February 7, 2011
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
As we begin another week’s blogging, Queen Victoria will be enjoying the islands of Hawaii, while on their World Voyages Queen Elizabeth is crossing the Equator today on her way to Samoa, and Queen Mary 2 is in Durban South Africa.
The World Voyages on Cunard ships are always very special, not only because we see our World Voyage friends again, but also all the special events, activities and surprises that take place.
For example it was a case of ‘little meets large’ last week off Tristan da Cunha, as the only two ships in the world with Royal Mail status (RMS) met, when RMS Queen Mary 2 sailed past the island and met with RMS St. Helena.
The latter ship was making her final call at the island and has an uncertain future, but both ships exchanged salutes before Queen Mary 2 continued on her way to Cape Town.
And a few days later Cunard’s flagship arrived in the amazing city for a two day visit. Yesterday I was delighted to receive this incredible picture of her leaving this stunning port after her stay.
Meanwhile as Queen Elizabeth headed towards Los Angeles it was time to celebrate again and three of our Australian Crewmembers, Programme Coordinator Lisa Fanning, Captain’s Secretary Nicole Bruce and Assistant Food and Beverage Manager David Lea, were determined that Australia Day was going to be a big party. Here are Lisa and Nicole standing proudly in front of their flag:
And it certainly was quite an event with over 185 Australian guests on board, who gave the rest of us a warm welcome in the Garden Lounge, as we joined in the fun. Captain Julian Burgess also came along as we were all given song sheets to sing along to the great Aussie songs.
And no Australian party would be complete without some good “Tucker” in the form of Vegemite sandwiches, much to the delight of all concerned as we can see from the smile on Will Lee’s face, who is from Thirroul, New South Wales.
And with a bit of sustenance, it was time to dance and needless to say the party went on for much longer than expected, but of course everyone had a fantastic time.
On a World Voyage there are always lots of new and extra features in the Entertainment Programme, and it was great to see another Cunard first, when we tried something completely different. We took guests back to the 1950’s and the era of the great radio adventures with a trip down memory lane and Dick Barton – Special Agent.
A packed Royal Court Theatre came to see if intrepid sleuth Dick Barton could rid the world of evil in the name of decency and patriotism. Dick faced arch enemy Baron Scarheart in an action packed adventure which featured the Actors from The Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company who were joined by four guests in this première performance. Here are the entire cast with Director Richard Emerson, after the performance.
After a great day in Los Angeles when we said farewell to some guests and welcomed others, we set sail across the Pacific to Hawaii. The first port of call was Lahaina on the island of Maui, and what a beautiful island it is as you can see from this photo taken from one of our ship’s tenders:
People always talk about Hawaii being a magical part of the world and seeing views like this you can understand why it’s such a popular destination.
On every turn there’s another great view and of course our new Queen looked majestic in the bay amongst the yachts and small craft.
The following day we visited one of the most famous holiday spots in the world; Honolulu, where guests enjoyed whale watching or a very moving visit to the museum at Pearl Harbour. Again Queen Elizabeth rose above the buildings around her with her iconic red funnel providing another stunning backdrop.
Well that’s it for the moment but I’ll be back later in the week with more pictures from Queen Elizabeth’s Maiden World Voyage as well as other news from around the Cunard Fleet. Thank you as always for your comments and for logging on. Cheers for now, Alastair