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Offline Chris Frame

Dancing in the Queens Room
« on: Jul 18, 2010, 04:27 AM »
I remember the sound of the music as we made our way aft from the Caronia Restaurant. It grew louder as you passed the Library (or Chart Room) until you were in the excellent Queens Room as the passengers danced the night away under the multicoloured honeycomb ceiling... ahh those were the days!




Anyone wish to share Queens Room / Dancing aboard QE2 stories?
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Cruise_Princess

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Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #1 on: Jul 18, 2010, 10:32 AM »
Yes ...one memory in particular....funny now but not at the time....

Dancing with one of the  senior cruise staff  ( about 7 or 8 years go ....Ill not give his name in case he reads this LOL....we were dancing the night away...transatlantic with about a force 10 gale....we would all go to the port side of the dance floor...then everyone would come  to the starboard..all together...get my 'drift'......it was a rock and roll number as well..which didnt help...i was being twirled all over theplace.....then next minute she pitched instead of rolled and  I went to the bottom of the dance floor....head first.....the full length!! my legs seemed to do the splits...one shoe on port side and the other on the starboard...needless to say my partner was still standing....I was the ONLY one that went!   Had to be taken to C 6!!   A very badly strained ankle that had to be bandaged up.....so that was an unforgettable trip to say the least!! And to this day we still talk about it...haven;t seen the particular crew member for a few years....but he knows who he is!!    I have a few other stories  to tell to some very funny.......  for later!

Cruise_Princess

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Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #2 on: Jul 18, 2010, 10:55 AM »
Can fit in another one just now....though 'technically' not in the Queens Room..oops...many years ago  there was dancing in the Grand lounge...on my very FIRST cruise back in the 80s... and of course didn't know the ropes....didn't have a clue...a couple across from us in the Caronia restaurant had been cruising all their life and said they would show us what goes on and where to go etc...they said to head straight to the Grand Lounge which we did and found a nice seat and ordered drinks etc...then out of the blue this man came over and very politely put his hand out and asked me  for the pleasure of the next dance..  He looked over to our friend and asked him if he he didn't mind him asking me to dance as well!!  .I was slightly taken aback to say the least as I had no idea who this man was or why he asked me to dance.....our new friends egged me on saying you cannot refuse this man you have to dance...I felt quite embarrassed but then discovered this was non other than Cruise Director Extraordanaire Peter Longley....complete with his  immaculate Blue Blazer  with large Cunard badge and white slacks......and of course this is what Cruise Directors did back on those days.....he was a lovely man and knew his job inside out ...the old school so to speak....he worked that room like a true professional......After that I knew what happened if you went into the Grand Lounge..before the show started ..where the entire cruise staff and gentlemen  hosts were there to dance with all the  unaccompanied ladies in  the room. it was a very new experience but it was a lovely elegant memory of a time gone by,,,,  It was another world....

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #3 on: Jul 18, 2010, 11:44 AM »
Thomas Quinones danced without tiring, inviting a number of ladies to dance with him, practically every evening, and definitely at each of the Balls, during the Autumn Colours cruise in 2008. Some of the old spirit lives on... we thought he really was the perfect host, making sure that all the ladies who wanted to dance, did so.

By this time, I believe, he was Cruise Director himself.

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #4 on: Jul 18, 2010, 12:02 PM »
By this time, I believe, he was Cruise Director himself.

Thomas never was Cruise Director on QE2. Warren Smith was QE2's Cruise Director during the 2008 Farewell voyages.

I wonder where Warren is now? He was a good CD, really enjoyed the relaxed and welcoming manner he ran his department with. You were always welcome to pop in Upper Deck aft to say hello!
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Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #5 on: Jul 18, 2010, 12:06 PM »
I believe Thomas did....but we did not go to the Queens Rooms dancing after the first couple of years cruising as we were always at dinner then the show. though maybe passed thru or just went there for a drink...  to be honest the gentleman hosts became more like gentleman ghosts as time went on... but  he was never Cruise Director.....he was head host of cruise staff.

Another funny moment though I had dancing in the Queens room.. with one of the piano players on board,.near the end of the late set one night as we didn' t go to the show as we had seen it several times before .. so ended up in the Queens room just for drinks.... he was hilarious and such a lovely person .... so  we decided to get up to dance ... we were waltzing  around...and suddenly he said to me there is a big long white 'thing ' coming out the bottom of your dress.....I thought  oh no what on earth is it....we continued around the floor and this white thing was getting longer and longer.....well eventually it just dropped right in the middle of the dance floor....by this time we had to hold each other up as we were laughing so very much.....I just ran over to the side and sat down,..very embarrassed,..and he had to walk out onto the floor after the dance had finished to pick it up......it was the long metal hoop from my petticoat ...a moment I will never forget....the tears were running down our faces with laughter....a really silly moment....but it was unforgettable...

And all was under the  ever watchful and elegant eye of  Senior Social Hostess Elaine  McKay or Maureen Ryan,,,,they don't make them like that any more! .

Another time ( though this wasn't me.....( thank god I hear you say!)   My Boss was very excited as he had booked A QE2 cruise for his 40th wedding anniversary....and he couldn't stop talking about it of course....I arranged for the Band in the Queens room to play Moon River specially for them on their anniversary night.....and had to make sure they were there at the time of the announcement but it all worked out wonderfully well..with a little help..... When they came home they were totally overwhelmed...and couldn;t get over how I had managed it...it was such a special moment for them and I was so happy that I could have done it...and more so that the Mark Joyce Band did it for them....it's something they will never forget...


Ill put in my final post with this....in case folks think I'm taking this whole topic for myself...so MANY  memories!!

In the mid nineties I think it was....we got really friendly with the professional dancers on board...and they encouraged us to come to the dancing....and the male professional always got us up to dance....he made me feel like Ginger Rogers !..it was soooo amazing. felt like a million dollars on that dance floor...he could push you around to whatever step position was required and whisked you in and out....it was so wonderful....and very unforgettable...they were a lovely couple...we spent many long and happy hours together on board.
« Last Edit: Jul 18, 2010, 12:32 PM by Cruise_Princess »

Offline Twynkle

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #6 on: Jul 18, 2010, 12:31 PM »
Sadly, we didn't see Thomas Quinones dancing....

Thomas never was Cruise Director on QE2. Warren Smith was QE2's Cruise Director during the 2008 Farewell voyages.

I wonder where Warren is now? He was a good CD, really enjoyed the relaxed and welcoming manner he ran his department with. You were always welcome to pop in Upper Deck aft to say hello!

Sorry - this is going a bit off topic now!
Chris - Warren Smith was Cruise Director on Queen Victoria in August 2009.
(It's understandable why Cunard have ceased to list the Senior Officers and Managers' names
under the Introduction to 'Our Ships' on their website - it's also a disappointment for the curious!)
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 Jeff Taylor

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #7 on: Jul 18, 2010, 03:05 PM »
I never saw a cruise director do any of the dancing routine, but they always seemed to have 5 or 6 "escorts" circulating throughout the Queens Room and dancing with the unescourted ladies.  Those guys doubled as hosts on shore excursions.

Offline cunardqueen

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #8 on: Jul 18, 2010, 04:02 PM »
Quote
Ill put in my final post with this....in case folks think I'm taking this whole topic for myself...so MANY  memories!!
Far from it, keep those memories coming, us older brigade need to show the newer ones how it really was done back then!

I must admit l did wish l could dance the proper dances onboard. The dance classes were usually a must for me every day.
I did once enrol in dance classes before a cruise  to get my feet in order, then once onboard the classes  would jog the memory as to the steps. My table on one cruise had a gaggle of women and on the ladies night we had all trouped along to the Queens Room for some high jinks and fueled by the wine at Dinner. No sooner had we arrived than l was being dragged,enticed whisked up on the floor to trip the light fantastic, between a forward two three and a shuffle shuffle :-[  l really found the whole dance thing pure magic & besides it would have been so rude to refuse a lady
 To have dined on the best ship in the world with charming company and then to be able to dance to the live band in the Queens Room on that floor as we sailed gently through the Med, If l had been 20 years older, perhaps romance would have filled the air :D.
 On that same cruise with the same company we had both  perhaps had a sherry to much and passing the Queens Room all was quiet and it was just too good a chance to miss so we took to the floor and for want of  a better word waltzed (l doubt the lady would say that) round the Queens Room dance floor, the cleaners must have thought who was that crazy pair. But it was nice to have the floor to ourselves.
 Now the disco, wild horses wouldnt get me on that!   
(But if only they had performed an Orcadian strip the willow  ;D you get the idea...
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline cunardqueen

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #9 on: Jul 18, 2010, 04:07 PM »
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I was slightly taken aback to say the least as I had no idea who this man was or why he asked me to dance.....our new friends egged me on saying you cannot refuse this man you have to dance...I felt quite embarrassed but then discovered this was non other than Cruise Director Extraordanaire Peter Longley....complete with his  immaculate Blue Blazer  with large Cunard badge and white slacks......and of course this is what Cruise Directors did back on those days.....he was a lovely man and knew his job inside out ...the old school so to speak....he worked that room like a true professional....

He was an amazing Cruise director! some of the newer lot would do well to see him in action. Im not sure l would say he danced, perhaps glided round the room.... :)
From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline Jeff Taylor

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #10 on: Jul 18, 2010, 04:45 PM »
Ray Rouse, who is CD on QM2, was a professional dancer on Rotterdam with his wife as partner after he was a London cop--some background!  Interesting guy and fun to talk to.

Cruise_Princess

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Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #11 on: Jul 18, 2010, 05:04 PM »
Ray Rouse, who is CD on QM2, was a professional dancer on Rotterdam with his wife as partner after he was a London cop--some background!  Interesting guy and fun to talk to.

Yes Ray was a very nice guy...fun to talk to but very polished and professional too....

odkbull

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Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #12 on: Aug 09, 2010, 03:41 AM »
Ray was my first CD when I started as a Cruise Staff on Royal Caribbean. I worked on two ships for them before going to the QE2. Ray was quite a character and very professional.

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Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #13 on: Sep 28, 2010, 09:49 PM »

My Mum's comments near the start will make you laugh... but this is in 720p HD quality with stereo sound and if you turn it up (after my mum stops talking!) you could almost be there...
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Offline Jeff Taylor

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #14 on: Oct 06, 2010, 06:28 PM »
I had the opportunity once on QM2 to join Ray Rouse for dinner with the then featured speaker, Art Linkletter (he was present at Ron Warwick's table on another occasion, but far more restrained in demeanor).  The relationship between Ray and Art was obvious and palpable, and Art's stories of Hollywood legends were unbelievably entertaining.  It's undenyably true, though, that Ray had to feel totally at ease before he relaxed a bit and could enjoy a joke or laugh.  No knocks on his professionalism, or his amazing ability to "project" on the daily cabin television performances regarding upcoming ports and events.

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #15 on: Oct 06, 2010, 11:18 PM »
More dancing in the Queen's Room -- this video taken during daytime in September 2008. And great fun too!

https://www.flickr.com/photos/prondis_in_kenya/3742745672/

Offline cunarder1212

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #16 on: Oct 16, 2010, 04:06 PM »
This is Michele the cruise hostess (who was one time in the black and white mintsrel show) teaching the Gay Gordons line dance that I taught her during my line dance classes on world cruises on QE2 (as a passenger).
                                                                                                                         Cunarder1212

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #17 on: Oct 16, 2010, 06:21 PM »
Isn't that wonderful? You must be beaming to see that your teaching lived on and was enjoyed by many others (including me, who was only a spectator...)!

Offline Andrew W

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #18 on: Oct 16, 2010, 08:55 PM »
The band plays in the Queen's Room on the final Westbound transatlantic:
https://www.youtube.com/user/thepumpdoctor1#p/u/17/OTnLe28LKMw

Offline Twynkle

Re: Dancing in the Queens Room
« Reply #19 on: Oct 17, 2010, 12:35 AM »
As if 'it was only yesterday'!
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« Last Edit: Oct 17, 2010, 12:39 AM by Twynkle »
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: Dancing in the Queen's Room
« Reply #20 on: Jun 28, 2011, 06:40 AM »
There are a number of interesting video's of the QE2. Here is a link to one of them--"Dancing in the Queens Room"--maybe some members will see themselves here.

« Last Edit: Jun 28, 2011, 07:26 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »