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QE, bound for Southampton, seems to have changed course and be heading for Vigo with an expected arrival of 20.45. I don't think (could be wrong!) that this was scheduled. Can anyone offer an explanation? Medical emergency or technical problem?

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QE, bound for Southampton, seems to have changed course and be heading for Vigo with an expected arrival of 20.45. I don't think (could be wrong!) that this was scheduled. Can anyone offer an explanation? Medical emergency or technical problem?

 

You got my attention with this post. I have no explanation, but definitely not a scheduled stop based on any currently posted itinerary. An examination of her past track shows QE altered course from a northerly track to a northeast track toward Vigo at about 15:30 UTC. As Lanky Lad has just posted, she is now pulling up alongside the dock in Vigo as I post this reply.

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Hi. I am currently on The QE. We made a detour to Vigo for a medical emergency as the patient was too ill for a helicopter evacuation - No word as to wether we will be arriving back in Southampton on time yet.

 

 

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Mine too. We had another medical emergency in Rhodes, a small fire after Katakolon and a 5 hour delay in Piraeus for a electrical problem so all in all and eventful voyage this time.

 

 

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Hi. I am currently on The QE. We made a detour to Vigo for a medical emergency as the patient was too ill for a helicopter evacuation - No word as to wether we will be arriving back in Southampton on time yet.

 

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Thanks for the update, DarrenBG. Wow, that has been an eventful voyage!

 

For what it's worth, AIS is currently reporting an ETA for QE in Southampton of 8:45am local time on October 25 which would be 2 hours 15 minutes behind schedule. Now the information provided by AIS is certainly not gospel and has been known to be off by quite a bit in the past. Of course any updates you receive on board will be more reliable. Just reporting what I am seeing at the moment.

 

Regards, John

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Thanks for the update.

Hopefully Captain Inger will put her foot down as I have a taxi booked for 9:00

 

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Thank you, Darren, for your confirmation of our guesses. Thoughts are with the unfortunate patient and his/her family. Unfortunately, this sort of thing seems to be a not uncommon part of cruise life. I hope the patient will make a full recovery.

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Thanks for the update, DarrenBG. Wow, that has been an eventful voyage!

 

For what it's worth, AIS is currently reporting an ETA for QE in Southampton of 8:45am local time on October 25 which would be 2 hours 15 minutes behind schedule. Now the information provided by AIS is certainly not gospel and has been known to be off by quite a bit in the past. Of course any updates you receive on board will be more reliable. Just reporting what I am seeing at the moment.

 

 

 

 

AIS information which should be imputed by the ship usually gives an ETA to the pilot station of the destination, in which case it would be75-90 minutes later from the Nab, which looking at her track with a 1530 detour might be correct, Vigo to Southampton having just checked Reeds and some charts is about 650 miles so she might make up time

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AIS information which should be imputed by the ship usually gives an ETA to the pilot station of the destination, in which case it would be75-90 minutes later from the Nab, which looking at her track with a 1530 detour might be correct, Vigo to Southampton having just checked Reeds and some charts is about 650 miles so she might make up time

 

Thanks for the clarification, sogne. I did not realize the ETA entered into AIS on the ship is the ETA to the pilot station, not to the terminal.

 

QE is currently doing about 19.5 knots. When I do some rudimentary calculations from her current position using marinetraffic's "waypoint" feature, the best I can come up with is an ETA to the Nab of about 8:00am local time at that speed. So it's not looking too good from here for an on time arrival into Southampton unless I have miscalculated (which is highly likely) or she is able to increase her speed. Time will tell.

 

Regards,

John (who is only pretending he know's anything about maritime navigation :))

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Thanks all for the updates, we have been informed that we will be at the Nab Tower around 8:30 and in Ocean Terminal around 11:00, not sure how this will affect the next voyage departure time after ours.

 

Regards

 

 

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Thanks all for the updates, we have been informed that we will be at the Nab Tower around 8:30 and in Ocean Terminal around 11:00, not sure how this will affect the next voyage departure time after ours.

 

Regards

 

 

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we experienced this on a Baltic cruise last year arrived 1100, departure for next cruise was delayed until around 1800

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Thanks again for the update Darren, it looks as if we have a few CC regulars on the next cruise down to the Canaries.

I hope tomorrow isn't too chaotic in Southampton.

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Thanks again for the update Darren, it looks as if we have a few CC regulars on the next cruise down to the Canaries.

I hope tomorrow isn't too chaotic in Southampton.

 

Yes I am on QE tomorrow staying in hotel tonight so wondering what time we will have to check in and if it will be delayed and wondering if it is what to do.

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Thanks for the clarification, sogne. I did not realize the ETA entered into AIS on the ship is the ETA to the pilot station, not to the terminal.

 

QE is currently doing about 19.5 knots. When I do some rudimentary calculations from her current position using marinetraffic's "waypoint" feature, the best I can come up with is an ETA to the Nab of about 8:00am local time at that speed. So it's not looking too good from here for an on time arrival into Southampton unless I have miscalculated (which is highly likely) or she is able to increase her speed. Time will tell.

 

Regards,

John (who is only pretending he know's anything about maritime navigation :))

 

QE is currently doing about 22.5 knots, by using that same waypoint feature and following the main shipping lanes, then 'branching off' roughly when they normally do, I make it about 398nm and an ETA 04:00 UTC to the Nab which is 5am local time, so hopefully they can make up most, if not all of the time.

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Cunard have just posted this:

 

Due to a medical emergency yesterday, Queen Elizabeth will be arriving one hour later than originally planned in to Southampton. If you are travelling on this voyage, please therefore arrive one hour later than your advertised embarkation time. Thank you for your understanding.

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We have been informed that our arrival is 11:00 and we can depart the ship at 12:15.

 

Regards

 

 

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We are joining QE tomorrow travelling from Plymouth. Our original arrival advised time was 15:00, so presume now 16:00, I have heard nothing officially from Cunard.

Does anyone know the original departure time?

 

Regards

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We are joining QE tomorrow travelling from Plymouth. Our original arrival advised time was 15:00, so presume now 16:00, I have heard nothing officially from Cunard.

Does anyone know the original departure time?

 

Regards

 

QE's originally scheduled departure time from Southampton tomorrow was 16:30.

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One other source of information I forgot about until now is the Port of Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule found here.

 

http://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/Live_Information/Shipping_Movements_and_Cruise_Ship_Schedule/Cruise_Ship_Schedule/

 

That page has been updated to show QE arriving at the Ocean Terminal at 10:30 tomorrow (which is pretty much in line with what DarrenBG has reported from on board). Her departure time is shown as 18:30 which would be a two hour departure delay if that's accurate.

 

Regards, John

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One of the reasons I was looking at QEs track yesterday was that we are joining the Canary Islands trip tomorrow. Thank you to all of you for providing information. We have had no direct contact from Cunard and wouldn't have thought about the Facebook and Southampton port postings without this board. Looks like a leisurely late morning departure from home!

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I'm on board, and we've just had a update from the Captain - apparently, we've had more favourable weather conditions than expected in the last few hours, so should arrive in Soton about an hour late. This morning, we were told it would be 4 hours late, so good news for everyone boarding tomorrow.

 

Mary

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I'm on board, and we've just had a update from the Captain - apparently, we've had more favourable weather conditions than expected in the last few hours, so should arrive in Soton about an hour late. This morning, we were told it would be 4 hours late, so good news for everyone boarding tomorrow.

 

Mary

 

Thanks, Mary. The Port of Southampton Cruise Ship Schedule has just been updated to reflect an earlier arrival time. It's now showing a 7:45 arrival time for QE tomorrow, but still showing an 18:30 departure time.

 

Regards, John

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I can confirm what Mary has said - we have been told now that we are arriving only an hour late due to more favourable weather conditions

 

Regards

 

 

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I can confirm what Mary has said - we have been told now that we are arriving only an hour late due to more favourable weather conditions

 

Regards

 

 

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as of 2minutes ago at 1618 UTC she was 42 miles SW of Ushant at 23.3 knots with I suspect the benefit of tide around Ushant so she appears to be only about 1 hour behind, much will depend on Channel traffic at the Casquets TSS

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We are joining QE tomorrow travelling from Plymouth. Our original arrival advised time was 15:00, so presume now 16:00, I have heard nothing officially from Cunard.

 

Does anyone know the original departure time?

 

 

 

Regards

 

 

 

I received a text from Cunard at 11.19am this morning notifying us of the delay. Just a little thing to note that if you choose to opt out of emails and phone communication on the privacy section of your Voyage Personaliser it may be that Cunard will not contact you regarding delays etc. Happy to be corrected if this is incorrect.

 

 

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I have been on board when the ship has arrived late, it's not much fun waiting to get off normally, even less so when delayed by a few hours.

 

This is also a good reminder to leave plenty of time after your cruise before booking any trains for flights.

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as of 2minutes ago at 1618 UTC she was 42 miles SW of Ushant at 23.3 knots with I suspect the benefit of tide around Ushant so she appears to be only about 1 hour behind, much will depend on Channel traffic at the Casquets TSS

 

At least I'm learning a lot in the aftermath of the unfortunate medical incident that caused QE to deviate to Vigo. In particular, this post got me looking into what the "Casquets TSS" is all about. Right now as I'm watching her progress, it appears to me QE is actually taking a track to the north of both lanes of the Casquets TSS. She has been maintaining a speed of around 23 knots which bodes well for her arrival in Southampton tomorrow morning only an hour late if not earlier.

 

Regards, John

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Another late change !! QE is docking at City Terminal not Ocean Terminal due to another ship that has broken-down blocking the entrance to dock 46...

 

It’s all going so smoothly [emoji3][emoji3][emoji3]

Kind Regards.

 

 

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