Aussie uniforms for Cunard’s bell boys

Cunard bell boys in the uniforms they will wear during Queen Elizabeth’s extended seasons in Australia Cunard bell boys in the uniforms they will wear during Queen Elizabeth’s extended seasons in Australia

In a move as dramatic as altering the Spirit of Ecstasy figure on the bonnet of Rolls-Royce cars, 179-year-old Cunard is changing the uniforms of its bell boys.

Legendary Australian bushman’s outfitter R.M.Williams, established in1932, has kept Cunard’s trademark colours with a red tailored jacket that has gold nautical buttons and black cuffs. The jackets are teamed with 100% cotton black twill pants, a handmade leather belt and red boots.

Pillbox hats exchanged for the Australian Akubra

The bell boys have also exchanged their traditional pillbox hats for the famous Australian Akubra.

The new uniforms made their debut on board Queen Elizabeth which, as reported, has begun her inaugural two-month Down Under season, sailing from Melbourne and Sydney.

It is expected they will appear again for Queen Elizabeth’s second 101-day Down Under season between December 2019 and March 2020 and her record third four-month season which will begin in November 2020.

‘We’re very excited that our bell boys are taking on a modern Australian look while we’re based here over summer,’ Cunard president Simon Palethorpe, who is making his third visit to Australia, said.

Special whisky on board

‘We also think local cruisers will love the opportunity to enjoy a special drop of whisky,’ Palethorpe said.

He was referring to a 225-litre barrel of Starward single malt whisky which was aged for two years at Starward’s Port Melbourne distillery, before being loaded onto Queen Elizabeth last February and spending 12 months travelling 95,000 nautical miles around the globe on a ‘maturation journey.’

 

Posted 12 February 2019

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Helen Hutcheon

Australasia correspondent