October 5, 2011
We Are Cunard
Guest Blogger: Keith Maynard: Entertainment Director, Queen Elizabeth
Queen Elizabeth arrives in Southampton tomorrow after her maiden voyage along the coast of North America and Canada. Following in the footsteps of SS Britannia 171 years ago we enjoyed a very warm welcome in Portland, Maine. Fresh from guiding our new Queen safely through the foggy night, Captain Wells pulled us up safely alongside the new pier; it was completed just days before for our arrival even though it was all but invisible to the naked eye until the last 20 metres!!! As the morning wore on the fog began to lift and the sun peeked out from behind the clouds, a small delegation of local dignities were guided on board by Social Hostess Marianne Corlett and were welcomed in the midships bar by Captain Wells, Hotel Manager David Hamilton and myself. In typical Cunard style the champagne flowed along with the conversation and as some tasty aperitifs appeared so did the official plaque of Portland Harbour – a beautiful hand painted relief which will join the growing family outside the Commodore Club on deck 10 forward. But our friendly guests had a little surprise up their sleeve when out of a rather inconspicuous looking box they pulled out a live lobster and presented it to Captain Wells! We were later to learn that there were 11 more of his friends still lurking in the box! Of course by the time you read this blog you can rest assured the the Captain and his Executive Committee re-homed the Lobsters courtesy of executive chef Nicholas Oldroyd!