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Jack E Dawson

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About Jack E Dawson

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  • Location
    Chicago
  • Interests
    Sailing, traveling, planes & space
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Trans Atlantic

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  1. Smokeyham, You have chosen well. We did a westbound crossing in 2017 in cabin 12022 (next door) and loved the location. If I remember correctly, there are no interior cabins across the hall form 12022 or 12024, just a blank wall. I'm pretty sure that interior space is crew operational space but for what, I don't specifically know. However, and perhaps most importantly, there was never any noise coming from that space. We found our cabin, 12022, to be very quiet. You are also correct that it provides a great view of the Statue of Liberty when arriving into NYC. Have a great voy
  2. Glass Front Balcony Sheltered Balcony
  3. Yes, it was definitely Viking. Spoke to the reporter today. Jack
  4. Our local NBC news station reported tonight that Viking Ocean Cruises will begin stoping here in Panama City Beach Florida beginning in April of this year. It will be a tender port call. It is being reported as a cruise starting in Tampa going to PCB, Mobile, Key West, Nassau and back to Tampa. I Googled this story in found a number of corroborating stories. The weird thing is that there is nothing about it on the Viking web site. I also spoke to 2 agents and they knew anything about it. Is this for real? Jack
  5. steve4031, I would agree with Port Royal, that if you are going to spend the eve of sailing in Southampton, the Hilton Ageas Bowl is the place to stay. However, if you do stay in London, and take the Cunard bus, The Hilton DT Victoria station is very convenient. There is a great place right behind the hotel to get fish and chips, called Hardcore Lobster and More. One other point to consider, if you fly over from Chicago on United in Business/First, you will have access to the Polaris Lounge at ORD. This is a huge step-up from the United Club and includes a complimentary
  6. Steve4031, A couple of thoughts that haven't been mentioned in the excellent responses above. TAKE THE THE CUNARD BUS FROM LONDON TO SOUTHAMPTON We have made 2 crossings on the QM2, both westbound. In both cases we arrived a week early and spent some time in Europe. In 2017 it was Spain and in 2018 it was Scotland (by train - marvelous). By the time we boarded the QM2 the jet lag had worn off and we had adjusted to local time. Arriving London, after our touring, we stayed at the Hilton Double Tree at Victoria Station. This hotel is just 4 blocks from the bus station where the C
  7. I nominate The Queen Mary 2 for Best Supporting Actress, although Candace Bergmann will be hard to beat. The style and dialog of the film reminded me a lot of "Lost In Translation". Shooting the film in natural light is just amazing, and in my opinion, really added to the realism of being on the ship. Unfortunately, with our May 21st Crossing just being cancelled, the film was a bit of salt in the wound for us. Jack
  8. Well its official, your April Crossing and our May 21st Crossing have been cancelled by Cunard. Disappointing but we are appreciative that this was done before final payment was due and well in advance of departure. This was our 3rd cancellation and we will continue our "new" tradition of opening a bottle of Champagne (wish it was Pol Acker) on the departure date. All the best to those affected. Jack
  9. Well lindylooeiialouise, if I were you, I would be more encouraged today seeing how UK vaccinations will be starting next week. Still waiting on the OK here in the states. Jack
  10. lindylooellalouise, Thank you for posting. We are on the May 21st Crossing and share you same concern. Please keep us posted on whether your cruise goes forward, requirements to board and restrictions once onboard. This is a VERY fluid situation with the pandemic. Good luck, we remain optimistic. Jack
  11. Not exactly on subject but I was in Shanghai in 2008, the night (late Wednesday morning SH time) Barack Obama was elected and watched the coverage on the Chinese English speaking channel. Very interesting to hear their explanation of our democratic process. Although my candidate didn't win, I ordered a bottle of Champagne for the brunch table.
  12. I called Cunard two weeks ago regarding our May 2021 crossing reservation and was told by the representative that 3 dinner seatings was under consideration as a possible safety step but that no decision has been made. Now this agent may have no more accurate information than I do but the fact that he freely volunteered this possibly is interesting. He also mentioned that a small block of cabins will be held empty to serve as an isolation area for passengers and crew who might become infected with the COVID-19. He spoke of this as fact not just consideration. He went on to say that this whole s
  13. We can't wait to pop the cork on the Pol Acker,
  14. We've only made 2 crossings (2017 & 2018), each west-bound. At the Captain's welcoming cocktail party the passenger mix, by country, was given by the Captain. In both cases, Brits slightly out numbered Americans for 1st and 2nd spots. Jack
  15. Scotta075, When I first read Denarius' post, I had the same thought as you. Then I remembered our first Crossing on the QM2 and the gentleman who wore a kilt on a formal night. My wife and i were very impressed that he had gone to the effort of representing the culture of his country in a perfectly acceptable way. So then I googled "Men's formal wear in Argentina" and this is what came up So now I thinking that celebrating the differences in various cultural formal wear might be a really good thing. Jack
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