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We Are Cunard, Queen of the Seas…

October 6, 2011

We Are Cunard

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Former journalist and MP Martin Bell recently sailed on board Queen Mary 2 and penned a poem during the crossing. We thought we’d share it with you here on the blog…

Guest Blog – Martin Bell

Insights Speaker

Queen Mary 2


 We are Cunard, Queen of the Seas,

We offer crests and heraldries,

On scarves and shirts and toiletries,

Complete with our embossings.

We don’t do crude festivities,

Flag-wavings, bunting-tossings,

Or sail-away vulgarities.

We understand ranks and degrees,

And old seafaring courtesies.

To us a gale is just a breeze,

Our passengers are invitees,

We don’t do cruises, if you please,

But voyages and crossings.

  1. Roger Waterfall says:

    Not quite sure what to say about that, perhaps it’s too modern for my taste.
    Give me John Masefields ‘Sea Fever’

    “I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
    and all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

    And the wheels kick and the winds song and the white sails shaking,
    and a grey mist on the sea’s face and a grey dawn breaking.

    And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
    and the flung spray and the blown spume and the sea gulls crying.

    I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide,
    Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied.

    I must go down to the seas again to the vagrant gypsy life,
    To the gull’s way and the whales way where the wind;s like a whetted knife.

    All I ask is a merry yarn from a laughing fellow rover,
    and quiet sleep and sweet dream when the long tricks over.

    A poem about Cunard to that standard would be great. Any offers?

  2. Cruise Buzz says:

    I love a good poem. It would be great to hear this at the pub on the ships…..

  3. Anthony jr says:

    Mr. Shanks,

    Another awesome blog, and I have to add, Hoorah Cunard Line! Love the poem, very true and perfectly said.

  4. Rob Holloway says:

    If Cunard is a company which prides itself on tradition on new ships then with respect to Mr Bell, your poem was a good try, well done.
    The classic poem by John Masefields ‘Sea Fever’, posted by Mr.Waterfall as above, still rings my bell.

    Perhaps a blend of old and new would suffice or more time in penning a poem.

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