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theTom&Carol

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About theTom&Carol

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    Cunard, HAL
  1. theTom&Carol

    Where I the world is Cordelia.....

    SG... Yes, it worked! Thanks for the familiar link; I had lost track of Roscoe's URL. His yesterday's Investiture Ceremony post, with the Governor-General of NZ, and various subsequent dressed-to-the-nines partying fun was all-Roscoe. Reminded me of his descriptive blog account from a previous WC-er gala party, where our man shed his clothes and slipped in a brief dip into the elegant hotel dinner event venue pool. Certainly, he will be proudly brandishing his newly minted, polished NZ chest medal in the officer's cocktail parties, halls and bars of the QV. That's quite an honor for him. Bravo to Roscoe! I so enjoy his photo narratives. BTW.... I've made is through your April posts. So interesting. Curious, how much time do you spend roughly writing and preparing the daily account? Thank you for your effort. T&C
  2. theTom&Carol

    Where I the world is Cordelia.....

    I believe he is boarding the 'Vic" in SF to passage 'down under'. Drats.... we get off in that port as he boards. I've lost track of his blog. Every time the Mac craps, I lose much followed Safari tabs. Do you know his current URL?
  3. theTom&Carol

    Where I the world is Cordelia.....

    Hi, Safarigal..... Been slowly catching up on your March 2018 Japan photo blogs. Now beginning your 2018 April posts. You wrote that you are from ID; We live near Spokane, across the border. Getting back to Japan..... Would you rather have chosen to travel there at a warmer time of the year? We've never been to Japan. Like your Brian, Carol and I do our daily gym time. Must compensate for the ever-present shipboard food intake. But, we do burn some calories dancing nightly. Also, we enjoy adding to our dance notes by taking the once daily (in the past, some ships twice daily) dance classes. Big turnout for these Queen's Room dance classes. Like you, we enjoy Cunard, but not for as long as you two. BTW, have you ever ran across memorable, unforgettable single-traveling Cunard passenger "Roscoe"? He knows everything Cunard; the 'Vic' is his fav Queen. T&C
  4. theTom&Carol

    Where I the world is Cordelia.....

    Hi, Safarigal...... Thanks for the answer. We went to your web blog and have enjoyed reading your current crossing post. Excellent writing. Yes, do take ballroom dance lesson. Carol and I so enjoy Queen's Room dancing. That's our number one shipboard activity beside the lectures, gym, food, etc. Was your friend welcomed at the captain's table when she pulled up a chair? Tom & Carol
  5. theTom&Carol

    Where I the world is Cordelia.....

    A couple years ago aboard the Queen Victoria on the SF to Sydney WC segment, I so enjoyed the daily chair workout half-hour sessions, held up on the circular dance floor (now called the Yacht Club). Cordelia was the workout instructor. Curious if anyone knows whether Cordelia is still teaching these sessions on any of the Cunard ships. Carol
  6. AH030... Forgot to mention, if 'Roscoe' is still lurking around this blog, I would love to hear his commentary on this shared stateroom app development idea. The guy's smart.... and, hope he's on this 2019 QV WC. Hello, Roscoe? Stop feeding your cat and settle down to the keyboard?
  7. Hi, AH030..... Let's say your new "Cruise Stateroom sharing" app (or, website) could become successful. Monetize the plan either by working with certain travel agencies who do the actual booking of the two individuals sharing a stateroom (and give you a kickback)... or, develop the platform kinda like a dating site where potential single cruising clients can learn about the other individual who they might choose to book with. You monetize the process by charging the two individual (only if they eventually sign up to share a stateroom) a flat fee (or small percentage of the overall cruise cost). Here's your first job..... find out how other existing sites/apps work. Be sure to protect your client identities on the site throughout the process until they each commit to the stateroom sharing. I would love to follow your investigation and app plan development. BTW, my wife and I do hostel travel, have shared bunk room space, shared bathrooms, etc. Always an interesting experience, and meeting very interesting people.... first as strangers, but then full-blown friendships. T&C PS.... AH030, continue with this discussion to get more valid inputs from other interested CC individuals to further define what additional features you may want to make part of your 'free' single cruisers finding their perfect stateroom 'Firstmate'.
  8. Do cruise lines (Cunard) offer stateroom roommate matchup services? Likely not, but asking.
  9. theTom&Carol

    Dance Hosts

    Guess that means......no more doing 'the-cha' extending your arms in any fashion ( e.g. "flailing" 'em) into the next passenger's puss.... guess we keep our limbs down, and dance in a locked-in little one square meter 'box' (in the middle the ballroom floor, away from the line of dance). Oftentimes, the following happens on the dance floor.... the 'to-be-seen-and-revered' polished dancers have diligently practiced their routines all year, and now it's Queen's Room "show-time"! These folks are attempting to fly around the floor doing their 'silver' routines. But don't much care that there are 60-year-married old duffers in-the-way on the floor trudging along the line of dance obviously in love.... and here comes the showy 'roadster-speed' dance couple strutting their stuff. It doesn't mix well; not! And, then there are excellent dancers from certain parts of the world who arrive for 24/7 fun of dancing. They love to dance! They love the QR! And, they love to dance with graceful wide sweeping expressive arm moves. You know who and what I mean. I'm not putting them in the same category as Curley's Bar arm flailers....... but, one could say that they are just as troublesome. Are they arm flailers? Objectively, it's all in the eye of the next couple on the floor. But, who cares.... they're having immense fun, and they are beautiful to watch. Conclusion..... do you own thing..... whatever it might be. However, what just came to mind in the QR's one formal night, arrived a most-nice, young, good-looking off-the-pages-of-GQ, gal wearing obviously stylist fashion-jeans with intentional frayed tears here and there to draw one's attention. Her mate was a dressed 'stud', but definitely not to Cunard's formal dress codes. Unfortunately, they didn't last long. I suspect the Cunard dance floor formal night bobbies made the arrest and dragged her (and her mate) to the brig. She, not necessarily a good dancer, but had the necessary eye-candy movements, and all the old duffers aboard were certainly checking out her "footwork". Yes, dancing is always fun. Who cares about the tempo, when there's so much fun stuff to see. Bye
  10. theTom&Carol

    Dance Hosts

    Come-on folks..... get off your judgmental 'high-horse' and enjoy the fact that all the QR's dancers, including the "arm flailing" low-lifes, are having a great time. Was I judgmental when I saw the two dancers on the floor wearing costume "horse-heads" for the ball?... Certainly Sir Samuel would not have allowed. No, simply laughed, danced closer for a good gawk, and shared in their humor. As we all know..... 'there is no dance police' to impose certain dance ideology. DB.... were you the one a couple years ago on one of these CC dance postings.... you kept complaining about the orchestra's tempo, and I suggested you take your metronome down front and then file a violation report to the Capt'n? Roscoe, definitely there's a humorous dance story here for P-news. BTW, is your NZ crowd a bunch of dancing 'arm-flailers', if given sufficient drinks? Definitely, your grill-class are more polished? Maybe you serious dances should suggest to CC that you have the ability to post your dancing prowess history on the 'signature line' just like listing many cruises they have taken. In this way, the reader will know with certain your dance expertise. In this way, anyone listing 'Curley's Pub' is assumed to be a bar-fly 'arm-flailer'. Keep on a-dancing, folks! Always enjoy! But, be leery of that CC judgmental dance policeman sitting by himself off to stage-right: the one who cannot find a dance partner because no one measures up to his (or her) professional dance prowess. Remember too, all hosts are shufflers, at best. And, so the story goes..... maybe it's best to skip the QR and head for a stiff 'shooter' in the closest bar. The bar-keeps will always listen to your story. After three rounds, head back to the QR, and all the floor-craft will be different. Bye......
  11. theTom&Carol

    Queen Victorias World Cruise thread for 2017

    That quote by one of Roscoe's many fans leads me to say… Social butterfly that he is, certainly loved by all, adding a grand amount of Cunard flair and intrigue ...... Roscoe should to be on the 2018 WC. That said, one of you with Internet crowdfunding prowess might pursue setting up the official "Roscoe commemorative 2018 world cruise fund". Establish the funding link, donate, and make Our Roscoe "Float" again in high Q1 style. See if we can drag him back aboard, up the gangplank, kicking and screaming all the way. All done for your good, Roscoe. But you must promise to dance at least one dance nightly with one of your benefactors. You can do it! Now, see if we can do it? T&C
  12. theTom&Carol

    Queen Victorias World Cruise thread for 2017

    Hey, Roscoe… Sad that you have to leave the Grand Lady. I assume you disembark in San Francisco and when you do, what do you have planned on terra firma? In your last "are we there yet" post, we recognize the gal you took a selfie with. She was on last year's world cruise, but can't remember her name. Shame on me because I danced with her, and she was a good dancer a fun gal! So, Roscoe, somehow by hook or by crook, how are you going to finagle your way back onto the QV? Got a wild idea.... go on the Internet and invite your Cunard blog followers to "crowd fund" your 2018 world cruise. Who knows, may work. It would be a great by-line for your P- news, too. Comments? T&C
  13. theTom&Carol

    Queen Victorias World Cruise thread for 2017

    Roscoe..... You appreciate good writing. Check this out about RLS and the 'Casco'. It's your caliber of writing. http://www.rosslaird.com/blog/casco-the-ship-of-robert-louis-stevenson/ T&C
  14. theTom&Carol

    Queen Victorias World Cruise thread for 2017

    Hi, Roscoe..... So happy to see that you're back floating around shipboard. At sea, you definitely are in your element! Haven't seen you since the QV days of visiting "Doris Dukes" dive on Oahu. As a complement, this CC thread should be renamed, "Roscoe's Adventures". What camera and telephoto lens are you using now to get that excellent close up? Any sign of the infamous "QM" lady on board? You know the one… her fame proceeds her, and the crew has to nail down the table cloths and secure the hatches. And, now that Mum's ashore, keep yourself a bit reigned in, but definitely continue being Roscoe. Have Mucho fun! T&C
  15. Forgot "Roscoe's" CC posting name so can't search to see if he's recovered from his WC, and is back on CC posting. Anyone out there knows who I'm talking about and can help remember. Tough when you age and can't remember S@^%. Thanks. T&C
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