A New Cunard Ship in 2005

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Scott R. Andrews

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"...Lest we forget: Amnesia, Aphasia, Dementia..."

Tom,

Considering the current rash of gastrointestinal illnesses troubling many of the major cruise lines, "RMS Nausia" (sic intentional) might be particularly apropos.

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Scott Andrews
 

Jerry Nuovo

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I am almost sorry that I started this thread. Making fun of Cameron's Titanic Movie is one thing. But making silly suggestions of names for the Cunard Ship that goes into service in 2005,That Cunard would never consider is something else. Oh well I might as well put in my 2 cents. How about naming the ship Jack Dawsonia who was the silly,corny,fictitious hero from Cameron's Titanic Movie.
 
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Patricia Bowman Rogers Winship

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The same game has also been played with the "ic" suffix of the White Star Line ships, on more than one board.

"RMS Metric. Does not run to the US."

And so forth, ad infinitum, or very nearly

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Alex McLean

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Carpenteria anyone? Capriconia?
I personally would like to see it names after one of the older liners like the Aquitania or Carmania.
One thing that always struck me was why White Star chose such shabby names for their passenger liners. Medic, Ceramic, Coptic etc. were all nice ships, but they could have used a nicer name like Heroic or something.
 

James Doyle

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The name for the ship was announced today by Cunard: Queen Victoria. I for one, am very bored by the choice of name. Whats with all the Queens? Why not go back to tradition and continue the "ia" names? The Queen names are starting to get old in my opinion. What do you all think?
 
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Michael Re Grey

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I think you are right it should go back to tradition. But it seems to me that it's Cunards tradition now to name their ships Queen something or rather and with all the countless english queens in history i doubt that they will run out of names in a hurry.
 
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Gavin Murphy

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.........but surely Queen Victoria covers of both the heritage of the Queens and the "ia" business.

What a compromise, this must be a Canadian decision......well Sam was from Halifax you know.....
 
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Alex McLean

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So she is called Queen Victoria. There will be one after all... Beautiful, she looks very nice in the pictures. I will wait with anticipation until the building commences.

I agree that the Queen names are getting rather old, but still Queen Victoria somehow has a pleasant ring to her.

May God bless her, and all who sail in her...
 

Jason D. Tiller

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Queen Victoria it is. This is definitely a very exciting time for Cunard.

I also agree that the Queen names are getting old, but as Alex said Queen Victoria is still a good name.

Best regards,

Jason
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Ryan Thompson

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What will be done with the QE2 when shes retired? I hope Disney doesn't have anything to do with it, whatever it is.
 
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>>What will be done with the QE2 when shes retired? <<

Realistically, she'll probably go to the breakers. While one would hope that she would be preserved, this is a wildly expensive undertaking and most such efforts fail before they ever even have a chance to get started.
 

Morten Jensen

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She is becoming quite old by now, so how long do you guys think she will be in service? We all know that she will one day be gone, but let's hope she will last several years!

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The ship is already nearly 40 years old, and that's a good run for any vessel, military or commercial. Especially one that's been run as heavily as the QE2 has. With the new SOLAS regulations coming into force in 2010, unless Cunard is willing to make some signifigent upgrades to her, I suspect that will be the end of her career.

I'd love to be wrong about that.
 

Grant Carman

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Michael: I tend to agree with you. I tend to think that they'd build a QE3 to take her place either as soon as she retires, or very closely afterwards. She still produces good revenue from her world cruises, and I can't see Cunard doing without it.
But I certainly hope they don't rename another ship like they tend to do. What I mean by that is transfer a ship from maybe HAL (same parent co) and rename and refit.
The QE2 saved Cunard, and has given faithful service. Hopefully if they build a QE3 she'll be distinctive, and not a containerized ship with balconies. :)
 
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>>Hopefully if they build a QE3 she'll be distinctive, and not a containerized ship with balconies. :)<<

However they do it, the one thing you can be reasonably sure of is that they'll take a very hard look at the market conditions and build it accordingly. Some of us with a taste for more classic designs often fail to realize that the people who are booking the cabins frequently have very different tastes. They want that room with a view, the casinos, the shopping arcades and the like.

It may be rather vulger in our eyes, but the shipping companies have stockholders they have to answer to, and they can be a mighty unforgiving lot if management produces a "Prestige Ship" that loses money hand over fist.
 

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Michael, you're right of course, but I think the QM2 has set a good standard. Huge as she is, she still looks like an updated version of a classic liner. Hopefully they'll follow the same thought process.
But hell, as I said in another thread, if they designed a "Cunard Class" (instead of a modified Vista class like the QV) they could build the QE3, Aquitania 2, Mauretania 3 and Berengaria 2.


Or maybe not.

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Jerry Nuovo

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According to Carol Marlow who is Cunard's President,she has stated in an interview that Cunard believes that the 2010 SOLAS regulations will not put the QE2 into retirement and that Cunard expects the QE2 will be sailing beyond 2010.I do remember reading in an newspaper article that the QE2 may remain in service until 2015 or 2016.
 
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>>...that Cunard believes that the 2010 SOLAS regulations will not put the QE2 into retirement and that Cunard expects the QE2 will be sailing beyond 2010.<<

That would be great, but I hope they don't have an unpleasant encounter with reality. As expensive a capital investment as a ship is, I've no doubt it would cause a lot of problems if some obscure provision that they missed or revisions slipped in caused them to have to scramble for a replacement.

As it stands, if they can keep the QE2 going for ten more years, that gives Cunard a reasonable lead time to complete market as well as design studies so they can build a...hopefully...worthy successor.