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Offline Michael Gallagher

QE2 and the Sydney Olympics
« on: Jun 03, 2018, 03:13 PM »
Cunard did investigate whether QE2 could be used as an accommodation ship in Sydney during the 2000 Olympics but decided that it did not make commercial sense to do so with the time in Sydney and the time for the two re-positioning voyages taking too much time from the Atlantic season.
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Online Andy Holloway

Re: Sydney Olympics
« Reply #1 on: Jun 03, 2018, 04:12 PM »
But of course Cunard did send QM2 to Athens for the 2004 Olympics when it was chartered by ATHOC - Athens Olympic Committee.
Coming just 7 months after her naming she was THE centre of attention for 3 weeks.

Online Andy Holloway

Re: Sydney Olympics
« Reply #2 on: Jun 20, 2018, 10:23 AM »
But of course Cunard did send QM2 to Athens for the 2004 Olympics when it was chartered by ATHOC - Athens Olympic Committee.
Coming just 7 months after her naming she was THE centre of attention for 3 weeks.

Just to quantify this post;

QM2 was chartered by ATHOC, all the other Cruise Ships in Athens for the Olympics were private charters by various other organisations. ie 'Sports Illustrated' , Russian TV, etc.
Olympic Regulations/Laws stated that as such QM2 was 'An Olympic Venue' and therefore came under Regulations for 'Olympic Venues', ie no alcohol to be brought into, and strict regulations reference being drunk when entering a venue!
QM2 was given special dispensation to serve alcohol in Bars but, as one chef found out to his cost, returning back onboard drunk was not the best idea! He was arrested at about 0200 when returning to the ship and taken away and locked up to sober off. The Chief Security Officer - not me i was day off! - then had to go and collect him that afternoon, about 1500 and return him to the ship. 'Uncle' Ron Warwick was not amused!!! But the message was made clear and loud to the crew!

Stay tuned for more 'QM2 Athens Olympic' stories.

 

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