The ShipWatcher Blog

Friday, November 28, 2008

QE2 Final Voyage from the Red Sea to Dubai

Here's the final instalment from my series on QE2's final voyage.

This one covers the part of the voyage from the Red Sea to Dubai.

A lot of the video is of the voyage, and not much is of Dubai. This was a deliberate decision on my part. It's about a wonderful ship, not about "Gaudy Arabia" (aka Dubai) - an ostentatious city of opulence.

Also, I've tried to keep the video simple. There's much I could say, but I didn't think it needed to be said in the video. QE2 speaks for herself.

I highly recommend a poem posted by "The Real PM" on Cruise Critic, entitled Goodbye. One powerful image from it:

All gone, all gone, the people gone
The Champagne and the bands.
And Gulliver’s made fast at last
By Lilliputian hands.

I've enjoyed recording QE2's webcams, and have fallen in love with this ship even though I never got to see her in real life.

Goodbye old girl.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Video: QE2 from Lisbon to Gibraltar

Here's another instalment in the series on QE2's final voyage.

This video covers the sector from Lisbon, Portugal to Gibraltar.

There's a really nice sunset in Lisbon, and a pleasant Moonrise after the departure from Gibraltar.

BTW I thought the accompanying song was ironic. I think although we feel otherwise, we never have all the time in the world. Neither do wonderful ships like QE2.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Video: QE2 in Naples and Malta

Here's a timelapse video of QE2 on her final visit to Naples and Malta last week.

I think the colors on the water are beautiful.

Also, there's a really interesting part in Malta where a ship adjacent to her lets down a life raft and it sails around for a while. It looks quite comical in timelapse!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Video: QE2 Final Transit of the Suez Canal

She's on her final voyage to Dubai.

Here's a timelapse video of QE2's final transit of the Suez Canal.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Problems with Photos / Flickr

We're having problems with Flickr at the moment.

For some reason the folks at Flickr deleted all of the photos we've uploaded from here. I'm in the process of getting them to restore them all.

Till that's fixed, I'll be recording all photos locally, and will make a searchable database available as soon as possible.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Send us your postcards!

If you're planning a cruise, and would like to tell the world about your wonderful trip, or any of the places you've visited, why not send us a postcard?

I'll scan the card, and display it here as a permanent record of your cruise. If you include a return address on the postcard, I'll also send you a postcard in reply.

The address is:

PO Box 30
Petrie Qld 4052

Order Postcards
If you'd like to order some fantastic looking postcards, click on one of the images below:

Friday, November 14, 2008

Free QE2 Ringtone

Many thanks to fellow cruise ship lover, Tee, for this info.

The Southampton Daily Echo has published an MP3 ringtone of QE2's horn. It's free, and you can download it here.

Monday, November 10, 2008

FIXED: Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten Ships cruise some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

They've recently upgraded their excellent website.

I've fixed ShipWatcher to make it easier for you to view their webcams.

New Ship: Ruby Princess

Princess Cruises has launched a new ship "Ruby Princess".

I've added her webcam to ShipWatcher.