February 17, 2011
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Updates
It’s been another very busy week on board our ships, and as always it’s been great to read your comments and hear how many of our readers are following friends and family on their voyages around the World with Cunard. We’ve been busy passing on your good wishes to our guests on board so feel free to keep those mentions coming.
Meanwhile although our Queens are in different parts of the world, they have all been celebrating the day of romance in their own way and I’ve got news and pictures of that after this week in Cunard’s history for the week of the 17 to 23 February.
|17 February 1949||Caronia makes her maiden call to Willemstad, Curacao|
|17 February 1954||Saxonia is launched by Lady Churchill at John Brown Shipyard, Clydebank and goes in to service on the Canadian emigrant run.|
|20 February 2007||QE2 meets Queen Mary 2 on her World Voyage in Sydney – first time two Queens had been together in Sydney since the first Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth in 1941 as troop ships|
|21 February 1905||Carmania (sister ship to the Caronia) is launched and together they are known as “The Pretty sisters”. Carmania is the first in a generation to have turbines (as opposed to quadruple expansion engines), which makes her faster than her sister Caronia.|
|21 February 1920||The Berengaria (formerly the Imperator), has her first sailing under the Cunard flag from Liverpool, making her the largest passenger liner to ever enter the Mersey.|
|23 February 2006||Maritime history is made as Queen Mary 2 and Queen Mary, meet for the first time in Long Beach Harbour for a “Royal Rendezvous” beginning at 12 noon.|
|23 February 2010||Cunard announces the names of the Senior Officers who will head up the Queen Elizabeth Management Team|
On 13 February, while Queen Victoria was in Los Angeles for the second of four visits during her Americas season, renowned Chef Todd English hosted members of the Entertainment Publicist Professional Society, media and other guests for a luncheon in his restaurant on board.
One of the most decorated and respected chefs in the world, Todd English was named the National Rising Star Chef by the James Beard Foundation early in his career and in 2001, Bon Appétit recognised him as “Restaurateur of the Year.”
He made history once again when he launched his first and only restaurants at sea aboard Queen Mary 2 in 2004 and Queen Victoria in 2007, both simply called Todd English. The restaurants highlight Chef English’s interpretive Mediterranean cuisine. Many of you will be familiar with his restaurants on Queen Victoria and Queen Mary 2 and we posted a blog about him and his work in this Blog:
The day after Queen Victoria celebrated St. Valentine’s Day in traditional Cunard style with a signature ball in the Queens Room hosted by Social Hostess Marianne Corlett, and here she is pictured with Sports Director Warwick Newton:
Meanwhile Assistant Entertainment Director Keith Maynard was getting in to the spirit by hosting the Marriage Game Show, and here he is seeing how well three couples, including John and Barbara from California pictured here, actually knew each other!
As always our Queens are beautifully decorated on these occasions, and the Food and Beverage Team on Queen Elizabeth did a great job with fabulous Grand Lobby display.
During the afternoon in the Queens Room, members of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Company presented a specially prepared performance of “Hearts and Harps”, joined by Pianist Dustin Turner and Harpist Fiona McGee, in an elegant celebration of love through music and poetry.
On Queen Elizabeth we also ran a Valentine’s Dedication service to raise money for our World Voyage Charities. Guests were invited to write a message to their Valentine which would then appear in a special flyer that was delivered to guest staterooms with their Daily Programme. Guests were invited to enclose a donation with their message and the dedication accompanied by the biggest donation would appear on the front page of the Daily Programme itself. It was a great success with lots of dedications proving romance is alive and well on Queen Elizabeth, and we raised over $450 for our charities. This was the winning dedication.
Congratulations to Helen McMaster who wrote the dedication for her husband Andrew. I caught up with them both later that evening as they had their picture taken in the heart shaped arch of balloons that evening in the Queen’s Room at the Valentine’s Ball
Earlier in the evening as guests entered the restaurants on all our ships, the ladies were presented a red rose, and in this photo Headwaiter Sylwester Potrac offers a rose to Mrs Margo Irving from Dumbartonshire in Scotland, who is with her husband Ian.
As always it was a very special day and made that much more special by being celebrated on a Cunard Queen. Well that’s it for the moment, but I’ll be back next week with more news from Queen Elizabeth’s Maiden World Voyage as she reaches New Zealand, as well as other news from around the Cunard Fleet.
The big news of course will be on Tuesday 22 February, as Queen Elizabeth meets up with Cunard’s Flagship, Queen Mary 2 at 5.30am (local time), off Sydney Harbour. Queen Mary 2 will then lead her sister in to the spectacular harbour before both ships enjoy their two day visit. This is definitely well worth watching on our Bridge Cams that morning and of course we’ll bring you some pictures and Vlogs from the event later that week. Cheers for now, Alastair