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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #20 on: Feb 01, 2011, 01:19 PM »
No Jem that must be the island of Tristan da Cunha the and ship RMS St Helena is nearby.

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #21 on: Feb 01, 2011, 07:27 PM »
Day 18 - nearly halfway across Southern Ocean


It's an absolutely fascinating read Rosie.  I really look forward to reading your inputs. 

Thank you for making the huge effort. it's so hard to work on board with all the alluring treats awaiting pax at every turn all day long.  But I for one feel like I'm there with you. 

I bet QM2 TV (with your [new!] flat screen is more interesting thanUK TV!

Any chance of advising who is crewing on board?
Exec Chef
Staff Captain
Chef(s) de Cuisine
your Maitre D
Cruise Director ~ is that Ray Rouse?
asstnt CD
Librarian & asst librarian
World Cruise Club  crew person (used to be in the board room on QE2).
Doctor

If you can do it, for me it will be interesting to see who if any were on QE2.

Anyway, enjoy mid south Atlantic.  I guess it will soon be your delicious light lunch.  It's 7.30pm  here and I just cooked Dom and me a saag prawn curry.

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #22 on: Feb 01, 2011, 11:16 PM »
Possibly the last RMS Rendez-vous?

Today the two remaining ships flying the Royal Mail Service flags met and exchanged whistles in the waters off the slipway of the Island of Tristan da Cunha.
This was to be the last time that the St Helena would anchor there in her capacity as an RMS ship. The occasion was witnessed by two small vessels, one being the 'Fisheries Protection' vessel that looked remarkably like a rapid response boat / lifeboat/ pilot boat -  and it was orange! The master had kindly agreed to spend time photographing RMS Queen Mary 2 as she made her way towards the inshore waters of the Island - it was possible to see multiple flashes as she circumnavigated the great liner!
At the same time, was also possible to see loading and unloading taking place between RMS St Helena and other small craft.
From the Bit beneath the Bridge, we saw the second little white 'rowing' boat that was apparently called something like the National Geographical ('something'/ society?) of Edinburgh - Edinburgh being the main town on Tristan da Cunha (I think!) We could easily see houses, farms cattle church, and possibly even allotments on the Island - it is still part of the UK.
An exchange of gifts took place alongside between the fast response boat and QM2 -  hundreds of guests looked on, from their balconies as well as from the many open decks.

Today Guests also saw flying fish and there were many more sightings of Albatrosses (this was a Big Event!!)
There was a piano concert, a visit to the ships hospital - a very interesting talk given by Dr Martin Carroll - he was the Doctor on QE2 for very many years after 15 years in the services as Dr - and a visit to the Bridge area (safety control room?), to hear all about ship's stability - and lots more events were available in the Daily Programme  (More about this later!)
A busy day - and no time for the daily quiz, or crossword puzzle!

Tonight clocks go forward, yet again!
There are two and a half sea days till we reach Cape Town - where we'll be saying farewell to many newly made friends who have travelled with us from Southampton.
Thanks for comments - running out of internet time - will come back soon!!
Roie
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #23 on: Feb 02, 2011, 08:01 PM »
Tonight clocks go forward, yet again!
Tonight clocks go forward, yet again!

Oh dear Rosie.
If I am right, you will cruise east until NZ  end Feb  ::) so I fear you will have 14 more time moves backwards (lost hours) between your south Atlantic position (GMT minus 1 hr today) and Auckland, which is GMT plus 12 hrs  before you sail west again.
At least then your clocks go backwards an hour every time zone you pass until S'ton (so you get an extra hour's  sleep or play).  The wonderful exception is Sri Lanka/India with its unique five and a half hr hour time shift.   ;D

Are you getting souvenir cards on your bed reminding you of the time change?

I note the QM2 route avoids a double crossing of the International date line.  Would have been fun but truly confusing though.

The QE2 World Cruise always went west to east.  This was a great joy to the crew who regularly got an extra hour in their bars or sleep. Doing east to west is really tough for crew who have to be up really early for cooking and service.  QE is replicating QE2's west to east WC as we speak.

PS there is a forum thread as you know called QE2 clocks.

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #24 on: Feb 02, 2011, 08:14 PM »

The QE2 World Cruise always went west to east.  This was a great joy to the crew who regularly got an extra hour in their bars or sleep. Doing east to west is really tough for crew who have to be up really early for cooking and service.  QE is replicating QE2's west to east WC as we speak.

I am a silly mutt.  I mean the ships cruise EAST to WEST :-*

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #25 on: Feb 05, 2011, 12:38 AM »
For Rosie: The only two RMS' in the world meeting off Tristan da Cunha. It was the last call there for RMS St Helena and her future is uncertain. So RMS Queen Mary 2 could soon become the only RMS...

Spot RMS St Helena in the first picture...

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #26 on: Feb 07, 2011, 03:43 PM »
More of 'The Same'!

We are  nearly a third of the way through, and really struggling with the fact that time's going too fast. We aren't the only ones afflicted, the clocks don't help - at times it feels as if we are travelling through time itself rather than The World Voyage - and on one of those speedy walkways at Gatwick Airport!.  Yet - I'm afraid it's really difficult to sound a bit boring about any of it, so please, please don't think that I'm deliberately trying to make you feel envious on purpose.  There seems to be a spell cast from the moment you step on board...and it doesn't seem to be stoppable!
Pat - Thank you very much for your comments - and like you mentioned, the time changes are odious, they certainly don't help!  Goodness knows how crews through the ages have and do manage for months at a time without any days off, and the lost/gained hours interfering with any sort of rhythm! Little wonder the 'Trannies' (transatlantics in crew-speak!) are trying!

Thank you too, Flagship!  The photos of the two RMS ships are great - and I took one of the Royal Mail flag being flown from the mast for you!
(About photos, these will need to be sorted, edited and posted after April - life and expense of internet time on board makes any sort of technical organisation' a bit tricky!)
We spent hours on the Bit Beneath the Bridge watching and waiting for Tristan da Cunha to appear - people weren't aware of the significance of the RMS 'bit' until Captain Wright made an announcement shortly before the two ships met.
After leaving the coastal waters of the islands we remained on the Great Circle route to Cape Town. The sea bed being many miles beneath us might have been a pretty reasonable explanation for the sudden lack of birds - unless they all chose to fall asleep simultaneously.  Perhaps they became exhausted by being so well watched..!

The Deputy Captain offered to Talk about Stability, and huge queues of interested people necessitated a whole series of 'ten-at-a-time' visits to the Safety Control Centre. This is behind the wheelhouse on the Bridge. He seemed a little surprised to find that over a hundred applied, having told us originally he thought it might be a few more than ten!
Using his state of the art technology,  he gave us a wonderfully comprehensive review of how the ship's need for balance is monitored and maintained.  He gave us explanations regarding ballast, storage tanks, water purification etc and the importance of these, and the systems that are used in relation to keeping the ship 'true'.
His talk filled in a few of the missing bits of the puzzle that concerns a huge ship, a significant number of strangers, and the need to treat anything to do with ballast with utmost respect.

Although it's important to point out here that the Deputy Captain actually made no reference to the following, reasons why there are no bath tubs (or at least very few) seem to have become clearer.   
For example, if all the occupants on the port side chose to run baths before the late sitting for Dinner - it would seem that the early diners on the starboard side might be needed to be called away from The Show in the Royal Court Theatre in order to balance the ship by running the baths in their cabins too...Hmm!
A pity really, as apart from missing QE2, the other thing that I would really, really like is to have a bath! 
An everlasting hope has always been to have one on a night when the sea's become quite confused.
Apparently this did happen just a bit, during the night before we reached Cape Town - and another great opportunity for a bath was missed.
Although, I have to say that from the lofty height of Deck 10, at the time, it felt as if QM2 was just swaying in time with a gentle breeze.
The Talk raised a number of interesting facts - For instance, did you know that all QM2's 5 swimming Pools can be emptied in 45 seconds (I think - or was it minutes?!!)
You know - this is what 'being at sea' does- all that seems to matter is The Sea itself and the impact it can have - so forget about the memory loss!!
Goodness only knows what we do all day, or what day it is, or whether we return via the North, South, East or West etc - it's all about  'Being at Sea' - in every sense of the expression!!

Our sailing in to Cape Town was probably quite tricky to manage as there was a strong wind, and the Bit Beneath the Bridge was Out of Bounds until we came quite close to the harbour.
Sadly, at the time there was no-one around to explain where QE2 used to be tied up. Louis - do you by any chance have any photos on another topic?

We were off the ship by 2.15pm, and with just over half an hour to get to the 'Mandela'  ticket office, it was possible to get a ticket for the Robben Island Ferry, a visit that had been a long hoped-for wish, and it was possible to sail and see round the island and be back to explore a bit of the V and A Waterfront, all  before dinner back on board.

I did try to work out where Nakheel had hoped to park QE2 for the World Cup, however this wasn't an easy task, mainly due to my lack of experience in such matters!!
QM2 was accompanied by some very energetic seals as she was parked alongside the pier. These are fitted with lots of pipes. I assumed these (pipes and valves)  were for bunkering etc - a bit like those surrounding Rotterdam V; it was some way away from the inner harbour. Maybe, I wonder -  was this also the place that had been planned for QE2 as well?

Day 2 in Cape Town - this was equally poignant, and all of it unforgettable.
Having spent years during the 60s, 70s and beyond, trying to support the anti-apartheid movement, it was now possible to experience at first hand a little of the impact of the work of the Peace and Reconciliation Commission and  'period'.  Also having been involved in working with people from southern Africa whose lives have been profoundly affected by HIV and AIDSs, this visit was always going to be a  significant one.
As well as being impressed by Cape Town's stunning position, with magnificent views of the landscape round the southern cape of Africa, I've been left with powerful, and inevitably painful memories that will remain, hopefully for a long, long time.

There is much evidence of  the contrasting cultures in 'dwelling places' - we saw these as we drove  round the bays, and through some of the 'villages' that make up the city. I also visited one of the townships - this too, was a profoundly moving experience.
In the more 'wealthy areas - we noticed the roads as well as pavements were lined by walls that surround the properties - it seemed almost as if the inhabitants had locked themselves in from the outside world.
And then there were the penguins!
The fear that penguins get anxious and find mating difficult when in close proximity to humans, means that they are now 'fenced off 'too...
As we discovered, South Africa is still learning about itself - and as we were told, and indeed experienced - there's a sort of 'can do', really positive attitude here. This is something so good, it gives hope for the future.


Whilst we were in Cape Town, a significant transformation occurred - QM2 lost at least half her passengers.
Many had joined in Southampton, this also meant that we would be missing several who had become good companions through the highs and lows of the Great Atlantic Crossing, too.
(By the way, Everyone seems to know about QV's valiant attempts to beat her young sister to the Verrazzano Bridge!)
As well as the huge amount of physical work involved, Is this how the Crew experience all 'turnaround' days?
'Our' ship has changed! The Casino has now gained in size and stature! The Bars are busy and the unfamiliar buzz of The Aussies might turn out to be just a wee bit scary!
We have moved from our cosy table for two - having been invited to one for Eight, possibly even Nine!
The Queues for the first minutes of mealtimes are humungous - are The Aussies really that hungry?
Out-numbering us Poms by the thousand at the very least - they are wearing their cabin ID cards on lanyards round their necks - might they (perish the thought!) fear an ID crisis?!

I nearly forgot - on arriving in Cape Town, we'd found a small African band, playing drums and brass as we walked through and out of the long tent that was acting as Terminal.
As we left Cape Town, The Band of the Cape Town Highlanders played the Pipes and Drums - QE2 must have shared the same experience here, too.
As the wonderful sounds faded, the crowds waved; it would have been impossible not to feel extremely grateful and almost overwhelmed by all sorts of mixed feelings here too.

All the best to 'You Guys', 
and thanks so much to everyone - it does feel good to be in touch!

Rosie
at The Boadwalk Cafe
On the Bit Beneath the Biggest Funnel ...Ever!
Durban

PS - Having just read the sad news regarding Jem, I think h would want these posts to continue.
We had many personal exchanges by email some as recently as just a few days ago- and perhaps he more than anyone would appreciate the ongoing discovery of the Quirks of Mary.
RIP  - Brave Jem.

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #27 on: Feb 08, 2011, 10:24 AM »
Hi Rosie,

I definetely love your chronicle!

Have a great time and give QM2 a pat on her hull on my behalf!

PS - I have sent you a PM, don't know if you can access PMs there.

Marc

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #28 on: Feb 08, 2011, 01:43 PM »
Hi Rosie,

Good to hear that your days are busy - it's makes for a very good night's sleep ;) (ask me how I know).

Where are you passing Australia - which coast? I'll be floating around here off W.A. between Perth and Dampier for another 3 weeks yet, but I'm suspecting QM2 will not come down this side during the cyclone season, and there have now been a few.

Your old home town of ChCh is still getting quaked on a regular basis - you'll be glad you are not there any more.

I know what you mean about the Aussies - we've only got 2 Kiwis on this ship, so we have to make a lot more noise than the others (nearly all Australians) just to get seen!

The young fella is now 2/O on Ventura and enjoying it. If he gets to the QM2 I think we just might have to do another cruise - you make it sound good. I'll keep reading with interest.

Cheers

Skilly
« Last Edit: Feb 08, 2011, 01:46 PM by skilly56 »

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #29 on: Feb 08, 2011, 10:30 PM »
Hello Rosie,
               Really enjoying all of your reports.  Sounds like a great adventure.  Hope you are still taking plenty of photos.



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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #30 on: Feb 08, 2011, 10:43 PM »
For Rosie: The only two RMS' in the world meeting off Tristan da Cunha. It was the last call there for RMS St Helena and her future is uncertain. So RMS Queen Mary 2 could soon become the only RMS...

Spot RMS St Helena in the first picture...

Thanks Michael.  A great occasion indeed.
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #31 on: Feb 09, 2011, 01:03 PM »
Thanks for your updates Rosie,

I'm personally glad that you like QM2 - she is a great vessel indeed and well worthy of her liner status.

She has a long way to go to being the legend that our dear QE2 became but there's time yet.

Keep the posts coming!!  ;)

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #32 on: Feb 12, 2011, 03:54 PM »
'Making do' with Mary?

This header isn't really meant to be rude - it's just that I was thinking about QE2 last night; her style - her quiet dignity, her class and her quality, and the phrase 'Making do' became linked with all the 'noise' on board QM2 in my mind!
Would anyone ever even dream of 'Making do' with QE2?  No - absolutely not!
It's not that Mary would bite you if you were rude about her either - although she might go off in a sulk for a while…
...Or she might give you a bit of a hard time in the launderette, for example.
In there, there are always around 4- 5 people in a space that's no more than say 8' x 3' and The Aussies don't seem to 'do' queues.
After the incident the other day, when the iron started smoking, there was another this morning, one that could have happened as a direct response to my overnight thoughts of QE2!
While I was ironing, now halfway through dress shirt number 2, (these shirts take care and a little extra time, you understand) a discussion regarding Launderette Rage began.   “Did you know there was a woman who attacked another woman with an iron last year?' a Guest asked the assembled company.
'No? - Never - my old man would have killed her', responded another.
Then to me, 'Excuse me - how much longer will you be here for - there's only 2 irons in here...and he's on the other' she said, with her pointy finger going in the direction of an elderly man with a bit of a shakey ironing hand.
I replied that I'd nearly finished - and with that she started calling me something like a bl**dy pom!

Mindful of recent experiences, I wonder just how far Mary’s ‘getting her own back’ might reach!
For instance, yesterday, there was a lady in a lift who, after 4 others got in, started screaming - 'Get me out' etc,  Get out you ***ing crowd'
I guess the ‘crowd’ had been made to seem even bigger owing to the fact that three of the inside walls of the lifts are coated with mirrored glass!
On my visit to a talk in the ships hospital, the Doctor had described the type of psychosis that can be bought on by the use of scopolomine (anti-seasickness) patches; maybe this poorly lady was possibly using the patches….and who knows, she might well have been talking in affectionate terms about QE2, too!

Importantly, there are many on board here who have sailed on her, and out of those having seen her post-2008, most are convinced that ‘Oh-she-was-such-a-lovely-ship’ is rusting and rotting away in Dubai.
Hopefully some are now better informed – once they get home, they may just fish Rob’s good ‘labels’ out of their pockets and have a look at the Forum.

Btw - the Lifts / Elevators on Queen Mary 2 deserve a topic of their own!
They are stunning in every respect, and for the purposes of this 'Live from...', it might be better to leave something about them till later.

Despite these somewhat difficult events, Mary is full of lovely surprises too, and in many respects, she really does seem to be emerging as the worthy successor to QE2.  The crewmembers whose first ship she is, refer to her as My Ship - isn't this a good sign?  
And there’s the lovely lady from Liverpool who has done the World Cruise no less than 10 times!  Being extremely helpful, she’s told us exactly what to expect for the World Cruise dinner – beginning with ‘everyone one wears their special best frock’, and finishing with the words ‘…and everyone gets absolutely plastered’!!

Our departure from Durban was delayed. However the long harbour walls, car-parks and other vantage points were packed with onlookers – and there were at least a hundred small craft that had assembled to accompany us out of the harbour. They all waited and waited, and finally came with us, enjoying (I’ll bet!) at least 9 blasts of the whistles. It was long after dark.
This had been our final call in Africa. Sadly we didn’t get nearer to ‘big game’, Zulus, the lovely Garden Route or the great Drakensburg mountains.  However our delay was due to the late arrival of the adventurous Guests who had travelled overland from Cape Town to Durban while we rounded the Cape with Mary. She showed us the last of African coast; the skies and sea did change just a wee bit as we sailed across the oceans, from the South Atlantic into the Indian Ocean.

One of the best surprises has occurred since we left Cape Town; having joined a 'hosted' table, can you guess what's happened?
One of the other guests at the table is a already a Member of The QE2 Story Forum - he's Solent Water, and although yet to post on the forum, he’s definitely a real, genuine QE2 fan, with a love for QE2 that ‘knows no bounds’!
And... a couple of evenings ago, we were also joined by 2 more guys who have performed on QM2 over the past couple of nights, as well as over many years on QE2!   All three have said they will happily contribute to the Forum, hopefully they won’t keep us waiting too long!!

We left Mauritius last evening (more soon about that lovely Island),  
several Sea Days before Fremantle, with the clocks going forward for the next 4 – yes, that's correct, it is four, nights in succession!

Thank you to EveryOne for your posts, messages, etc.

Hi Skilly, It’s really good to hear from you – hope you’ll get shore leave before much longer!  
Perhaps we’ll miss each other by just a few hours, possibly in Freo, as well as Auckland…
If you look west – you can’t really miss The Mary – the only place where she looks ‘normal’ (whatever that is) is in Rio!, We’ll be looking out for you, and if our paths cross, we’ll will be waving as hard as we possibly can!!
She comes highly recommended – just keep out of the Launderette, don’t plan taking a voyage that has more than 6 formal nights in a row, and maybe wise to give the Veuve Cliquot a bit of a wide berth – an Aussie told me it’s US$ 20 a glass, although as yet, this is unconfirmed!

We are due in Fremantle at about 6-7.00am (tbc) on Thursday, 17th February having sailed across on the ‘Great Circle’ route. I’m not sure exactly where we’ll join the ‘lane’ into the harbour, or where we’ll be tied up– I’ll post more when I have discovered the details.
(There’s a chart up on Deck 12 showing that we’ll be arriving in the area from the west, before we actually coming into the harbour area from the north).
It might be possible to ask the Deputy Captain more at dinner this evening, - providing the ironing’s done!

Rosie
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #33 on: Feb 12, 2011, 06:28 PM »

... the launderette ...
In there, there are always around 4- 5 people in a space that's no more than say 8' x 3'
... she [an Ausie] started calling me something like a bl**dy pom!

Re the pax launderette, no difference then from QE2!  A tiny space.  Too many rude users and it seems the same odious  behaviour. 
Of course that's because management want pax to use the (expensive but excellent) laundry service.

The Ausies ...
Re 'bl••dy pom!"  Remember the Ausies are on a loosing streak with sports.  Loosing the Ashes has really mortified them. (not to mention rugby, tennis, footy et al).  Loosing in the launderette must be just aboout the pits for them.  Keep waving the flag and the iron Rosie ;D

Never mind they will disembark in Aus in a few days.  Then you'll get Japanese pax embarking in Sydney  who will disembark in Mumbai  then Indians who will board in Tokyo leave in DBX.  Both sets will hate the food, and complain like mad while on board but they will have put a notch on their guns (by travelling on the Cunard flagship).  (If it's anything like the QE2's world cruises). Fun really (NOT).. 

Seriously, though Rosie, thank you for  superbly written report, as ever, this time truly funny. 

Don't know how you find the time to do it ... but many thanks for making my day yet again.

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #34 on: Feb 15, 2011, 08:17 AM »
Thank you Pat!

Update!
Captain's midday message - relayed to staterooms as well as throughout the ship.
Unfortunately, the message is serious as the ship's been struggling due to gas turbine problems.
Speed reduced to 16 knots, instead of expected 26 knots.
Therefore arrival at Fremantle on 17.02.2011 will be delayed by 4 hours.
However, the engineers have worked [valiantly, my words, not his!] overnight and they are now working well,
and ship's speed is now on it's way up again.
Unfortunately this was not relayed into Illuminations -
the place where a lecture was being given.

The sea is moderate - with a bit of a swell, a bit of a breeze - force 6 (60 mph total 'across the decks')
It's pouring with rain - Mary is still highly Majestic!
and there's just one very small place to sit outside without getting soaked, and I've found it!! te he!!
Rosie - in the midst of the Indian Ocean
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #35 on: Feb 16, 2011, 08:13 AM »
Then you'll get Japanese pax embarking in Sydney  who will disembark in Mumbai  then Indians who will board in Tokyo leave in DBX.  Both sets will hate the food, and complain like mad while on board but they will have put a notch on their guns (by travelling on the Cunard flagship).  (If it's anything like the QE2's world cruises).

We've been lucky then. I have found myself on QE2 each time with Japanese fellow passengers and have found them to be just as gentle and polite and appreciative on board as they are in Japan itself. And a lot is done to make them feel at home too -- menus in Japanese, and a reasonably decent Japanese breakfast in the Lido. But of course, they travel on QE2 for the European food, as they can have far better Japanese food at home.

As for the Indians... did they like your curry? Pia and I were very lucky, as we were both recognised as vegetarians early on, and were spoilt with vegetarian curry dishes cooked for us by the Indian chefs on board. Truly spoilt for choice!

The Japanese also eat curry -- but you probably know that it is English curry, rather than Indian curry, a very different flavour indeed. They may have thought that your curries were not the real thing!   ;D

P.S. With Moderator's hat on -- this will need to be moved to the QE2 section!

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #36 on: Feb 16, 2011, 11:39 AM »
Re the pax launderette, no difference then from QE2!  A tiny space.  Too many rude users and it seems the same odious  behaviour. 
Of course that's because management want pax to use the (expensive but excellent) laundry service.

The Ausies ...
Re 'bl••dy pom!"  Remember the Ausies are on a loosing streak with sports.  Loosing the Ashes has really mortified them. (not to mention rugby, tennis, footy et al).  Loosing in the launderette must be just aboout the pits for them.  Keep waving the flag and the iron Rosie ;D

Never mind they will disembark in Aus in a few days.  Then you'll get Japanese pax embarking in Sydney  who will disembark in Mumbai  then Indians who will board in Tokyo leave in DBX.  Both sets will hate the food, and complain like mad while on board but they will have put a notch on their guns (by travelling on the Cunard flagship).  (If it's anything like the QE2's world cruises). Fun really (NOT).. 

Seriously, though Rosie, thank you for  superbly written report, as ever, this time truly funny. 

Don't know how you find the time to do it ... but many thanks for making my day yet again.


Pat - perhaps I wasn't clear.
In your comments and  pink bit that you have copied, it seems that you may have been mislead by what I wrote.
I am sorry, it wasn't my intention at all to be unclear, or misleading about what was at the time, a very amusing discussion
The lady referred to as using the words bl**dy pom was actually not Australian,
and it was in fact a very light-hearted situation where general banter was the 'order of the day'.

More about the 'Wonders of Mary'!
Some of the treasures of our time on board QM2 are the amount of lovely surprises that the good ship has in store for the unsuspecting passenger.
Even after 35 days on board, Mighty Mary still has the ability to give us such good and unexpected treats - we do feel incredibly lucky, and continue to try and keep an open mind about absolutely everything.
This is a wonderful opportunity to meet and get to know people from all round the world, this includes the crew, hotel staff, as well as our fellow travellers.
Among the passengers, there have been at least 20 different nationalities listed in some of the  daily programmes.
Hopefully we shall continue to have the opportunity to meet and share some of the things about life in general, as well as of those on board The Mary. 
We, like many on board, are finding it wonderful to discover things as they happen, in preference to any advance knowledge of what might be round the next corner.


Today, I discovered a little wooden and brass model of a wee boat. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of craftsmanship I have ever seen.
She is called 'Swan' and was given to Queen Mary 2 by ALSTOM, at the yard in St Nazaire where she was built.
I 'm very much looking forward to take the 'guided tour' from the Purser's office;  a treat being kept for after Sydney - our next 'run' of Sea Days.

This evening the sea is going past the windows at speed - Mary is almost rocking!
It even feels just a bit bumpy!
Fremantle tomorrow...suddenly it feels as if the other side of the world is quite a long way off....

Hope all's well with you all - and on Friday, 12.30 UK time, we'll be thinking hard about Jem and his family.
Rosie - heading for landfall in Western Australia.
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.

Offline Chris Frame

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #37 on: Feb 17, 2011, 07:31 AM »
Rosie has arrived in Fremantle:

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Offline Chris Frame

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #38 on: Feb 17, 2011, 08:50 AM »
One last one for Rosie!
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Offline Chris Frame

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #39 on: Feb 17, 2011, 02:49 PM »
Just been speaking to Rosie as QM2 prepares to sail.

All is well aboard.

TQS met via phone and text today as QM2's delayed arrival and work commitments made it hard to meet in person.

Photos or arrival here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chriscunard/sets/72157625948769031/

PS: Rosie is wishing Skilly all the best as he is at sea also, though not aboard QM2.
« Last Edit: Feb 17, 2011, 02:55 PM by Chris »
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