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Offline Rob Lightbody

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How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« on: Feb 22, 2013, 12:19 PM »
I posed this question to a good friend, who was an addicted QE2 traveller, but who like many stopped cruising when QE2 stopped sailing.  He has had some amazing vacations since, seeing places he'd always wanted to see (which cruises don't visit!) and having a generally lovely time.

So I asked him - how do you think your life would be different, if QE2 had just carried on sailing... he sent me a long thoughtful reply, which I'll leave it up to him to post here if he wishes, but what about you?


I'm a strange case.  QE2 was something I couldn't afford to do - both literally, and in terms of time.  It was always something I'd do some day.  I also was under the misapprehension that it cost more than it actually did... so the announcement of her retiral gave me the kick I needed to book up and get aboard again.   Now if they'd changed their mind, and cancelled her retiral, I'd have been on her repeatedly over the past few years.... sigh.  Regrets.  etc.
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Offline Alex Tarry

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #1 on: Feb 22, 2013, 12:42 PM »
For us it all started with Concorde...watching it climb into the Sky from Heathrow on it's very last take off (to Filton), I thought it was the most amazing thing and couldn't believe we'd missed it...

Thinking about not wanting to miss any other icons we cashed in our airmiles and took a 2 night trip on QE2 in 2005 to Guernsey and the rest is history...it was amazing.

We took 5 trips in all, including the last TA, Norway, Med in '08 and the 40th anniversary round Britain...we were also on the SS Shieldhall as QE2 sailed out of Southampton for the last time.

IF she were still in service we'd sail once or twice a year...as it is we now use Celebrity instead.  Not the same thing at all...

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Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #2 on: Feb 22, 2013, 01:21 PM »
Which Med 08 trip were you on?  I was 12th-22nd August - it was sublime.
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Offline Alex Tarry

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #3 on: Feb 22, 2013, 05:43 PM »
I am trying to find out and let you know....I do recall a certain Chris Frame was on board...I also believe it may have been the last command of Captain Perkins before he handed over to Ian McNaught for the last few cruises...

I have a million photos and would be delighted to share when I work out how to do it!!

Best night ever....leaving Liverpool on the 40th at 3.30am...with shoreside and ship singing "you'll never walk alone" in one voice...'nuff said...

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Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #4 on: Feb 22, 2013, 05:53 PM »
I am trying to find out and let you know....I do recall a certain Chris Frame was on board...I also believe it may have been the last command of Captain Perkins before he handed over to Ian McNaught for the last few cruises...

I have a million photos and would be delighted to share when I work out how to do it!!

Best night ever....leaving Liverpool on the 40th at 3.30am...with shoreside and ship singing "you'll never walk alone" in one voice...'nuff said...

In my view, the best place for your photos is Flickr.  (putting the most interesting QE2-related ones into our gallery here!).  Here's my cruise photos - https://www.flickr.com/photos/lightbody/sets/72157606892663721/

The magic thing about flickr is that it lets other people find them - I was able to give a copy of my photos to a couple who were on board on the same cruise and had lost their camera!  They found mine on flickr and got in touch.
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Offline Alex Tarry

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #5 on: Feb 22, 2013, 06:04 PM »
Sounds good, will look into Flickr....it was the 27 Aug -10 Sept...just wish we could do it again!

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #6 on: Feb 22, 2013, 09:05 PM »
I might never have developed an interest in other ships. As it is, I went on short cruises on Black Prince and Marco Polo, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I visited SS Rotterdam and love her, and also Ebba Maersk, which was a wonderful experience. I look at ferries and barges with interest and wander along ports and docks whenever I get the chance (which is not all that often).

Had QE2 still been around, I would have remained focused on only her, and would probably have taken one cruise of a week or fortnight a year, perhaps to the Mediterranean in winter and probably several world cruise segments.

Offline cunardqueen

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #7 on: Feb 23, 2013, 07:55 PM »
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  I also was under the misapprehension that it cost more than it actually did...   
 

Rob l think this could be said for a lot of people that they just assumed QE2 would be expensive..when perhaps she wasnt as expensive as people imagined.. 

Various friends used to think l was rich in order that l travelled on QE2 as often as l did and they all got the same reply.."Rich in memories YES! but in money No :("
Watching the very first video l bought onboard in 86  Inside QE2  (by Ocean Pictures 1984) the commentator the late Bob Haines cruise director summed up QE2 at the very end of the tape with the words..

"..... As QE2 manoeuvres into her home port of Southampton, Her passengers will arrive richer than when they left for riches should not be measured in money and possessions but rather in experiences and memories,Something QE2 passengers will own and hold in abundance for the rest of their lives, for memories are the greatest treasure we can possess, memories grow better in time, and the memories will remind us of a once in a life time experience onboard the greatest liner in the world...Queen Elizabeth 2........ :'("

As he spoke the words it showed some fantastic film of QE2 with the last few seconds showing QE2 sailing away...watching it some 29 years later it still has the same effect on me as it did watching it the very first time all those years ago..spine tingling stuff.

For the record, l still think its one of the best ever videos produced about QE2.

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  So I asked him - how do you think your life would be different, if QE2 had just carried on sailing... he sent me a long thoughtful reply, which I'll leave it up to him to post here if he wishes,   
If l leave some details out, then sure l will.... :-[
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 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline Chris Frame

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #8 on: Jul 14, 2013, 11:51 AM »
I'd probably have never tried many new ships if QE2 was still here. It would have been near impossible to book elsewhere when QE2 was sailing.
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Offline Peter Mugridge

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Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #9 on: Jul 14, 2013, 02:14 PM »
I think...... if QE2 had not retired I would have booked on her again by now.
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Offline Chris Frame

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #10 on: Jul 15, 2013, 12:07 AM »
+5 ;)
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Offline QE2 Canuck

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #11 on: Jul 15, 2013, 12:25 AM »

Oh I'd still be sailing on her, even though I do like the others, esp. Mary, . But there was always something special about QE2 and it was she that taught me to love sailing on the oceans of the world !!

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Offline Chris Frame

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #12 on: Jul 15, 2013, 08:29 AM »
I'd encourage you to try QV Linda - she's got a bit of that "QE2-Spark"  ;)
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Offline Bruce Nicholls

Re: How would your life differ, if QE2 *hadn't* retired?
« Reply #13 on: Jul 15, 2013, 09:21 AM »
I agree Chris. We were not disappointed by QV. Would never have gone on her though if QE2 was still a possibility.