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Offline Louis De Sousa

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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #60 on: Jan 19, 2010, 05:37 PM »
Had this photo send to me today, the Columbia Restaurant in 1983


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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #61 on: Jan 20, 2010, 01:14 PM »
Princess Grill 1982.Note the red chairs along the window tables, and no statues.


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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #62 on: Jan 20, 2010, 05:30 PM »
I notice the lovely glass sculptures in your pic, Louis, the centrepieces of each table. By the time we sat there in 2000, most of them were still left, but a few had been replaced with flower vases, as they had been stolen. Such a shame! They were lit from below through a tiny hole in the centre of the table, and looked magnificent. Unfortunately, I never took a photo of them...

My Mum remembers them as her favourite bit of the Priness Grill. I am sure Anja has vivid memories of them, as no doubt they needed to be washed or dusted all the time :)

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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #63 on: Jan 20, 2010, 06:44 PM »
Nice to see the original (non Race) chairs as Louis says in the window.  When were they replaced I wonder?
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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #64 on: Jan 20, 2010, 06:55 PM »
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I notice the lovely glass sculptures in your pic, Louis, the centrepieces of each table. By the time we sat there in 2000, most of them were still left, but a few had been replaced with flower vases, as they had been stolen.


I wonder who has got one.............. ;D

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« Reply #65 on: Jan 20, 2010, 07:20 PM »

I wonder who has got one.............. ;D


If by any remote chance anyone here knows of someone, would it be possible to obtain a photograph...?

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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #66 on: Jan 20, 2010, 08:32 PM »

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Heres a photo of the centerpieces.Note the blue race chairs.



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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #67 on: Jan 20, 2010, 09:01 PM »
Thank you, Louis. It's great to see them again -- and in their proper place too!

I seem to remember that they too were made by a famous designer, a famous workshop... but cannot remember the details at all... maybe they too will turn up here  ;)  .

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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #68 on: Jan 21, 2010, 08:09 AM »
Queens Grill 1983



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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #69 on: Jan 21, 2010, 02:59 PM »
Had this photo send to me today, the Columbia Restaurant in 1983

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How I loved this restaurant.....it was so much nicer than the new Caronia...and those midnight buffets EVERY night in full sail with that wonderful Boston cup the centrepiece  beside magnificent ice sculptures.....  oh happy days......wish I was there,...
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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #70 on: Jan 21, 2010, 04:43 PM »

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How I loved this restaurant.....it was so much nicer than the new Caronia...and those midnight buffets EVERY night in full sail with that wonderful Boston cup the centrepiece  beside magnificent ice sculptures.....  oh happy days......wish I was there,...

Very true and not to forget the Dinner Dancing on the dance floor.That was called atmosphere and all gone........ :(

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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #71 on: Jan 21, 2010, 04:46 PM »
Heres me next to the Boston Cup


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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #72 on: Jan 21, 2010, 06:09 PM »
QE2's low deck height is more apparent in photos of her interior, than it ever was on board.  I think the wide-angle views accentuate this.

I remember actually thinking this when on board.  From the photos you'd almost imagine that you had to duck to avoid hitting your head.  On board they seemed fine. 
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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #73 on: Jan 21, 2010, 06:17 PM »
Louis you must have worked under David Thomson Restaurant Manager.... a good friend of ours...he made you feel like the ONLY passenger in his restaurant..he WAS everything QE2 stood for and you could tell straight away who had been trained by him... and still can today.....he was a perfectionist...   but wasnt the dinner dancing up in the mauretania under the ceiling mirror?

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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #74 on: Jan 21, 2010, 07:37 PM »
QE2's low deck height is more apparent in photos of her interior, than it ever was on board.  I think the wide-angle views accentuate this.

I remember actually thinking this when on board.  From the photos you'd almost imagine that you had to duck to avoid hitting your head.  On board they seemed fine. 

Rob, I also suspect that the photographer must have been standing on a ladder, or at least a chair, so as to get the overview of the table settings...

I am so glad that you kept the restaurant stock photos, Louis. I often looked at the later ones displayed at the photographer's desk, but never found the colours quite right and therefore never bought them. Even with slightly off colours though, it is great to have these historic views now!

Maybe it's appropriate that my 1000th posting (bringing the upgrade from my beloved Princess Grill to the much less beloved Queen's Grill) is on the restaurants...    :D

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« Reply #75 on: Jan 21, 2010, 07:59 PM »
Hey Isabelle!
You are very welcome here,...Maybe best not to make comparisons, methinks!
Secretly, I'm hoping that the next upgrade is about heading down -
straight to the ECR (with all Hands on Deck!) to start her up,
let her go
and bring her home!!
Rob- are you ready to come too, think it might be best if you did the steering...?!

PS - Never saw the Grills... Funny how little is said about the Caronia
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QE2 had been waiting alongside in Dubai for nearly 12 years.  Please restore her Lifeboats and Tenders to where they truly belong - she looks naked without them - please spare her this ignominy.

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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #76 on: Jan 21, 2010, 09:43 PM »
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Louis you must have worked under David Thomson Restaurant Manager.... a good friend of ours...

Cruise Princess A blast from the past indeed!! a real great guy ;D.some of the early brochures showed a photo of him with a buffet display, when he was  a waiter.
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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #77 on: Jan 21, 2010, 10:23 PM »
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Louis you must have worked under David Thomson Restaurant Manager.... a good friend of ours...he made you feel like the ONLY passenger in his restaurant..he WAS everything QE2 stood for and you could tell straight away who had been trained by him... and still can today.....he was a perfectionist...   but wasnt the dinner dancing up in the mauretania under the ceiling mirror?

No, i never worked under David Thomson i was Bar Staff.When i moved into Restaurant Bars i worked closely with him but he was not my boss.
Anja worked under him for the first contracts.Below is a photo of the Columbia Team in 1992,you can see David in a white smoking.You can see the dance floor too.Anja is on the bottom row ( sitting on the dance floor) 4th from left to right.


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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #78 on: Jan 22, 2010, 10:17 AM »
Following is a photo of the Mauretania Restaurant in 1987.The photo is taken from the A Stairway looking Aft.Note the tables with redish chairs,they are set up on the dance floor.When the ship was full the dance floor would be covered up and set up with tables.


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Re: QE2 Restaurants
« Reply #79 on: Jan 22, 2010, 10:45 AM »
Nice pics ;louis thanks!  NOW i do remember the dancefloor...but somehow dont remember seeing anyone dance ...maybe cause our table was back around the corner for that period of time....but when looking around the ship I remembered the mauretania one...seems odd.. when we never dined in there....what your mind does to you ....but when i saw the photo of all the staff I remembered it!  its a shame that all stopped as you say...another era..but so elegant and civilised...how I wish we could turn the clock back and relive it all over again....im sure there are many who would do so.....just one more voyage eh?  thanks again.....