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The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« on: Nov 27, 2009, 12:13 AM »
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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #1 on: Nov 27, 2009, 06:21 AM »

Nice shots.I have some good memories from that cabin.  ;)

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #2 on: Nov 27, 2009, 09:44 AM »
Under the command of Captain Bates he threw a great party in his quarters, His tables guests were absolutely delighted to have pre dinner drinks there before heading on down to the Mauretania where he joined us shortly after for one of many memorable meals onboard... ;) It was for me the pinnacle of all my cruises to be on that table, and a dream come true..
 One of the ladies was most eager to find out where his slept at...
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 27, 2009, 02:02 PM »
Breathtaking pictures, Michael! It must have been the most wonderful place in the world to live...

My very first ever view of this very special part of the QE2. Where is this cabin located?

Did captains leave some of their private belongings on board when they went on leave?

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #4 on: Nov 27, 2009, 02:06 PM »
It was located directly below the Bridge. Lovely and homely. The Capts would bring along a few family pictures etc (which had to be blue-tacked down to stop them moving) but apart from that everything was left just as it was for the next Captain. Occasionally pictures on the wall would change but the layout and the desk is original.

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #5 on: Dec 22, 2009, 11:35 AM »
Fantastic pictures, thanks for posting.  Probably like the majority of passengers I never managing to see inside the captains cabin so to be able to see these pictures is a treat indeed.

In terms of the cabins location under the bridge, would this be on the same level as the open observation deck?

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #6 on: Dec 22, 2009, 12:38 PM »


In terms of the cabins location under the bridge, would this be on the same level as the open observation deck?

jdl

Yes, above the Wardroom

a bit of video on the way to and in the Captain's cabin at the end of this video
http://tinyurl.com/yfd3ack
fast foward to 12 minutes if you don't care to see the entire video, but why wouldn't you?   ;D

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« Reply #7 on: Dec 22, 2009, 12:50 PM »
jdl
You might be interested in Skilly56's Reply No.13 etc
here -
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1358.0.html
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« Reply #8 on: Dec 24, 2009, 11:32 AM »
Thanks for sharing Michael.

We showed Captain McNaught our manuscript for the QE2 Journey book sitting on those white couches!

He was very excited about the book and agreed then to write our afterword.

Happy memories!

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #9 on: Dec 24, 2009, 12:50 PM »
My Mum and I were invited to Captain Perkins cocktail party in his cabin on our cruise last year.  There was quite a swell at the time, and we spent the whole time hanging on to the table in the first photo, which is either very heavy, or bolted down!  Other 'celebs'  :P from on board were invited along too, including the authors and guest speakers.  The memorabilia on the walls is amazing, and i could have spent hours reading it all.  The cabinet next to 'our' table had gifts from Clydebank inside, amongst other things.

One reason I had trouble standing up is I'd lost my sense of direction and thought i was looking forwards when i was actually looking sideways!  With the net curtains closed, there was no way to know other than by the movement!

Mrs Perkins was great though, and shared tips with us about how to stand but still be elegant, while holding champagne and canapes!
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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #10 on: Dec 26, 2009, 07:57 PM »
Yes, above the Wardroom

a bit of video on the way to and in the Captain's cabin at the end of this video
http://tinyurl.com/yfd3ack
fast foward to 12 minutes if you don't care to see the entire video, but why wouldn't you?   ;D


Thanks for this I've come across this video before and it's excellent, Thanks also Rosie for the link to another smilar topic I'll hopefully catch up on this one later tonight.

One question I have is why was the Captain's cabin desginated to be on a deck where passengers could directly see into the cabin and working space? 

Would it not have been better to position the cabin in the area behind the bridge, obviously I realise that the expansive suites were not added until much later in her service life so can only assume that the space behind the bridge simply didn't exist.

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #11 on: Jan 17, 2010, 11:07 PM »
The above have been mentioned on a couply of threads and of course we have the excellent cabin cavalcade video that finishes up in Captain Mcnaughts cabin, however, my question's are:

What exactly did you have to do to end up with this most VIP of invites - were the invites restricted to friends and family of the crew, celebs and the most frequent travelling and high spending passengers?

If anyone on here has attended a party at the officers wardroom can they disclose what it was like and post some piccies - if the censors and alcohol police allow that is!  You never know it may be subject to the old rule; what goes on tour, stays on tour!

Yours in anticipation

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #12 on: Jan 18, 2010, 08:45 AM »
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If anyone on here has attended a party at the officers wardroom can they disclose what it was like and post some piccies - if the censors and alcohol police allow that is!  You never know it may be subject to the old rule; what goes on tour, stays on tour!

The invite fairy :-X is  amost wonderful creature, l have been touched by it a number times over the years, it always appears when your not there and you know its been when you enter your cabin and find the little white envelope resting under the door, and if you dont know what it is, your in for a most special surprise .

You never know your going to be invited , then when you do open it you find out exactly where your heading for and who the host is, its  a most marvelous experience to be invited to the wardroom, it happened on my very first voyage, it should never be taken for granted, and for some reason its happened mostly on every trip since then.
The hosted tables normally have a drinks party with the host, and usually a wardroom invite will follow.

 The Captains Cabin invite was very special, it was laid on my bed under the pillow surprise, and l really didnt know which to open first ;). As a guest on his table l know exactly how mine arrived ,All the table had the invite and if we werent excited enough about being on Captain Bates table already this very special invite was the icing on the cake.
 The party wasnt a big party, but there were some celebs there some of the regulars and some of his friends, and all credit to the man himself, lm sure he spoke to everyone there.

 As for the drinks, well, l just accept what was on offer (believe me there is nothing worse than serving drinks and having to go away get another drink and return, and usually your met with a look of, what took you so long !!)

I do remember a while back being told, You never ask anybody about these invites or discuss these with other guests, or worse ask if anybody else has one. Youve passed the criteria laid down to recieve one of these, accept it with gutso, go forth and enjoy, and thats exactly what l did, Im not quite sure l believed him, But hey it sounded good

 So JDL thats my tale of the invite fairy, and yes there is a tiny part of what goes on tour stays on tour as well :-X :-X


 
   
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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #13 on: Jan 19, 2010, 11:13 PM »
Thanks for sharing these memories and posting up the actual invites - I'm now even more curious than ever!! But, I fully understand and respect your privacy and stand on the issue - you certainly wouldn't want it to jepordise a future invite! ( apologies for any spelling issues no spell checker on my phone)

now, I just need to work on becoming a celeb and then get an invite...LOL

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« Reply #14 on: Jan 19, 2010, 11:26 PM »
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Only to happy to share the memories, l throughly enjoyed each and every one, perhaps one day you may encounter the Invite Fairy ;).. Its the upgrade fairy l have trouble with... l have yet to even catch a glimpse of it !!! the cabin number allocated at the time of booking never changes, but the upgrades are a whole new ball game, and lm not even going there...
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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #15 on: Jan 19, 2010, 11:33 PM »
Whey hey, the invite fairy no but thr upgrade fairy yes - onl once mind but it was a blinder. I'd booked a c1 cabin fir te Xmas party cruise in 2002 (albeit 12 months in advance and I had told them that I was planning to get engaged). 2 weeks before departing I had a call from my travel agent asking if I would mind upgrading to a q3 with no extra cost. I decided to play it cool and say I'd call them back, mainly so I could put the phone down and shout out loud.

We had a great trip and she did say yes, plus I enjoyed the best grill room afloat - happy days

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« Reply #16 on: Jan 22, 2010, 08:03 PM »
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Cunard arent daft .....just think of the savings on EVERY cruise for not holding Wardroom parties ....captains cabin parties etc.....thats old cruising..its all about new age cruising.....you want to eat in a different place? great   add on $25.....they dont want to be bothered with 'special' parties anymore.... unless you want to PAY for it.......I even think captain cocktails  will scale down as  some of the clientelle cruising now just cant be bothered with it and they are the folks the cruise companies listen to. they arent interested about what happened in the past ....but trade their new wares on that basis.

I tended to think that these special parties were great PR for Cunards loyal passengers, there was nothing nicer than getting all dressed up and off to a party somewhere. The QE2 social scene was alway very kind to me, something l wont ever  forget, and you did meet many and varied interesting people, not to mention friends from previous voyages. It was always nice to think that in those days someone onboard actually took the trouble to be bothered to invite people to such parties.
 
 It seems to me that with QE2 she was the end of an era, the glory of the formal transatlantic crossings, even in the days of the Queen Mary/Queen Elizabeth you still read about the social parties. And now with the new brigade, Carnival, they seem to making Cunard conform to the rest of the fun ships, I always thought Cunard was just a step away from the rest, now it seems they are blending in with the rest, and who wants to pay for a meal in some hyped up onboard restaurant where the celebrity name hangs above the door and that as close as hes probably been in the past 2 month.
 My last view of the Kings Court on an embarkation day was nothing short of a feeding house for the mad, forgive me but the lido was never like that on any of my embarkation days, then again we did have the glorious afternoon tea to look forward to, remind me do they still do such things on the new ships on sailing days.
  It strikes me Cruise princess we saw Cunard at its best in our hey days of cruising, and while it was great back then, now it appears its not so great, BUT Not so great for a great many more which is what the new brand of cruise passenger wants.
 The dress code, years ago would anyone have dared trip the light fantastic on a formal night, in anything other than a formal outfit? Now people have the idea we can dress as we please, Is this really the way we want to be going??     
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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #17 on: Jan 22, 2010, 08:13 PM »
 
The dress code, years ago would anyone have dared trip the light fantastic on a formal night, in anything other than a formal outfit? Now people have the idea we can dress as we please, Is this really the way we want to be going?? 
 

I enjoyed that. I am not a formal person at all... it takes a huge effort to extract me from my jeans and make me wear a skirt or dress -- but on QE2, that was my pleasure every evening! All the nice formal clothes I bought for her over the years, have been hanging in my wardrobe, untouched, since I stepped off her... and are likely to stay there, untouched, for the foreseeable future. Must check whether that wonderful QE2 smell still lingers among them...
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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #18 on: Jan 22, 2010, 08:37 PM »
the formal nights were part of the magic and as yu say Isabelle your wardrobe smells of Qe2....how true!!  It was a magical era and each and every one of us were touched by that magic..millions werent...we have been so lucky....we just wanted it to last forever......


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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #19 on: Jan 22, 2010, 10:57 PM »
For me, too, the formal evenings are part of the attraction.  It just "feels right", if you know what I mean?
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