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QE2 Final Westbound
« on: Jun 21, 2010, 04:55 PM »
   
   Hi Everyone,
      Iam new to this group and was pleasantly pleased when I found it on Facebook this am and signed up right away to join. I love the QE2 and the classic liners and sailed on her twice. I throughly enjoyed both sailings on this grand ship, but the most memorable for me will alwaysbe the Final Westbound Crossing. I wasnt even sure I would even have the chance as i  like many people was on a waiting list for 6 months or more. But I think one of the most beautiful things I ever heard (next to the QE2s horns of course) was when my travel agent called me on the phone that April afternoon (6months before) and said "Your Confirmed"!!! Later that same I watched the QE2 sail out of Ft Lauderdale for the last time(Port Everglades) and I looked at her and said with great joy and emotion I will see you in Oct!

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Re: QE2 Final Westbound
« Reply #1 on: Jun 21, 2010, 06:33 PM »
Welcome onboard Veronica
  When was your first cruise on QE2, Glad to hear your experience with the wait list was successful, it does appear to be a hit or  a miss how it works.
 Look forward to hearing more of your experiences on QE2.I was also on the Final Westbound and the sight of QM2 as she pulled in close was awesome, and what a view those passengers onboard had of us  ;)

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 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 21, 2010, 06:57 PM »
Miles, I too was on the final Westbound TA.  How sad we never met in person while on board! 
... and welcome Veronica!

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Re: QE2 Final Westbound
« Reply #3 on: May 26, 2014, 12:31 AM »
Hello Veronica,

Great to hear from you, my wife and I tried to get on that last west bound trip on the QE2 waited 6 months  then booked onto the QM2 instead. As you know we sailed along side each other changing sides each day and what a sight as having worked on the QE2 for nearly ten years it was the first time I had seen it steaming along in the Atlantic and it looked fantastic. I would love to go on the ship again for a tour around I know that I could not get lost and I knew it inside and out crew and passenger areas, and just loved it.

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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2014, 06:24 PM »
For those on the QM2 how fortunate you were, in the view  ;) ;)

I know its a photo showing the Final Eastbound, but you get the idea..

« Last Edit: May 26, 2014, 06:30 PM by cunardqueen »
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2014, 06:38 PM »
and a few more of the Westbound crossing..
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 #6 on: May 26, 2014, 06:44 PM »
and some more...these are the last full day at sea

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 #7 on: May 26, 2014, 08:14 PM »
and more.

What was interesting, was i had never seen the Atlantic just so calm, in all my crossings ,since a summers day in 1986
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Re: QE2 Final Westbound
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2014, 08:21 PM »
Thanks for posting Myles. Although, I'm afraid, the people on QM2 had a better view. ;)
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« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2014, 08:30 PM »
Just wondering why some are watermarked and some are not...
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« Reply #10 on: May 26, 2014, 08:31 PM »
Just wondering why some are watermarked and some are not...

If you view them full size they are all watermarked.
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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2014, 09:36 PM »
and more.

What was interesting, was i had never seen the Atlantic just so calm, in all my crossings ,since a summers day in 1986

Yes the North Atlantic can be so unpredictable. I've done rough crossings mid-Summer and crossings like the one pictured, in December when it's been blue skies and mill pond sea. Best times though for smooth crossings seem to be April-May when the sea ice forces a more southerly route and before the hurricane season gets fully underway in August and September.
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« Reply #12 on: May 27, 2014, 05:50 PM »
Yes the North Atlantic can be so unpredictable. I've done rough crossings mid-Summer and crossings like the one pictured, in December when it's been blue skies and mill pond sea. Best times though for smooth crossings seem to be April-May when the sea ice forces a more southerly route and before the hurricane season gets fully underway in August and September.

Yes, I'm sure the North Atlantic can be unpredictable. Thanks for sharing with us Graham. :)
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Re: QE2 Final Westbound
« Reply #13 on: May 27, 2014, 07:57 PM »
Just wondering why some are watermarked and some are not...

Myles, If you maximise the forum on your computer, you'll see they're all watermarked (I just checked on my widescreen monitor).

I think you're not seeing the whole image when you enlarge it, so you don't see the watermark.  You can also use your cursor keys or mouse if on a smaller screen, and move the large size image, and you'll see the watermark image in the bottom right corner.

Superb photos by the way, I wish I'd been there...
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2014, 06:58 AM »
And what was kind of unbelievably magical, in this vestry still sea, as the two ships got so close you could hear the passengers across the way, a family (group?) of dolphins broke the calm waters and played between the  two ships just as QM2 was about to overtake QE2.  Truly magical.

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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2014, 08:12 AM »
And what was kind of unbelievably magical, in this vestry still sea, as the two ships got so close you could hear the passengers across the way, a family (group?) of dolphins broke the calm waters and played between the  two ships just as QM2 was about to overtake QE2.  Truly magical.

Hi Scott
Good to see you, btw! What a wonderful description of the pond!.
Just wondering how long it was, before the conditions changed?
To see each of the ships actually reflected in the Atlantic Ocean must have been a very rare treat!
The pod of dolphins must have loved having two bows to 'beat across', and two wakes to dance over, too!
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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: QE2 Final Westbound
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2014, 09:10 AM »
It would have been a rare treat for the Atlantic Dolphins to be able to bow surf on QE2. At normal crossing speed they would have had a hard time keeping up.
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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2014, 03:02 PM »
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  It would have been a rare treat for the Atlantic Dolphins to be able to bow surf on QE2. At normal crossing speed they would have had a hard time keeping up.   

Dolphins? what Dolphins..

Given the speeds on the crossing, and how superfast we were going  ;) its a wonder they never over took us   ::)

The photos of the wake..tell the story of speed (or perhaps lack of it...)

I did wonder just how close the ships would  come for within safety reasons, some of us were hoping for a bit closer still.
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Re: QE2 Final Westbound
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2014, 03:44 PM »
Great photos and commentary !
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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2014, 05:46 PM »
I swear there were dolphins!  I'm going to see if I can find a picture.

 

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