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Offline Louis De Sousa

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What do you miss ?
« on: Mar 14, 2010, 04:56 PM »
The QE2 has long stopped sailing the seven seas and most of us have come down to terms about that.Most of us on this forum had a trip on her, some with many days ( like me lol ) and some with less days.

When we look back at those trips and all the good memories we had, i have to ask what do you miss about her now that she is "gone" ?

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #1 on: Mar 14, 2010, 05:00 PM »
I miss her with all her style and sleek crossing the Atlantic in heavy seas.Doing what she was build for.

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #2 on: Mar 14, 2010, 10:02 PM »
I miss her with all her style and sleek crossing the Atlantic in heavy seas.Doing what she was build for.

Louis, did you ever feel tempted to go back and sail on her again, as either crew or passenger? Did you go and visit her in port when she called in to Hamburg or Lisbon or Funchal? If so, what was such an encounter like for you?

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #3 on: Mar 15, 2010, 10:42 AM »
I miss her elegance....., her wonderful welcome aboard.. her smell!...her BRITISHNESS....  Being escorted to my cabin and wondering what it will be like as they were all so very different.  I miss having a porthole in my cabin...so I know I'm on a ship..I miss lying in bed at night watching the reflection of the sea on the ceiling and the conversations I had with her at night whilst  she creaked her away across the ocean.

I miss having my  cooked breakfast brought in by my cabin steward..WITHOUT having to get up and open the door in my nightie...they came in and opened the curtains said good morning and left....it was so civilised.  Now its a different waiter from the restaurant  every morning and you have to get up and open the door...( a small thing but it all adds up).

I miss  always being called by  my name and  escorted to my table in the restaurant EVERY night and my chair pulled out for me. I can count on one hand the amount of times that has ever happened on another ship.  I miss walking along that wonderful Quarter deck in the morning sometimes taking till lunchtime to reach the Lido as you always stopped and chatted to fellow passengers... ' todays cruisers ' now tend to live in their own space...and ships now are too big to have such a lovely deck as this where most people would gather in the mornings....    I miss being served my cup of tea in the lido by such happy wonderful crew...now I have to go and get it myself....this is not good...specially if late at night and you are all dressed up....


I miss standing out by the stern watching that most wonderful wake and the power I feel beneath me....sometimes almost at 32 knots..there is no other feeling quite like it. 

I miss the doilies!! They were on everything from under your cup on your saucer to your breakfast pastries in your cabin...

I miss that wonderful whistle....there is no sound quite like it anywhere in the world...you know its QE2!

I miss the friendliness of her crew.. meeting them around the ship and being recognised  by name and told nice to see you again!!  .This was their home and they were so proud of it...

I miss her distinguished Captains...we always felt safe on QE2 with a true Cunard captain at the helm.

I miss a decent voyage...the 2011 itineraries are out today...I don't know why I bothered to look they are always the same...the only long voyages being the round trip Eastern seaboard  AGAIN...whoever makes these up suffers a severe lack of imagination. i think they hit copy and paste from the previoius years brochure..the others are the norm...7 to 14 nights to the med or canaries with Norway in the summer. the round trip to the caribbean every Xmas,  the awful 2 or 3 night party cruises.....the exceptions being the World cruises of course and QV to Hawaii...but these are fly cruises not line voyages. ...something else that has sadly faded into the past....

I just miss everything about QE2...perhaps we have been spoiled over the years...there is just nothing out there to compare to her....she enveloped me into her world....and I loved her for that she made me feel so very very special.......I just want to have that feeling back again..

QE2 wasn;t 'just' as ship....she was a way of life.

She was my  best friend
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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #4 on: Mar 15, 2010, 11:27 AM »
Beautifully written... and you've whisked me off to a morning stroll along the sunlit Quarter Deck by those lovely big windows... the sea never out of sight for a moment.
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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #5 on: Mar 15, 2010, 11:39 AM »
I agree with Rob... beautifully written! Feeling very nostalgic now...

You took me all the way back to that special place, under the two small cranes, feeling her propellers throb, looking aft at her powerful wake... and the sky and the clouds... and very often the most gorgeous sunsets... And, turning round again, to look at her beautiful superstructure, one deck above the other, with the funnel towering over it all, emitting its trail of smoke, and the passengers enjoying a conversation, a swim, a game of golf practice, or just, like me, looking around and enjoying the scene...

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #6 on: Mar 15, 2010, 12:27 PM »
Very well put - I miss everything about her too.
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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #7 on: Mar 15, 2010, 03:41 PM »
I miss the feeling of knowing that you were onboard the most famous ship in the world and that she had earned that status. I miss walking along the boat deck and climbing to the vantage point just below the bridge and watching her long elegant forecastle effortlessly glide through the seas and at the same time being braced with a bracing wind but that added to the experience. I miss hearing the horn and I miss the QE2 in general.
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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #8 on: Mar 16, 2010, 07:22 AM »
I miss getting up really early to watch her enter Auckland Harbour, and then if I could, watching her leave in the evening. O I just miss every inch of her.

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #9 on: Mar 16, 2010, 02:28 PM »
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Louis, did you ever feel tempted to go back and sail on her again, as either crew or passenger?

No

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Did you go and visit her in port when she called in to Hamburg or Lisbon or Funchal? If so, what was such an encounter like for you?

No.When i worked on her she was my home for 3 months when i was on leave and she was in "town" i used to avoid see her.After i left the ship in 1998 i never saw her again, i had the chance but i just couldnt.

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #10 on: Mar 16, 2010, 06:07 PM »
I miss being on deck talking to other passengers.  The more modern ships with a high percentage of balconies encourage people to stay in their cabins rather than gettin up on deck.  I miss the sail aways which always seemed like a special occasion.  I miss the sound of her whistle - there is nothing to compare.  I miss the attention to detail in the restaurants and how nothing was too much bother for the staff.  I miss afternoon tea in the Queens room.  I miss walking around the ship.  I miss everything about her. 


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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #11 on: Mar 16, 2010, 06:45 PM »
Oh dear.... I miss everything about her....but a couple of things stand out..... sitting in the back of the Lido feeling the throb of the propellers under you...... walking by the shops up on boat deck and hearing the china and the windows clinking... and of course that beautiful whistle of hers..... there is no ship's whistle like it... it was such a deep baritone....(I still can't quite figure out QM2's whistle)..

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #12 on: Mar 16, 2010, 07:06 PM »
Cruise Princess - thank you for starting me off on a trip down memory lane!

I miss being on deck talking to other passengers.  The more modern ships with a high percentage of balconies encourage people to stay in their cabins rather than gettin up on deck.  I miss the sail aways which always seemed like a special occasion. 

Lynda - I completely agree with you about missing talking to other passengers in the shared 'public areas'.
I loved recogising famillar faces on the 'bit under the bridge' enjoying the spectacle of arrivals and departure times - the photographers and ship geeks jostling ever so politely for prime positions to capture the moments for posterity. Or those just waiting for the wondrous whistle to announce her presence where everyone one would fall silent to listen in appreciation. Even if no conversations ensued, just the feeling of a shared moment and recognising the reason behind their smiles.
 
I do agree about balconies encouraging people to stay within their own little space. I don't know about anyone else but I've been far more reticent to poke my head around a balcony and strike up a conversation than I ever was when it came to being in close proximity to other passengers out on deck.

So many little things that I miss - the very first glimpse upon arrival and then exploring the room that would be home for a short while, favourite places; whether that be the preferred sun lounger position, a favourite table in one of the bars or spot in the Queens Room for afternoon tea, the wonderful way the cabin stewards would manage to work their magic and somehow 'improve' on the way I had left the cabin (even though I tried so hard to be neat they always had a way oy doing it better!), the gentle movement and creaks rocking you to sleep - to hell with chill out music and whale noises; I'd love to have that on an iPod to lull me to sleep after a long day  ;D
So many things......

Silly little routines - making my way to the champagne bar to shimmy up the steps into PG for dinner (regardless of where I'd found myself beforehand!), favourite routes around the ship to get to different places, making sure I didn't look at the dinner menu earlier on in the day and dealing with the dilemma of what delights to choose later on, being wowed by the perfect presentation on the plate and not wanting to spoil the artistic creation (desserts especially) but being unable to resist nonetheless  :-[

I think overall, the feeling of being a part of something special - treated like a princess I think - but at the same time, just feeling so much 'at home' onboard.

Nostalgia overload here I'm afraid. No apologies - I'm sure you all understand  ;)
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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #13 on: Mar 27, 2010, 01:36 AM »
I miss being onboard a real craftsman made in Britain ship with lovely open decks,  with beauty that turned peoples heads wherever she went.Allin all  I miss everything about her and thats no exaggeration.

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #14 on: Mar 27, 2010, 10:55 AM »
I do miss everything about her but one example i would like to share is sitting in the golden lion pub having drinks after dinner and listening to either bernie or patrick patton playing the piano. I do keep in contact with patrick aswell.

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #15 on: Apr 13, 2010, 11:40 PM »
I also miss having a nice soft drink in the Yacht Club after a show and just relaxing and knowing that I was on a great ship.
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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #16 on: Apr 17, 2010, 10:37 PM »
Having just come off a nearly new big plastic ship and surviving a near the end of it all experience, I miss being on a safe, properly run and navigated ship, where you never had to worry about your safety ! Bring her back PLEASE

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #17 on: Apr 18, 2010, 06:21 PM »
Having just come off a nearly new big plastic ship and surviving a near the end of it all experience, I miss being on a safe, properly run and navigated ship, where you never had to worry about your safety ! Bring her back PLEASE

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #18 on: Apr 18, 2010, 10:52 PM »
On a very large modern ship last week while entering  tunis in perfect weather, no wind, no swell, blazing sun infact ideal conditions ship suddenly took a sharp turn to starboard (i think) then kept  leaning to starboard the swimming pools emptied along with the swimmers, and for us lucky ones leaning against the huge glass windows, you could see the sea getting closser and closser, acording to an ex navy man who was in his cabin at the time she went over 30 degrees some senior crew said it was closeer to 40. All I know it was impossible to move or climb the angle of the deck. worst thing was there were people so terrified, they were phoning their famillies to say goodbye  it stayed at this alarming agle for quite along time and all through this no announcement or explanation from the bridge ! Thats only the very shortest version doesnt really paint the picture clearly but, its taking too much space up on here as it is. Sorry to drone on .

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #19 on: Apr 18, 2010, 11:14 PM »
Andy - So good that you made it back here!
Sounds as if would have been simply terrifying, even with announcements.
By the way - that was no droning on!

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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #20 on: Apr 18, 2010, 11:15 PM »
May one enquire as to what the name of the offending vessel was?
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Re: What do you miss ?
« Reply #21 on: Apr 18, 2010, 11:49 PM »
Its the lack of no word from the bridge l wouldnt like, You really need to keep the passengers informed to avoid panic, but it does sound frightning ! 
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