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Offline QE2 whistle

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #300 on: Jan 21, 2011, 12:26 PM »
Queen Elizabeth is going through the Panama Canal tomorrow (Saturday).  See www.pancanal.com.

Offline QE2 whistle

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #301 on: Jan 22, 2011, 01:17 PM »
Elizabeth is just approaching the Gatun Locks just now.

Offline QE2 Canuck

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #302 on: Jan 22, 2011, 04:56 PM »
I'm watching her too in the canal.... through a link from Kroooz-cams -Portcams-Central America...link to Panama Canal Schedules through Seacruise forum.   the Miraflores (Pacific side) Hi Res camera does a wonderful job of watching the ships come through and will do closeups if they have time. But as I found out yesterday with Queen Victoria going though, the cameras got slow and didn't refresh as often as they should, prompting an occasional manual refresh.
But what is interesting today, the people who are posting pictures on the Seacruise Forum link today of QE are calling her QE2 on the bottom of each picture..... QE2 is not forgotten.  I guess when you type or say QE  the 2 just jumps in.

QE2 Canuck     Linda C

Offline Twynkle

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #303 on: May 03, 2011, 06:13 PM »
The Royal Wedding - by Cunard!!
http://wearecunard.com/

Mods -
Am I right in thinking that there used to be a topic for Thomas Quinones on the Forum?
Given that it doesn't seem to be here now,
is it appropriate to add Thomas Quinones on Queen Elizabeth here?
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 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.

Online Lynda Bradford

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #305 on: May 31, 2011, 10:32 AM »
Quite a good review about the ship.  I do not like the bit about passengers referring to Queen Elizabeth as the new QE2.  They would not be doing that in my earshot. 
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

bobso

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Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #306 on: Jun 04, 2011, 08:43 AM »
Here is a link to the new QE--pictures and videos

http://allaboutcunard.blogspot.com/

Offline Twynkle

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #307 on: Jul 17, 2011, 01:46 PM »
Someone posting on July 13, 2011 at 10:35 am writes:
'If Cunard want to stop the rot in there company, they should check out Rob Lightbodys QE2 site and pay particular interest to his proposed Cunard Classic Cruise plans'

Regarding QE -  it seems that it's 'once more unto the breach...' - for Cunard ;)
http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/blog/?p=3314
(aka -'depression' being the place between expectations and reality!)
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.

Pat Curry

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Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #308 on: Jul 17, 2011, 08:06 PM »
Someone posting on July 13, 2011 at 10:35 am writes:
'If Cunard want to stop the rot in there company, they should check out Rob Lightbodys QE2 site and pay particular interest to his proposed Cunard Classic Cruise plans'

Sorry  :-[  I'm being thick Rosie, but can you explain a bit more.  Who posted what (in full) and where?   ???

Offline skilly56

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #309 on: Jul 18, 2011, 12:51 AM »
After coming off my blood/sweat & tears job in the Indian Ocean last Saturday, I am joining the QE on August 2nd for a month.

As father of QE's 1st Officer/Navigator I cannot post any criticisms (indeed, I do not expect there to be any!), but I will let you know how our cruises go some time in October - I come off the QE, go home to NZ for 3 days, then back to the Indian Ocean for 5 more weeks on my job before returning home again for some 'normal' life.

Cheers

Skilly

Offline Twynkle

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #310 on: Jul 18, 2011, 10:15 AM »
Sorry  :-[  I'm being thick Rosie, but can you explain a bit more.  Who posted what (in full) and where?   ???

Pat - here's the link to the Cruise Critic blog page that the quote was taken from
http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/blog/?p=3314

My post was meant to be about a couple of things - I'm sorry and not surprised that it could have seemed muddled.
Life 'beyond QM2' has been and remains incredibly challenging!

Firstly, that someone's referred to Rob's 'The Forum' etc on Cruise Critic!
and secondly -   that anyone's experience of being on board (any ship) will depend on their expectations, and the difference between these and the reality they find.
Rosie


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After coming off my blood/sweat & tears job in the Indian Ocean last Saturday, I am joining the QE on August 2nd for a month.

As father of QE's 1st Officer/Navigator I cannot post any criticisms (indeed, I do not expect there to be any!), but I will let you know how our cruises go some time in October - I come off the QE, go home to NZ for 3 days, then back to the Indian Ocean for 5 more weeks on my job before returning home again for some 'normal' life.

Cheers

Skilly

Hi Skilly!
Hope you have a great time both before during and after your travels on QE!  :)
Safe journey north - it's a bit chilly, windy and very wet here too, at the moment ::)
Looking forward to hearing about 'it' all! ;)
Rosie
 



« Last Edit: Jul 18, 2011, 10:26 AM 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.

Pat Curry

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Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #311 on: Jul 18, 2011, 08:49 PM »
Pat - here's the link to the Cruise Critic blog page that the quote was taken from
http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/blog/?p=3314

My post was meant to be about a couple of things - I'm sorry and not surprised that it could have seemed muddled.
Life 'beyond QM2' has been and remains incredibly challenging!

Firstly, that someone's referred to Rob's 'The Forum' etc on Cruise Critic!
and secondly -   that anyone's experience of being on board (any ship) will depend on their expectations, and the difference between these and the reality they find.
Rosie


No it's not you who is muddled Rosie.

When I added to Rob's fictional CunardClassic, I did say at the time that you never know who might be reading it.
I am still hoping for a knight in white armour to turn fiction into fact. 

And now, as noted elsewhere on this forum, £161m has been recently won by a lucky couple.  Had it been won by a member of this forum, I am sure I know where their priority spend would be.  Sadly, I doubt that the actual winners have QE2 on their list, but one does wonder what they will do with such a massive sum of money.

As for the pax comments on  http://www.cruisecritic.co.uk/blog/?p=3314 there does seem to be a lot of anti Cunard vitriol.  I wish I knew why. Dom and I have been on QM2 as as Captain Warwick's and Kim's guests for a pre maiden voyage luncheon, and again for his retirement lunch and both times she was docked at S'ton.  We weren't over impressed with the ship's decor, some of which seemed rather cheap and plastic, but you don't get the full feel of a ship when she is docked.  I have never been on QE and QV.

I notice that members of this forum who are lucky enough to cruise on the three new Queens are growing an affinity for them. I do wonder whether their modernity and 'glamour' fade the memories of QE2.  It would be hardly surprising. 

As to the service being in decline, I cannot say, but being as a number of the senior galley crew are long term Cunarders, and that they have much better equipment, it is not likely that there has been a decline in the standards of the food and cuisine.

Offline Twynkle

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #312 on: Aug 03, 2011, 06:45 PM »
QE is looking well - still gleaming, and she's beginning to develop more of a lived-in feel about her.
Importantly, friends working on board are loving the ship - reflecting the happy atmosphere she contains.

I managed to reach places during yesterday's flying visit that I didn't see 4 mths ago.
The 'Grills' restaurant, and The Verandah - ("Todd English", with a significant difference!).
These have been fitted out beautifully - they are stunning.

Then there's The Lido. A more formal Dining Room feel about it, there are proper carver style chairs - it left me wondering about the more casual nature of QV's Lido - as well as the Garden-y sense of the best Lido of all - QE2's  Lido.
On QV (as well as QM2 and QE2) it is lovely to join others for informal lunches...on QE, because of the layout and furniture maybe this will seem different....?

Then - one big concern. I could find nowhere where it's possible to see forward, other than through glass - or on greeeeen grass stuff! (for the latter, think  'smart-naff' - bit like QE2's maybe!!)   
(A friend might kindly do a reccie, there's just one more place for Guests - as yet untried, where the real business of sailing might be properly appreciated and enjoyed.)

Remedy, perhaps??
If the depth of 'barrier' round the Croquet Carpet could be reduced - by say 6 feet the whole way round the bow, then Guests could actually see out.  Maybe Cunard might then choose to adopt a more 'Every day at sea is a Great bad hair day' approach in relation to the Spas. They would be full, the $$$ would grow, and at the same time many of us, careless-about-hair, could all enjoy looking where we are going!
« Last Edit: Aug 04, 2011, 09:58 AM 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.

bobso

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Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #313 on: Aug 07, 2011, 08:14 AM »
Here is a link to the QE being built--


« Last Edit: Aug 07, 2011, 09:36 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

sheels

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Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #314 on: Aug 07, 2011, 12:22 PM »
I had an invitation to visit Queen Elizabeth same day as Twynkle. I had a flying tour of the grills etc....A few of the rooms were not ready to view as it was early and the cleaners were still busy, I felt sorry for the host, he tried his best. We had lunch in the Britannia, beautiful ship but cannot compare it to my QE2 at all.

I was sad when it was time to leave, other passengers were boarding as I was going down the gangway, this set the tears flowing I did not want my visit to end.

Downside of the ship, cant get a proper view of the sea at the front, and looking at her from the car park, she has no personality with most of the ship looking like a block of flats.
Still, it was a fantastic experience, just wish my Sister in Law Linda who lives in Canada could have been with me to share it

Offline skilly56

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #315 on: Aug 07, 2011, 06:34 PM »
OK Rosie,

I did find one more place that you can legally look fr'rd from - the Commodore Club/Admiral's Lounge on Deck 10. But we seem to be so busy on here that we hardly get a chance to get to these places.

Young fella is doing the 12-4 and 'camping' on the deck in his cabin while we occupy his really comfy bed. With a full house on the passenger side, we are only permitted to dine in the Lido, so we won't be seeing any other restaurants on board. After doing escort duties during the day we are both a bit stuffed anyway, so it seems to be shower and bed on port days.

There are crew cabins across the front of 7 Deck where we are, and the occupants can use the full-width deck across the front of the ship. Very nice when no breeze is blowing.

Cheers

Skilly

Offline Rod

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #316 on: Aug 07, 2011, 08:12 PM »
I am sorry...have not read all the posts, just skipped through. I have no interest, other than general, with any other Queen apart from the 2 that are in my life. Well 3 if you count the wife! HM Queen Elizabeth the second, and RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 that was my life for 20 years. You can copy bars, furnishings...whatever! But, to me there will only be ONE sailing Queen.
All these ships with Queen names......are cruise ships. ONE is a QUEEN!
Rant over.

Online Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #317 on: Aug 08, 2011, 11:26 AM »
I am sorry...have not read all the posts, just skipped through. I have no interest, other than general, with any other Queen apart from the 2 that are in my life. Well 3 if you count the wife! HM Queen Elizabeth the second, and RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 that was my life for 20 years. You can copy bars, furnishings...whatever! But, to me there will only be ONE sailing Queen.
All these ships with Queen names......are cruise ships. ONE is a QUEEN!
Rant over.

Hi Rod, you are definitely not the only one in this Forum with this view!   8)

Several other threads show the heated debates we have had on this subject...


Offline Twynkle

Re: Elizabeth - General Discussion
« Reply #319 on: Oct 12, 2011, 10:51 PM »
The first anniversary of her launch,
and this is how she was looking a month ago!

At anchor the Firth of Forth


and sailing through the Minches




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.