Thursday, 15 March 2012

Queen Elizabeth (2011)

In February 2011 I joined the brand new Queen Elizabeth for the Sydney / Melbourne / Fremantle leg of her maiden world cruise. I found the layout of the ship to be very spacious and comfortable with beautiful decor. Of course, I would have liked to stay aboard longer.

Sydney - February 21 - 23

I flew up to Sydney on the day before QE's arrival in order to see her and QM2 enter Sydney harbour early the next morning.

When I arrived in my hotel room on the 21st. Feb I was treated to the sight of another of my favourite ships, ms Amsterdam, sailing from Circular Quay.

Early on the 22nd Feb Queen Mary 2 entered Sydney harbour, followed by Queen Elizabeth.
After doing a circuit of Sydney Harbour QM2 heads for her berth at Garden Island while QE heads for Circular Quay.

QE all fast at Circular Quay Overseas Passenger Terminal.

A couple of evening shots.

Departure Sydney Feb 23.

Fred Olsen's Balmoral (ex Crown Odyssey) waiting to berth at Circular Quay as soon as QE clears.

QM2 at Garden Island. She continued on her world cruise that night.

Several privileged passengers on the bridge for depature.
Melbourne - Feb 25

Crystal Serenity making fast at Outer East Station Pier as QE swings to berth head out at Outer West.

The Captain directing berthing.

All fast at Outer West.
And Outer East.

Departure Melbourne - the croquet lawn with the Mornington Peninsula in the background.

Approaching Port Phillip heads.

 Fremantle - Mar 1

Arriving in Fremantle harbour.

Princess Cruises' Pacific Princess already alongside.

QE late afternoon sailing from Fremantle.

 Around the ship

My very comfortable cabin.

The Commodore Club.

The Britannia Retaurant.

My window table.

Two of the very comfortable lounges.

The theatre complete with boxes.

The Golden Lion Pub.

The Ballroom.
The Atrium.

The Conservatory.

Churchills Cigar Lounge.

The Yacht Club nightclub.

This model of QE2 used to reside in QE2's Midships Lobby.
The two deck library.

A model of the original Queen Elizabeth.
One of the many beautiful art deco light fittings.

The computer lab.
The Queens Grill Lounge - reserved for passengers in Queens or Princess grill suites.

This courtyard providing al fresco dining is part of the grills complex.

The Princess Grill restaurant.
The Queens Grill restaurant.

No Riff Raff!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! What a fantastic set of photos, Tim! A great record of your cruise...