Queen Mary 2 Anniversary Voyage : By Solent Richard

Liz and I were blessed to also be part of this same Queen Mary 2 Anniversary Voyage to Halifax thence Boston , New York via Southampton and Liverpool.  Click link  >     http://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2015/07/24/queen-mary-2-anniversary-voyage/
Richard has been a cruise blog and vapour land friend of mine for over six years and we finally met in person, still great friends we are :) :)
As usual he is ahead of the pack in getting his blog write-up together so I have elected to share his write up with you as it covers areas I would not have covered. He is an early riser while I am the one who closes the shop.
In his zeal to cover the Red Arrows in Southampton by getting to Mayflower Park to take pictures. his wife was frantic as he almost was last on board. Then again , that is the detail he strives to publish on his blog for us all to enjoy
Enjoy ,    Cheers / Rob Holloway (aka Robbar)

Queen Mary 2- Our Voyage on the recreation of the 175th celebration of Cunards first trip to Halifax

I decided to experience my first trip on Cunards flagship Queen Mary 2 by booking its July 2nd 2015 trip to Liverpool, Halifax , Boston , New York. A 12 day cruise 

I have always wanted to experience a Cunard voyage with quality and formal wear as I know my wife would enjoy that also .

Having been born in the UK and leaving Liverpool to Halifax and now retired😀 it was a perfect excuse to do it 

The trip was booked in March 2014 and then began the fun of air flights, hotels, insurance, and having formal clothes made to measure

Having reached a mature age was also having to discard clothes that truly diale you comfortable 

A bonus was a friend who I had known over the last few years via cruise boards, Facebook and a Cunard group elected to be on this cruise plus another member helped me know how to acquire these cabins gone in 24 hrs 

We elected for an Outside Cabin and though we love balconies the cabin fairy did not appear

It turns out we are all at same table by the more experienced Cunarders knowing the system

I will fill in this blog more in a week or so

We have just left Liverpool after a day of Cunard concerts, RAF Red Arrows and fireworks display

Tomorrow is the first formal night 

The 175th  celebration
I started  this on my mobile in Liverpool  but the connection dropped. Yet saved for post

In New York right now and have posted  some of my pics off iPhone below

Once home will take offy camera and organize

It was a wonderful vovage

Thank you Richard for meeting us up and making our first Cunard trip a lovely experience 

I note we should be onboard after the refit in May 2016 😇😎😀

Stay tuned Rob

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   
   
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Cunard’s Thank You To Southampton

robbarcruises:

Patricia has written a lovely update on Cunard festivals this year
I now know the time it departs and even the terminal change from her and Paul C
Getting excited I am to be part of this event

Originally posted on Linerlovers's Blog:

As everyone knows by now, 2015 is the 175th anniversary of Cunard or British and North American Royal Mail Steam Packet Company as it was originally called. Since returning from the world cruises on the 3rd May, we’ve had all three ships in Southampton, the sinking of the Lusitania centenary commemoration and all the ships in the Mersey with a flypast from the Red Arrows en route to a display in Blackpool. Next up in the true anniversary of the 4th July, the day Britannia set sail from Liverpool. The recreation of this crossing begins in Southampton 2 days before with a thank you to the city they have used for over 100 years. Some wrongly believe Cunard only started calling at Southampton in 1967 when they moved their head office out of Liverpool but the connection with the city goes back to 1911 with Albania, Ausonia and Ascania. They…

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Crown Princess – Alaska Cruise Smoke unit

On May 28th it was reported that a fire broke out in the storage area of the theatre

It turned out to be a smoke generating unit was left on and overheated.

No fire but lots of smoke

To give credit the crew and Captain took charge per story and all was restored

To my mind, considering the packed area used for entertainment staff costumes and supplies this type of unit should be kept in a non flammable area at least

Given Princess does not use lighted candles anymore for baked Alaska parade though the MDR , only battery ones why do we need a smoke unit that can overheat

Had it overheated to a degree and burnt the wall cable or surrounding materials then this could have been much worse in potential damage to ship

For entertainment purposes , one could use lightening effects to create the illusion of smoke

Retire these machines period for everyone’s safety as entertainment staff in rush for a performance change or stage hands can forget

Lesson learned so think out of the box

My view

http://www.cruiselawnews.com/2015/05/articles/fires-1/fire-on-crown-princess/

Ogden Point, Vancouver Island – Alaska Cruise Season 2015 Schedule / Items

Well, I am pleased that not only was today in Victoria , Canada on beautiful Vancouver Island a wonderful sunny day,  though at 16C but our first cruise ship ‘Grand Princess’ will be docking at Ogden Point this Wednesday April 22nd 2015 at  07:00 pst from Vancouver and to San Francisco at 14:00 pst.  It will then begin its regular Alaska cruises back to Vancouver.

This year 230 cruise ship port visits will be made to Ogden Point , majority are on route back to Seattle or San Francisco with some being repositioning cruises and some parts of World Cruise segments. This year we expect a large number of ships to dock in morning or afternoon giving passengers a longer time to enjoy Victoria instead of the standard for some of 18:00 to 23:50 pst stops. Mind you our daylight hours are longer into the late summer.

The last scheduled cruise ship will be the ‘Star Princess’ on November 9th 2015 , making its way to Los Angeles

Here is the link to our schedule  http://victoriacruise.ca/page/cruise-schedule   and a PDF can be downloaded from this site.

The  Times Colonist has written a great article on the pending season ,  quote : ” Cruise-ship daytime visits are scheduled to rise by about 17 per cent this year compared with last, bringing good news to local businesses keen to sell services and goods to tourists. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/more-cruise-ships-coming-earlier-in-day-to-victoria-staying-longer-1.1820867#sthash.SA62Wkkn.dpuflink is here

Sadly we have been advised by the Times Colonist that   ” Harry, Happy and Henrietta, the Hippo buses that have been carrying tourists on land and on water in Greater Victoria, are leaving for warmer weather in the Caribbean. – See more at:  http://www.timescolonist.com/business/victoria-s-hippo-tourism-buses-head-to-warmer-climate-1.1822578     So, will it be Barbados or St Maarten or what Island in the Caribbean to host these three land/sea buses :)

Of special note and thank you to a Facebook friend in the UK , I was advised that the Crown Princess will be in dry dock at Victoria Sea Span Yards from approximate May 1 – 15 2015 , undergoing tune-ups and maintenance.

http://www.seaspan.com/seaspan-shipyards-cruiseship-repairs

These yards have worked on many cruise ships and have a reputation of quality work and to ensure the job is completed on schedule allowing it to begin its scheduled Alaska runs out of Seattle.

Welcome to all the crew and contractors , course we enjoy the revenue and work in our city .

An Historical event.               Her Majesty The Queen To Name P&O Cruises Britannia

I think we all knew it was coming, but today P&O Cruises has finally announced that Her Majesty The Queen, accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, will name the new P&O Cruises vessel Britannia at Ocean Terminal, Southampton, SO14 3QN, on Tuesday March 10, 2015. The naming will be a milestone in […]

http://cruisemiss.com/2015/02/27/her-majesty-the-queen-to-name-po-cruises-britannia/

Back to the Routine

robbarcruises:

Once her second leg heals by Easter it will be time for my granddog Lucy to come and see the cruise ships arrived at Ogden Point for the Alaska 2015 cruise season
Robbar

Originally posted on thestoryoflucy:

Lucy underwent her second TPLO surgery on Wednesday and she came home on Thursday afternoon. It’s been an easier transition for her this time and she has been more willing to use her “bad” leg than last time. She has toe tapped more often whereas last time she hopped around trying to avoid putting her foot down. She has already sat up to look out the window to see me and the kids come home at the end of the day. Obviously she is still moving very slow and prefers not being outside for her breaks for very long, and she’s not her bubbly self just yet. But, compared to last time, we’re ahead of schedule.
This morning her ankle was swollen, so this is a photo of Lucy with her very fancy silk freezer bag, thanks to her very kind granny!

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QUEEN MARY 2-SOME TRANSATLANTIC SNAPSHOTS

robbarcruises:

Never get enough pictures
Where are all the passengers 😄

Originally posted on travelswithanthony:

This album is intended as an insight into some of the daily sights and routines of life as experienced aboard the last true North Atlantic liner- Cunard’s incomparable Queen Mary 2.

This series of pictures were taken during an implausibly calm westbound crossing to New York in December of 2014. Each shot captures a sight or a mood that briefly piqued my curiosity, and/or one that I thought would appeal to my readers out there- a way to savour the ‘virtual’ experience of sailing on this fabulous ocean liner.

So, without further ado, I give you- Queen Mary 2. Enjoy the crossing!

QM2 at Southampton QM2 at Southampton

The huge flank of QM2 The huge flank of QM2

My room. stateroom 12104 My room. stateroom 12104

Atlantic panorama Atlantic panorama

View over the stern View over the stern

Two Deck corridor Two Deck corridor

Two Deck, forward to aft view Two Deck, forward to aft view

Britannia Restaurant Britannia Restaurant

Out over starboard bow Out over starboard bow

QM2 ballroom QM2 ballroom

Winter Garden at night Winter Garden at night

Sunny Atlantic disposition Sunny Atlantic disposition

Looking up from Seven Looking up from Seven

Forward covered promenade Forward covered…

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Queen Elizabeth Fanzine and Hamburg Cruise

robbarcruises:

I do not normally post another cruise blog but this one from Richard is exceptionally good as it is on the QE and a short visit to Hamburg
Of course it also shows pictures of a Cunard Facebook group I belong to which is a rare sight to see a lot of them on the same cruise😎😇😄
Course living near a major seaport helps
Enjoy

Originally posted on Solent Richard's Cruise Blog:

My wife and I have just completed a very satisfying short cruise on board Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth from Southampton to Hamburg and return.

This was very much a last minute decision with the intention of  killing  two birds with one stone. Firstly a number of members of the “We Are Cunard’ Facebook Fanzine were planning a get together and secondly, we were very keen to visit the delightful German couple with whom we made friends on our Europa 2 cruise last September.

I have previously reviewed Queen Elizabeth in some detail at…

http://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2013/08/02/queen-elizabeth-a-day-visit/

…though there have been some changes following a recent refit.

Check-in was both smooth, efficient and well organised and Cunard were still operating the priority check-in system for their Grills and World Club members…

Southampton’s Ocean terminal has also been upgraded with the security screening facility enhanced. We were soon on board and, as is usual with…

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