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From The Australian:

Queens' harbour rendezvous creates sea of publicity for Cunard
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IT was either a priceless historic moment or a 160,000-tonne publicity stunt.

Thirty years after first entering Sydney Harbour, the luxury Queen Elizabeth 2 yesterday enjoyed a historic rendezvous with another grand queen as she bid a final farewell to the city.

The QE2 sailed into Sydney Harbour yesterday morning on a perfect summer's day, and joined her younger replacement, the Queen Victoria, which was making its maiden voyage to the city.
For the rest, see http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,23269563-5006784,00.html
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Daily Express:

KK stopover for Cunard's new jewel
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Kota Kinabalu: Ninety-thousand tonne Queen Victoria is the newest and the most opulent sister liner to its more famous "queens" - Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth 2 - all owned by 160-year old Cunard Line, one of the most famous British ocean liner operators in the world since 1840 .
More at http://www.dailyexpress.com.my/news.cfm?NewsID=56325
 
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João Carlos Pereira Martins

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QV arrived at Lisbon (Portugal) yesterday and will leave today in the afternoon (GMT) to Southampton. This is the last stop of the world trip. A TV network made a guided visit to the ship and I was really astonished with the interiors. I think they're really different from QM2 and QE2, a bit more classic and traditional. To a certain point it reminded me the great liners of the early 20th century.

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João
 

Jerry Nuovo

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Yes it is almost 4 months since the tandem crossing of the Queen Victoria and the QE2.But I have just finished reading the blogs of QM2 Officer Ben Lyons who was aboard the Queen Victoria for the tandem crossing as a passenger since he was on leave from the QM2,And his blogs about the days activities and also photos taken of the QE2 from the decks of the Queen Victoria makes for very interesting reading.Here is the link to the blogs. www.cruisecritic.com/cruisestyles/articles.cfm?ID=617
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From Cruise Critic:

Queen Victoria Makes a Crashing Entrance in Malta
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Cunard's newest ship, Queen Victoria, certainly made an entrance as it arrived for its maiden call in Malta -- by hitting a quay.
Details at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2585

Comment: Just one question: Is the media going to cover every bump, scrape and Noro outbreak that happens during this ship's career and keep on blaming it on a champagne bottle which wouldn't break?
 

Jerry Nuovo

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So I see the Queen Victoria aka Mrs.Brown hit her rear-end against the dock wall in Malta causing what may be just about a superficial 20 foot dent to her stern.Who is to blame for this? Is it the harbor pilot or the captain of the ship? I just hope the the Queen Victoria's captain,Captain Paul Wright is not severly punished for this since the Captain is always responsible for the ship.He was in command of the QE2 when I took my first cruise aboard her in September of 2000 and also when I took my first cruise aboard the QM2 in June of 2004.He was very nice to all the passengers.Does anyone know what is the worst that can happen to Captain Paul Wright?
 
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>>Does anyone know what is the worst that can happen to Captain Paul Wright?<<

Well, I don't think he'll have to worry about execution in the public square.
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That said, the matter is under investigation. If he's found culpable, the worst I can see happening is that he'd be sacked.
 

Joe Russo

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"Queen Victoria...hasn't had a huge amount of luck in its first six months of service. First, the Champagne bottle failed to smash at the glittering naming ceremony. A month later in January about 80 passengers were struck with Norovirus. And now this event in Malta.
Let's hope the second half of the year is better for Queen Victoria!
--by Kelly Ranson, Associate Editor"

oooh Kelly you're so clever! So she's got a ding now. Oh, and that norovirus, that IS unique to a cursed ship.
 
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>>USA Today had the class and good judgement not to mention that silly notion of Camilla's champagne bottle.<<

I wish the other media outlets and sources would exercise the same restraint. It's not as if Noro is unique to any one ship and the index case which hit the Queen Victoria would have been infected before s/he ever came anywhere near the ship. As for this accident, this one was strictly minor league and lots of other ships have bumps and grinds like this throughout their careers. When manuevering in restricted waters, it's a risk that just comes with the territory. Any mistakes leading to same would have been on the part of the navigation detail and/or the tugs being used.

Besides, I think the Duchess of Cornwall has much better things to do with her time then to hit a ship she sponsored with some sort of hoodoo evil eye.
 
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From Cruise Critic:

Rumours Surface as Queen Victoria Gets Underway
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As reported on Cruise Critic yesterday, the 90,000-ton, 2,014-passenger Queen Victoria made an impression on its maiden call to Malta -- by hitting the quay as it arrived at the port.

After overnight work, Queen Victoria's stern has now been patched up and the ship is on its way to Gibraltar ... but is the big boss onboard?
More at http://www.cruisecritic.com/news/news.cfm?ID=2591
 

Joe Russo

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I guess backup sensors weren't in her options package at Fincantieri.
I bet the captain felt like the teenager who backed the family car into the garage door (and dad was rumored to be onboard the ship).
 
Dec 2, 2000
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From The Mail OnLine:

Rocking the boat: Life on a luxury cruise is far from plain sailing
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Singles' parties, 'gentlemen hosts' and the chance to make new friends and enemies... Jaci Stephen finds that loneliness is not an option on a luxury cruise

At what point does a tango cease being a dance and become a battle between two people outdoing each other in half nelsons? That was the question I asked myself as I wrestled in the Queen's Room ballroom on Cunard's new ship, the Queen Victoria. My first cruise, entitled Legends of the Mediterranean, was threatening to become one in its own right.
Full story at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1055359/Rocking-boat-Life-luxury-cruise-far-plain-sailing.html
 

Joe Russo

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I just received an advertisement from a travel agency for a QV nonstop transatlantic crossing (SOU-NYC) on January 2nd which will take 8 days. Fares are starting at $999 per person.
That's a great price, but I can't imagine that North Atlantic weather and seas will be very fun that time of the year especially on that ship going so slow.
 

Jim Kalafus

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I booked onto the January 2010 crossing, and so will let you know...

...interesting to note, in a 'this doesn't bode well' vein....most of the QE2 old timers seem to have transfered their loyalties to the QM2. Leaving the Victoria, built as the QE2 successor, out in the cold. When people were saying their goodbyes, it was consistently, 'See you on board the Queen Mary.'

Those who had already sailed the Victoria, said she was too 'generic' and that the service and presentation wasn't good enough to make up for her blandness. And that for all of her odd touches, the Mary, at least, offers design quirks and has personality.

So, it will be interesting to see if the opinion of the ship softens after the QE2 disappears...or if the people who habitually made the QE2 winter crossing will simply eliminate that from their itinerary now that she is gone and the Victoria is subbing for her.
 

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