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QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« on: Feb 21, 2009, 06:22 PM »
*AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic

Absolutely STUNNING from Andreas Busecke

http://andreas-drbusecke.magix.net/

To watch that BEAUTIFUL perfectly designed hull cut smooth and gracefully through the swells is a joy to behold.

(there's 2 videos).

OK I admit, that just brought tears to my eyes...
« Last Edit: Nov 16, 2009, 08:57 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #1 on: Feb 21, 2009, 06:34 PM »
What a stunning video!

Brought memories back so vividly... thank you!

As Ian McNaught said on our last day on the Atlantic, in September lat year... she had been (and we with her)...

"... on the Atlantic, where she belongs..."

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #2 on: Feb 22, 2009, 10:39 AM »
Wow - thanks for posting Rob.  She slices through the swells with graceful ease and no trouble whatsoever.  She should be out there, doing what she does best.  Brought back many memories.
Gill

Offline Chris Frame

Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #3 on: Feb 22, 2009, 12:50 PM »
She is magnificent... absolutely magnificent!

I think we can surely say that the North Atlantic Ocean will never, ever, see a ship the likes of QE2 again.

Thank you for sharing!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #4 on: Feb 22, 2009, 05:00 PM »
Truly AWSOME!
And the camera person was also pitching etc too!
Thanks for sharing, Rob
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.

Offline R80OOP

Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #5 on: Feb 23, 2009, 04:00 PM »
and she looks so graceful as the angry sea throws its mighty wrath at her - as you say, on the Atlantic and loving it !!every moment - bet she was like a puppy once more!!

Offline Andy F

Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #6 on: Feb 23, 2009, 04:58 PM »
Truly amazing film and still shots of her doing exactly what she was built to do!  Thanks Rob and a great find!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #7 on: Feb 23, 2009, 10:12 PM »
To follow the QE2 and see her going up and down on her way through the waves - that was quite a tremendous experience for me.
In the Moment I heard about the last Tandem-Crossing, I was shure, to take part in this event - but onboard QE2 or QM2...? I decided to take the last opportunity to watch the QE2 crossing the atlantic... it was the right choice! It's such a beautiful ship.

Andreas Busecke

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #8 on: Feb 23, 2009, 10:21 PM »
Have i read this correctly Hamburger, that you are indeed Andreas?  If so, then your photographs/video are absolutely stunning!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #9 on: Feb 24, 2009, 03:52 PM »
Those of us on QE2 all at some stage agreed that those on QM2 did have the better view, And surprisingly we all wished ,only for a moment mindyou, that we were onboard QM2 to be able to see QE2 in all her glory, the only annoying thing was the weather, it was just so calm.
 I was on my knees most nights praying for a bit of rough action....
 We suffered more on the Round UK, namely when we turned the corner to head for Ireland, and even that l felt was very tame.
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #10 on: Feb 24, 2009, 05:54 PM »
To follow the QE2 and see her going up and down on her way through the waves - that was quite a tremendous experience for me.
In the Moment I heard about the last Tandem-Crossing, I was shure, to take part in this event - but onboard QE2 or QM2...? I decided to take the last opportunity to watch the QE2 crossing the atlantic... it was the right choice! It's such a beautiful ship.

Andreas Busecke

Willkommen, Andreas! What a pleasure to have you among us! I am really looking forward to hearing more about how you followed QE2 over the years to get those stunning photos...

Hope you'll enjoy our company -- we're having a lot of fun here  :D

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #11 on: Feb 24, 2009, 10:34 PM »

Andreas - thank you!

It's great that you managed to get amazing shots as it looks as if QM2 was pretty rocky too!

Looking forward to hearing more!
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: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #12 on: Feb 27, 2009, 08:05 PM »
I was on my knees most nights praying for a bit of rough action....

Easy Tiger!  Know what you mean though Myles about being on QM2, albeit for a fleeting moment, just to watch QE2 doing just what she was designed to do.
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Re: Thinking about rough seas....?
« Reply #13 on: Apr 07, 2009, 05:26 AM »
I can relate to the story from Kev re the rough seas - on my first trip across the Atlantic on the QE2 we had the pleasure ( for me anyway!) of sailing into a force 9/10 gale for 24 hours - never seen waves as big in my life. I remember Capt McNaught making a similar announcement about the QE2 being the finest and best ship a float to cope with such conditions. My one abiding memory of this voyage is getting dressed fo the evening dinner with my wife - we went to the Chart room for a pre dinner cocktail ( as was our usual practice) when my wife started to feel unwell - i escorted her back to the cabin and stayed with her for a while ( i kept my self amused watching the waves come past our port holes) before she settled down - she claimed the motion when she layed down rocked her to sleep - one miniute you felt like you were floating on air, the next you were pinned to the bed - wonderful.
I then went back to eat in the restuarant and found myself in the company of very few other passengers - you certainly had very good service that night on the ship - there were very few people around in any of the bars - i dont think Cunard made much money that night!
Having said that it was a wondeful experience to appreciate what a superb ship the QE2 was in such conditions - i suppose i am lucky that the motion of a ship pitching and rolling doesn't affect me - as has been noted it will be interesting to see how the new QE copes in bad weather - i might find out next November when she sails twice across the bay of Biscay!

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Re: Thinking about rough seas....?
« Reply #14 on: Apr 07, 2009, 01:28 PM »
yes the Bay of Biscay seems to be a challenge for a lot of vessels and it will be interesting to see how the Cunard fleet compares to others, thoughb I'm given to understand that QM2 has less roll and pitch than most.
I remember the Plymouth Santander Brittany service across Biscay in the early 80s being one hell of a crossing with vehicles breaking their chains in an 11-12 onboard the old Armorique but she got us there. I hear the maiden voyage in Feb09 of the new Armorique was cancelled to passengers due to the weather-that's progress!

meanwhile-don't watch this unless you really want to---don't fancy this particular cruise.
 

Offline Andy F

Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #15 on: Apr 07, 2009, 11:40 PM »
I had a similar experience Kev many years ago involving a British Rail cross channel ferry (remember them?) and a steak & kidney pudding. I still bear the emotional scars to this day lol!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #16 on: Apr 08, 2009, 12:08 AM »
And from the QE2 bridge incase you havent seen it....


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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #17 on: Apr 08, 2009, 08:28 AM »
Compared to the other ship you showed (Voyager) the QE2 looks as if she was enjoying herself immensely. Poor Voyager was rolling her guts out - truely a voyage into hell!! Incidently, I cannot find Voyager in the 2008 Berlitz Cruise Guide, so has she been withdrawn since.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #18 on: Apr 08, 2009, 02:11 PM »
Absolutely fantastic videos and photos. I too was on the QM2 on the eastbound tandem, wonderful memories from New York, across and then the rendezvous. At the rendezvous my sniffing came over loud and clear on my camcorder recording, didn't have a spare hand to wipe away the tears!!!!
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Offline caledonia

Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #19 on: Apr 13, 2009, 10:57 AM »
What superb footage that is of the QE2 doing what she does best! - she was undoubtbly at home onm the atalntic ploughing through the waves. I too was on the very last tranasatlantic croosing fromN

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« Reply #20 on: Apr 15, 2009, 06:36 AM »
I'm feeling very nostalgic today...

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5-Deck Porthole - you can hear her making way!

Final Australian Departure (I'm up there somewhere under the Bridge):

Nice Interior Walk about:

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Re: In her Element
« Reply #21 on: Apr 15, 2009, 09:54 AM »
I'm up there somewhere under the Bridge

Isn't it odd the way you remember where you were? We were somewhere at the stern of Boat Deck :)

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Re: In her Element
« Reply #22 on: Apr 15, 2009, 10:06 AM »
Nice Interior Walk about:

And we went for our honeymoon aboard the day the videographer got off :)

Offline Andy F

Re: In her Element
« Reply #23 on: Apr 15, 2009, 10:32 AM »
Thanks Chris and one can never tire of seeing shots like this.
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Re: In her Element
« Reply #24 on: Apr 15, 2009, 05:58 PM »
Yes!  Thanks for posting them.  I've always wanted to see out a port hole as it dipped below the surface.  And, I was surprised that even on video while hearing her voice (whistle) I still felt that deep upswell of emotions that I always did when onboard!

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Re: In her Element
« Reply #25 on: Apr 15, 2009, 08:08 PM »
Fantastic Chris! I could just be in our 5 deck room right now. I never managed to have the camcorder ready when we submerged and people didnt believe me so here's the proof!

Offline Stowaway2k

Re: In her Element
« Reply #26 on: Apr 16, 2009, 05:13 PM »


5-Deck Porthole - you can hear her making way!




That video was taken in my cabin, 5158, during QE2's final Atlantic Cabin Cavalcade.
The Cavalcade came to a standstill as people were mesmerized by the view of the "washing machine" effect.

I loved it.  What a blast to be on 5 Deck, I only wish the seas were higher, and I was amazed and so happy that our dead-light was kept open throughout the crossing.  I kept waiting for the steward to come in and shut it, which likely would have happend had the seas been higher, and was ready to suddenly find our cabin to be an "inside"

Here is more that I shot myself, that you've probably seen already... so enjoy it again...   ;)

 



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Re: In her Element
« Reply #27 on: Apr 16, 2009, 11:36 PM »
Fantastic
nothing quite like 5 deck was there!

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Re: In her Element
« Reply #28 on: Apr 17, 2009, 08:11 AM »
nothing quite like 5 deck was there!

Although I've had quite a few cabins on Five Deck in my time they were always inside cabins so I never saw that "washing machine" effect in my own cabin. The thing that struck me as truly astonishing was the way the cabins were arranged and the corridors giving access to them.

It wasn't so obvious when you got to the First Class cabins but the design of the Second Class ones meant that there wasn't an inch of wasted space.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #29 on: Aug 20, 2009, 05:29 PM »
Just been looking at these again - http://andreas-drbusecke.magix.net/ - and they really are the best videos I've ever seen of QE2, anywhere, ever.  Brings a tear to your eye.

She looks quite unreal in "Beauty" on the glossy smooth Atlantic, in Sunrise, she looks in her element.. oh heck, they're all brilliant!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #30 on: Aug 20, 2009, 05:39 PM »
He's also added another EPIC one here -


and here -

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #31 on: Aug 20, 2009, 08:23 PM »
These are awesome!   .... and to think that I was aboard her at the very moment these videos were taking is just amazing!!

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #32 on: Aug 20, 2009, 09:22 PM »
It does look like she is kissing the waves of her dear North Atlantic, and they are caressing her...

Never does one have the feeling that there is any kind of enmity or strife between her and the waters, it is perfect harmony.

Offline Jem

Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #33 on: Aug 21, 2009, 04:00 AM »
These clips are just fantastic! I've seen the one of her from the bridge before but only stills of the others. I've had this still on my desktop, in her element!!

Cheers
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #34 on: Aug 21, 2009, 09:22 AM »
Not strictly related (and please move if need be) but in response to the question posted by Mauretania 1907, the Olmpic Voyager is now Grand Voyager for Ibero Cruises (owned by Carnival). Her sister, Olympic Explorer is still in service called Explorer for Semester at Sea. Funnily enough, Olympic Explorer was also battered in bad weather (slammed by a 50-foot wave) just a week after her sister was!

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #35 on: Aug 30, 2009, 09:27 AM »

I myself have been through a few with her.She can take it all like no other ship.That is where she belongs..........

Louis
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #36 on: Aug 30, 2009, 12:57 PM »
He's also added another EPIC one here -
and here -

Magnificent video Rob great find!!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 taclking a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #37 on: Aug 30, 2009, 05:15 PM »
He's also added another EPIC one here -
and here -

Magnificent video Rob great find!!

I'll second that, possibly the best you tube videos of her I have seen - no other cruise ship could do that, a true lady in her element.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #38 on: Sep 22, 2009, 12:38 PM »
A Question!
Has anyone travelled on QE2 specifically because she could manage heavy seas so magnificently?
As Peter Moxom  writes,
 'Within 30 minutes [of leaving Cherbourg] QE2 has eight engines on line and is steaming westwards with the aid of an ebb tide, making 30kt, into a fresh northwesterly breeze and a moderate sea - in her true element at last.'  (1990)
 
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: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #39 on: Sep 22, 2009, 01:02 PM »
A Question!
Has anyone travelled on QE2 specifically because she could manage heavy seas so magnificently?
As Peter Moxom  writes,
 'Within 30 minutes [of leaving Cherbourg] QE2 has eight engines on line and is steaming westwards with the aid of an ebb tide, making 30kt, into a fresh northwesterly breeze and a moderate sea - in her true element at last.'  (1990)
 

My 2008 January crossing was booked with this specifically in mind and to become a member of the Winter Crossing Club.  There just  happened to be another Cunard ship tailing along.  :P  While the seas weren't the worst she's seem by a long shot, there was lots of pitching the first two days and I loved every second of it.  I wanted to see a frothy bow on the bridge cam in person and feel what it was like to be on the Atlantic with QE2 doing what she does best, abeit at a slower speed so Queen Victoria to keep up.  :D  My C2 cabin on 3 deck came alive with creakings and groaning starting the first night out of Southampton.  A few people I spoke to were complaining about the noise and I have to admit the first night, I had a hard time sleeping.  I think, though, that part of that was I was just so wound up with excitement to be doing my first and only transatlantic on QE2.
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