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A very special lunch on board Queen Mary 2 with BBC1′s The One Show…

February 21, 2013


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On BBC1’s “The One Show” recently – watched by around 5 million people daily – there was a very special feature on our good friend, Commodore Ron Warwick. As many of you will know, Commodore Warwick spent many years as Master of Cunard ships, notably QE2 and Queen Mary 2 just as his father, Commodore Bill Warwick, who was the first Master of QE2, had done before him.

The One Show have a series where notable people recall special meals at key moments in their lives. Commodore Warwick was invited to revisit the very special day in 2004 when Queen Mary 2 was named in Southampton and we were delighted to welcome Commodore Warwick and his wife Kim back aboard, along with The One Show film crew and presenter Angellica Bell.

First stop was the Bridge, where Commodore Warwick recalled his father’s presence at the naming of QE2 back in 1969 and QE2′s role in the Falklands War.

Then the cameras turned to our Executive Chef Nicholas Oldroyd and his galley team who were busy re-creating the exact meal enjoyed by Commodore Warwick and the many guests at Queen Mary 2′s naming on that extraordinary day back in 2004.

Seated in the Queen Mary 2′s Britannia restaurant, Commodore Warwick, Angellica and his table of invited guests enjoyed a four course meal of duck, pheasant, tenderloin of beef and chocolate mouse fondant.  All of which Commodore Warwick declared to be ‘just as good’ as the first time around!

Thank you Commodore Warwick and thank you to the chef and his colleagues for recreating such a wonderful meal – I remember it well.

In 2014 Queen Mary 2 will celebrate her 10th birthday and we plan some very special events and voyages of which you will hear more soon.

I trust you are keeping well.

Best regards,

  1. Ms. Kim Grant says:

    I would be VERY interested to hear more , regarding the 2014 special lunch . I have done the whole 2011 World Cruise , on the Queen Mary 11 , ALONE . I was impresed , by the way that Cunard , gave added attention to people travelling solo . I made the most of every moment and , my late Husband would have been SO PROUD of me . I went for ‘ both of us ‘ , which is how we had planned it . I,m SO glad and happy , that i did .
    Yours sincerely , Ms. Kim Grant .

  2. Mr A C Dickinson says:

    it is good to see Commodore Warwick back on the QM2,

    As I was the first person ever
    to purchase a ticket ( No One ) for the QM2 ,
    I and Ted Hancock were flown over to St Nazaire ,where we met up with the Commodore ( then Captain ) he then took us on a tour of the QM2..In dry dock.

    We all sat on the unfinished bridge and ate sandwiches and drank cans of juice .
    Not such a grand meal as on the naming, but for us just as enjoyable
    It was a memorable day

    We have sailed on her many times since ,also on her two sister ships.
    somtimes bumping into The Commodore ( as a pasinger ) and his wife Kim.
    Alan Dickinson.

  3. Mike says:

    We was onboard that day, and had the privilege to see this event happen. Was wonderful to see ‘the man himself’.
    I even saw my other half on the tele because of this.
    A simple smile of acknowledgment from Ron, on his old ship really made my day.

  4. judith says:

    Looking forward to hearing about 2014 events, saw the item on the one show too.

  5. Peter Larson says:

    This brought back memories of my time as Captains Waiter on board Q.E.2. I served several Captains and they were all gentlemen.

  6. My wife and I received a booklet giving details of Cunards big three Ships visits to Southampton and extending an invitation to us to inspect the ships, discuss future cruises and finally to have lunch. I suspect we are on your mailing list
    and no doubt you can check your records to verify. We would love to take you up on this invitation but sadly, the booklet
    with details of the dates and the ships has been lost/mislaid. Is it possible please to either send a duplicate booklet or
    email us with the the relevant information?. Many thanks for your help and look forward to seeing you down in Southampton.

    Bryan and Marian George
    39 Kings Rd.,
    St.Neots, PE191LD

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