November 2008 was a difficult time for many QE2 enthusiasts, when the time came to say goodbye.
Many said their goodbyes on the Final Season cruises, but felt it would be too painful to be on the last voyage. Some would have like to have cruised but could not get booked. Then there was those, who just could not imagine letting her go without sailing with her for the last time, before she was decommissioned.
No one could help being emotional, when reading Cruise Princess's account of the final days on QE2 and in particular on the last day, when the time had come to say goodbye.
Her description of being on the bus driving away from the QE2 for the last time says it all! Here is an extract but you can read more on the topic post.
"......Everyone is alone with their thoughts....I am thinking too. Am I being selfish...are these tears for ME? Do I want to keep the QE2 just so that I can sail on her for ever more, whenever I feel like it, or am I sad because this incredible ship is being left in a foreign land and I can't bear the thought of what will happen to her.... just what is it about a SHIP that can make me feel like this...
......it's quite simple really....in 3 words.....its because... SHE WAS LOVED."
QE2 final voyage details - source:Michael Gallagher
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Conference Flyers and Posters: We have sent printed copies of the conference flyers and posters to the Glasgow School of Art, Riverside Museum, Glasgow Clydebank Museum, Scottish Maritime Museum, Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh Oceans, Southampton and the Liverpool Maritime Museum.
We will soon be adding the flyer file to the forum website, if you would like to print and distribute to people with an interest in QE2.
Booking: We are planning to open priority booking for forum members in January 2017, so as to give our members the opportunity to buy tickets before we make them available to the general public on 14 January. A special newsletter will be sent in December with full booking details.
Contact Gavin, John or Lynda The QE2 Story Events Team at email@example.com
Photo: John Little
Conference A2 posters. The A5 flyers are the same design.
QE2 Story 2017 Calendars
Earlier this month, Alan Snelson was delighted to announce on the 2017 Calendar topic that premium and standard Calendars are now available for you to order. As they are available to anyone, not just forum members, we hope you will share information of how to order with friends and family.
Alan has added the QE2 50 year logo, as a reminder that 2017 will be 50 years since the launch of the ship and the year when The QE2 Story conference will celebrate the occasion on 22 September in Clydebank, Scotland.
All images used in each calendar are the same, apart from the cover image, which is different due to the differing formats of the layout. Alan has simply swapped images, so that the cover image of one, will be found on the inside pages of the other and vice-versa.
We would not have a Calendar without the input from our members who support the Photo Competition. Thank-you!
Poll for the October Photo Competition
Voting for the October Photo Competition "Legend" closes on 1 December so why not take a few minutes to view pictures and vote for your three favourite photos.
September photo competition winner wasLouis Phillippe Capelle's brilliant picture "Bow at 25 Knots" The runner up was Stowaway 2k's picture "Tenderly" Congratulations to both winner and runner up.
Keep watching the competition results to see the winning photos and to add your comments and congratulations.
Thank-you all for participating and well done everyone!
November Photo Competition - QE2 at Sunrise or Sunset
Photo: Stowaway 2K
This month's Photo Competition theme "QE2 at Sunrise or Sunset" was chosen by Hugh Ritchie the winner of the August competition. But how many of you had your cameras to the ready to capture the scene at the start or end of the day?
Queen Elizabeth 2: 1967-2008 (Haynes Manuals) (Owners' Workshop Manual) by Stephen Payne will be available from 8 December, but can be pre-ordered on Amazon. I am sure this is a book that will be on many Christmas lists this year! I have already added it to my Santa list.
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