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Online Isabelle Prondzynski

A QE2 Night To Remember
« on: May 22, 2010, 02:41 PM »
All nights on QE2 were really special...

But a night that stands out above all the others was a night with very little sleep. Pia and I were up, as usual, chatting and playing board games in the Lido, while enjoying the odd glass of something good and the odd wee piece of delicious cake and / or cheese (well, at least, I can speak for myself here!). Then, a round on deck, the moon full now, at the end of our transatlantic voyage, our very first, in the night from 15 to 16 September 2008. We had been watching the waxing moon, ahead of us, every night as we travelled farther and farther away from Europe, crossed the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and then made our approach to New York.

I shall continue with part of my diary of the day, to be found here :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/2864905581/

Rare are the days when I get up before 4.00 am -- but for a year or more, I had known that today would be the day to do that! Pia and I were on deck before we reached Ambrose Light (where the New York pilot embarks) at 4.00, and found the lights of New York already all around us in the distance. It was dark and cold and good to be there -- a cup of tea in the Pavillion helped to heat us up after a while.

Approaching the Verrazano Narrows Bridge was as magical as I had imagined. When the time came, we took our positions on the funnel deck and saw the bridge approaching, looking “certain” to hit our funnel, and then passing just inches below the cars above, just as QE2 had been designed to do, more than 40 years ago. One of those moments that will stand out in my life for many years to come!

Together with our Mum, we watched the statue of Liberty approach and pass, and entered the Hudson River on our way to Pier 88, where we would berth. Seeing the skyline of New York, so surreal to us, and seeing this skyline gradually, gradually, lit up by the light of early dawn, was spectacular... And then, QE2 reached for the 709th time her home from home, which she will see only once more.

My Mum and I spent all our time at breakfast eating, drinking and holding in our hands any hot food and drink we could get hold of, as we now realised how chilled out we had become after our long pre-dawn watch on deck -- the QE2 water glasses, filled with hot water, worked wonders for our hands and our bodies!

My photos of that day are here :

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/archives/date-taken/2008/09/16/page5/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/archives/date-taken/2008/09/16/page4/

... and if you keep selecting "previous" at the bottom of the page, you will reach the sailaway too -- a fabulous sight with a superb sunset to follow... Happy memories!

I'd love to hear of other nights to remember on board QE2 -- am sure we shall have a host of very different memories to share :)
« Last Edit: May 30, 2010, 07:29 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #1 on: Jan 26, 2011, 09:55 PM »
12th July 1990 my first night onboard i had just finished work and i wanted to get back to my cabin and got all lost i had no clue where to go.

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #2 on: Jan 27, 2011, 07:44 PM »
12th July 1990 my first night onboard i had just finished work and i wanted to get back to my cabin and got all lost i had no clue where to go.

Did you get all tense and frustrated looking for the way, or did you just drift along, enjoying what you saw as you went?

Great memories, Louis!

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #3 on: Jan 27, 2011, 08:06 PM »
A night to remember was in 2001 when for the first time we cruised on QE2 to Norway, the land of the midnight sun.  It was quite a magical experience standing on the ship's deck, at one or two in the morning when it was still light and even better to see the sun bounce on the horizon.  I have been to Norway many times but this first cruise to Tromso will always remain my favourite. 
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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #4 on: Jan 29, 2011, 11:06 AM »
Just a few:

My first night on board  :)
On bridge on Cunard Countess speaking on the radio to the Officer on bridge of QE2 as the two ships passed in the Caribbean Sea; having QE2's funnel and mast illuminated just for me was a thrill!  :D
Having tea at midnight on QE2 bridge and, again having her illuminated in order I could take some pictures - special!  ;)
Three Queens in New York 13 Jan 2008 &
My last night on board in Dubai  :'(

and many more ............
« Last Edit: Jan 29, 2011, 11:08 AM by Cunarder Man »

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #5 on: Jan 29, 2011, 09:11 PM »
Standing on the outside deck as the QE2 sailed out of Bergen at midnight on a crystal clear early May night.  A huge, iridescent, full moon hanging over the fjords and reflecting off the orange rooftops of the town and old wood dock.  A moonlit sparkling silver path on the water leading to my feet.  The image is as clear today as it was then.

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #6 on: Feb 01, 2011, 12:53 PM »
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Did you get all tense and frustrated looking for the way, or did you just drift along, enjoying what you saw as you went?

No Isabelle no tense or frustration i was just a happy chap that had a dream come true, i was on the QE2 what more could i ask for?

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #7 on: Feb 01, 2011, 05:59 PM »
My first full day at sea could not have started better arriving early morning up in the Heli Deck (i was deck steward) i was greeted by a wonderfull sunrise, for me then life was just perfect.

I suppose that first crossing over to New York was filled with every day to remember so much "first time" for everthing.

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« Reply #8 on: Apr 23, 2011, 08:18 PM »
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I'd love to hear of other nights to remember on board QE2 -- am sure we shall have a host of very different memories to share     
My very first night on QE2 15th June 1986 enroute to New York as a teenager and thinking what on earth am l doing here alone, the dream was reality, and no going back..

The night the host was the Captain,something l never ever imagined all those years ago.

 Sailing down to the med in 1988 it was the 2nd night out and a very late night walk on deck, l was stunned at just how warm it was and that this was only a taste of the heat to come, something that never occurred to me.
There was a special magic about nights to remember being on deck late at night, with no one around.
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: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #9 on: Apr 24, 2011, 09:00 AM »
Many nights to remember but here are just a few....the first time I went up on deck in the early hours ,we were cruising the carribean and I looked up at the night sky ,no low level light pollution ....WOW.....I never knew there were so many stars in the sky , it looked like diamonds scattered on a black velvet cushion ,amazing ....another time , around  1979 I had met a young american girl called susie bush (from trenton ,new jersey) and I was trying to impress her by taking her to the castaways bar and showing her around , we decided to go onto the fwd deck to watch our arrival in NEW YORK..it was 2 am and NEW YORK  was lit up like a christmas tree ..possibly the best sight I've ever seen, Manhattan aglow ..absolutely stunning .!
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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #10 on: Sep 08, 2014, 06:50 PM »
What about for the newer members who have joined.What was YOUR night to remember on QE2..
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #11 on: Sep 16, 2020, 09:06 PM »
Another QE2 night that comes back to mind now, is when we spent a night in port in Québec, and I decided to venture out after dark to take an stroll around the ship, chat with the security crew, listen to the hum of the engines, and generally enjoy having QE2 right there beside me as I walked around. Some of the crew members were coming and going, enjoying a night ashore and no doubt exploring favourite spots in the city.

Watch and listen to this video!




QE2 in Québec at night

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #12 on: Sep 16, 2020, 09:23 PM »
Anyone else want to share a  Night to remember on QE2.. The good, the bad,the weather or even the romantic....
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #13 on: Sep 16, 2020, 10:01 PM »
I remember a gorgeous sunset departing from New York, we were far from shore but you could still see the Twin Towers on the horizon with the wake stretching toward them.... and two Dolphins jumped out of the wake.
It was moments like that that made working on ships really special...

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #14 on: Sep 16, 2020, 10:28 PM »
I'll never forget our evening strolls around the open decks, in our formal wear, whilst in the Med. The warm breeze and passing all the auxiliary equipment roaring or humming away, topped off by the funnel making it's own distinctive sounds. One could see her wash as it was illuminated by the ship's lights and on many occasions we were doing speeds that one can only dream of now. Other passengers had the same idea and were also content in the moment. We'd also see some of the crew playing basketball on the Sports Deck. When we went up to the bit beneath the bridge there was an extra calm and sense of contentment as one's eyes adjusted to the dark and looked out across her long sleek foredeck and the open sea beyond, occasionally looking up to the darkened bridge to try and spot activity. QE2's own sights and sounds definitely took on an extra depth on those seagoing nights, vents and all.

Dad's QE2 Mediterranean cruise digital photos, October 2004 by Thomas Hypher, on Flickr

I'll also never forget watching the evening shows by the QE2 Orchestra and the QE2 Singers & Dancers. We often watched from where my Dad took the photo I've included below, the ship gently rolling in the swells with her machinery vibration coming up through the decks.

Dad's QE2 Mediterranean cruise digital photos, October 2004 by Thomas Hypher, on Flickr

Dad's QE2 Mediterranean digital photos, July 2005 by Thomas Hypher, on Flickr

Dad's QE2 Mediterranean digital photos, July 2005 by Thomas Hypher, on Flickr

These are among the things I'd attempt to bring to life/paint a picture of in the very same places onboard if I ever have a family and take them to stay onboard in Dubai. It would be wonderful if the passion passed on!
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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #15 on: Sep 18, 2020, 09:39 AM »
Land of the Midnight sun being on deck at 1am when it was still light and you could watch the sun bouncing off the horizon.

Great memory!

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #16 on: Sep 18, 2020, 09:54 AM »
Land of the Midnight sun being on deck at 1am when it was still light and you could watch the sun bouncing off the horizon.

Great memory!

Great memories indeed! And Lynda looking super elegant :)  .

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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #17 on: Sep 19, 2020, 11:18 AM »
Nights to remember on QE2.

I don't think I can single out one night from my memories - but if you forced me to from the ones below, I think it would be formal night shuffleboard with my new friends.  I think thats when I understood why everyone loved QE2.

April 1987 - Leaving the shipyard at Bremerhaven - won't ever forget it.  Huge crowds on shore.  First time I experienced her decks at night - clear memories of the confusing layout at the back (magradome) and the dome lights that I think stayed until the end.  Camera flashes and car headlights all the way along the river- went on for hours, or so it seemed to me.

December 2007 - 2 night xmas cruise - The nights were a lot of fun!  Yacht club dance floor is memorable... until goodness knows what time.  But so is a whisky or two in the Chart Room.  I stayed late on the 2nd/final night and walked the empty decks.

August 2007 - a jumble of night-time memories. 
- Playing shuffleboard with my Mum, my new best friend Ali and her Mum Betty.  In our formal gear - them in long dresses - with a perfect moonlit sky reflecting off the ocean.

- Abba night at the Yacht club - cocktails outside at a candle-lit table.  I remember drunkenly saying how we needed to drink in the atmosphere as we'd never do this again.  I remember looking up at the funnel and seeing the smoke trail behind us and the stars above.

- Long evening chats and drinks at the Crystal Bar usually.

April 2011 - A couple of amazing nights walking the decks of the warm-laid up QE2 in Dubai.  It was too hot to do so during the day except briefly (even with the lifeboats providing shade...).   I clearly remember looking up at the floodlit smoking funnel and knowing for certain I'd never see that again.
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Re: A QE2 Night To Remember
« Reply #18 on: Sep 19, 2020, 06:32 PM »
Rob, I have a vivid memory of a memorable night you described, which I would have loved to have experienced, namely this one :

Three nights ago we were up on deck at 11pm in all our finery after a long leisurely dinner, with a famous astronomer to talk us through the lunar eclipse that was happening above us.  It was fairly amazing.  The moon casts a wonderful reflection across the ocean as we move along - I don't think I've seen it like that in my life.  Like a movie poster but its real.



QE2's funnel under a starlit night
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« Reply #19 on: Sep 20, 2020, 05:36 AM »
For me it was certainly leaving Hong Kong in 2004, the city lights added to the atmosphere as did the nightly laser show. We slipped our moorings and headed gingerly out of Victoria Harbour to commence a fabulous journey.