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July 1, 2010

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Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 102 days

Today our Queens are on the opposite sides of the Atlantic, with Queen Mary 2 in New York ready to begin her New England voyage while her sister is in Southampton, preparing to travel north for a week in Norway. Meanwhile progress in Italy on Queen Elizabeth is going very well and I look forward to posting more pictures of her again next week.

As many of you know I’ll be on the maiden voyage with many of you, and I’m really looking forward to all the announcements coming up about the ship, and of course what is sure to be a truly amazing maiden season.

Thank you again for posting so many comments and questions and I’m glad you liked the pictures of Queen Victoria in Venice; it was an incredible day. As for the birdlife Barrie, They were there but you are right, in far less numbers than before; I think the Venetian authorities are discouraging them.

Now to this week’s post and a special day on Queen Mary 2, but that’s after this week in Cunard’s history from the 2nd to the 8th of July.

July 2 2009    Queen Elizabeth’s Keel is laid in the Fincantieri Shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy
July 3 1951    Caronia II Leaves New York for her first Cruise to the North Cape and the Land of the Midnight Sun
July 4 1840    At 2.00pm the Britannia leaves Coburg Dock in Liverpool to cross the Atlantic at 9 knots in 14 days and 8 hours (3 days ahead of schedule)
July 4 1986    QE2 participates in the Statue Of Liberty centennial celebrations in New York Harbour.
July 4 2002    The keel is laid for Queen Mary 2; the first of 94 blocks that will make up her hull. The first block was 600 tons. On the same day Commodore Warwick is appointed Master Designate.
July 7 1909    Lucania begins her last voyage.

Last Friday, the 25th of June, Queen Mary 2 hosted a function in Southampton to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Mission to Seafarers, where the Guest of Honour was her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. Queen Mary 2’s Hotel Manager, takes up the story;                                                                                            

Guest Blog

David Stephenson

Hotel Manager, Queen Mary 2

Peter Shanks, the President and Managing Director of Cunard, welcomed the Princess aboard Queen Mary 2 while she was berthed at the City Terminal in Southampton. Princess Anne, who is a patron and staunch supporter of the works of the Mission, was introduced to Commodore Bernard Warner and the ship’s senior officers along with prominent members of the Mission to Seafarers.

Commodore Warner then took the Princess Royal on a tour of Cunard’s flagship, before inviting her to unveil a plaque to commemorate the visit. While on board Princess Anne showed a keen interest in the workings of Queen Mary 2 comparing them to her own experiences with her association with the Royal Navy.

Following the unveiling, Her Royal Highness and guests watched a presentation in the Royal Court Theatre, where Commodore Warner made a speech welcoming everyone to Queen Mary 2. He also praised the work of the Mission to Seafarers and talked of the close association over the years between the Mission and Cunard.

Gun Sukwanna, Queen Mary’s Social Hostess, deserves a special mention for her role as Lady in Waiting throughout the event, and here she is guiding Her Royal Highness to the Queens Room.

On reaching the Queen’s Room, Her Royal Highness was introduced to guests at a champagne reception, before departing for further engagements.  At the reception guests enjoyed an extravagant Buffet prepared by Queen Mary 2’s Executive Chef, Abhilash James and his team.

Thank you David for sharing this memorable day with us, another great day to celebrate in Cunard’s history.

I’ll be back on Monday with a very special Guest Blog, marking the 170th anniversary celebrations of Britannia’s maiden voyage. On the 4th of July 1840, Cunard’s first ship left Liverpool, beginning an amazing history which will be captured by author, Chris Frame, who was featured in a post at the beginning of June. Then on Thursday I’ll have some more news and pictures from Queen Elizabeth. In the meantime, thanks again for all your great comments.

Cheers, Alastair.

  1. Tom says:

    Looking forward to the World Cruise on QM2 in January-April. This will be my first world cruise, although I have been on QM2 many times and simply love the ship. I have also taken a segment voyage on QV’s Maiden world Cruise from NY to LA through the Panama Canal. The blog is marvelous and I look forward to each posting and especially the news about the new QE. Cheers

  2. 101 days and counting!! We are lucky enough to be booked on the Queen elizabeth’s Maiden Voyage to the Canaries in October and can’t wait to see her. Our last cruise with Cunard was on the QMII round Britain cruise last October. We were delighted and very impressed with Queen Mary II and she will be a hard act to follow – but I’m sure Queen Elizabeth will surpass even our wildest dreams.

  3. Anthony Jr says:

    AWESOME blog today Mr. Greener! I am anctiously awaiting the new pictures that are coming soon! And, to add to the excitement, tomorrow is a big day for Cunard and America!

  4. Lynn Seldon says:

    We’re just completing a transatlantic aboard the QM2 and can’t sing enough praise about the ship, the dining, the activities, and the staff. Hotel Manager David Stephenson and everyone else onboard should be proud!

  5. Alistair,
    Thank you so much for your very informative blog that makes me look forward to our maiden voyage on the Queen Elizabeth even more than we thought possible.
    I looked at the blog before leaving work today (around 5pm) and was thrilled to see the latest update with photographs of ‘before and after’ with a write up – but when I logged on at home (around 8pm) to see them again and to show my partner… the 19th July entry was there again.
    Was I dreaming?
    Whatever the case, we’re REALLY looking forward to October 12th and perhaps even meeting you!
    It’s been a pleasure.

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