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Online Bob C.

Children's Room, Creche and Cinema
« on: Apr 06, 2014, 02:19 PM »
It was one of the first rooms I came to know onboard as a child in 1969 and subsequent trips in '72, '74 and I've not seen it mentioned on the forum yet.  Here are a few photos of the room in 1972.  Does anyone have any other photos to share?
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 06, 2014, 04:11 PM »
Brilliant to see these photos Bob,  thanks for posting
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 06, 2014, 04:52 PM »
Thanks for posting, I've woundered what that area looked like.  :)
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« Reply #3 on: Apr 13, 2014, 01:47 PM »
Here's another view of the Children's Room looking forward.  The door in the center of the photo leads to the enclosed play area just aft of the old Sports Deck.  There are some great photos of this enclosed area in this string of posts especially reply #14 - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5697.msg58676.html#msg58676
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« Reply #4 on: Apr 13, 2014, 01:56 PM »
A few seconds of video footage of the Children's Room on the maiden voyage can be seen starting at 1:27 here - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5451.0.html

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« Reply #5 on: Apr 13, 2014, 03:05 PM »
Thanks for that link - it was very interesting to watch!
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 13, 2014, 05:22 PM »
To lower the tone of the conversation just a tad.... lets talk about toilets!


The toilets in the Childrens room were specially designed and made to suit the little ones! They were about 6 inches lower and smaller in diameter than a regular toilet.

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 13, 2014, 05:38 PM »
Here's another view of the Children's Room looking forward.  The door in the center of the photo leads to the enclosed play area just aft of the old Sports Deck.  There are some great photos of this enclosed area in this string of posts especially reply #14 - https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,5697.msg58676.html#msg58676

Using some technical trickery to use the image from that topic here.

Original Enclosed Play Area on Sports Deck :-







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« Reply #8 on: Apr 13, 2014, 06:29 PM »
To lower the tone of the conversation just a tad.... lets talk about toilets!


The toilets in the Childrens room were specially designed and made to suit the little ones! They were about 6 inches lower and smaller in diameter than a regular toilet.

Another special touch of the QE2! Goes to show how well everything was thought out.
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« Reply #9 on: Apr 13, 2014, 06:31 PM »
Hi Rob - Was that enclosed play area where the penthouses now are? And where where was that pool located - was it in a similar place?
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 13, 2014, 06:56 PM »
Adam, the enclosed play area and the old Sports Deck was taken up by the first set of penthouse suites that were added at the end of 1972.  The small pool in the photo was located in the aft, starboard corner of the enclosed play area (you can see the propeller of one of the life boats for orientation).

For reference, the area seen in the photo of the little girl in the yellow dress playing shuffle board is the forward, starboard side of the Sports Deck.  The enclosed play area outside of the Children's Room is the aft end of the old Sports Deck.
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« Reply #11 on: Apr 13, 2014, 07:05 PM »
Thanks for that information Bob! :)
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« Reply #12 on: Apr 13, 2014, 09:30 PM »
The nursery had changed quite a bit by the time I got to see it in 2008.

https://www.flickr.com/search/?details=1&w=55206992@N00&q=nursery%20qe2

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I had to ask for authorisation to visit the Nursery and to explain why I wanted to do so (to take some pictures). Permission was granted, and I was given a specific time for my visit, when I was given a friendly reception. The Nursery was now a lot smaller than at the outset, and it no longer had any portholes or windows, nor any access to a deck.

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« Reply #13 on: Apr 13, 2014, 10:00 PM »
Wow, that is quite a change Isabelle!  I figured the standards of child care venues had to change over the years.  The maze of orange and white walls had to come down due to the inability to monitor children properly (choking and other distress).  I see that the ramp from the aft entrance is still in place but not sure why furniture was put in the children's theater.  Also, I assume the "Youth Chill Out Room" used to be the creche?

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« Reply #14 on: Apr 13, 2014, 10:28 PM »
It really has changed. It would be nice if it had natural daylight in there though.
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« Reply #15 on: Apr 13, 2014, 10:59 PM »
And to round the story off, 3 years after Isabelle was there, and 42 years after our first photos, I saw it in Dubai. 


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« Reply #16 on: Apr 13, 2014, 11:12 PM »
Great pics Rob! You were very lucky to have visited her in Dubai. I wounder if the nursery is still like that now during the cold layup.
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« Reply #17 on: Apr 13, 2014, 11:16 PM »
Also, I assume the "Youth Chill Out Room" used to be the creche?

I don't know where the creche was -- but the Youth Chillout Room was not located near the Nursery. It was at a corner at the end of the promenade on either Upper or Quarter Deck. We never did get inside it to check how the youth had been chilling out...

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« Reply #18 on: Apr 14, 2014, 05:46 PM »
Thank you very much to all for this wonderful information and the pictures.
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« Reply #19 on: Apr 14, 2014, 06:36 PM »
Is is very interesting to find out about the nursery and also a bit about the old Sports Deck too!
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