, not only for the passengers but also for The Islanders.   

 

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