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Although designed for the cold weather of the North
Atlantic there was a substantial amount of open
exterior deck space on QE2. Most of the passenger
space, however, was on a series of terraces leading
down from the funnel to the stern of the ship.
The deck area over the bow (above right) contained
machinery such as the anchor capstans and was
restricted to crew members.
Passengers could get a view forward from the
observation bridge located just below the navigation
bridge. (below and right). This area was a spectacular
vantage point when the ship was entering or leaving
Continuing aft, an outdoor promenade wraps itself in a
U-shape around Boat Deck (below). (To go all the way around
the ship, one must climb the stairs and cross the Observation
Bridge at the front of the superstructure).
In fair weather, Boat Deck was the home of joggers and walkers
out for a workout. (Five times around equals a mile). It was
also a home for those who wish to just relax in a deck chair,
read a book or just look at the sea (below left).
Immediately behind the funnel was an area
enclosed by windowed panels designed to
protect sun worshippers from the winds of the
Atlantic (left). It was sometimes referred to as
Helicopter Deck because light helicopters can
land there (See lower left). (The military
helicopters carried by QE2 in the Falklands
War were too heavy for this area and used
specially-constructed helipads on the bow and
A product of the 1994 refit, was the Sports Centre on Boat Deck.
It included a deck tennis court and a net for driving golf balls (above)
as well as a pair of shuffleboard courts (see left) and a putting green
Below: The sports facilities on Upper Deck prior to the 1994 refit.
Another task undertaken during the 1994 refit was the removal of
the retractable Magrodome and two large tenders that were located
on either side of this sliding glass roof (above left). Not only did this
enable Cunard to enlarge the Yacht Club (discussed later) but it
created an open deck space behind that lounge (above). In addition,
it restored the ship's original lines by returning the stern half to a
cascading series of terraces.
Left: Passengers could sit in a shaded area behind the Lido buffet
and watch the activity in the outdoor pool or the wake of the ship.
Right: QE2's outdoor swimming pool was at the stern of the
ship on One Deck. When the ship entered service, there were
two outdoor pools. However, the pool on Quarter Deck was
covered by the Magrodome in 1983 and then eliminated
altogether in 1994. The One Deck pool was accompanied by
Below: The One Deck pool area at night.
Below right: The One Deck pool in 1986. Note the absence of
Aft of the enclosed area was an open section of Sun Deck that was also used
for sun bathing (above). This area was created as a by-product of the
extension of the shopping area on Upper Deck immediately below in 1987. It
was a popular area because of the views this high location offers. Right: An
unusual passenger soaking up the rays on Sun Deck.
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