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More Stories From Queen Elizabeth’s Third Voyage

November 22, 2010

We Are Cunard

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It’s hard to believe that Queen Elizabeth is still only on her third voyage, yet has already been in service for six weeks. She continues to be warmly welcomed wherever she goes, and for the first time tomorrow she will make her second call to a port, when she arrives in Gibraltar. We were delighted to receive this photo from one of our admirers in Croatia, showing Queen Elizabeth last week, arriving at the port of Gruz which serves the stunning medieval city of Dubrovnik.

And here she is moments later in her berth; but before you think our latest Cunarder has an interesting addition to her superstructure, there is a very modern and beautiful bridge just behind her!

It’s been an exciting voyage on board and one where the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company has been busy rehearsing for their latest shows in their repertoire. This voyage the company entertained our guests with two premiere’s; Hotel Royale and a matinee performance yesterday of a Neil Simon Triple Bill.


There was a tremendous response to those shows as well as the other shows performed by the Company during the voyage, and it was great to hear so many compliments about our very talented cast. As you will know from our previous Blog on the subject, the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company is a new concept to Cunard. You can see more from the Blog below, which I posted when the Entertainment on Queen Elizabeth was first announced.


It’s great to see the repertoire coming to life, and we will be posting a special Guest Blog in a short while written by a member of the Company, which will give us a unique insight to the rehearsal and set up process from a performer’s perspective.

Entertainment has certainly come on a long way over the years and this was highlighted at our gathering of guests who have travelled on all three Queen Elizabeth’s. On this voyage there were nine guests who had travelled on all three, and here they are at the get-together yesterday.

There was just one guest this week, June Rawlings, from Coventry in England, who had travelled on all six Queens. Her first voyage was on Queen Mary in 1964 and she travelled quite regularly on the Queens including Queen Elizabeth in 1968. She told me that she remembered how First Class passengers would sneak in to the Cabin Class where she was, as they told her it was more fun there!

Getting back to the subject of entertainment; I was reminded about how much things had changed over the years when Mrs Wood from Dover in England, showed me some of her memorabilia. The item I found most interesting was this Programme of Entertainment for the Third Class Lounge on the Carinthia in 1938.

This of course was a show performed by the on board Entertainment Committee formed by the passengers. Among the performers of “The Three Musketeers” was Mrs Woods’ grandmother; Mrs Cureton, who was on the Transatlantic Crossing to visit her daughter (Mrs Wood’s Aunt), who had emigrated from Britain to Cleveland Ohio, during the depression.  Mrs Woods went on to tell me that she had travelled on Queen Elizabeth in 1953, and when she heard QE2 was about to be sold, she told herself she had to sail on her before she ended her service in the Cunard fleet. She managed to convince her daughter to go with her and she told me she is now a committed third generation Cunarder!

She also showed me one of her original tags, which were designed for luggage that wasn’t needed for the crossing, but would be transported across the Atlantic in the ship’s storage area until it was collected at the destination port.

It’s always lovely to see guests’ memorabilia, which have such personal memories, and luggage labels are not easy to look after. However Mrs Angela Wall from Hatfield in Hertfordshire showed me the pristine labels from her journey to New York on the Ivernia and her return crossing on Queen Elizabeth.

They had stayed with her mother’s cousins for three months and she told me how her mother had seen the original newsreel of Queen Elizabeth being launched in September 1938. On that day her mother vowed she would one day go on that wonderful liner, and 21 years later in 1959 her dream came true. Here’s Mrs Wall on the deck of Queen Elizabeth on that crossing to Southampton.

There was another special voyage for Mrs Wall when she celebrated her 40th wedding anniversary on QE2 during her 40th year, and she told me how much she was enjoying the new Queen Elizabeth.

That’s it for this Blog, but I’ll be back soon with the final part of Lisa’s series of Guest Blogs from her recent Transatlantic Crossing on Queen Mary 2. Cheers for now, Alastair

  1. Kenneth Eden says:

    Nice shots of the QE. She looks a bit more streamlined than the QV, however, angles can alter appearences. She is stunning site to see.

    When can we get a glimpse at the Verandah menu? Would you be so kind as to post one?


  2. Paul Clayson says:

    Alastair, we were interested in the comment re the first class passengers going down to cabin class. When we emigrated to Canada in 1959 on the Saxonia, we were travelling First Class with a 5-month old baby, and the stewards used to say just that, so we did, while they babysat. The efforts made by the crew to make life with a young baby easier made us Cunard fans for life. Unfortunately the only memorabilia from thay crossing was Beryl’s mothers pass to come on board to see us off, (not as security conscious in those days)
    Beryl & Paul Clayson, Huntsville, Canada.

  3. Chris & Margaret Rose says:

    Hi Alistair,
    Once again a great blog.
    We are looking forward to experiencing the Theatre Company when we join Queen Elizabeth in January.
    The memorabilia is fascinating and hopefully, I will, have something very small to show you when we meet!
    More great photographs, thanks
    Very best regards

  4. Beryl Moss says:

    Another interesting blog and the photographs of QE are truly amazing. Its great to read all the news from guests who have sailed presiously with Cunard along with the photos of their memorabilia.

  5. Beryl Moss says:

    Another great blog with fantastic photos of QE. Its always interesting to read about guests experiences on previous Cunard voyages along with their memorabilia.

  6. Carol Busch says:

    I’m curious how many people are booked for the Queen Elizabeth World Cruise? Also, any information about when the Discovery Channel program will be aired in the U. S. ? Thank you

  7. Patricia Heading says:

    Lovely pictures of Queen Elizabeth – we are booked on full World Cruise on her and after our lovely day on board at the beginning of October we can`t wait. We saw many faces we knew, guests we had met and lots of crew from QV, QM and QE2 – so hopefully it will feel like home. Look foward to seeing everyone again.

    Regards Trish & Tony Heading

  8. Maurice and Lorraine says:

    We were lucky enough to be on the Queen Elizabeth’s third voyage, we thoroughly enjoyed a memorable voyage and made lots of friends. Queen Elizabeth is a beautiful ship, the service and entertainment is first class and very hard to beat. Thanks Alistair – great job.

  9. Daryl Cooper says:

    Almost 2 months since maiden voyage and still no effective bridge-cam.With 2 other “Cunarder’s” able to do so I would have thought the technology would have been the same but only needed to be repeated.Most dis-appointing!

  10. Maeve Carden says:

    Hi Alastair,
    Enjoyed our cruise in Nov on QE. She is a very beautiful ship. But so much wanted to follow her via web cam, unfortunately no information on where she is. WHY?

  11. jean sewell says:

    i was just going through my dads papers and i found his receipt for his voyage on the queen elizabeth may 14th 1953 to new york from glasgow i was looking in ellis island and i cant find his name just an fyi for u

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