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Queen Mary 2 Arrives in Australia

February 9, 2012

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Queen Mary 2 arrived in Fremantle, Australia yesterday, starting her circumnavigation of Australia. We received these fantastic photos from James Morgan showing Commodore Christopher Rynd stood next to the iconic funnel – it really shows you just how big the funnel actually is!  It is the first time the New Zealand born Commodore has taken the flagship ‘Down Under’ since being appointed Commodore in 2011, and they received a fantastic welcome from the people of Fremantle. She is now en route to Adelaide, followed by Sydney on Valentine’s Day.
Photo credit: James Morgan
Photo credit: James Morgan

Photo credit: James Morgan

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner love is very much in the air. We were sent a story about Mary and Guerry Moore, who got engaged on board Queen Mary 2 in 2007. Now happily married, they are finalists in a Perfect Proposal contest, up against other couples with a special story to tell. Mary kindly agreed to share her story with us:

A Marriage Proposal for Mary Aboard the Queen Mary 2   

Let me set the stage.  Guerry & I had been dating for over 5 years and had discussed marriage on several occasions, but had not set the date.  We just had not made it a priority!  Well, Guerry decided to take matters into his own hands and make it happen.  First, Guerry bought the rings in December 2006 knowing we had this once-in-a-life-time cruise planned for April 2007.  Then, he needed a plan to get the ring on the ship without me or nosey customs agents’ knowledge.  That would blow his surprise.  Finally, where and how does he make this special?   His options were either on the high seas in the Caribbean or on top of the Empire State Building in NYC, at the end of the cruise.  Here’s what happened:   

We set sail on our magical voyage April 2, 2007 from Fort Lauderdale to Bonaire, Grenada, and St. Kitts returning to NYC on April 9th.   

Little did I know that on Sunday April 8th,my fantasy was about to begin.  The Masquerade Ball was this evening’s premier event; it was also the last formal night aboard the ship.   We had dinner with our usual group then headed to the Grand Ball Room.  The room was packed.  As we entered, there was a professional dance couple performing that reminded me of Dancing with the Stars.  As we found a table and ordered drinks, I heard my name announced by the Cruise Director.  She was asking me to join her on the dance floor.  (I’m thinking, she can’t be paging me, I can’t dance like that!)   She called my name a second time.  Guerry then encouraged me to go see what she wanted.  So I nervously headed out onto the dance floor.  She greeted me and inquired if I was traveling with anyone special?  I replied, “Yes”.  She continued with the inquisition by asking whom I was traveling with? I told her “Guerry”, she promptly invited him to join us.  As he approached, she handed the microphone to him.  Guerry took my hand, turned and introduced us to the audience, which were approximately 1200 strong.  He began to tell “our story”.  Guerry informs everyone who we are and where we are from.  He then explains, we have loved each other for a very long time and have always had a tradition of signing our cards to each other with the phrase “Love for a lifetime”.  He goes on to say that he has come here tonight to take care of some business.  Guerry reveals that he has a ring in his pocket.  The crowd in unison sighs “awwww”.  Guerry explains that he wanted to make this special and was trying to decide when and where to propose.  He was torn between proposing aboard the QM2 or at the top of the Empire State Building, since we love NYC.  Guerry announced that we were having such a wonderful time aboard the QM2 that the location was no longer in question.  He had decided to propose “TONIGHT”!  With all eyes on us, you could feel the crowd’s anticipation swell.  Next thing I knew, Guerry was down on one knee with the ring he had hidden in his jacket.   The lights were dimmed and as Guerry opens the jewelry box a small light shines on the ring, prompting another “awwww” from the packed ballroom.  Then he looks up at me and asks me to make him the happiest man in the world and would I marry him?  As you can imagine, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.  I was overcome with emotion but was able to nod, “YES” to Guerry.  He jumps up and exclaims, “She said YES!!”  Immediately everyone irrupted into applause, the orchestra began to play as Guerry slipped the ring on my finger.  Cameras were flashing all around the ballroom as if we were on Hollywood’s red carpet.   We were presented with a bottle of champagne and had our first dance as an engaged couple.   I truly felt like a princess………maybe even a Queen!

Little did I know until later, that each afternoon while I was napping Guerry would slip out and meet with the Cruise Director to plan every aspect of the evening.  By the way, he had hidden the ring in the toe of his shoe.  I was totally blown away as I didn’t know he had purchased a ring.    We were like celebrities after that.  No matter where we went on board the ship, people would come up and ask if we were “the couple” that got engaged at the Masquerade Ball.  Luckily, one of the couples we had met on the excursion in Grenada was there and realized something special was about to happen so they recorded it. We were thrilled!  

We have shared our story with family and friends and they all said it had to be the most romantic proposal, ever!   

Guerry and I were married in August in a small family wedding in Edmond.  

The contest closes on 12 February and our readers can vote for Mary and Guerry here: http://naifehfinejewelry.com/mary-moore

Thank you both for sharing your story, good luck from all of us!

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  1. Shawn Creger says:

    Mary and Guerry are great people and a fantastic couple. I’m glad to have them in the family. Even though I had heard the story, just reading it gave me goose bumps. It took a lot of planning for Guerry to pull this off. To keep things a secret and hiding the ring all that time.
    I am happy for them. They are two people that deserve to be happy and the love they have for each other shows in their eyes and their smiles.

    Love you guys!!

    Shawn Creger

  2. Judith Sayers says:

    Have just read the other contestants entries, and like this one the best,especially as there is a photo with it. Well done Cunard for helping out with the lighting etc. Heres hoping the rest of the Cunarders who read this blog will vote for it too. Good luck.

  3. Kathy Warn says:

    Doesn’t surprise me that ‘Queen Mary’ would be the chosen vessel for the surprise of ‘Mary’s’ engagement proposal’! It makes me want to go on a cruise now! All I can say is HOW ROMANTIC!

  4. Andy says:

    I got engaged on the QE2 20 years ago. Am still happily married with 3 children.

  5. Nia Evans says:

    Fantastic photographs of Commodore Rynd and funnel. We watched the QM2 arrive and depart from Freemantle via the webcam and harbour webcams. It was a fantastic sight as she turned in the the middle of the harbour and then as she sailed away late afternoon with all the people waving from the quay. We have followed the voyage via the webcam from Southampton.

    Our friends, ‘the two Stuarts’ are on board and it’s their second voyage with QM2. Stuart celebrates a ‘special birthday’ tomorrow the 12th February and we have been able with the excellent help of Cunard to deliver a special gift to both. We hope you enjoy the champagne tomorrow Stuart – happy birthday and enjoy the Valentine’s Ball.

    Thank you Cunard for all your help to arrange this gift, it was quick and simple to organise.
    Nia and Jenny, Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Anglesey, Wales.

  6. Daniel says:

    Hallo! My name is Daniel Rönnqvist and I am 12 years old. I come from Sweden.When I grow up I want to be captain on Queen mary 2. It is a amazing photo at Rynd and the funnel.

  7. Paul Cunane says:

    Well Cunard ! I have to hand it to you, you’ve always been the one to pull out all the stops and put on a jolly good show. The arrival of QM2 into Sydney the other day tops anything you’ve ever done, even though I’m a little bit cynical and believe it to be a huge Marketing Stunt. Whatever ! ‘Well Done Cunard down under’. The eyes of the world were on you.

  8. Vivian Halsall says:

    WE went on the Queen Elizabeth Jubille celebration cruise 5th June from Southampton, we loved every minute and so have booked the round Australia on Queen Mary 2014.
    I DO HOPE THAT LAURA AND JAMES HOSTS ON THE ELIZABETH, WOULD JOIN US ON THE MARY.

    We had so much fun, they are brilliant

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