November 2, 2009
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Victoria
Those of you, who know us, are well aware that at Cunard we are always looking for a reason to have a party and Halloween is one of those events on board that seems to get bigger and bigger each year. Guests woke up last Saturday morning on Queen Victoria to a magnificent display in the Grand Lobby. Our galley team under the expert guidance of Bernhard Stumpfel (Executive Chef) and Nicholas Oldroyd (Executive Sous Chef) had excelled themselves in creating this wonderful tableau.
Fruit and vegetable carving demonstrations have been a long standing tradition on Cunard ships, as our talented chefs show our guests how to create wonderful garnishes and even more elaborate table decorations for dinner parties; all out of fresh fruit and vegetables. An added twist to this year’s display was an opportunity for our culinary team to show off their creative talents, as they competed for the most artistically carved pumpkin. Guests were then invited to vote for their favourite; so after counting the votes, here firstly are the runners up. In third place is this scary pumpkin by Movillon Gaudioso, Chef De Partie (Buffet Preparation)
In second place with a rather gruesome entry was Christopher Ang Demi, Chef De Partie (Vegetable Preparation)
But the winner was this incredibly elaborate carving by Fadul Virgilo who is a Demi Chef De Partie (Buffet Preparation):
Our congratulations go to Fadul for creating such an amazing piece of artistry and here are all the guys being congratulated by Nicholas Oldroyd, (from left to right Nicholas Oldroyd, Fadul Virgilo, Movillon Gaudioso, and Christopher Ang).
While our guests were out enjoying the stunning port of Ajaccio (Corsica), the Entertainment Staff had been busy throughout the day decorating the ship ready for a night of spooky celebrations
The Halloween Party in the Queens Room that night was a huge success and the Entertainment Staff were all dressed in some fantastic outfits. They were so good they could hardly be recognized; I suspect that was on purpose!
The highlight of the evening was when they literally thrilled the guests with a special dance routine which involved a lucky thirteen members of the department. Under the guidance and choreography of Alain Rihnvis and Melloney DeBeer (our Dance Instructors), the team danced to the music of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”.
Well done guys – it was brilliant and our guests clearly loved it. Speaking of our guests, they then had their opportunity to show off their creations in the Halloween Costume Parade. This is always an impressive part of the evening and the amount of ingenuity our guests of all ages have never ceases to amaze me. The party continued till late, up in Hemispheres nightclub, so I think there was quite a bit of snoozing taking place on the coaches that left for Rome early the next day.
Congratulations to everyone for making it such a superb Halloween this year and to Ben and Marius from the on board photography team for capturing the event with these excellent pictures. I’ll be back on Thursday with a very special Blog and of course more news from the fleet as well as more answers to your questions and comments. Thanks again for logging on. Cheers for now – Alastair