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Offline Liam Fjellstedt

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« on: Apr 11, 2018, 10:38 AM »
Hello all,
It is only a week and a bit until I will first step onboard QE2! I am very excited! I was wondering if there are any rooms, spaces or specific things you would like for me to try and photograph onboard? I will try my best to visit them as she will have areas closed I have been told.

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Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #1 on: Apr 11, 2018, 02:20 PM »
Congratulations Liam! You will be even more passionate about the ship once having been onboard  :)

We haven't seen the Queens Room or Caronia Restaurant in recent "unofficial" photos or any official photos yet for that matter so if you are able to take photos of these rooms without getting into trouble that would be amazing!

If you mention your connection to the forum and to other people related to QE2 it might help with accessing these areas without getting into trouble.

PS. I can imagine the Bridge will be a challenge to try and visit as that would require official permission due to the route to the Bridge for example. A Bridge visit would be the icing on the cake for your visit!  :)
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Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #2 on: Apr 11, 2018, 03:18 PM »
Hi Liam,
Congratulations on being able to be on QE2! You must be thrilled!

If it isnt much trouble, can you try and see what the Grand Lounge currently looks like and see if any heritage items are on board that we haven't really seen yet (large Royal paintings, Mauritania model, etc).

Thank you and good luck on your QE2 visit! :)

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Offline Scott Ebersold

Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #3 on: Apr 11, 2018, 03:50 PM »
Congrats Liam!

All the spaces above are great suggestions. Some details would be great too, like the carpeting on the stair case, the staircases themselves, carpeting in the companionways, stateroom doorknobs (its our photo of the month competition!).  I'm also curious to see what they've done with the Chart Room, the mirror above the Chart Room bar (is the ceiling still gold leaf?), and a classic QE2 view is a shot down the long covered promenade just outside the Chart Room looking back with its series of curved arches. And definitely the Queens Room.

I could continue but I'm sure you will get more suggestions!


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Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #4 on: Apr 11, 2018, 04:32 PM »
Congratulations, Liam !  and any and all news and photos will be much appreciated !  Perhaps a photo of the Midships Lounge ?   :)
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Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11, 2018, 05:33 PM »
Liam Hi!

That is Such a lovely offer - Thank you!
It's a really kind gesture - and please don't worry if you don't manage it!

Just guessing - the place inside may seem quite different, carpets, wall hangings, art work etc
and so its well nigh impossible to choose, specially knowing QE2 as we knew her - and perhaps not quite ready for the 'Difference'.
I've been thinking hard today - and there were somethings on board that could still be there, and that haven't been changed yet...I think the Queens Room could be 'interesting, and my main haunt - The Bit Beneath the Bridge - The Observation Deck looking forward, so that the Missing Lifeboat nakedness doesn't show...
Even just a bit of teak railing even!
And if you can get into what used to be the Caledonian Suite - the bathroom was Beautiful (!), it would be grand to see that Suite  again - If I remember rightly, it was accessed on the STBD side of the Boat Deck forward, just under and aft of the Bridge.
Also you might find yourself wanting pics of the museum area in the Cruise Terminal too.

Just wondering how much of an SD card you'll have!

I also found this Topic earlier - you might be interested as well.
It was the First Poll that Rob set up, Very soon after The QE2 Story was started.
https://www.theqe2story.com/forum/index.php/topic,47.0.html

Thank you, again - and keeping fingers crossed for you and your new camera
You never know - they might well need a  Ship's Photographer!
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« Reply #6 on: Apr 11, 2018, 06:07 PM »
I was wondering if you're going onboard on the 18th or the 19th, Liam? If so you may be able to take photos of QM2 in the distance from onboard QE2 (a first in several years! 2012 being the last time there are photos of QM2 from onboard QE2 as Louis has just told me and I remember seeing from John Duffy's visit in a topic on this forum). QM2 will dock in Port Rashid as far as I know on her overnight visit on those dates.

As others have said, thank you for offering to do this Liam as it gives those of us not in Dubai a look inside at the start of her (hopefully long) second career!
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« Reply #7 on: Apr 11, 2018, 11:00 PM »
Hello all,
It is only a week and a bit until I will first step onboard QE2! I am very excited! I was wondering if there are any rooms, spaces or specific things you would like for me to try and photograph onboard? I will try my best to visit them as she will have areas closed I have been told.
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Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #8 on: Apr 12, 2018, 05:23 AM »
I was wondering if you're going onboard on the 18th or the 19th, Liam? If so you may be able to take photos of QM2 in the distance from onboard QE2 (a first in several years! 2012 being the last time there are photos of QM2 from onboard QE2 as Louis has just told me and I remember seeing from John Duffy's visit in a topic on this forum). QM2 will dock in Port Rashid as far as I know on her overnight visit on those dates.

As others have said, thank you for offering to do this Liam as it gives those of us not in Dubai a look inside at the start of her (hopefully long) second career!

I will be onboard hopefully to look around on the 18th, and to stay on the 20th!

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Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #9 on: Apr 12, 2018, 06:12 PM »
Can you take photos of restaurant and bar menus and price lists please?!
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« Reply #10 on: Apr 12, 2018, 10:57 PM »
Can you take photos of restaurant and bar menus and price lists please?!

Expecting to see Luis' QE2 cocktail?

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« Reply #11 on: Apr 12, 2018, 11:24 PM »
Expecting to see Luis' QE2 cocktail?

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« Reply #12 on: Apr 13, 2018, 07:47 AM »
I know it doesn't appear to be open yet, but if the indoor pools are available to look at, even if only for museum purposes, I'd like to see them, though I doubt they'd be open. I personally would like to just see any photos you take. :)
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« Reply #13 on: Apr 13, 2018, 08:08 AM »
I know it doesn't appear to be open yet, but if the indoor pools are available to look at, even if only for museum purposes, I'd like to see them, though I doubt they'd be open. I personally would like to just see any photos you take. :)

They've said they'll open by October, but are not yet open.
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Re: Onboard QE2
« Reply #14 on: Apr 13, 2018, 06:56 PM »
Liam,

If you can just please take a couple of photos of each room/area thats open?  And then I would personally be super-grateful if you were able to upload them to our new gallery - it would give a single place to look at them.

I think on Wednesday/Thursday next week there will an explosion of photos across Facebook as she opens, but it would be nice to have a careful selection of your best photos here in our gallery for us to ponder over.

Thanks very much.

You're a lucky man!  I'd have loved to have been there on Wednesday, and could have been if I'd known to book tickets and time off work about a month ago.
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