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Online cunardqueen

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #15 on: Oct 15, 2018, 07:51 PM »
some of my photos from the very special moment .
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 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #16 on: Oct 15, 2018, 08:02 PM »
and a few more....
What was surprising, some of us expected QM2 to be just a little bit closer as she sailed past,  Just look how calm the North Atlantic was, in all my crossings, this was the calmest. While it may have looked very calm, consider the swells against that of QM2s hull..

It was an amazing experience, and for me presonally it was becoming clearer every day just how little time l had left on board, ok l was returning  on the Final Eastbound, but my 3 weeks onboard were nearly at an end. 
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From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline Clydebuilt1971

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #17 on: Oct 16, 2018, 09:17 AM »
This last sea day was dramatic and full of emotion. Throughout our crossing QM2 had sailed just slightly astern of us changing from one side to the other each day. It became sort of a game — "which side would QM2 be on today?”  Because she was always behind us, it felt like we were leading her across the ocean. And since this was the last crossing it felt like we were "showing her the way”. You could take comfort in the fact that even though this was QE2’s last crossing she had pride of place.

Then at about 4pm, Captain McNaught came on the loud speakers, “[Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen...] …its time for us to change our formation with Queen Mary 2 from abeam of each other to line ahead and astern. So at about 4:30 in about half an hour, Queen Mary 2 will close into about 600 meters abeam of us. So we can enjoy the view, but of course remember they have the best view! And then we shall take line astern of her a little later for the final run into New York. So enjoy the view at 4:30 as Queen Mary comes across to say ‘Good Afternoon’ as we then take line astern of her a little later on for the final run into New York.”

From the video I have, I don’t think any of us were expecting this as my friend's jaw literally dropped in shock. We all instinctively turned our heads to the window.

At 4:30 we assembled on the starboard boat deck and slowly, majestically QM2 came along side us. She seemed incredibly close. We could hear shouts and cheers of her passengers and see them assembling on her port side. There were some shouting across from ship to ship. And suddenly, the reality of what was happen really began to sink in. QM2 was going to take over. Not just on that day at sea in the Atlantic, but take over in the real and complete sense. QM2 was replacing QE2 and I would never sail on her again. This realization seemed to dawn on everyone around me as there was hardly a dry eye anywhere.

And then as if on queue, a school of dolphins popped up in the space between the two ship and payed in the water. I remember turning to my friends and saying jokingly through tears, “Wow, Carnival really pulled out all the stops today!”

Then, QE2 and QM2 began signally to each other. One after the other. I think QM2 went first because there a sense of anticipation in slight hesitation before QE2 responded. But when she did respond, there was a spontaneous and collective squeal of glee at the sound of QE2s voice!

And then it started to happen. QM2 began to pull ahead. And QE2 started slipping behind. My heart was racing. This was the moment we all came for and the moment that I dreaded so much.

Then, just like that, it was over. QM2 was in front of us leading us home to New York.

And it was time to change for dinner.

Aw jeez Scott - I've a lump in my throat now sir!

Just think of that moment in time though - through the sadness and emotion of what was coming to an end there would also be the pride that the ONLY two purpose built ocean liners in service in the world were swapping positions in the middle of the vast ocean they were built to sail upon.

Along with the rest of QE2's compliment of passengers you were part of that moment - part of history.

Forever be proud of that.

QE2 may no longer sail the oceans but she sails on in all our hearts.

Gav

(oh and we all know fine well that QE2 could've "taken" QM2 in a straight speed fight any day - let the youngster have her time :) )
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Offline Scott Ebersold

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #18 on: Oct 17, 2018, 03:46 PM »
Thanks, Gav. That's a great way to look at at.

(And I totally agree. It could have gone without saying, but I'm glad you did.)
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Offline June Ingram

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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #19 on: Oct 18, 2018, 03:47 PM »
Wonderful memories and very sad - ten years on perhaps even more sad than on that day...
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Online cunardqueen

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2020, 06:05 PM »
Lets just look and be amazed at what we see, and look how calm the Atlantic was.
Exchanged details with a fellow passenger who promised me he would send a photo ...
This was the result. 
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From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Online cunardqueen

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #21 on: May 23, 2020, 06:08 PM »
I always thought the final tandem logo should  have had the ships reversed and had QE2 at the front

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From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

Offline Rod

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2020, 12:30 PM »
Even with that squat, pregnant funnel, she is a beautiful ship!
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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #23 on: Oct 10, 2021, 11:00 AM »
Thirteen years ago today: 10th October is a day to remember QE2's Final Westbound Transatlantic crossing. 

Enjoy reading from the first post of this topic the experience from both the QE2 and QM2 (best view).  Read the daily programs and special menus.

Brilliant video of QE2 taken from QM2  posted by Thomas Hypher.

Clydebuilt 1971's posted the emotion of Scott Ebersold's description of when QM2 came alongside QE2 then went ahead of her to New York.

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I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

Offline Rod

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #24 on: Oct 10, 2021, 02:13 PM »
Love the crockery in one of the picd.
Never seen that before!

Online cunardqueen

Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #25 on: Oct 10, 2021, 10:19 PM »
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Fifteen Thirteen years ago today: 10th October is a day to remember QE2's Final Westbound Transatlantic crossing.
   
Indeed and away we sailed bound for New York, with some carbuncle behind us
Was it really Fifteen years
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From the moment you first glimpsed the Queen,
 you just knew you were in for a very special time ahead.!

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Re: Final Westbound Transatlantic Crossing: 10 to 16 October 2008
« Reply #26 on: Oct 11, 2021, 09:33 AM »
Indeed and away we sailed bound for New York, with some carbuncle behind us
Was it really Fifteen years

Oops - my mistake it was thirteen years ago. 

Love the pictures, thanks for posting. 
I was proud to be involved with planning QE2's 50 year conference in September 2017 in Clydebank
www.qe2event.com

 

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