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Joanandjoe

Share your memories of the QE2

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As noted in another thread, yesterday we saw the Queen Elizabeth 2 docked in Manhattan on her last visit to New York. We never sailed on her. Joan's parents did, and had a wonderful cruise.

The QE2 leaves service soon, after 41 years, a victim of new safety at sea rules. We'll never see her again, since we are very unlikely go to Dubai, where she will be docked as a hotel.

Crazies, share your memories of this great ocean liner.

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We made a westbound transatlantic crossing on QE2 in 2003. There are so many memories, such as:

Falling asleep on a deck chair one morning, and waking up to discover the steward had covered me with a warm wool blanket.

Everyone dressed so well on the four formal nights...and the little girls looked like princesses. One of them took a liking to our son, then 9 years old, and asked him to dance. The two looked so sweet doing a slow dance on the dance floor, and the adults enjoying real dancing didn't seem to mind.

Meeting so many people from different walks of life. One gentleman was in his 70s and was making his first trip ever out of his native Canada. (Before our crossing, QE2 made some cruises within Europe.)

Enjoying a variety of shows, usually more than one per evening. We enjoyed jazz concerts, classical concerts, and live production shows.

Listening to (and even meeting) my favorite author, renowned maritime historian John Maxtone-Graham. His lectures were informative and entertaining, and he was very pleasant in person.

These are just a few of many. While we were onboard just that one week, I will miss her.

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I'm jealous....wish I had some to share....living vicariously through all your memories.

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