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About Kindlychap

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    Cunard - of course
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  1. Kindlychap

    Cabin Restrooms....

    Not all bathroom are like those on an aircraft.... And the toilet here flushes in the normal way..... None of this dreadful vacuum stuff. Matthew
  2. Kindlychap

    Out with the QE2 in with the Queen Elizabeth

    RMS Queen Mary, RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 or RMS Queen Mary 2? Matthew
  3. Kindlychap

    Out with the QE2 in with the Queen Elizabeth

    With all due respect to Brenda, Cunard are naming the ship after RMS Queen Elizabeth, a beautiful liner (possibly the most beautiful of all the Queens), and not Brenda. Why should they ask her? (I leave it to my readers to decide how much respect is due to Brenda) And please stop referring to MV Queen Elizabeth as a liner. She's a cruise ship. Matthew
  4. Kindlychap

    How many formal nights

    Please remember that these lax standards do not apply to the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2, where there are four formal nights and two semi-formal. I'm not sure of Osbourne house, but then there are an awful lot of nights on her transatlantics! Matthew
  5. Kindlychap

    Guess What....... ?

    Cunard UK tell me that it is possible. Mind you, what do they know? Matthew
  6. Kindlychap

    Should i go to Dubai........ ?

    Which is another old, out of service liner. Without opening a huge can of worms, bear in mind that some people would not feel comfortable going to Israel given the way that the Israeli's treat the Palestinians. Whether they are right or wrong, or Israel is right or wrong, are issues that I'd ask people not to dig into for the sake of harmony, but simply to recognise that different people have different viewpoints. Matthew
  7. Kindlychap

    New to Cruising

    I can't comment on the P&O specific questions, but I'd add a couple of general points. The first thing you need is a good travel agent. You need someone who knows the ship well, and who can give unbiased advice. Were it not for the fact that you're sailing on P&O, I'd recommend my agent but as she can't sell P&O for reasons too complicated for me to understand that would be pointless. Some very large agents are lousy and inflexible. Forget the high street, and their "cruise specialists". Doesn't mean a thing. Your travel agent should quiz you mercilessly about what you are looking for. How else can he or she make a sensible recommendation for you? As for cabins, it is very hard. How much time will you spend in it? Will you want to entertain? How important is a view? A balcony? A butler? How much can you afford? How do you want to spend that - small cabin/large bar bill or the other way around? Where do you want to see? And those are just the ones I can think of quickly. Bear in mind that smaller ships can get into smaller ports more easily. How much time is spent at sea? It's not an easy question. Certainly your first port of call (excuse the pun) is to take a shorter cruise - at least 14 days though - to see what you find. Ask yourself why P&O? Why not Cunard? Saga? [Yes - I noted the comment about age, and yes Saga passengers are predominantly of some age, by definition, but their two ships are lovely and both are real ships, rather than the modern barge like thing that P&O use, and that Cunard are starting to use post Queen Mary 2] How much formality do you want? You have now missed QE2 and her formal every sea day approach, at least for a world cruise, but there is a huge span between this and the situation that pertains on NCL or Ocean Village. It is common for full world cruise passengers to feel the blues about half way, and I've a friend on QE2 at the moment who is going through just that. But he loves the ship and cruising so much - so expect moments like that. I haven't really said much, save asked you questions. What I would suggest is that you get a selection of brochures from all those lines doing world cruises, look at where they are stopping, the formality (or otherwise) and so on. Then ask lots of specific questions on the appropriate boards. It is a huge investment in time and money, so you want to spend both wisely. I'd add one thing only. Don't write off the over 65s. Some have an amazing energy and capacity for fun. By the way, I'm 41. Matthew
  8. Kindlychap

    Dress Code for each Transatlantic NY to UK

    On your forthcoming Queen Elizabeth 2 crossing, you'll not have elegant casual. It will be semi-formal, four formals and then a semi-formal. Given Queen Elizabeth is very formal, you might well suggest that he wears a dress suit ("tuxedo") on formal and lounge suit (business suit) on semi-formal nights. If you're returning on Queen Mary 2 things are a little less formal - but still formal. If he hates the look, drop it for him. I wouldn't wear less than a suit on Queen Mary 2 - even for elegant casual. Some men wear coloured ties, but the Gentlemen will wear black ties. It is, after all, "black tie" as a dress code (with the suit alternative). Others may disagree. Matthew
  9. Kindlychap

    Will it be crowded?

    What happened to Ventura's bow? They've forgotton to put it on. That is one ugly ship. Matthew
  10. Kindlychap

    Dress Code for each Transatlantic NY to UK

    I wouldn't argue with any of this. Save only to point out that black is more flattering to those who are well upholstered! Matthew
  11. Kindlychap

    Dress Code for each Transatlantic NY to UK

    I'm afraid the question "do I have to wear a suit on formal nights" worries me - as presumably the OP has read the brochure? A jacket is essential every night - as a minimum. Most will wear a dress suit ("tuxedo") on formal nights. Those that don't will wear a dark suit with sober tie. Dress suit has a black jacket on the North Atlantic - unless you are a waiter or playing in the band. No exceptions. I'd like to think that everyone has a hand tied silk bow tie in black. They don't, but it really is so much classier than either coloured or ready tied. But I would be lying to say that this is essential. Anything other than the dress suit/sober business suit will make you look crass and boorish. I'm sorry - but it is true. I might as well say it as it is, rather than have you surprised on board. Semi-formal is jacket and tie. A lot of men will wear a suit on these evenings too. Perhaps a slightly less formal colour, but semi-formal on Cunard is still fairly formal. But there is no problem with a blazer if you so wish. Elegant Casual is jacket sans tie. However a significant proportion of men wear a tie, and a minority wear a suit (I'm one of these). Indeed, what I wear on an Elegant Casual night could pass on a formal night. I'm not the only one... Buying a dress suit is, these days, not expensive. Marks and Spencer (in the UK) sell one for £50. Pay double and you'll have a choice. Budget £200 and you'll have a choice from their good suits. I gather much the same is true on the other side of the pond. Combine that with a suit and you can cover every night on minimum packing. The dress code applies from 6 pm - and most refrain from the (somewhat crass, in my view) habit of changing into casual clothes later in the evening. One final point. A dress suit is a comfortable thing to wear, as is a normal suit. If it isn't THEN IT DOESN'T FIT. Simple. Please keep the standards on Cunard up. There are so many lines where you can dress informally. But there is only two liners where the standards are maintained - and one of those is nearing the end. The above is based on Queen Mary 2. With Queen Elizabeth 2, it is stricter. Not officially, but people on Queen Elizabeth 2 are more formal in their dress than on Queen Mary 2. Matthew
  12. Kindlychap

    State room soft drinks

    Well, Q1 to D8/M7, it's a cabin. You can order a bottle of spirits, and (as far as I can recall) a five pack of small cans. Not being a great cabin drinker, I'm a bit hazy on the details. In the highest grades, all this comes free. But, given you're rowing, you'll have to pay. One way or another you can, at least. Or, if you're driving down, bring the mixers/spirits with you. Matthew
  13. Kindlychap

    Naples excursions???? (merged)

    Capri requires a full day to make the crossing worthwhile. It is a wonderful island. The Blue Grotto is magical, Anacapri is delightful and the chairlift to Monte Solaro has the most amazing views. If you are going in summer, bear in mind that everything will be very hot indeed. Pompei more than most. It is a huge site as well. Ideally, you'll need a lot longer than the two hours most trips give you. Think about Ercolano instead. Far smaller, and two hours is adequate. More would be ideal. As for the coast, I've not been along it, although I have visited Positano very briefly (about 45 minutes, and from the sea). Don't write Naples itself off either. The area around Teatro San Carlo (the Opera House) has some impressive architecture. There are open top buses as well, which we thought worthwhile. Matthew
  14. Kindlychap

    When will Cunard "bin" British Airways

    You work for British Midland? Matthew