"In January 2009, QE2 had just retired, but lots of people were still talking about her on cruise ship forums. These forums were understandably focused firmly on current cruise ships, so QE2 and her fans were rapidly left with nowhere to chat, without being told to get over it and move on! This is what spurred me into action and into setting up the forum. The initial setup took a couple of hours, and I fired off emails to my many existing QE2 contacts to see what would happen... .."
Well what happened is that the Forum started with a few who had one common interest – the QE2 – but it has grown into a recognised information resource about the ship and that is because of the input of our members. The well organised topic boards give Forum members the opportunity to comment on any aspects of QE2’s career from her launch in John Brown’s Clydebank, to news about the ship in Dubai.
Thank-you to everyone who has made The QE2 Story the success it is today and a special thank-you to Rob for having the insight to create this wonderful forum that is keeping the memory of QE2 alive.
What do you know about the Jon Bannenberg Suites onboard QE2?
Whether or not you were lucky enough to stay in one of the original First Class cabins, designed by Australian designer Jon Bannenberg you will still be interested in reading the history of these suites, which gives a wonderful account of the changes that have been made over the years.
The four different colour schemes, used in the suites were complimented by built in furniture in rosewood, ash or cedar veneers , which resulted in a luxurious finish that has delighted QE2's passengers.
There was even the option to create a mini suite by closing off a door from the main passageway to a short corridor, with connecting doors to the two cabins.
This topic also gives details of other designers involved in the design of QE2 cabins (see reply 8)
Last chance to enter and show your support for this month's photo competition!
If you would like to see the photo competition and calendar continue, please show your support and vote today. It only takes minutes, is fun, and without your support we may need to reconsider if this is where forum members want us to focus our efforts.
If you have any ideas on how we can encourage more members to participate please add you comments to this topic or contact us.
There are two ways that you can support the photo competition:
Enter up to three photos that meet the criteria for each month's theme. January's theme is "Activities onboard QE2" and the good news is that you still have time, until 31 January 2015 (Midnight GMT) to look for and upload your winning photos. See below for details of this month's prize for the winning entry.
You can vote and support previous participants, by choosing your three favourite pictures submitted to last month's competition “QE2 a random detail" The theme, chosen by Fraser Ballantyne, gave members the opportunity for their own interpretation of this theme. There are so many wonderful photos but you can have fun selecting your choice of the winning picture, from the fabulous selection of entries. Voting closes on 1 February at 17:46 (GMT)
The prize for the winner of the January photo competition will be this beautiful QE2 Walnut picture frame donated by Isabelle Prondzynski
What are your favourite QE2 memories. Whether you sailed on the ship or just admired her from afar we would love to hear about your QE2 memories on these topic boards.
Lots of Other Forum News
The "Introductions" section gives everyone an opportunity to tell us about their interest in QE2. It is never too late to introduce yourself and we never tire of reading the reasons for joining the forum.
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