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john sefton
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Queen Elizabeth 2010

Post by john sefton » Sun Apr 15, 2012 5:04 pm

MS Queen Elizabeth is a Signature class cruise ship operated by Cunard Line. She is the second largest ship to be constructed for Cunard, exceeded only by the QM2 and is running mate to the Queen Victoria, and the Queen Mary 2
The Elizabeth is a modified design from earlier Vista class vessels, she is slightly larger than Queen Victoria, at 92,000 gross tons, largely due to a more vertical stern. Capable of carrying up to 2,092 passengers, she is the second largest Cunard ship ever built, after RMS Queen Mary 2.
The ship's name was announced by Cunard on 10 October 2007. The company now operates three vessels once more (since the retirement of QE2 in 2008).
The naming of the ship as Queen Elizabeth sees a situation similar to that between 1940 and 1948, when Cunard's original Queen Elizabeth was in service at the same time as the Royal Navy battleship HMS Queen Elizabeth. In 2016, six years after this ship joins the fleet, the Royal Navy plans to introduce the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth into service.
The first master of Queen Elizabeth is Captain Chris Wells.
At the end of October 2011 Queen Elizabeth and her fleet mates changed their registries to Hamilton, Bermuda, in order to host weddings aboard.
The Queen Elizabeth is almost identical in design to her sister ship Queen Victoria, although because of the steeper stern, her passenger capacity will be slightly higher (2,058 to Queen Victoria's 2,014). Also because of this difference, the largest suites at the stern of the Queen Elizabeth will have smaller balconies. At the forward end of deck 11, there is a glass roof covering the games deck, unlike the sports deck on the Queen Victoria.
Also unlike many previous Cunard Queens, Queen Elizabeth is not a true ocean liner as she does not have the heavy plating throughout the hull nor the propulsion system of a dedicated transatlantic liner. However the bow was constructed with heavier plating to cope with the Transatlantic run, and the ship has a high freeboard. The recently completed Queen Mary 2 had cost approximately $300,000 US per berth, nearly double that of many contemporary cruise ships, so Cunard made the economical decision to base Queen Elizabeth on a converted Vista-class cruise ship.
On Monday 4 October, 2010 Queen Elizabeth was formally handed over to Cunard. She sailed on her maiden voyage from Southampton on Tuesday 12 October, 2010, following a naming ceremony with the monarch on Monday 11 October 2010. Her maiden voyage included calls at the Spanish port of Vigo before heading for Lisbon, Cadiz, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Madeira.
The ship made several European cruises until she departed on her first world cruise, leaving Southampton on 5 January 2011 and calling at New York, Fort Lauderdale, Aruba and Limon before transiting the Panama Canal. She would then call at Acapulco, Cabo San Lucas and Los Angeles before crossing the Pacific Ocean to Lahaina, Honolulu, Apia, Pago Pago, Fiji, Bay of Islands, Auckland, Wellington, Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle, Kota Kinabalu, Hong Kong (thus sailing close to the location where her predecessor RMS Queen Elizabeth caught fire and capsized in 1972). Stops in south-west Asia would include Nha Trang, Ho Chi Minh City, Ko Samui, Langkawi, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Penang. She would then cross the Indian Ocean westbound for Kochi, Mumbai and Muscat. This would be followed by a journey westbound again across the Arabian Sea before passing through the Strait of Hormuz to call at Dubai in the Persian Gulf, where she would be berthed close to her predecessor RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 for the first time. After calling at Salalah and Aqaba, the ship would transit the Suez Canal. Westbound Mediterranean calls would be at Athens and Rome, then passing through the Strait of Gibraltar to make a final call at Lisbon before returning to Southampton. The voyage is expected to take 103 days.
She will then make many European cruises before September 2011 when she is expected to make her maiden Round Britain cruise, departing Southampton on 2 September 2011, making her way to Edinburgh, Invergordon for Inverness, Greenock for Glasgow, Liverpool, Dublin, Cork and St Peter Port in Guernsey, before returning to Southampton. She will then make various other European cruises until departing for a Caribbean cruise in November and December 2011.

Cunard Royal Rendezvous
13 January 2011:
Two years after the first Cunard Royal Rendezvous, RMS Queen Mary 2 met up with the Queen Victoria and the brand new Queen Elizabeth for another Royal Rendezvous in New York City. Both the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth made an Atlantic crossing in tandem for the event. All three ships met in front of the Statue of Liberty at 6:45 pm for a Grucci fireworks display. The Empire State Building was lit up in red to mark the event.
5 June 2012:
All three 'Queens' will meet once more, but this time in Southampton in order to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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ibiscus1
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Re: Queen Elizabeth 2010

Post by ibiscus1 » Fri Apr 20, 2012 3:54 pm

The stamp showing a ship issued by Guernsey to celebrate the Queens Jubilee shows QE2 and not the new Queen Elizabeth. On the sheet of ten stamps of the 47p value the following wording is shown on the side .... "Also pictured is the QE2 ship which the Queen offcvially launched the following year on 20 May 1967."

Of course this should have read 20 Septmber 1967 and I have brought that to the attention of the Guernsey Philatelic Bureau.

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john sefton
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Re: Queen Elizabeth 2010

Post by john sefton » Fri Apr 20, 2012 4:12 pm

Thanks for the correction Stewart. I will leave the post so that everyone will be aware, as there has been some misinformation about this vessel.

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Re: Queen Elizabeth 2010

Post by aukepalmhof » Wed Jun 05, 2013 3:50 am

100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal
Isle of Man Post Office has teamed up with Panama Canal and Cunard line to produce a miniature sheet that marks the centenary of the Panama Canal, the incredible feats of the civil engineers tasked with its creation and a series of achievements exemplified by the passage of Cunard's QUEEN ELIZABETH through the world famous waterway.
The construction of the Panama Canal was first officially authorised by the Spanish Government in 1819, however it's commencement was stalled for some time whilst a number of surveys were undertaken, one of which by Manx Man William Kennish, born in Cornaa in 1799 and recognised by The Society of Arts and Commerce as a notable engineer, explorer, inventor, scientist and poet.
Following a number of setbacks, the project was eventually completed by the US Government and the Canal was officially opened on 15th August 1914 with the passage of the cargo ship SS ANCON. Since then, the Panama Canal has averaged 14,000 ships per year, representing 5% of the world's shipping industry, and continues to be regarded as one of the world's busiest waterways. In 2014, we mark 100 years since the first ship sailed its entire length.
The miniature sheet consists of a collage of images associated with the Canal's centenary celebrations; it includes a visual of Cunard's QUEEN ELIZABETH passing through the world famous Panama waterway, with Cunard also celebrating next year the 175th Anniversary of its first ship Britannia setting sail in July 1840.The image also includes a map of the Canal and a high definition photo of Manx man William Kennish.
Isle of Man 2014 £3.50 MSsg?, scott?
Source: Isle of Man Post.
Central African Republic 2013 750fr.
Ireland 2013 90c sg?, scott?
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ibiscus1
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Re: Queen Elizabeth 2010

Post by ibiscus1 » Thu Jun 27, 2013 12:09 pm

I have to correct the entry. The ship shown on the stamp is of course Queen Elizabeth 2 and not the 2010 Queen Elizabeth. However there is an interesting connection with the 2010 Queen Elizabeth. When the Queen launched the ship in October 2010 she unveiled a portrait of herself commissioned by Cunard and painted by Isobel Peachey. The portrait is shown on the stamp but is the reverse image. The painting is on view on Queen Elizabeth

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Re: Queen Elizabeth 2010

Post by D. v. Nieuwenhuijzen » Wed Dec 03, 2014 8:20 pm

Isle of Man 2014, £3,50
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