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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...
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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.
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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
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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!!

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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!
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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.
 

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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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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 :)

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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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« 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!

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« 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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« 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.

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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!!

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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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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #40 on: Sep 22, 2009, 01:03 PM »
She might have creaked and groaned somewhat less if she'd not been stuck going slow...
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #41 on: Oct 03, 2009, 11:56 AM »
AWESOME photo Louis!  You can really get a sense of drama from it!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #42 on: Oct 03, 2009, 03:38 PM »
Thanks Louis.  What memories you must have to cherish of our beloved ship.  I can almost smell the salt air and hear the howling wind in the pic.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #43 on: Oct 03, 2009, 04:07 PM »
WOW, Louis!
Thats a great photo
It's looking wild and wonderful!
Which deck was it taken from?



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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #44 on: Oct 03, 2009, 04:23 PM »

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Which deck was it taken from?

Two Deck Aft Portside Crew Area.That was in November 1991 Force 10.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #45 on: Oct 03, 2009, 04:44 PM »
Did you ever have any doubts about the ship, or were you always sure she would be OK in storms etc?

When you travelled on other ships, did you feel the same?
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #46 on: Oct 03, 2009, 05:39 PM »
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Did you ever have any doubts about the ship, or were you always sure she would be OK in storms etc?

When you travelled on other ships, did you feel the same?

No doubts at all Rob,lets face it she was build for it.Even in 1995 when we run into Hurricane Luis she was behaving well until the wave hit us and then only the bow area got damaged.Only the next morning when i heard about the height of the wave i thought to myself what if it had hit us full on the side ? I had my doubts that morning.During theses storms Rob the crew gets a warning from the Birdge so the ship is secure and prepared for it.

What scares me is the freak waves like the one we had in 1993.It was lunch time with service in full swing then it hits and nothing or noone is secured. That is were i have my doubts even on a ship like the QE2.

On my last ship even a Force 8 made me have all doubts.I remember in 1993 we were cruising from South Georgia to the Falkland Island when we run into a Force 10 the ship was bouncing around like a tennis ball.We got in Port Stanley 1 day late with a lot of damage to ship and people.The ship was in no conditions for service.Most of the bar and restaurant equipments were all damaged.In the wine bar not one bottle survived.We stayed in Port Stanley 2 days just to clean the ship.We run out of food onboard and we almost cleared Port Stanley of all food.Imagine getting an extra 300 guests on the last minute.We sailed then to Buenos Aires with no passengers and half of the crew.The ship stayed there for a week to repair and load up new stocks.That was  like hell those days.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #47 on: Oct 03, 2009, 05:53 PM »
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Did you ever have any doubts about the ship, or were you always sure she would be OK in storms etc?

When you travelled on other ships, did you feel the same?

No doubts at all Rob,lets face it she was build for it.Even in 1995 when we run into Hurricane Luis she was behaving well until the wave hit us and then only the bow area got damaged.Only the next morning when i heard about the height of the wave i thought to myself what if it had hit us full on the side ? I had my doubts that morning.During theses storms Rob the crew gets a warning from the Birdge so the ship is secure and prepared for it.

What scares me is the freak waves like the one we had in 1993.It was lunch time with service in full swing then it hits and nothing or noone is secured. That is were i have my doubts even on a ship like the QE2.

On my last ship even a Force 8 made me have all doubts.I remember in 1993 we were cruising from South Georgia to the Falkland Island when we run into a Force 10 the ship was bouncing around like a tennis ball.We got in Port Stanley 1 day late with a lot of damage to ship and people.The ship was in no conditions for service.Most of the bar and restaurant equipments were all damaged.In the wine bar not one bottle survived.We stayed in Port Stanley 2 days just to clean the ship.We run out of food onboard and we almost cleared Port Stanley of all food.Imagine getting an extra 300 guests on the last minute.We sailed then to Buenos Aires with no passengers and half of the crew.The ship stayed there for a week to repair and load up new stocks.That was  like hell those days.

Louis

Louis:

How often was QE2 late getting into port when you were aboard?  Is is a common thing to happen - when I was on we were almost 24 hours late - which caused many headaches!!
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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #48 on: Oct 03, 2009, 07:16 PM »
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How often was QE2 late getting into port when you were aboard?  Is is a common thing to happen - when I was on we were almost 24 hours late - which caused many headaches!!

When the crossings were 4 days the QE2 use to come late into port especially after a rough crossing.I think 8 hours delayed was the most during my time onboard.

During normally cruising it rarelly happens.

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #49 on: Oct 15, 2009, 01:43 PM »

I dunno JDL,

 Personally, being aboard for a rough crossing was "half the fun" ... :)



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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #50 on: Oct 15, 2009, 04:11 PM »

I dunno JDL,

 Personally, being aboard for a rough crossing was "half the fun" ... :)



  Ron

True Ron but my sea legs would have given way in Louis's picture and I would be able to enjoy many of the facilities the grand old lady had to offer, well apart from the medical centre!


But on balance you are right I give anything to be back on board!!

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #51 on: Oct 21, 2009, 06:04 PM »

  This discussion brings to mind one particular rough crossing where going up and down A Stairway was like almost total weightlessness, as if one were on the Moon one minute, and the next as if one had gained a few extra  hundred pounds.
 Has anyone else experienced this feeling in the same area of the ship? I also recall the rumbling sound the bulkheads would make as the sea gave way while she traversed through.


   Ron

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #52 on: Oct 21, 2009, 06:17 PM »
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Has anyone else experienced this feeling in the same area of the ship?

I have had experienced that many times.Right forward of A Stairway you have the Crew Stairway 1,2 and 3,there you get the same feeling too.Between theses Crew Stairways is where i lived mostly during my time onboard and in rough seas its like a Roller Coaster the bed mattress is always tied down even the fridge doors are closed with sticky tape.  ;D Trying to shower or shave in a heavy seas down there is a work of art.  ;D

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #53 on: Oct 21, 2009, 07:45 PM »

  Hey Louis,  wait, you and rest of the crew don't count! ;D hehe

 You know, I do recall a few times when I was up and down the crew stairway that led to Castaways, the Pig, etc at night, holding tight to those low set rails. (the booze never helped)  ::)
 
On one particularly rough winter crossing, there was a crew member who actually lost his balance due to a wave (or so the story went) and was knocked clear off the deck's stairway landing, ending up a few decks below. A US Coast Guard MEDEVAC chopper was sent out to rendevous with us somewhere near Nova Scotia, late in the evening. As the chopper neared QE2, the captain came on the system instructing all passengers to stay clear of the open decks. Of course, being only too curious, I "snuck out" onto 1 Deck in time watch the helo hover over Sun Deck where it positioned itself a good 50 feet above and commenced  a very risky in flight rescue. A gurney was hoisted down and after what seemed like an eternity, the poor fellow was lifted off and whisked away.
QE2 continued her course, never having stopped.

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« Reply #54 on: Nov 16, 2009, 08:24 PM »
There's something about rough seas!
About QE2 not stopping -
and people needing to be taken off
and Pilots clambering aboard
and QE2 rescuing people from other ships etc
It must take, / have taken real courage....
« Last Edit: Nov 16, 2009, 08:58 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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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« Reply #55 on: Nov 16, 2009, 10:29 PM »
Not a video - but a great photo!
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #56 on: Nov 16, 2009, 10:34 PM »

I remember once leaving Southampton for a Westbound Crossing and as we cleared the Isle of Wight and entered the Channel we got hit by a Force 10 the pilot could not get off.He got his dream trip on the QE2.  ;)

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #57 on: Jan 24, 2010, 10:51 PM »

Another good view.That is where she belongs.



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« Reply #58 on: Jan 24, 2010, 11:12 PM »
Louis, I totally agree!  Is that your photo or one of the staff photos that were available for purchase?  I purchased one on my first trip that was very similiar to that one, but I cannot find it since we moved to a different house.

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« Reply #59 on: Jan 24, 2010, 11:42 PM »
I love this photo - it is much better than the one I have!!
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« Reply #60 on: Jan 25, 2010, 12:11 AM »
In contrast to Louis' well captured image above,
this (below) was taken from the observation deck in 2008.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/watch_keeper/4301474041/in/set-72157620732791543/
With the bow looking wider, almost bigger overall - more life-rafts etc.
Louis, did you take your photo from the Wheelhouse - I wonder what date it was?
(Hopefully not completely off topic, I'll move it soon! - The difference seems worth noting!)
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: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #61 on: Jan 25, 2010, 10:05 AM »
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Louis, did you take your photo from the Wheelhouse - I wonder what date it was?
(Hopefully not completely off topic, I'll move it soon! - The difference seems worth noting!)


Rosie, i am lucky enough to receive photos from ex-crewmembers for my QE2 collection, i did not take that photo and the date is from 2001 Westbound Crossing.

Louis

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Re: *AWESOME* Videos of QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #62 on: Jan 25, 2010, 04:20 PM »
  Hey Louis,  wait, you and rest of the crew don't count! ;D hehe

 You know, I do recall a few times when I was up and down the crew stairway that led to Castaways, the Pig, etc at night, holding tight to those low set rails. (the booze never helped)  ::)
 
On one particularly rough winter crossing, there was a crew member who actually lost his balance due to a wave (or so the story went) and was knocked clear off the deck's stairway landing, ending up a few decks below. A US Coast Guard MEDEVAC chopper was sent out to rendevous with us somewhere near Nova Scotia, late in the evening. As the chopper neared QE2, the captain came on the system instructing all passengers to stay clear of the open decks. Of course, being only too curious, I "snuck out" onto 1 Deck in time watch the helo hover over Sun Deck where it positioned itself a good 50 feet above and commenced  a very risky in flight rescue. A gurney was hoisted down and after what seemed like an eternity, the poor fellow was lifted off and whisked away.
QE2 continued her course, never having stopped.

  Ron

Hi Ron,  We must have been on the same crossing ... and out of One Deck at the same time.  I have almost the exact same story posted on here somewhere.

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #63 on: Jan 26, 2010, 05:50 PM »
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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 north westerly breeze and a moderate sea - in her true element at last.'  (1990)
 
Not quite but l always prayed for some rough action during any voyage, the final crossings l did think were very tame, Having grown up in the Orkneys and being used to P&O Ferries :o rough seas were second nature up there, One such journey should have only taken 1h45 mins but lasted 6 hours.. It was for want of  a better word, value for money, though the rest of the passengers woudnt  say that.And the smell of vomit was somethimg else.
 Strangely enough l have encountered more rough seas on the med cruises than crossings, but you always felt safe on QE2, not sure l would trust these newer ones, they always look so top heavy  .
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #64 on: Mar 05, 2010, 08:30 PM »
This was the view from my porthole on Two Deck amidships :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2930447722/



Looking at the videos from the tandem crossings, it is amazing how far the spray reached at times. This was the "bit" just under the steps up the the "bit beneath the bridge" :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3108068973/



I had to run after this snap! My camera caught so much spray that afternoon that I thought I had ruined it... it would not shut its lense any more... but after it had dried, it recovered fairly fast, luckily for me!

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« Reply #65 on: Aug 06, 2011, 02:41 PM »
Hi Rod
The video sounds good -
It'll turn up somewhere, sometime before too long..
In the meantime - here's a Thank You for all your lovely posts!
thanks to Dooglesman
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(it's already here on the Forum - hopefully  no-one will mind seeing it again!)
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #66 on: Oct 15, 2011, 04:12 PM »
QE2 hits it bad during a crossing Boston - Southampton


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« Reply #67 on: Oct 15, 2011, 04:26 PM »
QE2 hits it bad during a crossing Boston - Southampton


Wow!  Fantastic video !!
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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #68 on: Oct 15, 2011, 05:49 PM »
Indeed awesome footage, I can think of no where safer to be than onboard QE2 during such weather.
Imagine if the sisters and QM2 were in such weather.....
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #69 on: Oct 15, 2011, 06:33 PM »
The Captain had to reduce speed to 8 knots....heck that's a normal speed for some cruise ships.

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« Reply #70 on: Oct 15, 2011, 10:50 PM »
In the main control room, there were three gauges that showed the water level in the boilers. Green was water and red was steam. The first person to see all 3 red or all 3 green won that round of boiler room bingo!
I was in the boiler room one watch when they got all red and all 3 boilers shut down for safety reasons. NOT GOOD in weather like that. Had to manually open the fuel valves on each boiler...or who knows.......putting all 7 burners on at once! I swear the front of the boiler moved 6'' as they all lit! I opened the other 2 boilers a bit more slowly! After that fuel valves were put on manual in rough weather. It appeared that after a particularly violent move the water in all 3 somersaulted making the system believe it was low water. Ship was new, wasn't meant to happen.
When I joined the "manual" was a paperback, when I left more like an encyclopedia set.

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #71 on: Nov 03, 2012, 10:51 PM »
Here is another great video taken from the QE2 bridge of the view of the waves and the spray on a rough Atlantic :


You can hear that the crew are enjoying this scene and feeling perfectly safe!

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Re: QE2 tackling a stormy Atlantic
« Reply #72 on: Nov 03, 2012, 11:13 PM »
Very watchable! :D

From the angle of the shadows and the state of the sea I'd guess that was a westbound TA?
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