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Queen Elizabeth Keel Laying Video

July 13, 2009

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Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 421 days


Firstly thanks so much for all the feedback – so many comments from the last few Blogs; it’s been amazing to get such a great response. This looks like being the busiest month for the Blog yet, so thank you for reading and all your input, but special thanks to all those behind the scenes for all their support as well as the Guest Bloggers. We will certainly try and post more video and of course cover as many of the special events as we can. Don’t forget if there are any announcements from Cunard – I’ll make sure you hear about it on this Blog.


Before we get to this post’s video, I would like to answer a question from Dawn Audoire-Jones. The first Captain of Queen Mary was Commodore Sir Edgar Britten and Commodore Irving was the other Captain in 1936. We are not aware of a Captain Audoire but now I have mentioned it here perhaps someone will! Thanks to Michael Gallagher for his help with that.


Meanwhile back to my visit to Italy for Queen Elizabeth’s keel laying ceremony, here is the promised video blog (in fact my first), which includes an interview with Cunard’s President and Managing Director, Carol Marlow.


As you read this I will actually be in Southampton attending a management training course with some of my colleagues from the ships and shore side offices so I’ll let you know a bit about that in my next post.


In fact talking of Southampton, for those who weren’t aware, 20 July is a date to mark in the diary as it is one of those rare days where both our current Queens, Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria, will be in port at the same time, so I’m sure there’ll be some great photo opportunities.


That’s it for the moment but I’ll be back as usual on Thursday with another “A Day in the Life” article, this time  featuring Queen Victoria’s latest star of the month.


I have some more great Blogs coming up including interviews and a guest Blog from 3rd Officer, Ned Tutton who will be talking about life as a Cunard Deck Cadet.


Cheers Alastair.

  1. julie says:

    One of those goose bump occations Alistair, wish we could have been there.
    We will come down to see the Queen Elizabeth come in to her home port of Southampton, for the first time knowing we are to be sailing on her in the November. An exciting time for all.
    Julie Herrick (Grimsby Lincs)

  2. James McCracken says:


    I loved the QE video blog. Please keep us posted regarding any new developments. I will be sailing on the maiden voyage and can’t wait.

    Jim McCracken

  3. Linda Crooks says:

    Hello Alastair… this is my first time with a comment to you… I am a loyal Cunarder (QE2 x8, QM2x4) I do enjoy your blog…I have a question for you regarding the new Queen Elizabeth…QE2 had the most beautiful horn (deep baritone, unmatched by any other I’ve heard) What a pity it has been silenced.. any possibility it could be transferred to the new QE, just as the Queen Mary’s horn was given to QM2…then QE2 would never really be gone from us…pass that on to Carol Marlow please? Thanks again for the blog… really enjoyable..Linda Crooks ,Ontario, Canada

  4. Dave Meineck says:

    Video clip very good. Much better than photo’s, Like your tie. When you see Carol again, as she mentioned carpets, is it possible to have red carpets on Port Side and Green on Starboard side, it would us Seniors find our staterooms.
    Dave M.

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