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June 24, 2010

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Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 110 days

Welcome to another weekly update from the Cunard world. Firstly thank you for your kind messages of congratulations for the We Are Cunard Blog’s first award; and of course thank you for keeping logging on.

As Queen Mary 2 completes her Norwegian voyage and gets ready to make one of her westbound transatlantic crossings, Queen Victoria is enjoying the second half of her wonderful Mediterranean voyage.

The response to recent posts has been incredible so thank you for all your comments and questions. Understandably many of them are about Queen Elizabeth and who will be there. Some of you have mentioned certain crew and entertainers, for example, the Golden Lion Pub Entertainer, but I’m afraid I haven’t any news yet as those positions haven’t been finalized, however I’ll keep you informed; it’s great to hear about your personal favourites.

Thanks to CJ’s suggestion a couple of weeks ago, I wrote to Jo Beardsley, the Youth Director on Queen Mary 2 and asked if she could prepare a special Guest Blog giving readers an idea of what’s available for youngsters on board our ships, and in particular for a Teenager on Queen Mary 2. She was kind enough to write a special Blog which is coming up after this week in Cunard’s History from the 25th of June to the 1st of July.

June 25 1861    The Scotia is launched as Cunard’s last paddle steamer. She was a one class ship and was described at the time as “The Epitome of Paddle Wheel Design”
June 26 1970    QE2 offers medical assistance to a sick seaman transferred in the mid-Atlantic from the “Zosmarr”
June 27 1919    The Mauretania returns to Cunard’s north Atlantic service for the first time after the first world war
June 28 2008    Queen Victoria makes maiden call to Norway’s North Cape


Each of our Cunard Queens has a dedicated area especially for our younger guests, who along with some adults never seem to want to leave The Play Zone and The Zone which are located on deck 6 aft of Queen Mary 2, and deck 10 amidships on Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth). They are filled with lots of toys, games and activities.

The younger children have fun in the soft play area and ball pool where parents can be certain they are in the best of care, with our fully trained nursery nurses.


For all youngsters a range of engaging activities are prepared by our youth staff each voyage, including sports, arts and crafts and a disco, as well as themed days including Pirate Day! Adjoining The Play Zone is the outside pool area where the whole family can enjoy themselves.

The Zone for Teens with its computers and relaxed layout provides an ideal setting for older children to meet and make new friends and that’s where Jo takes up the story:


Guest Blog

Jo Beardsley

Youth Director, Queen Mary 2 


With the school holidays fast approaching, I have put together a blog about a day in the life of a teenager on board Queen Mary 2.

During the peak season, we can become a pretty busy place with lots and lots of teenagers on board, so to ensure they all have a great time and get the most out of their time on board, we give them their very own programme of events and activities.

The Zone is crammed full of cool stuff including the latest video games, air-hockey, table football, and even our very own DJ Booth! It’s a great place for teens to hang-out and do as little or as much as they want!

As for the programme itself, we let the teens decide what they’d like to do, after all they’re not kids anymore, and as such, we don’t treat them like kids. As far as possible we’ll let them (as a group), decide on the activities and events they’d like to see in the programme. For some, that might be lots of sports and energetic games played around the ship, while others might like to be more chilled out, and hang-out around the pool or get creative with some arts activities.

The following is an example of what a typical day may be like on a transatlantic crossing during the summer months. The first session in the morning may start with a table tennis tournament up at the Pavilion Pool. These tournaments are exclusively for the teens and are a great way to get to know the other kids of the same age in a relaxed, fun environment.

The morning sports tournaments aren’t taken too seriously, so everyone is able to join in, regardless of ability. For the more competitive we also arrange more serious competitions! Following table tennis, we’d probably stop off at Kings Court for some refreshments and grab a quick drink or an ice-cream, sounds like a plan!

We’d then head back to The Zone to chill-out and once again, it’s up to the teens what they do; it may mean getting to grips with some of the latest video games we have to offer.

Some may prefer to play one of the many board games we have; Taboo, and Scattergories are two of the favourites at the moment. Others might want to make use of all the arts and crafts supplies, or just sit back and chill-out on the bean-bags and chat with your new friends.

After lunch, we’d meet up at G32 (the onboard nightclub), where our resident DJ may offer some tips to any young budding DJ’s, giving them, an insight into all the equipment he uses.

Other activities we have done there include exclusive RADA workshops (a lot of fun), dance classes and even music jams with our resident international band.

It’s mid-afternoon now and so time for team activity! This could be anything from building a bridge made from newspaper, building a parachute for an egg to one of our crazy hunts played all around the ship!

Let’s keep the energy level up and head up to the sports deck for a game a kwik-cricket or dodgeball. The Queen Mary 2 is great for sports as it has so much space! Other sports we play include football, hockey, basketball and paddle tennis.

After all that activity we’d better probably head back to The Zone for a well earned rest! There, teens may want to watch a movie, play some card games, or just sit back and chat – it’s up to them!

Our evening sessions are extremely varied and could include anything from going to the Royal Court Theatre as a group, to a round of golf in one of the state of the art golf simulators. We also have parties by the pool, sports nights, and differently themed games nights. The night normally ends with a late night movie, which is usually chosen by the teens themselves and could be either in The Zone or Queen Mary 2’s Illuminations.

The Teen Programme has always been recognised as an excellent way for its participants to explore the ship and enjoy all it has to offer. Whether teens join us every session or just for a few activities, it is certain they will be entertained throughout the whole duration of their voyage. Youngsters often create many friendships through the Teen Programme meeting people they often keep in touch with for years to come!

I hope that this Blog has given parents and teens an insight into what we have to offer on board, and we would love for you to come and experience it for yourself in the not too distant future.

Thank you Jo so much for giving us such a great idea of life on board Queen Mary 2 as a Teenager. Also thank you again CJ; I hope you found it useful. Of course if you have an idea for a Blog you would like us to write about please do let me know. I’ll either write one myself or ask one of my expert colleagues.

I’ll be back on Monday with a special post with some amazing pictures of Queen Victoria’s recent visit to Venice. She was fortunate enough to have a fantastic berth and you’ll see what I mean on Monday. I’ve also got some more news and pictures from Queen Elizabeth next week. I also look forward to reading more of your comments and answering your questions.

Cheers, Alastair.

  1. Christine Wellhausen says:

    Hello Alastair,

    I have enjoyed being entertained by Greg Sampson in the Golden Lion Pub on Queen Victoria and would also like to see him as the Pub Entertainer on the new Queen Elizabeth. What really sets him apart from other Pub/Piano Entertainers is the fact that he also plays guitar and is so much more than just a piano entertainer. He’s welcoming, talented, and is very good at getting the audience really involved.

    Alastair, I’ve seen you in many Cunard and also Genesis of Healing videos, and almost feel that we have already met. I will soon be sailing again on Queen Victoria and am looking forward to meeting you in person. I always enjoy reading your very informative blog to keep up with the latest Cunard news!

  2. judith appleton says:

    Can we have a blog about the care of the dogs on Transatlantic crossings?

  3. Robert - Hunter Valley says:

    May I seek information on what is provided for chilren, earler than the teen scene, please. Grandparents are proud of having a newer generation with them.

  4. Gillian Smith says:

    We are travelling on Queen Elizabeth next summer as a family some info on the planned activities for 8 year olds would be great.
    Thanks, Gillian.

  5. Thanks for your comments. We’ll have a look at a more general Blog article about the Kids programmes, on board may be featuring the centres on Queen Victoria next time, and try and get that posted in a the next few weeks. meanwhile Judith, you’ll be delighted to hear we have done a post about our Pets At Sea programme. Have a look at the post on February the 11th this year, hopefully that’ll answer all your questions. Cheers, Alastair

  6. Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

  7. Genevieve Frew says:

    Hi Alastair,
    Wow, I just found the link to my story “Coco – International Dog of Leisure” last night and was extrememly chuffed that you have put that link on your blog. Thank you.

    We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on Queen Victoria in January this year (part of the World Cruise) and have already booked to go back on board on 31st October this year, when she sails through the Mediterranean. We will be taking our teenage daughter again, and with her, Coco the travelling dog.

    We do hope that there will be some passengers close to our daughter’s age when we travel, (she is 13) so we may have some company for her – Coco can mingle with people of any age…

    Genevieve Frew.

  8. We’ve sailed on the QM2 before (24 days) and had a great time. We’re now thinking of booking an aft oceanview stateroom on deck 5 for the New York to New York voyage around the British Isles next September. Our question is: Can the fantail deck be accessed from the halllway(deck 5)? The plan does not show any doors or outside walkways. If it can be, are deck chairs available there? Thanks so much. Bill & Pat

  9. kirsten says:

    I love Jo! She’s awesome. Is she still on the Queen Mary 2?

  10. Here is the link to my blog post about travelling with a child, and a dog, aboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria.
    I’d love to have any comments.

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