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PostSubject: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:13 pm

This just in from the John Heald Blog! If you don't read his blog you really should! He has a wonderful video on the Cunard crew in this entry as well as the details behind the list below. Here is a link to today's blog entry:

http://johnhealdsblog.com/2008/06/21/dream-a-little-dream/



Notice entry number 13! Thursday, 30 September 2010 is the expected delivery date to Cunard!

Now, this will is most likely the day they hand it over to Cunard, it will probably be a few days later that the naming ceremony and maiden take place so early October 2010.

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Sat Jun 21, 2008 9:27 pm

Thanks for the wonderful update Nina!
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Sun Jun 22, 2008 12:31 pm

I'll keep October, 2010 open!
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:42 pm

PaddyGoesCruising wrote:
I'll keep October, 2010 open!

Ditto. I also wanted to mention that October tends to be very wet in England, meaning lots of rain. So come prepared.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Mon Jun 23, 2008 4:24 pm

WooHoo Ok who's going to Harrod's with me??
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Mon Jun 30, 2008 3:37 pm

I wonder if the new QE will stir up as much interest as Oasis of the Seas is doing now? I have a feeling yes - she'll have some might powerful shoes to fill.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Tue Jul 01, 2008 5:12 am

So, delivery to Cunard will be 30th September. Naming will probably be around the 9th October, followed by a week long "shakedown" voyage to familiarise the crew with the new ship (but, if they take crew from QV, this shouldn't be a problem). First voyage? I am betting on a Round the British Isles, departing on the 19th October, roundtrip Southampton.

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Tue Jul 01, 2008 7:12 pm

Keeping early October open! Can't wait! Are we still planning a night or two in London and one night in Southampton pre-cruise?
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Wed Jul 02, 2008 12:22 am

James, they didn't do a "shake down cruise" between the naming and the maiden with QV. There was the "crew cruise" from Italy to Southampton that took about a week but once it arrived there were only a couple days of festivities (with press, TA's and execs onboard) and last preps before passengers boarded for the Maiden. I think overall the crew was ready. Everyone I talked to seemed to know what they were doing or came over from the other ships. The only area that was an exception was the Lido with crew just standing around looking a bit clueless. Anyway, there I've gone off rambling! Anyway, I would love an around the British Isles voyage but would be a bit concerned about the weather at that time of year. We will find out soon enough I gather!

Marina, yes we are still planning on 2 nights London, 1 night Southampton. The lovely thing about October will be great rates on air and hotels!

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:58 am

Nina,

I was on QE2 on her round Britain last year in September (wet), and will be on QM2's round Britain next October. It will probably be wet as well, but well worth the effort to see QM2 in Liverpool, Cunards spiritual home.

Imagine QM2 dominating the skyline when tied up in the same place as QE2 last year. (I am still so proud I was on board when that photo was taken)

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Fri Jul 04, 2008 8:45 am

Nina any further information on the new Queen Elizabeth yet?
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:09 pm

Nothing new yet. I expect they will start slipping information this winter to keep the interest up. I'll keep the board updated though if something comes out sooner!

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:41 pm

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Nina any further information on the new Queen Elizabeth yet?

All that is on the shipbuilder's site is a small drawing, which gives a profile much like Victoria. So she is not going to be beautiful.

Has no-one thought that Cunard may not wish to place serious money into a new ship if the current recessionary pressures continue? Don't say it couldn't happen - it did with 534.

There may not be a Maiden in 2010, which would rather make the discussion on whether there is to be group space on the maiden (maiden group space, as they've not done it before) otiose.

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Fri Jul 11, 2008 7:09 pm

While I agree there isn't much information on the shipbuilder's site:
http://www.fincantieri.it/CMS/Data/prodotti/000292.aspx?cms640909ff=2577ed5099454ffaad15097c7818a321&menu_key=64dc64b6&CMSKEY_categoria=CRUISE&CMSKEY_tipo=&CMSKEY_armatore=Q3VuYXJk&CMSKEY_anno=&CMSKEY_sottotitolo=

I don't believe there is any reason to try to cause alarm or stir up situations that more than likely will not happen. True there is always a chance, however, Cunard has announced the ship on their website: http://www.cunard.co.uk/queenelizabeth/

Furthermore, with the backing of a corporation as large as Carnival, it's doubtful they will stop production. So, unless you have facts to provide, might I suggest a more constructive use of this wonderful medium instead of raising false concerns.
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Sat Jul 12, 2008 10:07 am

Ryan, you just got here, don't be in such a rush to make friends! Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Sat Jul 12, 2008 12:17 pm

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Furthermore, with the backing of a corporation as large as Carnival, it's doubtful they will stop production.
So, unless you have facts to provide, might I suggest a more constructive use of this wonderful medium instead of raising false concerns.

With rather more knowledge of Cunard you might well be aware that the current Queen Victoria is the second ship that Cunard have announced with her name. The first was indeed, as far as Cunard was concerned, cancelled. She currently sails as Arcadia for P&O.

There is every possibility that the ship might turn into something else. Equally, there is every possibility that it will not.

I've spoken to Cunard UK - bearing in mind that everything is now based in the UK - who tell me that no reservations are being taken, and
that there isn't even a way of formally expressing an interest. They've talked about it, but that is all. They also tell me that group space is something that is not provided final or maiden sailings - there have been none for the final voyages of RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 for example.

Of course Cunard could be misleading me. It wouldn't be the first time, although the person I spoke to sounded authoritative and knowledgeable.

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Sun Jul 13, 2008 11:06 am

Interesting! I hope you'll keep us informed!
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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Mon Jul 14, 2008 8:59 pm

Matthew, does the Cunard UK site not have a place for you to get updates about QE? The Cunard US site has this: http://www.cunard.com/queenelizabeth/default.asp?ship=QE while also signing you up for other updates I know that they keep track of the click through traffic to monitor the ship specific interest as well.

And again, while it may be more restricted in categories, booking window etc. Cunard has already been alerted to this group and will be working with me to get our members onboard. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Queen Elizabeth UPDATE!!   Tue Jul 15, 2008 11:04 am

Assuming that everything is on schedule... We should start discussing if we're going to plan on group air from NYC to London. Also, I know we started to discuss hotels in both London and Southampton so we should revive that thread too.
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