November 27, 2011
We Are Cunard
Guest Blog: Lisa Page, New Media Executive, Cunard Line
In the early hours of Saturday morning I found myself at a very cold and windy quayside at the Blohm & Voss shipyard in Hamburg. Complete with hard hat and safety shoes – camera at the ready, we were awaiting the arrival of our flagship – all in the name of our blog! Queen Mary 2 peered around the corner at around 4am and the wait was over:
This is where we filmed our first shot for the upcoming video blog of the refit, our cameraman Peter ran up and down to get the perfect shot and set the scene:
Once the ropes were secured the dock gate was tugged back into place and the water began to drain, something which took many hours to do, she was on blocks the following morning, and the shipyard workforce were in full swing clearing out the dock and cleaning the hull. Unfortunately it was too busy to have a camera crew down underneath the hull but we’re hoping to get some shots at the end of the refit next week. If you look closely at the photo below you can see how small one of the workers looks at the bottom of the dock:
There were hundreds of contractors on board; carpenters, electricians and decorators – all working their magic for the next 10 days in refit. We headed straight to the Golden Lion Pub – one of the main rooms to be renovated. All of the old carpets were already gone, as well as the seating areas, this is how she currently looks:
Next we headed up to the Grills Restaurants for a quick catch up with Senior Maitre D’ Beniamino Acler, all around us people were busy sowing and fitting seat covers and various soft furnishings. During the refit both Grills Restaurants will have new carpets throughout, here’s Beniamino and Entertainment Director Paul O’Loughlin during their interview:
The Canyon Ranch Spa is my favourite area on board Queen Mary 2, especially the aquatherapy pool, with the water jets and bubbles in the centre! We met with Assistant Manager Richard Araujo, who explained that amongst the changes in the spa area, the teak wooden areas were being redone, there will also be new machines in the gym, including some very fancy sounding bikes! This is where I saw the pool as I’ve never seen it before…completely empty. Paul and Richard climbed in to take a closer look:
The floor outside of the Britannia Restaurant was a little ‘bumpy’ in parts, as this is such a high traffic area it was unable to fix whilst we had guests on board. The carpet has been pulled up and the problem areas are being repaired as you can see below:
Usually one of the busiest venues on board, the Commodore Club looked deserted, you can see the new chairs in the picture below, the carpets will also be replaced.
We have two children’s areas on board Queen Mary 2, the Play Zone and the Zone, usually full of colourful toys and the latest computer games, both areas are having a revamp and were completely bare when we went inside to film, you’ll notice a big difference at the end of the refit next week.
That’s all from me for the moment, we’ll be filming in the shipyard again next week, keep an eye on our facebook and twitter pages for live updates. I hope this blog has given you all an idea of what’s happening during the dry dock and how we produce the videos you see here on wearecunard.com. The footage is currently being edited to make part 1 of our refit video blogs, make sure you check back here at the end of the week or use the subscribe button at the top and we’ll email you!