Hamburg Sailaway

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#21
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Originally posted by ricki
Hopefully, this link will work, it's a video of our sailaway. If it doesn't connect, email me at ricki at aol.com, and I will send it to you in an email.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/s6uixzrbw7...laway.mp4?dl=0

Ricki
That worked for me, thank you for sharing it.
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Originally posted by Host Hattie
That worked for me, thank you for sharing it.
You are very welcome, Hattie. Thank you for all you do for the board!

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#25
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We've departed from Hamburg twice on the QM2 (2014 and 2016), and frankly, and sadly, it was not much at all. Not many people out, no great noise, banners, flags, balloons, just a big meh! Oh well. We still love the experience on board.
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#26
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That's a shame, perhaps the excitement has worn off. I don't suppose anything will beat Liverpool in May 2015 but it's always nice when people get excited to see your ship.

Thanks for your help everyone, I am going to go ahead and book the QV trip.
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#27
Hampshire, England
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Always had the great Hamburg sailaway on Queen Mary 2 though never on Queen Elizabeth or Queen Victoria.


I wrote on my blog...

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com...vian-explorer/

..."Our early evening departure from Hamburg was the amazing experience we had heard so much about: and one not to be missed. It really is quite amazing how the residents of Hamburg and the towns along the banks of the River Elbe throng along the banks, flags waving"



...and my short video passing the Hotel louis Jacob...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkGM...ature=youtu.be

(Please excuse my wife's musical accompaniment)
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#28
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Thanks for sharing the experience with us! And thank your wife for the musical accompaniment! We have our fingers crossed that the good people of Hamburg will give us such a rousing send off. I suppose Monday evening at 5p.m. is not really the best time, though!


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#29
Peacham, VT & Bonita Springs, FL
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In 2013, we had adjusted a European itinerary so that we could begin our return crossing on QM2 in Hamburg...specifically to witness the rousing Sailaway. Unfortunately, QM2 was delayed in arriving from Norway because of North Sea weather. We didn't embark till 6pm, and didn't depart till well after midnight...to a silent sailaway. Graciously, the Fairmont hotel gave us a late checkout, and we stayed there till 4pm.

But, we were at our usual station on the Observation deck (11 deck below the Bridge) toasting the silent sailaway on our favorite ship.

We will be there again, with our bottle of wine, on November 3rd...hoping for a gala sailaway with music and whistles...

Cheers,
Bob & Beatrice Ring
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#30
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Hi Scotswoman, I am sure you get your great sail away, as Cunard has sended out E-Mails for the special occasion of the August 21. sail out of Hamburg with a little harbour cruise of the beloved QM2 first- so I am sure there will be a great song and dance, which give always something special to a sailaway. Germans love the Cunard Queens and the Proud Mary especially. We sailed out of Kiel in June this year on a 14 day voyage through the Baltic. Britannia left just right before us- and that really was a silent sailaway- even though it was the Kieler Woche. Then " we" sailed out of Kiel ( Queen Elizabeth) - wouw that really was a well attended sail away- with the waterfountain boots ahead of us. Mrs. Captain constantly sounding the horn!
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#31
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Solent Richard- I so like your videos- the music was so matching and fantastic- compliments to your wife! What better matches sucha a sailway then Elgars Hope and Glory!
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#32
Hampshire, England
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Originally posted by Germancruiser
Solent Richard- I so like your videos- the music was so matching and fantastic- compliments to your wife! What better matches sucha a sailway then Elgars Hope and Glory!
That's very kind of you German Cruiser. I'll pass your compliments on to my wife who has now joined the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir.

We are in Hamburg soon but also not on a cruise ship. We are attending a wedding of a German couple that we met on another cruise.
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#33
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Originally posted by Germancruiser
Hi Scotswoman, I am sure you get your great sail away, as Cunard has sended out E-Mails for the special occasion of the August 21. sail out of Hamburg with a little harbour cruise of the beloved QM2 first- so I am sure there will be a great song and dance, which give always something special to a sailaway. Germans love the Cunard Queens and the Proud Mary especially. We sailed out of Kiel in June this year on a 14 day voyage through the Baltic. Britannia left just right before us- and that really was a silent sailaway- even though it was the Kieler Woche. Then " we" sailed out of Kiel ( Queen Elizabeth) - wouw that really was a well attended sail away- with the waterfountain boots ahead of us. Mrs. Captain constantly sounding the horn!


Hi Germancruiser,
Thanks for your encouraging words. We will be staying with friends in Hamburg for three days before our cruise, and are really looking forward to visiting the city. Last time I was there was on a school trip from Greenock High School in 1965.... so I guess there will be some changes!
Morven


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#34
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Solent Richard- thats one of the great things about a voyage or any other holiday- meeting total strangers who become wonderful friends - I met my very best friends on board Celebrity´s Millenium- and thats 12 years ago and we cruise togehter every year and meet either in their hometown or in ours. What a wonderful reason to visit the great city Hamburg!
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#35
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Have a wonderful stay in Hamburg and after that on your voyage on board the Mary. Ohhh yes you will find some changes here and there- the new Philamornie not to be missed. ( well you can hardly miss as it is a very distinctive buildung - and as bonus you sail just past her, when you leave Hamburg on board) ! My favorite walk is along the famous fishmarket then to the Landungsbrücken from there to new Elb- Philharmony! Let us know how you liked your voyage on board the Proud Mary!
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#36
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Thanks, we'll be sure to take the walks you recommended, Germancruiser.
Where do you suggest is the perfect spot on the ship to get the best experience at sailaway?


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#37
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Well- anywhere out on deck where you can stroll from starboard to port side- and visa verse! Deck 7/8 aft- or the ne upperdeck closer to the bow- where the new cabins have been installed last years- very popular also during sailaway! Indoors- the Commodore Lounge will be nice- but thats just for very very inclement weather! Have fun!
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#38
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Thanks for all your help, Germancruiser. I am wondering if you have any experience of embarking/disembarking in Hamburg when the great majority of passengers are coming from/returning to Southampton. Does that complicate things for those of us boarding in Hamburg? For example can I turn up earlier than 3p.m. and have hopes of getting on board? Also, I am planning to buy online shuttle tickets for the return journey to Hamburg Hauptbahnhof, since we had a dreadful experience in Belfast earlier this year, standing for over an hour to get a taxi because the shuttle queue was miles long! Is it safe to book for around 10a.m.? Or do they force disembarkation guests to leave very early morning before the sighseeing passengers get off? Our train doesn't leave until midday.
Just one more question if I may. Does Cunard seat all people who booked in Germany at "German-speaking" tables at dinner? Or do they try to have "mixed - nationality " tables? I'm not worried either way, really, just curious! And, as they say, variety is the spice of life!


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#39
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You are very welcome Scotswoman- I got so many help and insides on these boards it´s great I can help out also. I think there will be no problem for you to embark at around 12 or 1 pm. To leave for the Hauptbahnhof at around 10 am is a very good time- you sure to dissembarked by then and so you have plenty of time to catch your train- since the Main Station ( Hauptbahnhof ) is just 20 minutes the longest!
My experience is they seat German speaking passengers together- I always ask for an international table- as you, I am all for the " spice of life" ! Seldom I got one- so ended up with German´s all around- esp. when sailing into our out of a German port!
I really have nothing agains my German kinsmen- but they can be a triffle unerving - as I said I love to speak to fellow passengers from all over the world. I met such wonderful friends on board ships from all over the world be it from England, Australia, USA , Canada - and wonders over wonder- Hamburg- LOL!
I would love to hear from you when you are back- how everything worked out!
Greetings
Michael
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