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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #60 on: Mar 11, 2011, 10:03 AM »
CUNARD STATEMENT
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> Queen Mary 2 is currently in Japanese waters on passage between Osaka and Nagasaki, where she is due to arrive tomorrow (12 March). The ship is currently 450 miles south west of the epicentre of this morning's earthquake, and it is extremely unlikely that the ship will be affected in any way by  the earthquake or its aftershocks. The Commodore has made an announcement from the bridge to advise passengers of the situation.
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #61 on: Mar 11, 2011, 12:30 PM »
CUNARD STATEMENT
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> Queen Mary 2 is currently in Japanese waters on passage between Osaka and Nagasaki, where she is due to arrive tomorrow (12 March). The ship is currently 450 miles south west of the epicentre of this morning's earthquake, and it is extremely unlikely that the ship will be affected in any way by  the earthquake or its aftershocks. The Commodore has made an announcement from the bridge to advise passengers of the situation.
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Thanks Rob for the info from Cunard and more importantly from Rosie - when I heard of the disaster in Japan and knowing the proximity of Rosie and QM2 to that area my thoughts immediately turned to her.

I see Tsunami warnings for a number of countries as a result of this quake - doesnt look good.

Gav

Offline Janice Naylor

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #62 on: Mar 11, 2011, 04:05 PM »
When I heard of the earthquake/tsunami warnings my first thoughts were of Rosie and the QM2 also ... thanks for posting Rob and letting us know Rosie and the ship are OK.

Janice
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #63 on: Mar 11, 2011, 05:23 PM »
I heard on the BBC news just now that all Japanese ports are closed for the time being. I wonder whether QM2 will manage to land in Nagasaki...

I would be sorry if not -- it is a fascinating city. So glad that QM2 managed to get to Osaka before this dreadful disaster happened...

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #64 on: Mar 11, 2011, 09:09 PM »


Cunard's latest post on Facebook states:
"We are in communication with Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria. All of our guests and crew are safe and well, we will update you here if any itineraries should change."
« Last Edit: Mar 11, 2011, 10:46 PM by Lynda »
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #65 on: Mar 11, 2011, 10:50 PM »
Looking forward to hearing more news from Rosie when she is able to communicate.   

The latest Facebook feed from Cunard states that the QM2 has arrived at Nagasaki but the port will remain closed.  Looks like the ship will be sailing to Beijing after picking up passengers. 
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #66 on: Mar 12, 2011, 04:41 AM »
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QM2's call to Nagasaki has been cancelled, she will continue to Beijing & arrive as scheduled. All guests & crew are safe & accounted for.

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Offline Twynkle

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #67 on: Mar 12, 2011, 02:01 PM »
A brief update following the catastrophic earthquake tsunami in Japan
There's been no internet link for QM2 for the past 3 days, now the satellite link is overloaded, otherwise this would have reached you sooner.

Thanks so much to Everyone for so many messages.

Just to let you know that we are now re-united with the 32 Guests that had been on an organised shore excursion,  'overnighting' to Tokyo and we are now sailing in the Yellow Sea towards China - with all the little fishing boats to watch out for.

At the time of writing the news gets worse for Japan - and there's a significant and difficult irony in having watched the beautiful port of Nagasaki, as reports come through that there are serious problems with one, possibly two of the nuclear reactors, and a new significant aftershock this evening.
We are thinking so much about the lovely people that we met - students, our tour guide, those on the ship who stayed for a few days
and many others who have been so kind to us all.

The ship's company have worked incredibly hard all day - many having had to forgo the rare opportunity of a port visit.

Rosie.
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 highlander0108

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #68 on: Mar 13, 2011, 06:55 PM »
This blog, written by another couple on this eventful World Cruise with Rosie, has an excellent write up regarding the passenger transfer, including pictures.  If you look carefully, it appears Mr. Shanks is helping the passengers guests back on board.
http://jryan2011.wordpress.com/
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Offline Twynkle

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #69 on: Mar 14, 2011, 01:19 PM »
Greetings to All- from Beiijing!

Following a very misty voyage across the China Sea, am now sitting in a brand new Amazing Cruise Terminal - made in China!
The ship's been incredibly busy over the past few days, and today's been no different.
The Bridge was highly occupied with 'Watching', as the mist over the Yellow Sea, then a Big Wind and Foghorn at full blast (great!!)  must have meant total concentration for all concerned. The muffled echo across the sea was really quite eerie.
Last night on going to say Goodnight to the SEa - I couldn't walk across the decks from doors to railing such was the strength of the Chinese Breeze!

Just back from a 12 hour shore excursion, Temple of Heaven - (fear this wasn't too heavenly, bleak and freezing cold) then onto the Forbidden City - with the best bit at the end - a wonderful small garden, and last but not least - a visit to Tianneman Square.
Spent nearly half an hour there - Thoughts still with people of Japan, Christchurch and the Nobel Prize winner imprisoned in China, his wife still under house arrest, and the many many who died as a result of the protests on 4th June 1989.

Sitting in the Cruise Terminal - free WiFi here, and note there are 101+ emails, so as we sail shortly, there's just one gangway owing to the Official's restrictions in this country, maybe it's time to say goodnight from Beijing, and will be back soon

Rosie
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: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #70 on: Mar 14, 2011, 10:57 PM »
Pleased to read that all passengers are accounted for and are safe.  Ive been reading blogs and witness reports and its just beyond belief what has been happening these past few days.

My thoughts go out to all those suffering and struggling in and around Japan during this hard time. :-\

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #71 on: Mar 15, 2011, 10:59 AM »
The chart for the World Voyage segment: Sydney to Hong Kong sold at auction on board Queen Mary 2 for US$2500.
The proceeds are to contribute to World Voyage Charities
These include funds for Earthquake survivors in Christchurch and Japan, the survivors of the floods in Australia, and Cunard's special project - an orphanage in the Philippines.
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: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #72 on: Mar 17, 2011, 12:32 PM »
St Patrick's Day on QM2 -
The sea's turned a sort of yellowy green in tune with the mood on board as we recently turned SW'erly into the Straights of Taiwan, en route to an overnight call at Hong Kong.

There are many guests who have managed to find a sort of shamrock colour to wear - and a few may have experienced feeling a bit green as QM2 has been letting us know that there's a gentle swell in this part of the world too.
We are expecting  the beer in the Golden Lion  to have turned green, although In Shanghai yesterday, several reported that there wasn't a green silk bow-tie to be had anywhere.
Anyone arriving from Mars might think that the Irish had taken us over - in fact they might have done, although it hasn't been mentioned in the Daily Programme...yet!!

On the Bit Behind the Bridge at lunchtime the computer / radar screens were full of life - little and several larger ships 'keeping us company'.
It's been good to watch on the decks as QM2 sails past most at 25.8 kts, as if she's showing them all how 'it' should really be done - it's not difficult at all to imagine how it must have been time and time again on board QE2.
There was a good 'list' from stbd to port yesterday evening - we were tied up in the biggest container port in the world (yes - much, much bigger than Dubai!) and as the tide rose, we were needing to wait for it to peak before sailing out. It was impressive, both the docking in a very tight parking bit between two 'small' container ships', and then speeding off from no kts to several in seconds, before the water depth dropped any further. We knew the depth was particularly shallow (sorry, as can't remember exactly how much it measured - hoping some one else might let us know!)
Before we sailed and from on the quay, alongside, I dropped a red rose into the sea - this was in very loving memory of  Saga Rose. You'll remember that she was taken to the Yangtse River to be scrapped less than a year ago, not too far from where we were on QM2.

By the way - if ever you get the chance, go to Shanghai; it's the most amazing place, everyone loved it!

700 passengers disembark in Hong Kong - as well as many crew members.
The latter will be missed much by their friends, and of the new crew joining, several will need to be trained by those remaining.

Thanks to everyone for their messages. - thinking of you, and wishing you all well.
Thinking too, of the rest of the world.
It feels as if we are sealed in our own bubble at times - and it's difficult to reconcile this with the tragic experiences of all in Japan as well as Christchurch and the 'trouble spots' in the Middle East
Rosie.
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: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #73 on: Mar 17, 2011, 02:19 PM »
Good to hear from you again, Rosie.  Keep those updates coming.  It certainly has been an eventful World Cruise that you will remember for many reasons 
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #74 on: Mar 17, 2011, 06:38 PM »
Always good to read your posts, Rosie.  Thanks for being so conscientious about letting us know what's happening on and around the QM2.  I can't imagine what it feels like being at sea for so long.

Janice
Whenever I hear a sea story I think of the first time I saw the QE2 and the great adventures that followed.

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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #75 on: Mar 24, 2011, 04:24 PM »
Greetings from the Sea,  Everyone!

Thank you for messages, some mentioning the possibilities of us having nine lives, and other sort adventurous sea stuff - someone too, mentioned the T*tanic!!
Just having been to say goodnight to The Sea, we are fine, hot and sticky!

It's been quite a week for Mighty Mary - in fact it could be her mighty size that is partially at the root of what matters these days!
Trouble is, like her Guests, QM2 doesn't find it easy to stick to a diet.

This time a few days ago - (sorry, but having spent over about 80 days on board, the odd number of days or so get 'lost in translation')
we were sailing North, into Beijing -having had snow in Kyoto, plenty of fog, it was freezing cold and also very windy ashore.
Then - having found ourselves as what can only be described as 'over-watched' again,  we buzzed about Shanghai - loving the colourful and dynamic feel of the city, we then sailed round the outside of Hong Kong harbour - and QM2's magnificent anchor rumbled down and did its stuff well.
It was here that we were required to use what can be best described as small 'boats for the masses!'
It wasn't possible for the ship's tenders to be deployed round the clock, and the Chinese officials of HK not only denied us parking space in the harbour, they evidently thought we'd enjoy being parked as 'junk' in Junk Bay - and worse still, QM2 wasn't able to take on any of the essentials such as Weetabix.
It was a little disturbing to meet passengers from one of Seabourn's  'yachts' on the way down from the Peak, and hear at first hand how they had been delighted to find themselves parked alongside the Ocean Terminal, although they did admit to feeling sea-sick en route.
Hey - This was QE2's old stamping ground - so why was it not Mighty Mary's too?
Commodore Warner has commented on Mary's size, on more than one occasion - and usually in relation to the designated parking places.  Hopefully none of her future guests will be put off by the often long coach journey to and from the desired destination....
Tomorrow - our call is at Singapore, and the shuttle journey (thankfully a 'free' one) will again take one hour plus.
Container ports are interesting - up to a point and hopefully this interest won't wear too thin!!

Anyway - after a damp couple of days in HK, when we treated by friends to a wonderful, typically English liquid picnic complete with rain, we then sailed for Vietnam.
Sailing into the harbour - a couple of fishermen in tiny coracles, each one with a very small paddle, bobbed towards QM2's bow - and then alongside - then away towards a beautiful sunrise and into the wake - they waved, so did we and it was wonderful.

Here, not only did  Mighty Mary's anchor come into its own again, the tenders were up (or rather 'down') and running within minutes (almost seconds)  of our arrival - this was the stuff of such good memories of QE2...and just as awesome.  The speed at which the deck crew worked was incredible, and although it must have been an exhausting day for all concerned, it was one that was truly well worth all their efforts.

On from Vietnam, and another single Sea Day, as we sailed towards Bangkok.
Up early, hoping as usual to beat it up to the Bit Beneath the Bridge before we reached the harbour wall of Laem Chabang, the huge port outside Bangkok city.
To our surprise,  QM2 was being  greeted by thunder, lightening, horizontal rain, a great wind (?80kph) blasting at her beam, and water was being forced through the seals of the heavy wooden doors of deck 7, then into and across the floor of the Winter Garden. The latter adding a second water feature to the waterfall  already in situ...
Needless to say, the Observation Deck could have been the best possible place to be - however for safety reasons, it was out of bounds.

Following a seemingly brilliant bit of parking up against a 'short' bit of wall alongside in a tight space, we went in search of silk, and found traffic gridlocked all the way into the centre of town.
Because of delays to most of the 56 coaches (!) that left the quayside, the ship's departure time was delayed - and delayed again, this time for different reasons.
The Commodore gave us a brief explanation - the doors of the thruster weren't working properly. Some time later, a wee Thai tug was seen giving  the great bow a bit of a nudge.  To this inexperienced pair of eyes,  the exit would have been incredibly challenging, no matter what - and it was just lovely to sail away calmly into the hot and humid night,  after a long and what must have been yet another exhausting day for Officers and Crew alike.

Currently, we are almost rocking, there's a bit of swell - and from 'up front' in the Library, it feels as if QM2 is having her skirt pulled about a bit - as if by an enthusiastic  wee child encouraging it's mother to 'come on'.

There's to be yet another change of Guests tomorrow.
After the influx of 700 in HK, including those having read 'Readers Offers' from 'B'rum', 700 more Aussies are leaving tomorrow to go home with some great memories - we will miss them.

Not many days now until we reach Dubai, hopefully QE2 will quite enjoy the call of her old friend and fleet-mate.

Hope this finds you all well.

Rosie.

« Last Edit: Mar 24, 2011, 04:44 PM by Twynkle »
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: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #76 on: Mar 31, 2011, 02:07 AM »
For those not following this QM2 World Cruise Blog, here is Commodore Warner's sobering announcement on the precautions the ship will be taking as she sails through the pirate infested waters.  Godspeed QM2 and Rosie!  She's had quite a trip and seeing QE2 is only days away!

http://jryan2011.wordpress.com/

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Offline Twynkle

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #77 on: Mar 31, 2011, 04:12 AM »
Steaming (literally!!!) across the Arabian Sea bit of the Indian Ocean.

Ken - Re the post from another Guest.
 I was of the thinking that the details of all security precautions (now well instated) were probably best maintained as confidential!
The same precautions were implemented last year, too.

Will post more about this magnificent ship later, once the dolphins have gone for breakfast!

All the best

Rosie - at sunrise.

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 highlander0108

Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #78 on: Mar 31, 2011, 04:48 AM »
I was of the thinking that the details of all security precautions (now well instated) were probably best maintained as confidential!
The same precautions were implemented last year, too.

I guess they should have shut down the internet access onboard! Hopefully, none of the pirates have internet access or the ability to use Google!  Perhaps QM2 will also show her maximum speed as she traverses this area.  She will not be easy to catch at that speed, as was similarily mentioned when QE2 made her last voyage through this area.  I'm sure Cunard has plenty of security measures that they have NOT revealed.
« Last Edit: Mar 31, 2011, 05:08 PM by highlander0108 »
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Re: Live from RMS Queen Mary 2
« Reply #79 on: Mar 31, 2011, 01:27 PM »
I know QM2 has two of those ear-blasting, high intensity sound devices for repelling unwanted "guests", but curious if she has any other defensive measures besides her speed.

 

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