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  1. It's Europe. In some countries they arrest (or pre-arrest), then they investigate. Two crashes in three months is only significant if there is a nexus between the incidents or it can be demonstrated that there is a systemic training deficiency within Viking. If the 70 yr old sightseeing vessel turned to port immediately in front of the Viking longboat, then the challenge for authorities is in determining if the Sigyn had time to reverse engines, had room to turn hard to port to avoid the smaller vessel, or if the Sigyn was "following" too closely for safe operation with pax aboard. Then, there are the political realities of the South Korean government's expectations which may or may not have a relationship to the facts as they evolve from the investigation. Whatever the outcome of the investigation may be, it a tragic event with the loss of like among so many of the South Korean tourists. Perhaps not of equal weight, but not to be forgotten, is that there likely are many on the Longship, both cast and crew, who will carry the emotional scars of this disaster for years.
  2. In addition to most of the others mentioned, we enjoy the Mandarin Oriental which is reopening very soon, at GBP 1850 for a suite, and Rosewood, London, 252 High Holborn St, (the former Marriott Renaissance, and my "home" in London for nearly two years in the late 1990s) at GB P 1400. Both provide personalized "Queens Grill" level service. https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g186338-d193108-Reviews-Rosewood_London-London_England.html#photos;aggregationId=&albumid=14&filter=7&ff=281915632
  3. Personally, if the ship were boarded by pirates, I'd go to the bar. I wouldn't want to miss the party.
  4. It would not be pleasant sharing a table for a week with such passengers. Greedy snowflakes at that...
  5. ddgarner1

    New York

    Ferry to Pier 11/Wall Street and walk to the September 11 Memorial is the way to go. It's an 18 minute walk via Wall Street from the ferry to the memorial. Why? You never know from day to day if the commute by taxi will be 30 minutes or 1.5 hours, both ways. Walking and ferry times are predictable which is important given that you don't want to miss QM2's departure from Red Hook.
  6. Yes, Cologne. At my age, I'm lucky to have any memory at all... Thanks for the correction.
  7. May us a good time for this cruise. We loved the entire experience. Guides were great, crew fellow travelers and food superb, The live music perfect. Only caution: don’t walk alone near the cathedral in Koblenz. There is a consistent radical presence in the area and some German women walking alone have been assaulted.
  8. Perhaps I wasn't paying close enough attention to the male dance hosts (why would I?), but I don't recall that more than one was American -- and he may actually have been Canadian. I shared a dinner table with lovely lady from Florida whose only purpose in being on the QM2 was to dance. She preferred International Standard, although she was happy just to be dancing with so many men who didn't constantly mutter the steps to themselves. I did dance twice with the female dance host during my last TA, and did find her to be quite good at both International Standard and American Smooth,helped considerably by a quick five-minute session to choreograph a bit of "apart" Fred Astaire and a lift, the first one I'd done in about five years (at age 69, I don't recommend doing many lifts). (I'm a former Arthur Murray dance instructor in my youth, a retired competitor and adjudicator with Dance Sport USA.)
  9. Bob, at the end of October there was a lovely couple from the US who were dance hosts. They are quite excellent dancers and engaging conversationalists. There was some talk of adding a second lady as a dance host, but that view seemed odd to the many ladies traveling alone or with husbands with two left feet.
  10. I didn’t see anywhere that Cunard weighed my luggage when I checked in. It’s probably on of those things no one pays much attention unless you wave the policy under someone’s nose. Personally, I reserve my rants for the shower. 😁
  11. Whatever you wear, you will judged by some. I saw it on my recent TA crossing at the end of Oct. What I found most amusing was the distain in the reaction of people eating in the Kings Court when anyone in a tux walked through on formal evenings. It seemed oddly counterintuitive
  12. The QM2 may not be for you. There is an interesting alternative— passenger cabins onboard freighters where there is no dress code or formal dining. It’s really a nice, quiet way to travel. I enjoyed my voyage from Amsterdam to Baltimore.
  13. I wrote, " Wear yours to dinner if you wish. Frankly, no one cares." I was referring to the people at your table and the wait staff. What shoes one wears on either casual of formal nights don't receive noticed. Bell Boy, I don't know how you could possibly infer from two sentences that I am not a "serious ballroom dancer." Such a statement is quite an assumption. Here are a few facts to inform: 1. I began studying ballroom dance at age 14. 2. I first competed as an amateur at age 16 with multiple trophies won with my partner, Natalia Alexandra Ivanovna. 3. I began teaching ballroom dance at age 18 and continued throughout my university years. 4. I began competing as a professional at age 22 and retired a decade later after military-related injury in 1981. 5. I was a qualified adjudicator for nearly two decades, though long-since retired, and retain a great many friends in the professional ballroom dance community both in the USA and in the UK. Thus, the question of "serious" is rather laughable to me. More to the point of the topic, though, some people leave dinner quickly to change shoes in their room and not miss the first dance, but on the QM2 you are only about 100 feet away from the Queens Room when dining in Britannia. Thus, it makes little sense to go back to your room simply to change shoes. You can change shoes in the Queens Room, but that is also where the stretching and yoga classes are held daily. I have never seen the crew clean either the carpet or the dance floor in the Queens Room, so unless you are really careful and don't touch the floor as you change your shoes, you are inviting lots of germs, something I prefer to avoid by wearing my dance shoes to dinner.
  14. Wear yours to dinner if you wish. Frankly, no one cares.
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