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Edwin B : Hello everyone, New member
« on: Apr 21, 2015, 08:43 PM »
Hello everyone,
I have spent many hours browsing this great site in the last few months so I had to sign up. My name is Edwin, I was fortunate enough to travel on QE2 on several occasions (12 I think) the first being in 94 and the last time I was on her was the 2006 world cruise , I joined her Hong Kong and left her for the last time in Southampton, doing this trip meant me re taking a year at Uni ! It was the best time of my life though it cost me an extra year of work and Uni, and falling out with my parents it was worth it.
It is great to see how many people loved the QE2 and it is wonderful how you guys and gals are keeping her memory alive.
« Last Edit: Apr 21, 2015, 10:20 PM by Isabelle Prondzynski »

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Re: Hello everyone, New member
« Reply #1 on: Apr 21, 2015, 08:53 PM »
Hello and Welcome, Edwin

It is great that you have joined us, and it sounds as if you'll be able to let us know much more about your very first, as well as later, memories of QE2  - Thank You, in great anticipation!
Was she parked alongside in Ocean Terminal in HK? Things have changed there a fair bit since 1994!
I wonder what your next port of call was...(Sshh - just back from doing a similar voyage from HK on board QM2!)
Retaking a year at Uni - Well Done, you should have got an A for Courage!
That was certainly some sacrifice!
All the best,

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Re: Hello everyone, New member
« Reply #2 on: Apr 21, 2015, 09:22 PM »
Welcome, Edwin, to The QE2 Story Forum.  We are delighted that you have joined, a wonderful group of people drawn together through our love of QE2.  I know that we are all looking forward very much to hearing about your times on QE2, and yes, what courage to make time to be on QE2.  Welcome !  June  :)
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Re: Edwin B : Hello everyone, New member
« Reply #3 on: Apr 21, 2015, 10:25 PM »
Hello Edwin, and welcome here!

I am already looking forward to reading more of your story, and I would love to know what caused you to feel so strongly about QE2 that you risked your studies and your good relationship with your parents in order to get on board! You are not the only one here who went out on a limb in order to set foot on QE2 independently and at a young age.

I am sure she must have been different from your expectations, in many ways, and I would love to hear more about your first impressions.


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Re: Edwin B : Hello everyone, New member
« Reply #4 on: Apr 21, 2015, 10:53 PM »
Hi Rosie, June, Isabelle thanks for the warm welcome.

Rosie I was not in Hong Kong in 1994, my first trip on QE2 was in 94! She was parked alongside the terminal although my memory of that was vague, I had not slept the two previous nights before! two days before I had to fly from Belfast to London and overnight in London before flying to Hong Kong the next day. The next port of call was in Thailand Laem Chanang ?, I did not leave the ship! being sleep deprived I stayed in my cabin and slept most  of the time we where they're.
It was not that courages, my grandad was on-board for the entire cruise , we made a deal I pay for the flights and he thankfully paid for the cruise and I would pay him back once I was working, he really egged me on, he would phone every few days and tell me how great it was  >:( So thought I can't miss out any more and we made a deal.
My Uni said if I thought I could catch up on the work I could go, well off course I said yes I will catch up , well I thought wrong! While my parents were not to happy with me at the time my dad told me a few years he would have done the same thing!
« Last Edit: Apr 22, 2015, 12:59 AM by Edwin B »

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Re: Edwin B : Hello everyone, New member
« Reply #5 on: Apr 23, 2015, 02:31 AM »
Welcome to The QE2 Story Edwin!
I'm really looking forward to hearing more stories from you.
We are glad you have decided to join the best QE2 site on the web!
Welcome Aboard!
-Brandon :)
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Re: Edwin B : Hello everyone, New member
« Reply #6 on: Apr 23, 2015, 09:43 AM »
Welcome to the QE2 Story Edwin.  I enjoyed your introduction and looking forward to hearing more about your impression of QE2 when you first sailed on her in 1994.  Thanks must go to parents and grandparents who have introduced younger people to QE2 over the years.   
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