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Offline Trevor Harris

Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #30 on: May 12, 2018, 01:41 AM »
Wow. Options to choose from..


I would most likely grab some cashews.


I'd grab a evian water and maybe a vitacoco?


For a treat i'd get a cadbury or a ferrero rocher..
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Offline Brandon Sterkel

Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #31 on: May 12, 2018, 07:01 AM »
Great to see photos of the inside of the Circle K. Thanks Alex!

I see several of my favorite snacks and drinks!
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Online Lynda Bradford

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« Reply #32 on: May 12, 2018, 10:24 AM »
I have been trying to visualise where the Circle K shop is on the ship. Is it in the space that was the Harrods shop until 1996 then the Cunard shop. Looks like it could be! 

Link to Harrods onboard QE2

When I was onboard on 1997,  I bought a rather nice QE2 tshirt with the Cunard emblem.

A shop with essential items and snacks is important on a hotel ship and it looks like this shop has a good selection. 
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Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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« Reply #33 on: May 12, 2018, 10:59 AM »
I have been trying to visualise where the Circle K shop is on the ship.

The first of the four recent photos gives us a clue. The shop sign says "Travellers' Cove", which is, I think, the unaltered sign for the QE2 shop at one of the stairway landings.

My geographical memory is getting a bit blurred at this stage. As far as I can remember, it was a forward stairway (maybe C), and my guess is that it was on 1 Deck.

The shop used to sell similar things as those it sells now, but a narrower range. This is where you could buy an Aspirin or Panadol, a pair of tights, and where we occasionally bought a bar of chocolate if we had not satisfied our chocolate cravings with the bedtime mini. It was the kind of shop you don't really expect on QE2, but it was surprising how sometimes you feel a need for something utterly ordinary, and it was there to supply just that.

Online Michael Gallagher

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« Reply #34 on: May 12, 2018, 11:09 AM »
Yes it is the former location of the Harrods Shop.

The space has had an interesting history. Originally the One Deck Shop, the the Atlantic Bar, then Harrods, then 'the Cunard Collection' and finally Travellers Cove.

Offline Isabelle Prondzynski

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« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2018, 01:39 PM »
Michael, during the final years of QE2, the Harrods shop was on the Grand Lounge balcony, was it not? The Cunard collection was close by, but not exactly on the balcony itself.

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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2018, 06:39 PM »
The shop "poked out" slightly into the one deck corridor, which made it easy to find!  A clever design feature I'd say.  Attached is a photo of Alex's to illustrate this.

I remember the shop clearly from 1987 when it was amazing - the only Harrods that wasn't in the original shop in London. My Mum still has quite a few things bought then.  And I remember it in 2008, nipping down to buy Maltesers, to have with a single malt in the Chartroom late at night.
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« Reply #37 on: May 13, 2018, 06:53 PM »
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  I remember the shop clearly from 1987 when it was amazing - the only Harrods that wasn't in the original shop in London. 
Back then they also had a lovely range of Harrods/QE2 branded merchandise , alas in later years the onboard Harrods only had gifts which could also be bought from the London Store
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Offline Alex Tarry

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« Reply #38 on: May 13, 2018, 07:02 PM »
There is an interesting aspect to this, which I am not sure we've discussed - access to the ship! 

I think I am right in saying, during her service life, only passengers, crew or invitees could go on board?  Now, anyone can arrive, walk through or visit the museum, take the lift, walk through the midships lobby and not only tour the ship, but also buy themselves a Dunkin Donut from Circle K while they do it!

Of course she's in Dubai...but in a sense, more open than before?

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« Reply #39 on: May 13, 2018, 07:24 PM »
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  Of course she's in Dubai...but in a sense, more open than before?
 
This can only be  a good thing, but she is a hotel after all, and with the exception of The Burj most are open to all, come in , spend some money and leave..or check the rates and think about staying the night .
Look at some of the Las vegas Hotels, most of the room areas are out of bounds, and some are very strict with that,  but the rest of the areas are open to all. when you think some of these mega properties need  a million $$ a day to run.  The doors never close, the shops are open very late , the food outlets do a roaring trade and the Casinos are something else. Just try to find a clock somewhere..   
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« Reply #40 on: May 13, 2018, 08:37 PM »
The Bears below were actually door stops

Bears?  I always thought they were mice?
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Re: Circle K Convenience Store coming soon to the QE2
« Reply #41 on: May 14, 2018, 03:04 AM »
The shop "poked out" slightly into the one deck corridor, which made it easy to find!  A clever design feature I'd say.  Attached is a photo of Alex's to illustrate this.

I remember the shop clearly from 1987 when it was amazing - the only Harrods that wasn't in the original shop in London. My Mum still has quite a few things bought then.  And I remember it in 2008, nipping down to buy Maltesers, to have with a single malt in the Chartroom late at night.

Yes very recognisable jutting out onto the One Deck passageways as I remember too, but not in an obtrusive way!
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