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  1. Each brand doesn’t have entirely separate organs, but they are maintained largely as self-contained (and internally competitive) entities by one of several Carnival operating companies (Holland America Group for Princess I believe). Cunard is under Carnival UK, based in So’ton with P&O, and Costa acts as Carnival for Europe operating Costa cruises and AIDA. This wiki article actually does quite a good job of explaining how the carnival group is set up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnival_Corporation_%26_plc
  2. Assuming they sold it as a going concern, Carnival would likely transfer the Cunard brand name, along with any associated IP/ trademarked material (likely the subject of negotiations), the ships themselves, and any furniture, artwork etc on board if the new owners wanted to keep it. For staffing likely the on-board crew would be offered new contracts with the new company (either ‘Cunard plc’ or similar, or the new parent company buying Cunard) with anyone who didn’t make the leap being replaced by newly hired/ trained personnel. The new owners would rent new office space, and if they remain ba
  3. Too risky IMO. All being perfect it'd be doable, even doable without too much time pressure, but with transport infrastructure being what it is that 2h coach/taxi journey or 90m train ride can quickly balloon unbelievably (particularly if you're talking replacement bus on a cancelled train service!). For a 5pm all aboard time for a 6pm departure, I wouldn't want to be leaving London any later than 2pm (and that's without any major disruption).
  4. The shot distance, short duration mini Europe cruises do seem the safest bet if they want to dip a toe in the water, see how many takers there are, see how social distancing will work etc. Even bringing in enough money to break even on individual ships will help to slow the rate at which they're chewing through the money Carnival borrowed against the fleet.
  5. Notably two ships the size of Queen Victoria can also fit along the dockside in front of the QEII terminal - as shown in the below video (from happier times!).
  6. Very sad for those who have lost their jobs, but fully expected with the almost complete cessation of the industry. This does further reinforce Carnival aren't expecting a 'bounce back' recovery. Cunard can't fold, as they're fully integrated into a larger entity. Carnival could, though they have a huge amount of assets they'd have to burn through to get to that stage. I suppose Carnival could also scrap the brand and reassign (etc) the ships, though I don't see why they would do that at this stage, the best case scenario for them is all brands in the company slowly return to s
  7. I am interested to see what 'slowly' will eventually entail - half-full ships, a couple of days between cruises to let the ships be thoroughly cleaned, shorter durations sticking closer to the departure ports (and presumably minimal port calls)? Does anyone know what sort of capacity ships need to sail at to reach break even? Presumably if they only sail with say a 2/3 compliment of passengers they would also reduce crew to a similar level so the cost of running the ship is lower as well?
  8. Good to know the Filipino compliment of crew have been allowed to disembark and return to their families as well as ongoing efforts to repatriate crew from the world over (confirmed by Simon Palethorpe’s latest video update).
  9. From a quick Wikipediaing it seems what you say is correct in the US, it’s a much later style that’s called Queen Anne despite little practical connection. In the UK it is the style in vogue around the time of her reign, though. To my (very much untrained) eye it looks more or less indistinguishable from what I’d call ‘Georgian’ (I suppose Georgian would have evolved on immediately from this!) symmetrical facades with big sash windows etc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Anne_style_architecture can’t see a lot for interior styling (presumably also quite similar to Georgi
  10. Because of the larger number of QG/PG suites on Cunard, they seem to have slightly fewer passengers on board than similarly sized ships sailing for other lines (even those ostensibly in the same sort of category like Celebrity) which is nice even if you're not sailing in the grills yourself! 🙂
  11. The last monarch of the Stuart Dynasty, and Queen when the United Kingdom was formed in 1707. By all accounts a bit cantankerous, though! There have actually only been 6 undisputed Queens regnant in English-British history (Scotland is slightly different as the two monarchies were separate until the Tudors died out and were replaced by the Scottish Stuarts in England as well) They were: Queen Mary I Queen Elizabeth I Queen Mary II Queen Anne Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth II A further two (Matilda of England and Jane Grey) are not fully recogni
  12. Then what is it? Honestly I fail to see exactly what is so difficult to understand here. After Cunard assumed complete control of CWS, they inherited the trademark to the White Star 'brand'. That is what they still use today as a tiny part of their marketing material, ergo it's become a sub-brand within Cunard. 🙄
  13. White star is a little-used sub brand of Cunard. It's now reduced to a pin badge worn by staff signifying their 'white star service'.
  14. It was a quote from the film 😉 In terms of which would be preferable to travel on... I think assuming a sailing ending in a freak accident involving a fatal encounter with an iceberg, you'd not be any better off on the ship with an even worse passenger:lifeboat ratio as built, and whose near identical twin sank in just 18 minutes, listing so badly that half the lifeboats couldn't be lowered!
  15. It’s a shame really that White Star didn’t survive as anything more than a little used sub brand of Cunard - I would still argue they were the more innovative company of the two, and had the better ships right through the Edwardian period, and up to the forced merger. The ‘big four’, Olympic class, and cancelled Oceanic III were all more advanced than Cunard’s contemporaries, and did more to push on board standards and facilities forward. I would even venture to say QE2 was built more in the White Star spirit than Cunard’s conservative-to-a-fault method of business!
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