CHEERS!! for 40 years of service, and for many of us wonderful cruise/excursion memories.
For me, that was the 1997 Trans-Atlantic Crossing (which included Millvina Dean as a fellow passenger) and the August Taste of the Mediterranean Cruise.
May you receive stupendous send-offs at each of your final port visits!
Tonight (it's almost 8:00 PM here in California) I will offer a toast:
"To the QE!2"!!!
Farewell, te waka rangitira (Queen of ships) I wish you a happy retirement in Dubai. Lets be positive, at least she is not headed for Alang or Rosyth (like the Mauretania) and the new owners might have enough money to keep the QE2 in good condition, unlike the poor old Queen Mary.
As an avid ship modeler I remember years ago building the QE2. I spent HOURS with a fine paint brush painting all the portholes black, applying the decals, stringing the foremast then proudly displaying it on my shelves, along with the Titanic, Lusitania, Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and France.
Then one day I came home from school only to discover that the brackets holding the shelves to the wall had given way. I almost cried. All my beautiful ships lay crushed to smithereens on the floor.
What time did she arrive? I checked the webcam at 12am Pacific time (which I believe is noon Dubai local time) and she was still heading southwest in the Persian Gulf. Was there even a flotilla worthy of her? Anything like the Queen Mary received?