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QE2 departing Britain for the last time

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QE2 departing Britain for the last time

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Nearly didn't though http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/3838391.QE2_poised_for_final_voyage/
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The QE2 was poised to leave in triumph on her final voyage tonight having endured a less-than-glorious entry into her home port of Southampton earlier today.
With strong westerly winds blowing, the 70,000-tonne Cunard liner ended up running aground on the Brambles sandbank off the Isle of Wight.
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Thanks for the link.
The QE2 was from an era when liners had lines, rather than today where they just have shopping mals and casinos.
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Mal0z, in my opinion the Queen Mary 2 has all the qualities of a container ship. She's a boat pumped on steroids - probably the same steroids her passengers need to keep their hearts beating. It's no accident that Miami, the home of the charmless condo-block, is also home to the charmless condo-cruise liner. The worst offenders inthe charmless condo league being the Disney Line and Princess Line boats. Sailing these days is more about having the ship move the scenery past the shopping mal than taking a voyage.
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I agree - but I think the new Queens - Mary 2, Victoria aren't too bad compared to some of the enormous cruise ships.
I've see QM 2 in the Forth - and was quite impressed. Much more bulky than the QE2 but no too bad.
I've not seen any images of the new Queen Elizabeth yet - nothing on the Cunard website.
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We saw QE2 when she was being fitted out on the Clyde nearly 40 years ago - very impressive.
My father was senior Midland Bank rep on the Cunarders back in the days of prohibition - when he died we found one of his passports with all the stamps for Southampton and New York. He used to tell stories of how customs officers used to come aboard for a drink in New York  Smiley
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Quote from: Thunderclap
Mal0z, in my opinion the Queen Mary 2 has all the qualities of a container ship. She's a boat pumped on steroids - probably the same steroids her passengers need to keep their hearts beating. It's no accident that Miami, the home of the charmless condo-block, is also home to the charmless condo-cruise liner. The worst offenders inthe charmless condo league being the Disney Line and Princess Line boats. Sailing these days is more about having the ship move the scenery past the shopping mal than taking a voyage.[/color]

Sorry - have to disagree with you there as I do a great amount of work on that Ship from a back of house perspective, however, front of house, she is very elegant in a modern way, whilst still maintaining the Cunard qualities. Also, Cunard is no longer controlled by Miami and hasn't been for a while.
I agree that the ships are getting bigger - the Queen Mary 2 is so large that she cannot pass through the panama canal.
The New Queen Victoria is the same size and hull configuration of the P&O Arcadia, however, she is still elegantly styled front of house and a pleasure to look at.
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Never quite got the reason why people go on cruises.
Been on ferries a couple of times to France and its always been rough, while I'm not seasick it I did not feel too clever.
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I'm told that on the big liners you wouldn't you were at sea as they are so stable.  Having said that, I've never been on a cruise nor had a desire to do so. On the other hand I know people who would not do anything else for their hols.
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well - yes some large ships are very stable, but by no means all.
I lnow they are long gone as ocean going ships, but the old Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth, built in the 1930's were very poor in rough weather, and although stablisers improved things they could still be uncomfortable - so I was told by the Chief Purserof the Mary  who was a friend of the family.
Are are well documented cases of the Queen Elizabeth almost diving head first into a huge wave and sustaining damage.
I've never been on a cruise - so cannot comment on why people do it. But it is hugely popular.
But like anything - some people live ships, and others don't.
I've spent a fair bit of time at sea, working - mainly on oil rigs and platforms - and supply boats - and I love bad weather - a storm is exciting thing - unless it gets too bad.
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Can't beat going through a 10 on a ship with no stabilizers..to say the results are interesting is an understatement  Shocked
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my worst crossing was as a student taking a night crossing from Nice to Bastia (Corsica) in a Mistral, the tub rolled like a corkscrew, and we being students were out on deck watching the stars rotating around the mast (Couldnt afford a cabin) far worse than any of the many cross channel ones I have been  on
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Now I realise this is not in the same league as ocean liners but, we once took a trip round the Bay of Islands on north Island New Zealand, we left in brilliant calm sunshine, in under half and hour we were almost exactly like the proverbial cork bobbing around as an unexpected storm got going with a vengeance, we were seeing waves breaking over the top of the craft, and, I'm told we were rising and falling up to 10 to 12 feet, and this was inside a supposed harbour area and, not actually out to sea...I'm quite willing to believe it, I think we experienced zero gravity from time to time. I never was a good sailor, but I was worse after that trip. Wasn't sea-sick though, many on the boat were.
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As I've said I'm none too keen on flying but think I prefer to a ferry thats for sure  Smiley
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Only time I've been concerned - is during a storm in the early 80's I think, when I was on an oil platform - in the radio room and heard the mayday call saying the Alexander Keelan oil rig had capsized  Sad Sad Sad .
No internet there - all we had was telex at 50 baud !!!. - 5 bit murray code  Smiley