August 19, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 53 days
While Queen Mary 2 is in Norway, and Queen Victoria is back in the Mediterranean, Queen Elizabeth is less than eight weeks from her Maiden Voyage and the momentum is building towards her completion at an amazing rate. She has just passed another major milestone after passing her first set of sea trials. She is now in dry dock in Trieste where she will receive her final coat of paint on her hull, before her second set of sea trials heading back to Monfalcone. I will be getting pictures from this over the weekend and will post them on Monday.
Today we have the last in the series of Vlogs from our visit to the shipyard a couple of weeks ago, but that’s after for this week in Cunard’s history from 20 to 27 August:
|August||22||1925||Carinthia begins her Maiden Voyage|
|August||26||2007||Cunard names the senior officers who will lead the inaugural team for Queen Victoria|
|August||27||1870||At 3,700 tons and 420 foot long, the Oceanic is launched for White Star Line. It is the first of four sisters, The Atlantic, Baltic and Republic|
In this Blog we are focussing on the Entertainment venues on our new Queen, and before we get to some new pictures which arrived just last night, here’s the final Vlog in the series with a bit of a wrap up of our visit as well.
Thank you for all your comments about the Vlogs, and thank you to our Cameraman Andrew for all the great shots as well as his team for doing such a fantastic job in editing all that footage back in London. We really enjoyed the bit in this Vlog with the White Star Bellboys’ “We Are Cunard”, with Cunard’s President and Managing Director, Peter Shanks. It seemed to be a milestone in itself to see our crew on board, beginning work on her delivery and bringing the White Star spirit to Queen Elizabeth.
Since the Vlogs were made, the pace of progress has been incredible with this shot of the Queens Room, from the balcony on deck 3, showing the newly installed chandeliers and completed dance floor.
While we are on the subject of lighting, the chandelier has also been installed in the Yacht Club on deck 10. Work is still taking place on the remaining lighting fixtures and nautical finishes that will feature in this venue.
Moving to the Royal Court Theatre, the team of theatrical outfitters have arrived, and are busy installing the technical aspects of the Theatre. Richard Parker is overseeing this important process, while Queen Elizabeth’s Senior Production Manager, Chris Knowles and some of his team have now arrived to help. My thanks to his Crew Chief, Ryan Quinlan, who sent me these pictures last night. The first shows a very busy stage with one of the many lighting bars ready to receive the lighting fixtures in the foreground.
And yes, you will have noticed that all the seating and carpets have now been installed and like everything else, immediately covered as you can see in this photo.
This is a rare view from the stage itself showing the line sets that will bring the scenery for our new shows in and out. All the bars have to be weight tested for safety, which you can see with the red weights hanging off one of the bars.
Everything in the Theatre is going well, ready for the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company to begin their rehearsals on stage towards the end of September. Meanwhile they are still very busy in Northampton, rehearsing all the exciting Production Shows that will premiere on our new Queen. As Queen Elizabeth will be their first ship for many of the cast, they were all invited to spend a day on Queen Victoria last Sunday, while she was in Southampton.
This was a perfect opportunity for them to get a feel of what their ship will be like as they looked around Queen Victoria’s Royal Court Theatre, the dressing rooms and of course their cabins as well as the other crew and guest areas. We couldn’t resist taking a photo of the cast of 21 on stage with Lisa Cotterill who has been involved in the creation of the new shows.
They were then treated to a special performance from Queen Victoria’s Royal Cunard Singers and Dancers. As many of them knew each other we thought it would be fun to get both casts on stage, for a rare photo opportunity – all 37 of them!
The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company left at the end of the day saying goodbye to old friends and new, very excited at the prospect of joining their ship in just a few weeks time.
I’ll be back on Monday with some pictures from Queen Elizabeth’s sea trials, and then on Thursday we have some exciting breaking news about the Shops on board our new Queen. It’s a busy time of Blogging so please keep your comments and questions coming in. Cheers for now, Alastair