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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #15 on: Sep 17, 2010, 09:57 PM »
48 hours to go...

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #16 on: Sep 17, 2010, 10:03 PM »
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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #17 on: Sep 17, 2010, 10:08 PM »
Getting close to sailing time...
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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #18 on: Sep 17, 2010, 10:15 PM »
6 hours to departure.

100s of workers were struggling with unfinished jobs, all over the ship.  British workers, on the ship with no passports, were allowed to travel to New York without them.  Managers were in crisis meetings.   For passengers in the nearby terminal, it was difficult to find out what was going on.

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #19 on: Sep 17, 2010, 10:24 PM »
Finally, passengers were allowed on board, but few realised they would be travelling to new york with 500 workmen, and 300 passengers were left behind.  All were offered refunds, and for this Cunard set aside an additional £7m. 

"when we eventually got on board, we were taken to the queens room where we were kept waiting for 8.5 hours". 
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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #20 on: Sep 17, 2010, 11:52 PM »
While I have always felt bad for Cunard over this incident, and embarrassed for them, I must say that all the resulting bad publicity was well deserved and probably rates among the most shameful moments in Cunard's long history.

Thanks for the screen captures.   ;D

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #21 on: Sep 17, 2010, 11:59 PM »
Rob - These are great, thank you!
It's astonishing to think that anyone other than 'workmen' were permitted to be on board
Must have been exceptionally hard for the crew as well...
Apart from QE2 - she looks well out of sorts, were any injuries reported?

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #22 on: Sep 18, 2010, 01:00 AM »
More about this crossing here :

https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,630.0.html

... and to think that this was the first leg of a world cruise... the mind boggles!

It must have been particularly embarrassing to have had the BBC crew on board... presumably they had not been expecting this fiasco when they decided to film!

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #23 on: Dec 02, 2010, 12:49 PM »
I would love to watch the video on 'Carry on QE2' if anyone can tell me where i can get a copy???
« Last Edit: Dec 03, 2010, 09:44 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #24 on: Dec 03, 2010, 02:47 PM »
Just now seeing this post.  I'll have to track down the video.  I've heard the sotries but never thought it was as bad as the photos show.  Absolutely amazing!!!

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #25 on: Jan 25, 2011, 04:06 PM »
The problems all started on the way over to Hamburg from New York the ship had hit rough seas a lot of contractors were sick sea, between the british and german workers fights broke out the skelton crew were told to avoid all contact with both sides.After arriving in Hamburg a lot of work was already behind planned most of the british workers left the ship to be replaced by others, afterwards it was just chaos after chaos, us the crew were doing almost double duties trying to get the ship back to one piece.Until the departure no one knew if the ship would and the rumour that went around the ship was that Captain Burton Hall refused to take the ship out of dry dock thus been taken over Captain Warwick. (hopefully i got the Captains right)

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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #26 on: Jan 29, 2016, 04:17 PM »
I would have loved to have been on that cruise.
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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #27 on: Dec 23, 2017, 02:14 AM »

image 3 - the midships lobby - before refit - preparations


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Re: "Carry on QE2" - 1995 BBC programme about the 94 Refit Fiasco
« Reply #28 on: Dec 23, 2017, 08:37 AM »
I was sat in the room with John Olsen during the later interview.  Dry difficult. It was his refusal to give a satisfactory apology which ultimately sealed his fate that day.

Regardless of what people think of Olsen he should be remembered as being the one who got Trafalgar House investing in Cunard with the much needed refits of QE2 and Vistafjord, the purchase of Royal Viking, the introduction of Heritage etc, the start of the SWIFT project. He achieved a lot.

It never fails to amaze me that Vistafjord put to see at roughly the same time as QE2 in a worst condition as QE2. When I visited her I’m Malta she was a real building site compared to QE2!