January 9, 2012
We Are Cunard
Guest Blog: Dominique Damerell, White Star Academy Trainer, Queen Mary 2
Celebrating Christmas on the grandest ocean liner ever built is an unforgettable experience and particularly for the ship’s company on board. This is our home away from home and we pulled out all the stops to make celebrating Christmas on board an unforgettable event.
In keeping with tradition, the officers on board Queen Mary 2 show their appreciation to our crew by serving Christmas lunch in the Crew Mess.
The transformation of the Crew Mess, our biggest crew restaurant on board, started promptly after breakfast and we had two hours to complete the change. Because of the incredible team work this ship is renowned for, this alteration was completed in good time and this extremely busy part of the ship looked quite unrecognisable to those who dine in here every day.
Preparing a Christmas lunch for well over a 1000 crew members is no easy task. At any one time there are up to 52 different crew nationalities on board our ship and so a lot of careful planning and consideration for the varying tastes we all bring to the table is a massive undertaking in itself.
However We Are Cunard for a reason and both the portside and starboard side of the buffet lines looked appealing, fresh, colourful and most of all extremely appetising. We had something for everyone to enjoy. And enjoy they all did.
Furthermore, our gracious and willing officers all contributed to the cherry on the top by making themselves available for serving behind the lines. This unique to Cunard touch is what makes Christmas so special for our crew because it is one of the ways we can show our appreciation to the very people who help to make this ship what she is.
I think that it is safe to say that this has been a year of immense challenge interspersed with moments of great reward. Producing and serving a fantastic Christmas lunch with all the fun and festivity we could muster whilst still maintaining the relentlessness of this operation is the least that we can do to say thank you to all of our crew.
Here at Cunard, the welfare of our crew is integral because a happy crew makes a happy ship. Our on board Crew Welfare committee is of paramount importance because we seek to put the happiness of our crew first and are continuously striving to include events and activities that they will enjoy and appreciate.
Christmas is a special time and usually spent with our families and loved ones. Christmas on board Queen Mary 2, especially if it is your first, is far removed from anything that you are accustomed to. However I think that because of our combined efforts to make it special and rewarding, to keep it fun and unique helps make celebrating Christmas on your home away from home that more memorable.
We are all in the same boat after all…
A sincere thank you to each and every one of the ship’s company for the part that they played in this year’s Christmas. It is certainly an event that will remain in our memories forever. As always it is both a pleasure and privilege working with our crew and I look forward to a momentous 2012 during which, we will make it happen.