QE2's Maiden Voyage (following re-engining) 29 April 1987
Between October 1986 and April 1987 Cunard spent £100 million on the re-engining of QE2 and refitting of the passenger areas. It seemed appropriate that QE2 should be reintroduced into service with a second maiden voyage, which was planned for 29 April 1987. Unfortunately, work on the interior of the ship was not completed, resulting in workmen travelling on the ship to New York to finish the work. The incomplete work plus problems that had resulted from new crew training issues led to many complaints from passengers and unfavourable press reports. But Cunard were quick to act, offering compensation to passengers and giving assurances that following the refit QE2 was better than ever and a leader in the cruise industry.
Our very own Rob Lightbody sailed onboard QE2 for the first time in 1987 when the ship left the German shipyard for a 3 day shakedown cruise to test everything was working properly, and the lasting memories of this cruise and love for QE2 led to the creation of the QE2 Story web site.
..... and Cunardqueen was actually onboard for QE2's Maiden Voyage (following re-engining) and has posted his memories