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Offline highlander0108

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« Reply #40 on: May 11, 2010, 12:16 PM »
As Kyle mentioned, Robbie Coltrane was on the last winter crossing, January 2008, as was I.  I will not forget this since I ran into him after watching a Harry Potter movie in the theater, which I did not make it through to the end....a combination of comfy seats, very warm temperature, and jet lag catching up to me.  Robbie was onboard with his son and he looks much smaller in person than in the Potter movies.  ;)
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« Reply #41 on: May 19, 2010, 08:55 PM »
Snapped whilst waiting to disembark QV in NY - Robbie on his balcony.

Offline Cruisemarsh

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« Reply #42 on: Jun 15, 2010, 09:45 PM »
Not on QE2 when I was on, but when we cruised on Caronia (now Saga Ruby) my late grandad was adamant that Barry Humphreys was onboard as he saw someone that looked a bit like him and my grandad was looking forward to him putting on his famous acts as part of the showtime. Needless to say it never happened and also that it probably wasn't Barry after all.

When I was on QM2 we had Jimmy Saville onboard as we sailed up past Scarborough on her maiden voyage to Scotland and the Norwegian fjords in July 2004.
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Offline Bren

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« Reply #43 on: May 03, 2011, 11:02 PM »
I was on-board with Jackie and Sunny Mann in the 90s.  What I really liked was that when we docked in Gib an RAF car collected them from the Quay and took them to the RAF Officers Mess.  I was told that the QE2 Captain had contacted the RAF...

Jackie was signing his book on-board and it is with deep regret that I did obtain this...

Offline Rod

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« Reply #44 on: Oct 29, 2011, 08:38 PM »
I was the Officer in charge of the launch that picked up Princess DI,,,"from an undisclosed location" to take her to the QE2. Lovely Lady...out of her depth, but extremely likable. She made it a point to thank ALL of the boat crew, even those standing station fore and aft. Great loss to humanity!

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« Reply #45 on: Oct 29, 2011, 08:39 PM »
AND do not forget the MUPPETS!
They were carried over to the UK in the hold.
These are the facts folks!

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« Reply #46 on: Nov 09, 2011, 06:24 PM »
Sir Jimmy Saville, a major UK Celebrity for many decades (if you're over 30 years old anyway) and a lifelong QE2 fan and regular passenger, was buried today.  I certainly have very strong memories of him from when I was a child, he was a major TV and radio celebrity then, and never disappeared from view.

On my visits to the Queens in Greenock on the past couple of years, I only asked the first time why, when passing one cabin in particular, I could smell cigar smoke!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-15647363

Reflecting his love of the sea, he has chosen -

Quote from: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-15647363
His body will be set at an angle of 45-degrees at a cemetery in Scarborough "to enable him to see the sea", funeral director Robert Morphet said.

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« Reply #47 on: Nov 09, 2011, 08:36 PM »

RIP Jimmy.
He and Jim Bowen, both very regularly on QE2 were the only two entertainers (as far as I know) who were made honourary members of the Fo'c's'le Club.  Though I never met them there (our cruises never coincided) both were very popular with crew.

PS: anyone noticed this? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forecastle  (bottom pic) 
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Offline Rod

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« Reply #48 on: Nov 10, 2011, 12:22 AM »
29th April 1987 A charity function onboard QE2. Prior the departure of the NEW QE2 to New York

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Offline peter ward

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« Reply #49 on: Nov 10, 2011, 08:30 AM »
Rita Moreno did travel on the QE2 but she was actually working doing cabaret . I know as I was the steward who looked after her in the TOW. along with joe loss and his bad and several minor celebs ..including paul melba the impressionist and the Inkspots !
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« Reply #50 on: Nov 10, 2011, 10:12 AM »
I was on embarkation duty one time ,two deck foyer amidships ,when I was given a bunch of flowers to deliver to a stateroom on two deck aft somewhere ...so I set off down two deck and spotted a bedroom stewardess at  a cabin door .
not knowing where my delivery was to go I stopped to ask ,as I did the cabin door opened and there stood danny la rue  (the drag queen did you know he used to be a steward on the old queens ) then from underneath his arm (he was quite tall) or so its seems appeared wayne sleep the dancer who on spotting the flowers said ' oooooh are they for me ' whereupon I said no they are not and made my way aft !!
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Offline Bob C.

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« Reply #51 on: Nov 10, 2011, 12:48 PM »
Rita Moreno did travel on the QE2 but she was actually working doing cabaret . I know as I was the steward who looked after her in the TOW. along with joe loss and his bad and several minor celebs ..including paul melba the impressionist and the Inkspots !

Rita performing in the Double Down Room in June 1977 - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,281.msg5032.html#msg5032

Quick observation, Pete.   If you looked after her in the TOW, that would have been 1978 or after as it was still the Britannia Restaurant in 1977 when the above referenced photo was taken.  That would also mean that Rita traveled on QE2 more than once - the lady has good taste!
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« Reply #52 on: Nov 10, 2011, 04:08 PM »
hi bob, actually I think it was 1979 ,it was the first time we had been to china and joe loss performed there. rita was (is she still with us ?) a great lady , she had no airs and graces and was more at home with the crew.. So it must've been the tables of the world by then .......but time blur's your memory so I can't be 100% sure.
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Offline Twynkle

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« Reply #53 on: Dec 05, 2011, 09:23 AM »
On November 17th,
Mr Eric Flounders has written about Sir Jimmy Savile

http://wearecunard.com/2011/11/as-it-happened/
« Last Edit: Dec 05, 2011, 12:53 PM 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.

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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« Reply #54 on: Nov 08, 2012, 11:35 PM »
Sugar Ray Leonard (the champion boxer) as a passenger, in a boxing match with Steve Sinclair (a crew member and waiter on the QE2) :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?gl=GB&hl=en&client=mv-google&v=F8h0boyLcJk&nomobile=1

Offline Bob C.

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« Reply #55 on: Nov 10, 2012, 12:37 PM »
Unless I saw that video, I would have never believed there was ever a boxing match, especially involving Sugar Ray, in the Double Room/Grand Lounge.  Great find!

Offline riskygizmo

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« Reply #56 on: Nov 10, 2012, 02:12 PM »
Off at a bit of a tangent here, but Cunard's boxing waiters are nothing new (remember Big John Prescott's jab at the bloke who threw the egg a few years back ::) ).

If you get a chance, check out the film "Al's Lads" (released as "Capone's Boys" in the U.S). It's set in the 1920s and concerns the adventures of a bunch of waiters on the Mauretania who jump ship in New York and end up working for Al Capone. I can't claim it's a great bit of cinema, but it does show waiters boxing for the entertainment of passengers. And, for any Scousers amongst you, there's the added fun of playing "spot the location" of the New York and Chicago scenes.
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« Reply #57 on: Nov 10, 2012, 05:04 PM »
And lets not forget the classic scenes in Fast Boat to China when Alan Whicker dispels the myths of waiters being limp wristed (his words not mine) as they get involved in a boxing match in l believe Pattaya....Mindyou these were ashore and not onboard. Im sure onboard has seen various forms of boxing as well  ;)
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« Reply #58 on: Nov 10, 2012, 07:20 PM »
Jack Humphries, QE2's "Donkeyman for many years, used to earn a bit of extra cash when he was on the cargo boats that would wait for 2-4 weeks for cargoes. he would enter the "Golden Gloves" competitions along the east coast of the US. Did pretty well. Stood him in good stead when discipline was achieved through muscle.
When an Assistant Mechanic, that I "logged" threatened me with bodily harm....Jack took care of it! A/M looked like he had been through 10 rounds with Ali!

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« Reply #59 on: Aug 04, 2013, 09:22 PM »
I read Samantha Janus (East Enders Ronnie Mitchell) apparently lived on QE2 with her Grandmother for a while

Returning to TV, so she's in the papers again;

http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/fashion-beauty/418315/Mum-on-the-run-Samantha-Womack-on-returning-to-EastEnders
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Offline Tony

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« Reply #60 on: Aug 06, 2013, 06:10 AM »
I remember Jim Bowen on the first "cruise to nowhere".
It was a two night trip down the solent and back. He did a game show in the lounge. Rod Stewart and Britt Eklund together in 87 I think as well.

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« Reply #61 on: Aug 13, 2013, 07:21 PM »
Now that the Cunard website no longer has the celebrity passenger list available for QE2, these are the ones I can remember from my time aboard.

Lord Patrick Lichfield
George C Scott
Charlton Heston
Anthony Hopkins
Max Bygraves
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Jack Clugman (Quincy)
Loretta Switt (Mash)
Johny Winter (Blues-Rock Guitarist)
Reg Varney

I'm sure I must have seen others but that's all I can remember at the moment.

My Sister, who started working aboard as a photographer in '77 said that Dom Delouise was quite a regular visitor to the darkroom in early '78 though sadly I never met him. I was a big fan of his in all the Mel Brooks films.

Photo of me with Lord Lichfield.
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« Reply #62 on: Aug 22, 2013, 11:51 AM »
I have just read with interest that John Lennon & Yoko Ono intended to hold one of their 'Bed In's " on the QE2 in Cabin 1050.    I have had the pleasure of staying in No's 1039 , 1024 and 1030 and I have often wondered if anyone of note has ever occupied any of those.
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« Reply #63 on: Aug 22, 2013, 01:57 PM »
Fact of the day Fraser!

Can you say where you read it please?
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« Reply #64 on: Aug 22, 2013, 07:21 PM »
I have just read with interest that John Lennon & Yoko Ono intended to hold one of their 'Bed In's " on the QE2 in Cabin 1050.    I have had the pleasure of staying in No's 1039 , 1024 and 1030 and I have often wondered if anyone of note has ever occupied any of those.
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This is one of the good reasons why, to me, these very lovely suites should be retained in a Hotel QE2.  We have the means to do research to find which celebrities stayed in which suites and they could be named and numbered as such.
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« Reply #65 on: Sep 01, 2013, 01:11 PM »
John Lennon and Yoko Ono were also booked on this crossing.  Only the US State Dept's refusal to grant Lennon a visa prevented it.   John and Yoko were actually enroute to Southampton to board QE2 when word came that John did not get his visa.  They were going to helicopter to LeHavre to join QE2 should the visa come after QE2 departed Soton, but alas it didn't.  John and Yoko planned to hold one of their famous bed-ins on QE2, cabin 1050, and a documentary film crew was hired to film it.  Upon arrival in NY, John planned to sing A Song of Peace over the tannoy.
Oh what an amazing bit of QE2 history had John not had issues with the US bureaucracy.
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Offline Louis Betti

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« Reply #66 on: Oct 18, 2013, 07:25 PM »
Gee, no mention of George Kennedy?

He was aboard August 1992, on the "QE2 on the rocks cruise", and it was my first QE2 cruise too!

He did a lecture one day and fielded questions. Very low key, almost shy, unlike the characters he had played in countless movies.

As we started evacuating the ship the next day, of course Grill passengers were first off (some things never change!). I saw George boarding a tender, but at a good distance, and was almost tempted to shout out, "Hey, Joe Patroni, if you got that 707 moving, do something for this ship!"

That comment refers to the movie "Airport" of 1971.

We also had Kris Kristofferson performing on another cruise, did some singing and such, but then he went into a lot of politically "liberal" comments. The audience as NOT happy! We walked out, and he got some boos too!

Oh yeah, the late Lou Rawls, how could I almost forget! A great singing talent, performed in the Grand Lounge, and we later met him around the piano bar in the old Yacht Club. A real gentleman; what a voice.

If you consider them celebrities, there's also John Maxtone Graham and Bill Miller, but they fall into a different category of celebrity.

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« Reply #67 on: Jan 11, 2014, 02:40 PM »
I have searched for a long list of Celebs that traveled ( often free or reduced fee in exchange for shows I heard) but have not found. Apologies if this is already posted as it states it is from a Cunard website but I have stumbled across a long long list  posted in 2005 so apart from your viewing pleasure I link it so I know where to find it again :)  So here it is

http://www.travelserver.net/travelpage/ubb-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic&f=3&t=002994


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« Reply #68 on: Jan 11, 2014, 04:37 PM »
Thanks for posting the link Gary.  The information on celebrities onboard QE2 is a good addition to this topic.
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« Reply #69 on: Jan 11, 2014, 05:11 PM »
That is a very useful link Gary.

Cunard has removed all mention of QE2 from their website which is where the list you link to seems to have come from. Although the list is by no means complete it would be a great shame to loose all of this information, there are also many more names in this topic that are not on the list.
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« Reply #70 on: Jan 12, 2014, 10:52 AM »
Lynda and Alan your both most welcome and I have copied and pasted the list in Word and emailed to myself as a further double back up in case this link disappears in the future as well :)

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« Reply #71 on: Jan 12, 2014, 04:19 PM »
I remember saying 'Good Morning' to the actor Sir John Mills once in the 1980s.
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« Reply #72 on: Jan 13, 2014, 06:27 PM »
It really would be very good to add to the list.
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« Reply #73 on: Jan 14, 2014, 10:16 AM »
It may be nice to link some sites that show who these Celebs are as younger persons may not remember/know.

http://www.kingofthemusic.com/index.php/bio/touring-for-the-troops

Lionel Blair and fashion 1969
http://www.britishpathe.com/video/fashion-on-the-q-e-2/query/ballets

Lots of videos circa 1969//may have found a gem on the Pathe News site  Thanks Pathe

http://www.britishpathe.com/search/query/qe2

Bert Weedon 1988 
http://www.bertweedon.com/6thmarch1988.html

more on his site with Count Baisy and others on the QE2 1972

http://www.bertweedon.com/bert+cbasie.htm

http://www.bertweedon.com/features.htm

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Offline George C Griffiths

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« Reply #74 on: Jan 20, 2014, 10:28 AM »
In the year 2007 we had Flight Lieutenant John Nichol on board - and we had the pleasure of meeting him many times - in addition to attending his lectures. He also very kindly agreed to my filming a "private" interview of him by my 10 years old niece in the Lido one evening! We dined in the Queens Grill and so did he - so we met often. Here is a picture of him with me.

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« Reply #75 on: Jan 21, 2014, 03:05 PM »
Whilst on board I remember going to a lecture with John Maxtone Graham which was brilliant and afterwards I bought his book 'The Only Way to Cross' which I still have.  I think the most memorable lecture I ever attended on board though was a chap called Hermes Pan (what a name!) who was Fred Astaire's choreographer.  It was absolutely fascinating and he had some wonderful footage of him dancing with Astaire, most notably in a routine called 'me and the ghost upstairs'.  Fantastic stuff.

Other than those two the only other 'celebrities' who were on board whilst I was travelling was Russell Grant and Bobby Crush (of Opportunity Knocks infamy).  Not something I got that excited about to be honest!  Otherwise I can only remember dad mentioning Julie Andrews being on board but don't know if that was QE2 or perhaps old QE.  He said she swore like a trooper which was a bit of a surprise to everyone.  I think the  favourite person he met was Harry Worth the comedian (again not sure if this was QE2 or another ship) - they hit it off quite well apparantly and can imagine that as probably sense of humour was up my dad's street.

I also have Neil Armstrong's autograph dedicated to dad on some Cunard Countess notepaper from when his wife launched the ship back in 1976.  Not sure if dad spoke to him much though beyond getting him to sign the paper.


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« Reply #76 on: Jan 25, 2014, 02:02 PM »
I like what Buzz Aldrin wrote in the Visitors Book in 1997...

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« Reply #77 on: Jan 27, 2014, 01:37 AM »
Quote
and Bobby Crush (of Opportunity Knocks infamy).  Not something I got that excited about to be honest!       

Gosh l remember him from a Med cruise in 88,..3 femail friends on that cruise were at great pains to advise me to watch out for his "keyboard" :-X and to think he "came out" 16 years later..

Then again there was (Commander) Gordon Honeycombe :D from TVAM and Frankie Howard ;D along with Clair Reynor :( and Lional Blair ;D. what i found interesting was how they were so different from what they appear on screen. Frankie Howard l met in the yacht club, and Lional Blair went up in my estimations at the Hotel Managers party, in London afterwards he recognised me outside The Ritz as the "QE2 postman..." it was for me a very memorable cruise meeting famous faces... and there was Mr Saville... and Vince Hill 
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« Reply #78 on: Jan 27, 2014, 02:03 PM »
It is great to hear The Forum members celebrity stories and of course about the greatest celebrity, our QE2 herself. 
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« Reply #79 on: Jan 27, 2014, 02:55 PM »
Anyone remember Martin McNair cooking on QE2? I must admit this is the first time I hear of this celebrity chef :

http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/10965219.Rock_star_chef_Martin_McNair_s_seasonal_cooking_tips/