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Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« on: Feb 08, 2010, 05:01 PM »
Hello

My name is Steven Adler and I worked aboard the QE2 from 1981-1985.

I was a waiter for most of that time in the Queens Grill under Ron Pitcher (The Lord) as Restaurant Manager. I have fond memories of those days and have remained in contact with a few ex-QE2 crew members including Kevin Dunn, Jeremy Leatherbarrow, Gary Marsh, Stuart Barton(DJ), Maggie O'Donnell(Croupier) and Paul (The Printer) Tennant who has very recently sadly passed away.

I have posted some short video clips featuring the crew and passengers on board the QE2 at this link:- https://www.youtube.com/user/adl21er Please feel free to rate and leave comments on these videos

I am also in contact with Scott Becker and have contributed to his QE2 website with photos and text:-
http://www.rmsqueenelizabeth2.com/index.html

Anyone who remembers me or some of the other names in my list then I would love to hear from you...

Let's keep the QE2 flag flying :)
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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #1 on: Feb 08, 2010, 05:45 PM »

Hello Steven

I was a crewmember too from 90-98, glad you found your way here.
Feel free you post any stories on the Crew & Worker Memories Board.
I invite you read my blog at

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,404.0.html

Have a good time here

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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #2 on: Feb 08, 2010, 06:32 PM »
Welcome Steven!  Great to have you here!

Are you able to post a link here to some of your photos on Scott's excellent site?
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« Reply #3 on: Feb 09, 2010, 05:50 AM »
hello steven
 worked with you many years ago on qe2 .Also live in dorset,What ever happened to the lord.

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« Reply #4 on: Feb 09, 2010, 06:25 PM »
Hello Steven and Welcome, too!

Hopefully you will find lots here that will be of interest to you!
Like Rob has mentioned - it would be great to see some pics,
if you are able to share them with us here on The QE2 Story!
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: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #5 on: Feb 19, 2010, 11:38 AM »
A selection of video clips taken on board the QE2 during the 1984 World Cruise. A lot of them feature the crew so see if you can see yourself. I was on board as a Queen's Grill Waiter at the time and have make a "small" appearance. Any comments would be much appreciated and please spread the word.......

Link to videos here :- https://www.youtube.com/adl21er
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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #6 on: Feb 19, 2010, 11:55 AM »
Hi there,

We all know & love Scott's site, but I was wondering if you could link directly to your photos there - I couldn't find them when I went looking for them...

Love the Whickers world stuff - Dad made us watch it when it was on telly the first time to show us the ship that he kept jetting off to around the world (i was 10 i suppose) and it is ingrained in my memory - and may well have been what set me off on my QE2 journey that leads me here!

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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #7 on: Feb 24, 2010, 11:39 AM »
As promised some old photos from my time on board in the 1980's. Hope you can recognise a few people. Comments welcome....






I'm the one with the moustache on the far left as you look on the third photo and at the back in the Queen's Grill group photo in the 4th photo.....

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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #8 on: Feb 24, 2010, 12:07 PM »
Memories eh? I didn't know many crew from 'topside' but the chef on the far left in the second photo I recognise.
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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #9 on: Feb 24, 2010, 02:30 PM »
Think his name was Rob. Terry Greenhouse is the other chef with the bottle to his mouth. All from the Queen's Grill

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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #10 on: Feb 24, 2010, 03:00 PM »
Steve, in your photo why is there a tender half lowered when that is the side against the quay?

Chef named Rob - wouldn't be from Glasgow by any chance?  Used to be in contact with a chef from Glasgow named Rob Mc...... ( can't remember the surname! ); he made a name for himself on the e-Bay forums a few years ago.  Wondering if it could be him???
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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #11 on: Feb 24, 2010, 04:58 PM »
Good question about the tender.... unless they were carrying out repairs? This guy wasn't Scottish and I'm not sure it's Rob ???

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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #12 on: Feb 24, 2010, 05:03 PM »
A selection of video clips taken on board the QE2 during the 1984 World Cruise. A lot of them feature the crew so see if you can see yourself. I was on board as a Queen's Grill Waiter at the time and have make a "small" appearance. Any comments would be much appreciated and please spread the word.......

Link to videos here :- https://www.youtube.com/adl21er

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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #13 on: Feb 24, 2010, 05:07 PM »
A selection of video clips taken on board the QE2 during the 1984 World Cruise. A lot of them feature the crew so see if you can see yourself. I was on board as a Queen's Grill Waiter at the time and have make a "small" appearance. Any comments would be much appreciated and please spread the word.......

Link to videos here :- https://www.youtube.com/adl21er


Steven, are these the same as the ones you refer to in Reply 5 above and in these two messages :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,149.msg18066.html#msg18066
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1027.msg18065.html#msg18065

I am really enjoying the clips -- particularly since I never had the chance to see the film when it made its original appearance. Thank you for having prepared them for YouTube and made them available to us!

Do you have great memories of Alan Whicker and his team on board? The way he comes across in the clips, he must have been quite a personality! Was he dining in the Queen's Grill, and were you his waiter?
« Last Edit: Feb 24, 2010, 05:13 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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« Reply #14 on: Feb 24, 2010, 05:49 PM »
Hi Steven,

Thank you very much for posting these.
Did you have to do special training in another restaurant, before working in the Queens Grill - 
Or maybe,  did you go there straight away when you started on QE2?
It looks as if it could have been good fun as well as very, very hard work!
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 #15 on: Feb 24, 2010, 06:45 PM »
Steven, are these the same as the ones you refer to in Reply 5 above and in these two messages :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,149.msg18066.html#msg18066
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,1027.msg18065.html#msg18065

I am really enjoying the clips -- particularly since I never had the chance to see the film when it made its original appearance. Thank you for having prepared them for YouTube and made them available to us!

Do you have great memories of Alan Whicker and his team on board? The way he comes across in the clips, he must have been quite a personality! Was he dining in the Queen's Grill, and were you his waiter?

Sorry yes but I added some more today :)

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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #16 on: Feb 24, 2010, 06:53 PM »
Hi Steven,

Thank you very much for posting these.
Did you have to do special training in another restaurant, before working in the Queens Grill - 
Or maybe,  did you go there straight away when you started on QE2?
It looks as if it could have been good fun as well as very, very hard work!
Rosie


I was lucky that I started in the Columbia restaurant for 2 months and then I was asked to be relief Captain's tiger serving Capt. Ridley. All went well for that month and because of my previous experience working in 4/5 star hotels shoreside I was asked by the F&B manager to go to put in for the Queens Grill. I didn't however go straight in and spent 2 months as a bedroom steward looking after the entertainers on 5 deck.

I moved to the Queens Grill and loved it there so much....here I am with two of my passengers and my great working partner Terry (the silver fox) Dowding



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« Reply #17 on: Feb 24, 2010, 07:19 PM »
Er....Captain's tiger... ??!!!!

Thanks Steven - and really hoping that you won't mind a few questions from this curious lower-deck inhabitant!
I would guess that the Queens Grill would be a very sort of exacting place to work
and bet the hours were long too!
Was there a time when Guests were expected to have finished eating in the evening?
'Spose it could have been an 18+hour working day with no days off!
Rosie
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Re: Steven Adler, QE2 Waiter, Queen's Grill 1981-1985
« Reply #18 on: Feb 24, 2010, 07:30 PM »
Captain's Tiger is the nickname used for the Captain's personal steward.

Working in Queen's Grill could be long hours depending on what time your customers (punters as we used to call them) came in for their meals. Their choice was endless and they were used to a very high class of service. If they wanted to sit there till 1.00am then they did!! although our Restaurant manager had a way of moving them into the lounge for coffee and liqueurs/brandies etc.

I loved my time in the Queen's Grill and will treasure the memories working with my colleagues:-


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« Reply #19 on: Feb 24, 2010, 08:33 PM »
Who is the  Maitre D pictured second on the left with the glasses. He featured in the Fast Boat to china programme and always struck me as a fearsome devil, well he came across that way the progrmme. It looks like he ran the Grill on a very strict basis.
 Great to see some pics the passengers wouldnt normally see, keep em coming..and the stories as well.
Perhaps indeed we should have an Alan Whicker section!!!
Would be interesting to hear if he and his crew paid full price or perhaps had a discount, the publicity of that mini series must have paid Cunard more than they can ever imagine, and its still being talked about after all this time ;D, now thats publicity !!!
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!