August 10, 2010
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Elizabeth
Countdown to Queen Elizabeth – 62 days
Welcome to part two of this Blog, which continues to follow a small group of press, as they previewed Queen Elizabeth last week at the Fincantieri shipyard in Monfalcone, Italy. Thanks again for all your comments as the excitement continues to build. Interesting as many of you have noticed, today is exactly nine weeks before the Maiden Voyage. So here’s the second post following the tour of our new Queen, along with some more interviews.
As the tour continued in to the Golden Lion Pub, the progress from our last visit continued to astound me, with this venue, like so many others, starting to look familiar.
This is Café Carinthia, which will be larger than the one on Queen Victoria and one of the many areas where the deck head panels and lighting fixtures were already complete. Many of the decorative panels and features were also finished, but had been immediately covered in protective sheeting.
You may recall in the Vlog (I think that word will stick, Steve!), we posted last Thursday, that I mentioned the Art Deco Chandelier which was about to be installed in the Grand Lobby. This morning I was delighted to receive an Email from Robert Howie, who is Queen Elizabeth’s Hotel Manager. He is busy with the set up process in the shipyard, and he sent me this photo, which I’m sure you’ll agree, makes a stunning addition to the elegant Grand Lobby.
Meanwhile outside the ship, there is a huge amount of activity with stores arriving daily, as well as the hundreds of shipyard workers who are busy ensuring Queen Elizabeth will be ready to leave Monfalcone at the end of September.
First she’ll be going on her first set of Sea Trials this Friday, so we’ll make sure we bring you some pictures from that.
Meanwhile you may be interested to hear that Queen Mary 2 will be in Southampton on Saturday and Queen Victoria in her homeport as well on Sunday, as they continue their summer seasons. In fact in my next post on Thursday I’ll be bringing you more news from our flagship, and then on Monday we’ll have the next in our series of blogs from Italy, with a focus on the Entertainment areas on Monday and the dining venues on Thursday.
Cheers for now, Alastair