The QE2 may no longer be in service but she sure stays in the headlines. The latest news about her being transferred to Cape Town as a floating hotel has fuelled media interest again, and many QE2 fans are happy that at least for now she is safe from drastic transformation or should I say deformation. Some friends are already making plans to spend their next holiday on the ship in 2010.
As much as we all hope that her characteristic features and interior design will be left intact, there is something that will be missed dearly when going aboard again: The wonderful crew of QE2!
After the ship’s arrival in Dubai, the crew got off the ship and dispersed into all directions. I have been wondering ever since what happened to them and where they would be working now. So imagine my joy when I encountered so many ex QE2 crew members on my QM2 back-to-back Transatlantic crossing in June. So many familiar faces resurfaced: On embarkation I bumped into John Duffy, Cunard’s longest serving staff member, I met the sommelier who served my table on the final Westbound crossing in October 2008, one of the Assistant Maitre D’s of the Mauretania restaurant, the Chief sommelier and many more. It was a great opportunity to catch up and find out what others were doing and on which ships they landed.
I am sure I am not the only guest who is missing these fabulous people who contributed so much to the many wonderful stays aboard. They deserve a special mention and place in the memory of QE2.
I was therefore delighted when some friends who worked aboard the ship many years ago started to put together some crew stories for a QE2 website.
The idea was to give ex QE2 crew members a place where they could tell their story and find long lost colleagues. They digged deep in their photo archives and came up with some wonderful material that has been published in ‘feature stories’ on the website. When I look at the old photos from the 80s I keep thinking ‘oh my, that hair do – and those clothes’… Well apparently we all dressed up like that! I admit I suffer from convenient amnesia from time to time. But there is one thing that strikes me as important: You see so many happy and smiling people who seem to have a lot of fun. They look like they had the best time of their live.
Why don’t you proceed to the Wardroom where the reunion takes place. I am told there are quite a few stories in the pipeline, so this section will grow.
Some crew members have so many photos that they decided to upload them to the website’s Members Gallery.
A big thank you for those who worked on the ship in a time where everyone was struggling with bulky cameras and photo rolls. It is very time consuming work to remove the photos from albums and scan them for sharing on the internet.
I take this post to reach out to all exQE2 crew members who wish to share some of their best moments, stories, anecdotes and photos.
You can upload your photos into your own photo albums in the Members Gallery, all you have to do is register and assign yourself a login ID and password.
If you wish to join the ‘reunion in the wardroom’, please get in touch with the website administrator, a former QE2 crew member. You can reach him easily through the Contact Form.
I hope there will be many crew members out there who would like to join the reunion, please come plentiful.