October 15, 2004
FAMOUS NAMES ON THE QE2
There have been a lot of famous people that have travelled on the QE2, and on the crossing specifically.
It tickled me to see even "The Muppets" did so on the 2003 season, which was the last offical "Transatlantic Season" for the QE2 as the QM2 took the regular crossing route and schedule from 2004.
Here is what Cunard had to say about "The Muppets" on the QE2:
"Some of the hit TV show's top stars were so keen to sail on QE2 during her farewell transatlantic season that they recently joined the ship in Southampton and crossed to New York.
Among the featured Muppets were The Great Gonzo, Waldorf and Statton, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Kermit's nephew Robin, Zoot and Floyd Pepper from the Electric Mayhem Band, Beauregard, Lew Zealand and Dr. Julius Strangepork.
Peter Shanks, Cunard's Senior Vice President Europe:"The Muppets may not be the most famous guests to have sailed on QE2, but they are probably the most outrageous. By all accounts the Muppets thoroughly enjoyed the six-day crossing - especially Waldorf and Statton who spent much of the trip telling the Captain what to do next."
During the crossing, passengers were entertained by principal Muppet performers Dave Goelz and Jerry Nelson. Martin Baker, a producer for The Jim Henson Company, talked about his experience working on The Muppet Show and introduced a documentary on Jim Henson. Designer / builder Jane Gootnick, talked about how the puppets are initially designed, created and ultimately brought to life.
In her 34 years of service, QE2 has been host to more famous faces than any other vessel. 2003 marks QE2's farewell season on the Atlantic prior to her redeployment on Southampton - Southampton cruise service in May 2004. There are just 11 Atlantic crossings left in the schedule and fares start from £1,099 per person. Her role as Cunard's transatlantic carrier will be assumed by Queen Mary 2 which enters service on 12 January 2004. QM2 will be the largest, longest, tallest, widest and most expensive passenger liner ever built".