February 21, 2012
We Are Cunard
Posted in: Queen Mary 2
Guest Blog: Paul O’Loughlin, Entertainment Director & Zoe List, Programme Coordinator
Distance travelled so far:
Distance travelled: Cape Town to Sydney: 7,867nm
Distance travelled: Southampton to Sydney: 13,985nm
Jeremy & Jacqui Mansfield
- Award-winning South African celebrity cooks Jeremy (South Africa’s best known radio personality), and best-selling author, Jacqui Mansfield boarded in Durban and took to the Illuminations stage, demonstrating quick and easy recipes from their second cookbook, Zhoozsh! Faking It. The couple also worked with Executive Chef Klaus Kremer and one evening their chicken curry recipe was on the menu in the Britannia Restaurant, allowing all guests to sample the dishes they had seen how to prepare that afternoon.
- Durban and Cape Town were both destinations on Laconia’s pioneering first world cruise in 1922 and they continue to be favourite ports of call. After a day ashore visiting Tala Game Reserve, Shakaland Zulu Village, SOS Children’s Village or simply taking in the sights of South Africa’s third largest city, guests were treated to a stunning sailaway. Onlookers gathered along the coast to wave us off and as our resident international band, Vibz, played on the open deck, the sun set over a stunning skyline and we bid a fond farewell to Africa as we set sail across the Indian Ocean to Australia.
Sir James & Lady Jeanne Galway
- Following our delayed departure from Cape Town, our stop in Mauritius was shortened to a brief one, arriving just as the sun was beginning to set. Two ships tenders were immediately launched to carry disembarking guests, crew and guest entertainers (among them Sir David and Lady Carina Frost) ashore, returning quickly with newly joining crew, Australian immigration officials and entertainers – treated to a rare night time approach to Queen Mary 2 via tender, an impressive sight. Among the arrivals were Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, joining us until Sydney.
- Sir James Galway is the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate entertainer whose appeal crosses all musical boundaries. Sir James has made himself a legend, a modern musical master whose virtuosity on the flute is equalled only by his limitless ambitions and vision. Through his extensive touring, over 30 million albums sold and his frequent international television appearances, Sir James has endeared himself to millions worldwide and is a tireless promoter of the arts. Sir James performed on two evenings in the Royal Court Theatre, joined on stage in both shows by his wife Lady Jeanne Galway, an esteemed flautist in her own right, and Mirko Maltoni on piano.
- Sir James and Lady Jeanne were also invited to the Bridge, pictured here from left to right: Entertainment Director, Paul O’Loughlin, Commodore Christopher Rynd, Sir James Galway, Navigator Simon Westall, Lady Jeanne Galway
- Towards the end of the voyage Sir James once again filled the Royal Court Theatre, this time with his manager, Sam Piha. In an informal interview Sir James discussed his life and career in music before taking questions from the audience. A great way to round off a wonderful voyage. The only thing left to do in Sydney was wave fond farewells, that is, once Lady Galway’s 150kg of luggage was safely loaded into the waiting car. Anyone who has sailed with us will understand the pressure that can be felt to pack just the right number of outfits, and Lady Jeanne took our gentle teasing about the number of her suitcases with wonderful humour. Her advice for next time – “probably the same number of shoes, maybe less sportswear”.
Sir James and Lady Jeanne are certainly welcome back any time.
Featured Royal Nights
- This voyage featured several glittering formal nights in the Queens Room. The first of which – the Carnival Ball, included a special performance from the Royal Cunard Dancers. The dancers performed a special routine, choreographed by Dance Captain Oleksii Ishchenko,that set the Carnival spirit alight.
- The Roaring 20s Ball gave guests the chance to indulge in the golden age of ocean travel from both sides of the Atlantic, with flapper dancing and Dixieland flavours set against the backdrop of some of Cunard Line’s famous ocean liners.
- The last formal night before Valentine’s Day got everyone into the romantic spirit, topped by a brief visit from Cupid himself. Guest entertainer Jenifer Green, having wowed Royal Court Theatre audiences two days before with her ‘Strictly Bassey’ show, performed a special version of “One Moment in Time” to set the romantic mood before couples packed the largest dance floor at sea for a special evening to remember.
Sydney Sail In
- A visit to Sydney is always very special and we are extremely fortunate to do this twice this year. Our first arrival, ending our journey from Cape Town and beginning our historic circumnavigation of Australia, was greeted by a stunning sunrise and a warm welcome from one of the most beautiful harbours in the world. We are set to visit seven more stunning Australian ports before we return, and we are sure to pick up some more stories to tell along the way.
5.15am – The pilot arrives in the dead of night
5.45am – Clearing Sydney Heads as dawn breaks we begin to turn towards Fort Dennison
6.15am – we nudge our way into the world famous skyline as the news helicopters begin to circle overhead
6.30am – We arrive at our berth in Garden Island and settle into a busy day in one of the world’s favourite ports.
Thank you Paul and Zoe for a brilliant update from Queen Mary 2′s World Voyage! We’ll be back tomorrow with more from her Royal Circumnavigation of Australia.