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Queen Mary 2’s Latest Star Of The Month

April 22, 2010

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With both Queens back in Southampton today it marks the end of the 2010 World Voyages, and I hope you have enjoyed following both ships around the world. I have a few more Blogs coming up over the next week which will celebrate the success of this year’s voyages on both Queen Mary 2 and Queen Victoria. It’s always quite emotional for guests and crew as everyone says goodbye to guests who have been with us so long and I’d like to thank the many guests who have been telling me they are regular readers of this Blog. I hope you enjoy reliving some of your time on board with the stories we have been covering. As we now prepare for our summer season of sailings from Southampton this week’s Blog focuses on Queen Mary 2’s Star of the Month. Firstly here’s this week in Cunard’s history from 23 to 29 April


25 April 2004

QE2 completes her last westbound transatlantic crossing as Cunard’s flagship on an historic eastbound Transatlantic Crossing in tandem with Queen Mary 2. Both RMS Queen Mary 2 and QE2 meet in new York marking the first time that two Cunard Queens have been berthed in the port since March 1940.

28 April 1969

QE2 makes her maiden call at Lisbon, Portugal

28 April 2009

Queen Victoria makes maiden call at Palma

29 April 1987

Diana, Princess of Wales, makes her first and only visit to QE2


It’s always a pleasure to feature the Star of the Month, which as regular readers will know is the title awarded to just one crew member per ship each month. The award is a result of guest and crew feedback, and then consideration by our on board White Star Committees. Each month we alternate ships, for which “Star” we feature, and this month it’s the turn of Queen Mary 2. Rosalie Villa is the Officer’s Mess, Buffet Steward and as with every Starher photo is displayed prominently in the Grand Lobby:



Rosalie or Rose to her friends was born in Manila, Philippines where she still lives with her family. She graduated from the La Consolacion College Mendiola in Manila, with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management.

After working at home in the Philippines, she worked for two years in Dubai, as a waitress, at the prestigious Emirates Golf Club. After a brief time at home with her family, Rose was encouraged by her mother and sister to apply for work on ships. As she had the relevant experience and background, she was accepted by Cunard in 2006 and joined Queen Mary 2

Rose began working in the Housekeeping department, but then applied to the Food and Beverage department and is now on her third contract an Assistant Buffet Steward in the Officers Mess.

Her day starts normally at 7:00am and she finishes around 9.30pm, with breaks after breakfast and lunch service. She told me the reason she enjoys her job, is because she gets to meet and work with many different members of the ships company, who have very different jobs. She said she is happy that she is able always learn new things and gain plenty of experience. She added that it’s a very busy job, and an important part of her work is to smile and greet the officers as they come in to the mess, and then be prepared to expect the unexpected!

When she does get some time off Rose enjoys watching movies on the Crew TV channel as well as keeping in touch with her family at home by Email and phone. On port days she likes to get ashore for some fresh air when she can, relaxing with friends and taking in what she calls; the ever changing scenery.

At home Rose enjoys tennis, shopping with friends as well as going to the gym and having relaxing massages. Spending valuable time with her family is naturally a very important part of her leave. Here she is enjoying her time at home with her family from left to right, her older sister Grace, youngest sister Cathy and her mother.

She is also very proud of her two sons who are twelve and eight years old, and they are looked after by her mother in the family home while she is away at sea. Here they are; Ghian and CJ as well as with her nephew Miguel.

Our Star of the Month winners never know they have won until they arrive at a very special presentation, where the nominees are read out by the Hotel Manager who is the on board White Star Committee Chairman. At the presentation Rose told me she was really surprised and speechless when she realised she had won. Here she is receiving her award, with from left to right, Hotel Manager David Stephenson, and Captain Nick Bates.

As well as a certificate, Rose receives some prize money which she told me would go straight to her mother back home in the Philippines. She also said that being the Star of the Month is very overwhelming with people still congratulating three weeks later, as she walks around the ship proudly displaying her Star of the Month name badge.

She said “It’s great that they are very happy for me. Some of them call my name and greet me with a big smile and so many more members of the crew now recognise me and it has shown me that it is worth it to work hard. It was my pleasure to become Star of the Month and to those who vote for me, and especially those who nominated me; a big thank you and god bless you all.”

As for the future Rose would like eventually to have her own house and car as well as helping her family and relatives.

Congratulations again Rose and thank you for sharing your story with us. I’ll be back on Monday with some more stories of our World Voyages, featuring some of the events that took place on both ships over the last couple of weeks. I also hope to have some more news from Queen Elizabeth in Italy very soon, so thanks again for logging on and please keep those questions and comments coming in. Cheers Alastair




  1. Jeff Towns says:

    Congrats to the “star.” With all the incredible people on board Cunard liners. Awarding a Star of the Month, every month, on both, and soon to be all three liners, would still not allow you to recognize the wonderful people who spoil their guests. One per vessel per month is my vote.

  2. I have only taken three voyages the first with QM2. There were no ports of call as my daughter and I were on the Transatlantic Crossing. We felt it too…the sadness at having to leave a more than friendly crew. I do not get the opportunity to read all the stories but it is still comforting to know that these Cunard stories are written down and thought well of. Thanks Rose!

  3. It is comforting to know that these Cunard stories are put down. Thanks Rose.

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