My first contract on the QE2 began in November of 1983. I had never been to England and was so excited about making my first transatlantic crossing. My summer of calm seas on the Cunard Countess did nothing to prepare me for the violence of the Atlantic on that first voyage.
Robbie & Ronnie, the Double Down Aft bartenders kindly shouted back to me at the piano periodically to ask if I was OK. Glasses and bottles crashed and mike stand anchored between my knees, I was determined to entertain the few passengers who still felt well enough to remain in a public room. I slept (or tried to) on the floor by my bed in my 5 deck cabin near A staircase after being thrown there by a horrendous wave but all in all, I survived my first Atlantic crossing.
Gary Arvedon and Sian Griffiths were my first Cruise Staff friends. Gary was wonderful with the kids on board and Sian was the very competent secretary to the Cruise Director.
Bob Zess, ? and Victor Romano. Bob loved to play the harmonica.
Through the years, "Misty" was our piano / harmonica duet.
Lisker & Lesser -David and Jonathan were two very talented musicians, both with a zany sense of humor. They each played a few instruments, sang, and performed mainly in the Theatre Bar.
This photo was taken in the Tables of the World. In 1983 the musicians and Cruise Staff, photographers, librarian and many other ship staff had our own section for all meals.
David & Mari- Anne in Lanzarote.
Their guitar and flute combination was another Theatre Bar attraction.
Most of the musicians were required to play embarkation music in New York and Southampton. We also took turns playing for afternoon tea. I remember playing for the children's fancy dress each cruise and in subsequent years alternating with groups for pre-lunch music in the Theatre Bar. Sometimes I was assigned to the piano outside of the Midships Bar before dinner. I used to call it "Puzzle Music" because I was background for passengers who were working on the jigsaw behind me!
1983 was only the beginning. More QE2 chapters to follow soon.