Mary Mason-Elliott

Mary Mason-Elliott will be well known to many of you. A Cunard matriarch. A World cruiser on Cunard ships year after year. A regular guest at the Captains table. A very well respected bridge player. And some way into her tenth decade.

Mary’s home in Warsash not only looks out over the River Hamble, but also has views over Southampton Water. On Saturday evening she spotted a Cunarder sailing into Southampton. She knew it was unusual for a Cunarder to be arriving at that time of day – usually they arrive very early in the morning.

Early evening departures are the norm with the ships going in the other direction out of the Port of Southampton towards the Isle of Wight and the Solent. And which ship was it anyway, she asked me. It looked different.

I didn’t know when QV was due to arrive in Southampton, but I did know that it was due to depart for a short 4 day taster voyage on Sunday 4 June, so it had to be newly modified QV.

This particular post is an experiment because Google has apparently decided to stop supporting the Blogger App. It means that my posts in recent times have frequently crashed.

I am having to find other ways to get the blog up and running. If it looks odd I will try something different.

What I wanted to do was to show you ‘before’ and ‘after’ photos of the stern of Queen Victoria. You have the old version. Here is the new version.

As a result, Deck 9 has a very much larger area around the pool and the decks below have additional staterooms within the added space. In fact Kim’s room is one of the additional rooms on Deck 7.


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