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Offline Twynkle

Final call to Belfast
« on: Oct 03, 2009, 10:26 PM »
   4th October 2008: Farewell call to Belfast, Northern Ireland

   http://www.cunard.com/queenelizabeth2/landing.asp?Ship=QE2&main=int
« Last Edit: Mar 06, 2010, 12:23 AM by Isabelle Prondzynski »
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

Final call to Belfast
« Reply #1 on: Oct 04, 2009, 08:59 PM »
The weather was dreary and it affected the Red Arrow show since the cloud cover was so low.  The pier we tied up at was adjacent to coal piles and the smell of the sewage treatment plant nearby even ended up in our cabin.  The pier we wer tied up at was a distance from the city center and security was extremely tight anyway.  The LRAD was visible on the bridge wing, uncovered.  We had a harbor cruise booked outside of Cunard and we had trouble getting a cab on the pier. We ended up taking the Cunard bus shuttle into the center of the city and then hailing a black cab to get us to the pier.  It was sad to see the Harland and Wolf yard reduced to only a few buildings and piles of rubble.  Belfast probably did the least for our one and only QE2 port of call.  In fairness, the weather did not help.  We left late that night, timed to the rising tide, with little fanfare except a few whistle exchanges from nearby ships.
"There will never be another one like her" QE2's last Master Ian McNaught
My Blog:  http://qe2-prideoftheclyde.blogspot.com/

Online Michael Gallagher

Final call to Belfast
« Reply #2 on: Feb 11, 2010, 09:33 AM »
In terms of interest / gifts / supplying dignitaries for the ship, Belfast did a lot more than South Queensferry. These things do not impact on passengers sadly. Plus there was the Red Arrows - who were there for something else, we just happened to call on the same day. Considering the SQ call would see 'the Flower of Scotland' in Scottish waters for the last time we hoped they would do more..... Enough said!

Cruise_Princess

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Final call to Belfast
« Reply #3 on: Feb 11, 2010, 10:25 AM »
Copy that.....SQ and Belfast cold have been missed out altogether and given us more sea days to enjoy our special ship....these ports were just a non event...but yes....the weather did play a part in it too ..

Just as well everyone wasn't on the Dubai final  cruise...the ports on the way couldnt have cared less....it was heartbreaking...we may as well have been a tanker in for refuelling. ( with the exception of leaving Soton and arrival at Dubai.

Online Michael Gallagher

Final call to Belfast
« Reply #4 on: Feb 11, 2010, 10:30 AM »
It was good to get QE2 into Belfast (like it was Newcastle) before she retired!

And remember we had the rendezvous with HMS Ark Royal in the Irish Sea as we were heading to Belfast....

Offline Twynkle

Final call to Belfast
« Reply #5 on: Mar 05, 2010, 09:59 AM »
It was good to get QE2 into Belfast (like it was Newcastle) before she retired!

And remember we had the rendezvous with HMS Ark Royal in the Irish Sea as we were heading to Belfast....

Hello Flagship!
Were there great salutations between ships?
And did HMS Ark Royal's crew line the decks - Hats Off and Three Cheers for QE2 etc?!!
Rosie


(Maybe one day - there might be a good time, and the opportunity for a 'flagship sort of commentary' about that historical voyage.
Possibly tho' - it could be too sad....
Hopefully this isn't out of order / place - Please delete if you wish!)
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 Michael Gallagher

Final call to Belfast
« Reply #6 on: Mar 05, 2010, 12:47 PM »
Rosie

I can't recall if the ships exchanged whistles as I saw Ark Royal from inside QE2 en route to a meeting. Perhaps those who were on board and outside may be able to clarify this? And as far as I'm aware there were no crew lining the deck.


Cruise_Princess

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Final call to Belfast
« Reply #7 on: Mar 05, 2010, 10:34 PM »
We didnt even know she was there......till later in the evening and someone mentioned it...shame really...would have been a lovely opportunity. to see both of us together...and so special for the final UK voyage....think we were drying out  in the cabin after the  hefty soaking in Belfast.

Offline Twynkle

Final call to Belfast
« Reply #8 on: Apr 01, 2010, 11:24 PM »
QE2 and the Red Arrows: October 2008

http://twitpic.com/1cg3kd/full

('small' version http://twitpic.com/1cg3kd)

Thanks to belfastjj (posted on Twitter)
« Last Edit: Apr 01, 2010, 11:28 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.

Offline Chris Frame

Final call to Belfast
« Reply #9 on: Oct 29, 2010, 07:24 AM »
This is a lovely shot of QE2 at Belfast.


QE2 Belfast by xsphotos, on Flickr
« Last Edit: Jan 30, 2012, 11:43 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

 

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