Queen Mary 2 Captain Philpott’s Weekly Column

Manoeuvres in Port!
2018-12-12

Hello everyone and firstly let me say that one of the questions I am most often asked is “just how do you berth a huge ship like Queen Mary 2 alongside the pier so gently each time?!” Well for me, it has always been a source of immense satisfaction every time a berthing operation at […]

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The Greatest Showman and the Greatest Ocean Liner!
2018-12-04

I’m sure that many of you will be familiar with the amazingly successful musical movie “The Greatest Showman” which has done so well over the past year and which starred Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya, Michelle Williams and Keala Settle amongst others. A follow-up music album has just recently been released to mark […]

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Alaskan Adventures
2018-11-27

Hello again, and this week I’ll start by writing a little on Cunard’s youngest ship, Queen Elizabeth, which as I mentioned last week is currently having a refit in France with refurbishment of staterooms and suites as well as many of the public areas. This is fantastic news for any of you thinking about trying […]

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Right to the Bitter End!
2018-11-20

Good Day to all readers, or as I used to say on board Cunard’s Queen Victoria or Queen Mary 2 at my daily Noon speech; “Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen, this is Captain Peter Philpott speaking from the Navigating Bridge and I do hope you all enjoying this wonderful day at sea! As is our […]

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Special guests and entertainment aboard cruise ships
2018-11-13

Hello again! If you happen to be a regular reader of my column, you’ll have seen that I was for a long time with Princess Cruises – in fact I served in all Navigating Officer ranks up to the rank of Staff Captain. My favorite Princess ship was the original Pacific Princess (built in the […]

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Early days
2018-11-06

Hello again and as you may have read, I just finished my career at sea on “big ships” as Captain of Queen Mary 2 in September 2018 and it really was an amazing way to complete a career. But we all start somewhere and I still vividly recall my early days as a young 16 […]

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No route is ever the same
2018-10-23

You know, the average person might think that Queen Mary 2’s Transatlantic Crossings must take the same route every time. I mean, why not? It’s all Ocean out there and it would be very difficult to bump into say, Bermuda or some other such island on the way across! So why is then that I […]

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The Love Boat
2018-10-16

You will know from the home page of The World’s Greatest Vacations that you can “Discover a world of opportunities with Cunard’s Sailing Soon Savings”! Well that phrase immediately takes me right back to when I was a young 28 year old Second Officer just about to join my first ever passenger ship in 1989, […]

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Glad to be aboard
2018-10-16

How else could I start this week’s column other than to say “Wow!!!” in response to such a welcome from Mr Richard Shane of The World’s Greatest Vacations to the Team here, via his video filmed from his boat alongside the one and only Queen Mary 2 in New York Harbour!! Up until just a […]

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Queen Mary 2 Captain Philpott joining The World’s Greatest Vacations
2018-10-10

We are proud to welcome Queen Mary 2 Captain Philpott aboard The World’s Greatest Vacations. [vimeo]https://vimeo.com/294428583[/vimeo] Ever wonder who that is “driving” your ocean liner? Who and how did he or she get that mega-responsibility? More than 300,000 lives counting on you every year, as well as a billion dollar high tech vessel? Me too?? How […]

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