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A QE2 Christmas
« on: Dec 08, 2009, 11:29 AM »
Share your memories, photos and videos of the festive period on board QE2
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #1 on: Dec 12, 2009, 12:38 PM »






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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #2 on: Dec 12, 2009, 08:37 PM »

^ what I did to our christmas tree last year. have to say my family was slightly amused. (now I need to think of something else for our tree-topper this year.)

I do have pictures of the Christmas Markets cruise of 2007 - which I'm too lazy to go dig up now so I'll be posting them tomorrow - or soon.

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #3 on: Dec 13, 2009, 02:48 PM »
Before Christmas  - 2006
by Coleman Heald
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - 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: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #4 on: Dec 13, 2009, 03:47 PM »
That's a great wee video, the ship looks magnificent, and stateroom 1051 is very lovely with that big oval first class window - one of my favourites.  Very festive!  I was on board for the same trip one year later.
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Re: Christmas Day aboard QE2
« Reply #5 on: Dec 25, 2009, 11:08 AM »
I had one Christmas Day on QE2, in the Caribbean, 2004
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1310.0.html

This was back-to-back after the Atlantic crossing, QE2's final December crossing.  I had the wonderful cabin 3006, a  large MO single, attended to by who must have been QE2's most lively, nurturing, loving stewardesses.  Unfortunatley I no longer remember her name.

Christmas Day was a "sea day", a glorious warm sunny day on a calm sea.  As twilight approached, we were approaching St. Lucia.  We were not calliing at St. Lucia, but as the sun was setting the view was magnificent, so Captain McNaught gave us a treat and sailed close to the island, pausing as the sun set.

The ship was elegantly decorated, and Santa made an appearance for the children aboard.
This was my first "British" Christmas, and the traditions, the paper crowns, the crackers, Christmas pudding etc. were all new to me. 

Boxing Day found us in Grenada, where I spent the day kayaking, swimming, drinking gallons of rum punch (yum!)
and then coming aboard to the terrible news of the tsunami.

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #6 on: Dec 30, 2009, 07:13 PM »

^ what I did to our christmas tree last year. have to say my family was slightly amused. (now I need to think of something else for our tree-topper this year.)

I do have pictures of the Christmas Markets cruise of 2007 - which I'm too lazy to go dig up now so I'll be posting them tomorrow - or soon.

Hey you could market these tree toppers and sell them from a direct link on the forum!! I know a few who would buy them and Id be first in the queue!!
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #7 on: Dec 31, 2009, 04:14 PM »

^ what I did to our christmas tree last year. have to say my family was slightly amused. (now I need to think of something else for our tree-topper this year.)

I do have pictures of the Christmas Markets cruise of 2007 - which I'm too lazy to go dig up now so I'll be posting them tomorrow - or soon.

this is sooooo lovely"!!  you could market this and have a direct link from the forum...i would be first in the queue,,,its fab..how did you do it>?  i want one!!

Meantime here is my fave ornament on the tree....Always has to be placed right in the centre,.....purchased on board a few years ago....
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #8 on: Dec 31, 2009, 05:38 PM »
this is sooooo lovely"!!  you could market this and have a direct link from the forum...i would be first in the queue,,,its fab..how did you do it>?  i want one!!

Meantime here is my fave ornament on the tree....Always has to be placed right in the centre,.....purchased on board a few years ago....
I made that tree topper from paper, cardboard and the whole thing was attatched to my tree with craft wire.

I've been thinking of making similar tree toppers out of shrinkable plastic which would probably be more durable. So maybe Christmas 2010 will see a new QE2 tree topper.

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #9 on: Jan 01, 2010, 11:43 PM »
That's a superb you tube clip, it really reminds me of the last trip I had on her in December 2002 -  just sad to think that the life and atmosphere shown is no longer present in her. 

It's also great to see the slight variations in staterooms, my wife and I were in either 1071 or 2071- (my memory is failing me at this late hour) certain aspects of our room were quite different.

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Christmas onboard QE2
« Reply #10 on: Dec 06, 2010, 09:10 PM »
Service life  1969-2008, there were a lot of Christmasses there, we all feel something just that bit extra at Christmas, just what was it like being on QE2 at this really special time? was it extra magical? where did they keep all the decs & trees was there a special hold or were they loaded in November or sometime?

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #11 on: Dec 07, 2010, 09:36 PM »
How nice the ship must have been during that time of year.  If I only had a time machine...

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #12 on: Dec 07, 2010, 11:10 PM »
Malcolm, during QE2's final World Cruise, was on board and wrote this in his diary :

Christmas and New Year onboard a ship are quite unlike anything you would have on land. Ashore the Christmas holidays start mid-December and run until the first week of January. Afloat it is nothing like that. Although there are Christmas decorations about the ship Christmas doesn't really begin until dinner on the 24th and is over by Boxing Day. There's none of the hassle about last minute presents so a port on Christmas Eve makes a nice day. When that port is in bright sunshine it's even better :)

and then, there was this on Christmas Day :

One thing a lot of people have commented on is the standard and number of decorations. It was a Gala buffet yesterday evening. There was a Christmas Tree in the Lido that we had been told about and had thought that the people who told us (Andrew and Jayne) had been exaggerating. They hadn't! It had a short length of tinsel and about five decorations haphazardly drapped on it. It looked as if a five year old had done it in about five minutes with no outside help.

And lots of answers about Christmas on board in response to Cunardqueen's questions, here :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,543.msg6308.html#msg6308

I wonder was anyone here on board at Christmas time and attended the Interdenominational Service? Was it like an ordinary Sunday Service or was it a bit special? Maybe there was none at all... just as, on Sundays in port, no Service is held.

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« Reply #13 on: Dec 26, 2010, 12:32 PM »
Its that time of year, But has anyone spent Christmas on QE2, how do they make it special and is any thing done differently from the norm, what about Boxing day also??
 A great chance to share some QE2 festive tales ;D
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Christmas party
« Reply #14 on: Feb 02, 2011, 12:56 PM »
Christmas party in the T.O.W kitchen ,,alway's felt sorry for the chef's who had to clean the kitchen after the party which usually went on till about 5 am then turn to straight away ! recognise anyone ?front left is john davies when a mere waiter ! I 'm in there somewhere !!
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Re: Christmas party
« Reply #15 on: Feb 02, 2011, 01:03 PM »
Yes those parties the good old days sadly with time they all faded away

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Re: Christmas party
« Reply #16 on: Feb 02, 2011, 09:54 PM »
I've taken the liberty of applying fade correction - photo re-attached!
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QE2 christmas card
« Reply #17 on: Feb 14, 2011, 06:01 PM »
 just found this , a QE2 christmas card from 1974
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #19 on: Aug 11, 2011, 12:53 AM »
In the early days, the Cruise Staff used to decorate the ship....Cunard decided to get a proffesional company to do it. The first time was a Carib cruise and the decorators came on in NY and would get off in PE.


They did the Queens Room first. Over 2000 styrafoam snowflakes hanging down. Captains coctail party, the ship hit a "lump in the water, during the captains speech...like a blizzard of styrafoam



Pax loved it..."Welcome to the QE2"

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #20 on: Aug 11, 2011, 12:10 PM »
I seem to remember reading somewhere that out there in the big old world is a company that decorates ships for Christmas..
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #21 on: Dec 01, 2011, 04:19 PM »
A QE2 Christmas


Sadly, when that pic was taken,  she didn't forsee that three ships would come sailing in to dethrone her.  ???
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #22 on: Dec 31, 2011, 02:41 PM »
Thank you for this menu, Louis. I love this sort of look at the QE2 I never knew!

The sorbets all look very tempting. I am sure I would have gone for one of those... in addition to too much else, of course  ;D .

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #23 on: Dec 31, 2011, 03:05 PM »
Isabelle the Grilled Fillet of Dover Sole was a must

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #24 on: Dec 31, 2011, 03:34 PM »
Isabelle the Grilled Fillet of Dover Sole was a must

I am pretty sure that would have been one of my choices. I just loved all the fish dishes on QE2!

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #25 on: Dec 06, 2013, 04:45 PM »
Since Christmas is fast approaching and our beloved QE2 is so far away, perhaps we can bring her closer still in our minds and in our hearts by sharing more memories of Christmas aboard QE2.
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #26 on: Dec 06, 2013, 05:48 PM »
She used to have her own Christmas cards....


Absolutely beautiful !!....Forever Queen of the Seas !!
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #27 on: Dec 08, 2013, 05:16 AM »
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #28 on: Dec 16, 2015, 06:59 PM »
Since Christmas is fast approaching, does anyone have any newly found photos to add to "A QE2 Christmas" ?   :)
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #30 on: Dec 14, 2016, 02:41 PM »
What a fantastic reminder of Christmas on QE2.  Maybe these photos could be entered into the December photo competition "Night time on QE2"
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #31 on: Dec 14, 2016, 03:34 PM »
These photos are indeed marvelous and bring back wonderful remembrances of our QE2 !  Just viewing the photos creates a feeling of warmth and welcoming ! 

These would be wonderful if they could be entered in the "Night time on QE2" photo competition !

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« Reply #32 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:41 PM »
Anyone of the chosen few seen this years Cunard Christmas Card. It has what appears either  a Raindeer or Bambi on the cover and the Cunard Red/Orange strip on the base..Dare i say its not very shippy.. well perhaps it is shippy but in a different sense  :o

The Cunarder mag is also out but l do wonder what of the Diamond Year Book..
I would phone them and ask why they havent sent last year or this year but at 4p a minute l might be on the line a long time giving them my thoughts.. ;)
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #33 on: Dec 14, 2016, 09:46 PM »
Wonderful cards, Myles !  Our QE2 in Dubai needs a Christmas tree !  And better Santa than me climbing all the way up the ladder to the funnel !   ;D
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #34 on: Dec 15, 2016, 07:10 AM »
Wonderful cards, Myles !  Our QE2 in Dubai needs a Christmas tree !  And better Santa than me climbing all the way up the ladder to the funnel !   ;D

I remember our astonishment in 2009 when the crew put a tree on her mast when we asked. Happy days. 
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It's getting to be that time !   :)

Oh my goodness those photos bring back some powerful memories of a wonderful, fun, exciting pre Christmas trip on QE2. What I'd give to do that again.
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #36 on: Dec 15, 2016, 05:13 PM »
What would we give if all of us could go back in time to the time in the photos !

I wonder if someone out there could please put a tree on QE2's bow or mast ?
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #37 on: Dec 15, 2016, 07:42 PM »
I know it's been covered before, but, I really, REALLY don't get it how so many zillions of people who travelled with QE2  seem blisfully unaware  or dare I say it indifferent as to her fate these last 8 years. Christmas with QE2 as she was, oh how I wish :'( :(.

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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #38 on: Dec 15, 2016, 07:51 PM »
Attached photos of :-

Christmas wreaths over the quarter deck arches.

Merry Christmas This Is The Kids Club!

A tree in the Crystal Bar
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Re: A QE2 Christmas
« Reply #39 on: Dec 20, 2016, 11:36 PM »
Wonderful cards, Myles !  Our QE2 in Dubai needs a Christmas tree !  And better Santa than me climbing all the way up the ladder to the funnel !   ;D

I remember our astonishment in 2009 when the crew put a tree on her mast when we asked. Happy days.

See post #53 0nwards!
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Dear Rob
As part of a very sincere thank you, and Good Wishes for a Merry Christmas and Great Hogmanay,
here's something special - we all smiled on the day you posted it,
and hopefully many happy memories of QE2 will carry on for many years to come.
Thank you again, and again -
QE2 and ourselves, we owe you so much gratitude for keeping your steady hand on the tiller
Rosie
« Last Edit: Dec 20, 2016, 11:43 PM by Twynkle »
QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for what seemed like ages...Please don't leave her looking more like a Hotel-with-a-Hull than the greatest Liner afloat - Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.