November 13, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Breaking News – The Latest Pictures Of Queen Elizabeth
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 334 days
With just eleven months before our new Queen joins the Cunard fleet and begins her maiden voyage, the countdown to her arrival is gathering pace. Although I’ll be returning to Monfalcone this weekend, Simona has sent me some new pictures, which mark quite a milestone in the construction process. I was going to wait until my visit to ship yard on Sunday before posting any more pictures of Queen Elizabeth’s progress, but then these arrived, so I thought I had to share them.
Before that though, I have had some interesting news today regarding another Blog, readers may be interested in. As we mentioned yesterday, Cunard recently won a prestigious Conde Nast award and the Condé Nast Traveler magazine interviewed our President and Managing Director, Peter Shanks. You may be interested to see the interview that Wendy Perrin posted on her “The Perrin Post” Blog on the magazine’s Web site. You can view her story at: http://www.concierge.com/cntraveler/blogs/perrinpost .
Now back to Queen Elizabeth and as readers of this Blog will know, the ship is being built in blocks and sections which are then added to the vessel literally on a daily basis. This process is so quick that Queen Elizabeth will only spend 6 months in the dry dock before moving to her outfitting berth. A very important block was added this week and here it is being lowered on to the rest of the ship in the dry dock.
Yes it’s the bridge, where in just over 10 month’s time Captain Wells will assume command, and a couple weeks after that, Queen Elizabeth will begin her maiden voyage. This massive crane carefully lifts this whole bridge section, and slowly lowers it into place.
Whether it was by coincidence or not I don’t know, but as the bridge was being lowered in to place, a name with over 170 years of history was also being added to the hull.
You can see the iconic letters have been welded on to the ship’s side very recently, and once our new Queen is fully painted and ready to enter service, the Cunard name will look very similar to the lettering seen here on her sister, Queen Victoria:
Well that‘s it for the moment – but I’ll have lots more including video in about 10 days time and I have a feeling there will be a lot of progress to show you, so I must admit I’m getting very excited about seeing her again. I’ll post something as soon as I can so you can get the very latest news from the visit on this Blog.
Meanwhile I’ll be back on Monday with the interview with Queen Victoria’s new Chief Engineer, Ronnie Kier. Thank you again for logging on and please keep those comments and questions coming. Cheers, Alastair.