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njguy_south

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  • Location
    Cape May Court House, NJ
  • Interests
    Travel, genealogy, travel, travel, travel
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Crystal -- but almost ANY ship at sea!
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Anywhere a ship sails.

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  1. I also get excited when I receive my documents. (I recently received mine for my upcoming Nov. cruise.) It used to be other lines also sent similar document folders. I remember when Cunard and Holland-America sent their leatherette cases. (I still have them.) Now, at least with Cunard, you have to print your own. I am so happy with Crystal.
  2. Hi, I have traveled Crystal 3 times as a solo passenger, and never felt alone. There will be others who are single, many more who are with friends (both or all being "single"), and some who are with family, but are single. So even though solo, it is easy to make friend, etc. At dinner, I like to have a table to myself. Often another couple or table sitting nearby will talk (even in the specialty restaurants), and sometimes someone or a small group that I met will meet up for dinner. Regardless, you will not be alone and will find many people to talk to.
  3. Ant chance you might remember what the champagnes were?
  4. Hi, Has anyone recently experience the Vintage Room Champagne Lunch? I am curious to know if there was only one champagne served or was it a tasting a different champagnes? And what champagne was served. Thanks!
  5. I hope you don't say it again. I personally find this statement to be offensive. While it may not have been your intent, your post was very clear in its message that people over 65 do not have relevance to today's world -- especially if they are white.
  6. I say ban throw-away plastic water bottles ASAP! I can understand plastic straws being banned, but whenever I am at ANY beach area, I rarely see a plastic straw -- but I have seen many, many plastic water bottles. I wonder when the large public outcry to start banning plastic water bottles, and encouraging people to drink from filtered tap water stored in a reusable bottle (like many of people do, but not enough) will become the battle cry?
  7. Hi, Flying in the day before. Are there any hotels at the airport that would not require long, if any, car service? Or would you recommend staying near the Port of Miami itself? In other words, I don't want 2 complicated trips (airport to hotel -- then hotel to ship port). Thanks, Robert
  8. Cunard will probably never offer a flat voyage rate -- which it should in this age of communication -- as they lose too much money. (I know all lines are out to make a buck, but Cunard really, truly gouges.)
  9. Odd, when I open those links, they are for 2016-2017. Maybe my computer does not work the way it should? lol
  10. Hi, all. I have to say, the single cabins on the QM2 far outshine those on the QV. The one I had on the QM2 (#2018) was absolutely gorgeous! The quality of the furniture was excellent, and I enjoyed having the sofa/lounge. The closet seemed enormous. And the bathroom fixtures could not be beat. The cabin on the QV, although it had excellent drawer space, had an awful closet. Only one side was usable for hanging anything; the other side was filled with the safe, and only something about a foot long could hang there. (I could not even hang my ties!) This meant forcing all of my formal wear to one side of a small closet. There was no sofa or comfortable lounge chair (only the desk chair), which I thought really detracted from the comfort of the room. I either had to sit on the side of the bed or on a stiff-backed writing chair. (No lounging in the room!) And the bathroom was SMALL, with those awful plastic shower curtains. (Compared to the one on the QM2, it was almost a toilet stall!)
  11. Hi, all. I have to say, the single cabins on the QM2 far outshine those on the QV. The one I had on the QM2 (#2018) was absolutely gorgeous! The quality of the furniture was excellent, and I enjoyed having the sofa/lounge. The closet seemed enormous. And the bathroom fixtures could not be beat. The cabin on the QV, although it had excellent drawer space, had an awful closet. Only one side was usable for hanging anything; the other side was filled with the safe, and only something about a foot long could hang there. (I could not even hang my ties!) This meant forcing all of my formal wear to one side of a small closet. There was no sofa or comfortable lounge chair (only the desk chair), which I thought really detracted from the comfort of the room. I either had to sit on the side of the bed or on a stiff-backed writing chair. (No lounging in the room!) And the bathroom was SMALL, with those awful plastic shower curtains. (Compared to the one on the QM2, it was almost a toilet stall!)
  12. Concerning the printed out luggage tags -- how do any of your flying into the UK attach the tags once you have arrived? I will not have access to either tape or stapler, and am meeting for a Cunard transfer, and am certain the paper tags must be attached when I hand over the luggage for the coach ride. This is not a problem when I have sailed other lines, as they send their self-adhesive tags to me in the mail. (And I have not sailed Cunard from overseas in a while.) Does this mean lugging tape? Remember the days of Cunard sending you a "leather" wallet with your cruise information and tags!
  13. Some further digging and I found that M&S has a store (with wine/champagne) AFTER baggage claim at Terminal 2 (at least). So I can buy the champagne when I arrive at Heathrow! Now it depends on the pricing.
  14. I don't pack light. And the longer I travel, the more I tend to take, within reason. I have seen people trying to self-disembark with awful results. And I have met people who brag they only take one small, wheeled carry-on -- that not even my underwear would fit into. (Such light packers must hog the few free washers/dryers onboard.) I don't believe fitting within guidelines, even to the upper limits, is discourteous. I just feel that Cunard's stated policy should match airline policy.
  15. Just a bit of a rant: As you may know, Cunard has a weight limit on individual luggage. I find the limits a bit strange, especially when considering that one is expected to be "properly dressed" on Cunard -- and for men that includes jackets and suits. And for a 2-week cruise or crossing, the weight limit can be deadly. (And then you add the famous "balls," and you get where I am headed. Cunard Limits: 20 kg or 44 lbs. Airline (most coach): 23 kg or 50 lbs. Airline (most Business Class): 31 kg or 70 lbs. Interesting that Cunard's limit is LESS than the airline that you fly on to meet the ship! I can see a huge bag, but modern cases, on wheels? It is not like one is traveling with a steamer trunk that weighs 100 lbs -- although with the amount of clothing Cunard expects one to wear on an average 2 week cruise ...
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