December 22, 2008
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
Today I watched an old episode of “Keeping Up Appearances”, that great BBC comedy featuring Patricia Routledge as Hyacinth Bucket (pronounced “Bouquet” as she keeps reminding us!), where she sails on QE2 and to her horror discovers her sister and the dreadful husband Onslow, are also on board. The episode called “Sea Fever”, had hilarious consequences as always and yet again reminds us what a stunning ship QE2 is and all of our memories of her. It’s funny how life is full of coincidences, because as I was watching the television, I opened an E Mail from Carmel who sailed on the farewell voyage on QE2 as the on board Librarian. The library is an essential part of the Cunard tradition with the first library on a ship being created on the “Bothnia” in 1874. It’s a tradition that has continued to Queen Victoria’s two deck library and the largest library at sea on Queen Mary 2, containing over 8,000 books. Carmel is part of a very knowledgeable team who do a great job in looking after our guests and she has written a wonderful poem sharing her thoughts of the last voyage. Knowing how fond everyone is of the legendary QE2 I thought our bloggers would enjoy hearing about her final voyage from another view point.
Meanwhile, I’ll be back on Wednesday with a festive blog with pictures of the celebrations on both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria – both enjoying the season in the Caribbean.
Carmel Rogers – QE2 Librarian
QE2’s Last Voyage to Dubai – 28th November 2008
When I was young I saw the QE2, she was often in the news.
I wondered, in passing, what it must be like, to be in a sailor’s shoes.
Little did I know that I would walk her decks and sail around the world.
How many times I would see her ensign snap and in the wind unfurl.
Seven times around the world in my short 8 year career.
Now the day we have to leave her is drawing awfully near.
The strains of music and the sound of laughter will slowly fade away.
The tinkle of tableware and crystal glasses will be memories of another day.
The ever present heart beat of the great engines will be still at last.
As to her final resting place her ropes will hold her fast.
The world’s oceans will seem empty without their greatest queen.
Her magnificent shape on the horizon will never again be seen.
But we must do her justice and celebrate her reign of so many nautical miles.
All the anniversaries, birthday parties, friendships forged and years of
laughter and of smiles.
Yes many happy memories and lots of anecdotes to tell.
Of the Golden Age of Cruising and how we knew it well.
She will take her place of honour, as the Jewel in the Crown of The Palm.
A resting place fit for our favourite Queen, where she will be kept from harm.
So now we must wait impatiently as three long years go by.
Until she has had her refit and been scrubbed up in Dubai.
I hope she will still resemble the Great Lady we all knew.
In these days that we all made History – guests and crew.
As we sail in with fanfares and fireworks to our very final port.
Sound that whistle one more time. Delivered safe by Ian McNaught!!
This Final Voyage seemed so far away and it proves how much time flew.
She will always sail within our hearts. Long live QE2.