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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #20 on: Feb 01, 2010, 06:05 PM »
His real cabin, as photographed above, was on the deck immediately under the Bridge.
Outside the cabin's door was a staircase which led to the Bridge.
When I first sailed on the ship the Bridge door (top of that staircase) was always unlocked, if I recall correctly.
Later by early 2000s it was locked and had a numeric pad to open it.  Security considerations had arrived.  Even the Radio room became off limits to passengers
Incidentally, the captain had another cabin (small bedroom) on the starboard side of the bridge,
Oh, and the Captain's steward was called the Tiger Steward.

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« Reply #21 on: Feb 01, 2010, 06:22 PM »
Post No.9 above
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Mrs Perkins was great though, and shared tips with us about how to stand but still be elegant, while holding champagne and canapes!

Hello Rob -
This is interesting...
Will there be a charge for letting us into 'Mrs Perkin's secret'?
Rosie
« Last Edit: Feb 01, 2010, 08:15 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.

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« Reply #22 on: Jun 01, 2010, 03:30 PM »
Hi everyone.

Thanks for the video of Captain Ian McNaught's cabin.  We were very lucky to be invited to a gold & platinum Cocktail party in his cabin in November 2006.  We were sailing from Portsmouth to Fort Lauderdale and then flying home.  Unlike today where you only go up a grade of world clum membership on completling you voyage we were given our gold badge halfway to Fort Lauderdale and since the Gold etc coctail party was to be held after Fort Lauderdale we were invited to the catain's cabin along with about 8 other people so we almost had the captain to ourselves.  I remember telling him I had a website about the QE2 and he insisted I gave him it's address so he could check it out.  When I met him the following day he had already looked at it and gave me his seal of approval.

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« Reply #23 on: Jun 01, 2010, 10:57 PM »
JDL,

In post 11 you wondered if anyone had taken any photos at a wardroom party - see attached. We had a very enjoyable session, the atmosphere was good, the food was excellent, the noise level became very loud as time wore on, and it didn't take long before I could no longer holde the cameera stweady!

Very fortunaytely, it was only eight stepps from the wardy door to our cabin!

Skoll!

Skilly
« Last Edit: Jun 02, 2010, 01:12 AM by skilly56 »

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« Reply #24 on: Jun 02, 2010, 08:44 PM »
Skilly56
 Was this a special party? Great photos as always !!!
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #25 on: Jun 05, 2010, 12:26 AM »
I don't think it was for any special occasion - the wardroom president & committee make the decision of when the 'gatherings' happen - It didn't take too long before the wardroom was nearly at bursting point - a very popular venue.

Skilly

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« Reply #26 on: Jun 06, 2010, 12:37 PM »
Fantastic to see the captain's cabin photos and to hear about the cocktail parties held there.  I was never fortunate enough to be invited to one of these parties but it sounds like it would have been a wonderful experience. I always welcome the invites to the Cunarder World Club and Engineers cocktail parties that are held on QM2 and Queen Victoria as it is a good opportunity to mingle but they are not so exclusive as what has been described here.

I have enjoyed reading about all the experiences posted. 
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

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« Reply #27 on: Jan 27, 2011, 08:17 PM »
I was reading the RCI website which has an interview with a captain who says that the tradition is for the captain's cabin to be behind the bridge starboard side. Am I right in saying on qe2 the cabin is below the bridge midships? If so why was tradition not followed?

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #28 on: Jan 27, 2011, 10:40 PM »
Bigbob - not sure if that was tradition but the Captain's cabin was below the Bridge on Sun Deck. There was a small room with a bed in it on the starboard side of the bridge for use by the Captain. I've posted photos of the Captains Cabin on here.

However... some history about the cabin for those interested:

Early plans for QE2 had the total space which eventually became the Captain’s Cabin divided in half with the starboard side allocated to the Captain’s Day Room (with Captain’s Bedroom aft of the space) and the port side allocated to the Chief Engineer’s Day Room (with his bedroom aft of the space). A separate Sea Cabin for the Captain was to be included aft and opposite the Bedroom.

During Cunard’s first-ever Masters’ Conference in December 1966 (held in Winchester and where it was announced that Captain Warwick would become the new Master of the ship) it was made quite clear that the new company policy dictated that the Master was “supreme on board”. This would result in the upgrading of his accommodation on board the ship to reflect this new status.
 
Managing Director John Whitworth became involved in a plan to re-allocate the entire forward space on Sports Deck to the Captain (something Captain Warwick was in full agreement with). John Whitworth approached Dan Wallace about the change in early 1967 and a formal plan was submitted to the Chairman’s Progress Meeting on 24 January 1967. Dan Wallace was concerned that the shipbuilders may have objected as this space was at the top of the vessel.

The plans were changed. The Captain was given this entire forward space with his Office and Day Room remaining where originally placed and his Bedroom and Bathroom placed in the space originally allocated to the Chief Engineer’s Day Room.

The Chief Engineers was eventually located aft of the port side opposite the Staff Captain – both of these positions were considered to ‘level-peg’ and the design of these two rooms would be the same.


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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #29 on: Mar 05, 2011, 05:38 PM »
Just to pick up on the 'invites fairy' mentioned earlier.  Not quite sure how things worked for the Captain's cocktail party, but for the wardroom parties, all invitations were from the Officers themselves.  So if you had happened to have a good conversation with one of us at some point and we knew who you were, there was a good chance that a wardie invite would head your way.  I loved that system, as it meant that there was a good mix of interesting people - and not necessarily all composed of regular cruisers (although of course many of our regulars were so lovely we invited them anyway!). 
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« Reply #30 on: Jul 23, 2011, 03:58 PM »
His real cabin, as photographed above, was on the deck immediately under the Bridge.
Outside the cabin's door was a staircase which led to the Bridge.
When I first sailed on the ship the Bridge door (top of that staircase) was always unlocked, if I recall correctly.
Later by early 2000s it was locked and had a numeric pad to open it.  Security considerations had arrived.  Even the Radio room became off limits to passengers
Incidentally, the captain had another cabin (small bedroom) on the starboard side of the bridge,
Oh, and the Captain's steward was called the Tiger Steward.
Small correction Captains Tiger.
Cabin off the bridge was called the Captains sea cabin. Most of the time I was on there it was used as a storage room.
Don't forget that when I was on their until Dec 88, ALL Deck officers had to have their Masters liscense, so they were entitled to be Captains in their own right.

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« Reply #31 on: Jul 23, 2011, 04:09 PM »
Regarding Wardroom coctail parties:
I was Wardroom President on 2 occasions.
At the start of the voyage the president would be given a pax list including VIP list. VIP list would include both long time pax, disgruntled pax and celebs.
It was up to the W/R Pres to pick from the lis....but also from invites from individual Officers. The celebs etc were invited to make up the numbers. When I was Pres. The magic number was 80. So if the Officers asked for invites for 40 guests 40 would come from the VIP list. I also used to pick a few names at random. Just to give the no names a little thankyou. I also used to listen to some cabin stewards...They might stop me and say...well this little old lady is just getting over the loss of her husband of 50 years...her kids sent her on a cruise with no friends etc etc...."Come on UP!"
When I greeted them at the W/R door and they said something like " I dont know why I was invited" I would say " Because the Officers wanted you here!"

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« Reply #32 on: Jun 12, 2020, 09:31 PM »
QE2's 8 - 13 May 1994 Southampton to New York crossing was designated as her official Silver Anniversary Crossing to mark the 25th Anniversary of her first crossing to New York (2 - 7 May 1969).

The Central Office of Information sent a photographer (Alan Chandler) on that voyage and below are some portraits he captured - of Commodore Bil Warwick who was sailing with his son Ron. And of Commodore Burton-Hall who was in command that trip.

Hello Michael,

These are Fantastic photos -Thank you so much.

The Captain's Office is stunning - both in design, as well as furnishings.
Please - did it remain exactly how it is here until 2008?
Hoping so - very, very much.
This must have been one of the Best cabin/ rooms at sea - Ever!
The wood - is it genuine paneling varnished, or were the 'wall's given the same treatment as those for example in C stairway on QM2?
The lighting too - that is superb.
Plaques, pictures and The Bell, and the lovely chairs and table,  - are these all catalogued and safe?
It looks as if there may be a ceremonial sword above the bookshelf.

I wonder who designed it - and if it was always the same?
Keeping fingers tightly crossed that none of it has been destroyed.
(PS - No Desktop or anything remotely like it.
PPS - It would be intriguing to know if that was an antique tantalus - can you see it?!

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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« Reply #33 on: Jun 16, 2020, 09:18 AM »
For Rosie:

QE2's overall design co-ordinator, Dennis Lennon, designed the Captains Cabin free of charge as a gift to Cunard. As you can see the cabin originally had a totally different layout with the bedroom off the Dayroom and the Chief Engineer alongside the Dayroom to give him a view out front! That was changed in 1966 to a more compact design and gave only the Captain a forward view.

Here are the respective layouts together with Dennis Lennon's concept and how the cabin looked in 2008.


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« Reply #34 on: Jun 16, 2020, 10:52 AM »
That’s a lovely red dress the captain has  ;D

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Re: The Captain's Cabin (and invites to it)
« Reply #35 on: Jun 16, 2020, 03:43 PM »
From what I could deduce in Dubai, from what I've heard and also seen looking in to the corridor just behind the cabin from the bit beneath the bridge, the captain's cabin is being turned into at least two suites which I think will be somewhere around the penthouse but not grand suite level (top still) in the hotel system's room grade hierarchy. Workers were busy on the area the times I was up there but seemed to be nearing completion.
First sailed on QE2 in August 2003 aged 6 years old. Last stepped foot and sailed on QE2 in July 2008. Last saw the seagoing QE2 in person from the decks of QM2, on QE2's last Transatlantic crossing (Eastbound tandem) in October 2008. Visited QE2, in her new life, in Dubai back in January 2020.

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« Reply #36 on: Jun 16, 2020, 06:44 PM »
Apologies - I thought I'd attached the original layout of the Captains Cabin to my post. I have below (top pic) and reattached the final layout of the room (bottom pic) for easy reference.
« Last Edit: Jun 16, 2020, 06:48 PM by Michael Gallagher »

 

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