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April Fool’s Day Fun From The Fleet

April 3, 2012


Posted in: Cunard Team, Ship's Company

The Entertainment teams on board Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary 2 had fun with our guests on Sunday, it was 1 April and all was not as it seemed…

Queen Mary 2

Queen Mary 2′s prank was featured in the Daily Programme – a live Dolphin show at the back of the ship on deck 6!

Over 200 guests (plus 4 crew members) showed up to get the best spots for the live dolphin show!

Entertainment Staff were on hand to check the pool ready for possible fish ready for the feeding ceremony.




At 11.40am Captain Oprey made an announcement to say we’d missed our rendezvous so there would be a ‘junior’ show instead. At which point the kids from the Zone all ran out any put plastic fish toys in the pool. (The guests saw the funny side and applauded!)

Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth’s prank featured in the Daily Programme, the TV show with Keith Maynard and the Chief Engineer and the following announcement from the Captain at 0945:

Captains Announcement:

Ladies and Gentlemen. Please may I have your full attention for this important announcement.

It has just come to my attention that during our last bunkering operation in Singapore on the 24th March we took delivery of thousands of tons of contaminated heavy fuel oil. The Chief Engineer has informed me that this fuel is unusable for our diesel electric motors and therefore until we reach Mumbai we need to use Queen Elizabeth’s Gas Turbines. These powerful auxiliary motors are normally only used to supplement our power and therefore we carry a limited supply of fuel for them. Fortunately due to their ecologically sound design we can use a variety of household and everyday items as potential fuel sources. The most effective of these is the Iotic gas produced from the burning of sun tan lotion.

Therefore ladies and gentleman we need your help. We have a receptacle in the Grand Lobby on deck one and if everyone onboard donates a squirt of suntan lotion then we calculate that we will be able to produce enough Iotic gas to power the Gas Turbines and help us reach Mumbai on time.

Thank you for your support with this unusual situation – together we can ensure a timely arrival in Mumbai.

With the help of the carpenters and SSE Nicola we got a wooden and perspex receptacle built and we waited in the Grand Lobby for donations. Please see the photos below of people donating in good faith – we said we wanted a photographic record in order to say thank you!!

We caught out over 80 people who made donations……. others stood around the Grand Lobby and giggled……

  1. David A. Walker says:

    Queen Vicotia – true to her namesake, was not amused!

  2. Rob Holloway says:

    Unbelievable … guess with 2,000+ passengers , you will get a few but at least you know who faithfullt follow your instructions in the ship’s daily news.

  3. Cecile Suchal says:

    Happy to see that Captain Oprey is back at the helm and apparently enjoying his return.

  4. Dino says:

    Funny. But not too sure about the runing out of fuel thing these days.
    I did laugh though.

  5. Judith Sayers says:

    I think the hanging gardens from last year were the best!! But as usual the entertainment team have made everyone laugh. Those of us who follow the blog have been forewarned, watch out if your cruise includes 1st April.!!

  6. Kenneth Eden says:

    The contaminated fuel brought back one not too fond memory.. Back in the 1970′s the MS SAGAFJORD bunkered contaminated fuel in Aruba, leaving the ship helpless for nearly 24 hours, and all power in the ship went out before dinner, with many guests covered in soap and shampoo, unable to rinse it off! This was during a major oil shortage for the US, or so it was billed as one.

    Norwegian Line did nothing to soothe angry passenegrs. Luckily, I was bathed and dressed. The ship was towed to Laguaira where it was taken care of.

    Looking back it seemed almost funny, and really, it was not all THAT bad during the incident, however, having warm salads and cheese sandiwches was not so fun during the power outage. This happened long before Cunard purchsed NAL.

  7. Simon Figueira says:

    We were on the Queen Victoria and they didn’t bother doing anything.

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