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  1. I can't imagine ANY Occupational Safety & Health issues with traipsing through a crowded dining room with dozens of flaming plates balanced aloft, in an environment replete with flammable fabrics ... all in the aid of serving an anachronistic dessert that nobody has ordered in restaurants since decades ago.
  2. While in Corner Brook, you'll find some snack items that are only available in Canada, such as Ketchup chips (potato chips not fries), Coffee Crisp chocolate bars, and anything with President's Choice branding. https://www.narcity.com/ca/on/toronto/lifestyle/35-tasty-canadian-snacks-that-are-not-available-in-the-united-states Make sure to stop in at Tim Hortons for some Timbits ... although frankly, despite the ubiquitous national fetish for their coffee, I find Canadian McDonalds' coffee to be better quality (they poached Tim Hortons' previous supplier). I gather there's a food truck at the Corner Brook Canadian Tire store that offers a mean lobster roll and chipwagon fries.
  3. I mean, we could all post guesses and opinions as to what food items can/cannot be brought into Canada, or - I dunno - maybe check what the regulations actually say. http://www.inspection.gc.ca/food/information-for-consumers/travellers/what-can-i-bring-into-canada-/eng/1389648337546/1389648516990 Remember, this is no different than carrying food off an international airline flight. If the previous port-of call is in the US, it looks like most items that you'd pack in a personal lunchbox should be permitted. A small soft-sided insulated lunchbag could be carried, with a small cold-pack inside to preserve any meat or dairy or whatever. Or visit a grocery store in CornerBrook and try some local delicacies. There is a Dominion Store, a Sobeys, and a WalMart. It's worth looking for Indian Candy, which is small chunks of smoked salmon (often with maple), eaten cold and great for picnics. Also buy a jar of bakeapple jam to eat on board or to take home. https://www.internationaltraveller.com/crazy-newfoundland-food/ There are also some good local beers, but my advice would be to avoid the Black Horse lager ... unless you enjoy breaking wind like a Clydesdale!
  4. Richard, while you're in St John's you might enjoy the following local attractions: Quidi Vidi Brewery https://quidividibrewery.ca/ Ches's Fish and Chips http://www.chessfishandchips.ca/ Rocket Bakery on Water Street http://rocketfood.ca/daily-menu/ any Coast Guard ships tied up at the CCG Base or elsewhere around the harbour
  5. To me, that is being unnecessarily pedantic and pretentious. If your wife's fish is her main course and your meat is your main, then surely it is more "correct" to render that insignificant adjustment, rather than make the guests feel inconvenienced and potentially insulted. There are valid reasons for following certain conventions at mealtime, but this seems like an ill-considered hill upon which to stand one's (the restaurant's) ground.
  6. To support and amplify Chengkp's explanation: The origins of the "liner" designation go back to the past century (and late 19th century), and indeed referred traditionally to a regularly-scheduled run, published in advance, versus random and opportunistic cargoes. Back in the 1950s, my father sailed as a navigating officer (later in command) with Brocklebanks (a cargo line under the Cunard umbrella) and with the Indo China Steam Navigation Company (ICSNC) run by Jardine Matheson (the 'Noble House' of Hong Kong). Some of his early Brocklebanks ships were "cargo liners", making regular trans-Atlantic runs between the UK and the US and following a (fairly consistent) schedule carrying break-bulk (general) cargoes. His later assignments were with Brocklebanks to South Asia (India, Vietnam, etc.) and the Middle East, and subsequently with ICSNC to the South China Sea (Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Macau) . These ships were operated as "tramp steamers", accepting cargoes on the spot market ... from various origin ports to various destinations as required, and carrying any cargo within their capabilities: zoo animals, locomotives, bagged rice, barrels, crates, lumber, etc. By that definition, most cruise ships would be considered "passenger liners" since they typically ply scheduled runs to recurring ports of call ... albeit they often vary the departure ports and destinations according to season. In addition to that criterion, the "ocean liner" designation is an informal tag intended to differentiate the more traditional-looking finer lines of the old-school passenger ships and the QM2, which also boasts a marginally less blocky-looking superstructure. And yes, the construction is more robust to render her more suitable for any sea-states that might be encountered than are the scantlings of the typical "cruise ship" designs. And finally it is a matter of branding. Cunard takes great pains to distance their brand from the "lesser" brands, despite the fact that their QV and QE are virtual clones of the Vista Class operated by Holland America and others. QV Captain Ian McNaught has asserted that the Queen Victoria "is a liner based on her classic decor".
  7. Rather than chase down an unnecessarily pricey private car service, you could take a bus or train from Montreal to Québec, from where the Gare du Palais is only 1.1 km to Le Terminal ... 4 minutes by cab. Literally walking distance if not for luggage.
  8. Lol you may be right! For the record, at night the outside air temperature was lower than room temp so the AC was not an issue. And I made sure that there was no wind-tunnel effect at the door, nor any whistling through the door gap.
  9. I often see comments like the above, and I cannot understand them. I mean, I see nothing wrong with enjoying an obstructed view, or a sheltered balcony, or a lower deck ocean view, or even an inside stateroom, especially if the price is advantageous ... but I don't understand the disdain for an open balcony. I took a return trans-Atlantic voyage last year in Aug/Sept in 12-001 (first cabin on the starboard side) for about the (discounted) cost of an inside cabin and I was on the balcony constantly: Balcony door open at night for the ocean breeze and the sound of the sea sloshing against the ship's side. Watching for passing ships and sea-life (whales, dolphins, flying fish) Peeking into the starboard bridgewing. I worry that I've now been spoiled for anything else.
  10. That's interesting that Hertz was open at all on a Sunday morning, near the waterfront. Perhaps I was misinformed, but when I contacted several car rental companies they all mentioned that there was a city-wide proscription on opening there, Sunday mornings. I would not have willingly paid £25 each way to and from the airport just to rent a car, if I had known of any other way to get one!
  11. Sweet with sweet?? That's a bit much. That's kind of the point of the bitter coffee ... to offset the sweet of the dessert. Then maybe some port or brandy after that, along with a cheese plate.
  12. I struggled last summer to persuade my table's waiter to bring the after-dinner coffee in a timely manner, so as to enjoy it while awaiting and enjoying dessert. On most occasions the coffee didn't arrive until after the dessert was almost finished, which - to me anyway - kind of defeats the purpose. I tried requesting, I insisting, I tried escalating politely to the table captain, I tried characterizing it as "this may not be to everybody's taste but I prefer it this way" (notwithstanding it has been the practice at all fine restaurants I have frequented, and it appeared also to be the preference of my tablemates). Then oops no cream. Seldom any refills. Maybe I should have asked for coffee at the same time I submitted my dinner order! Over the span of two weeks aboard, I was lucky if the waiter got it right even twice. Sadly, that seemed to be the common theme with many of the MDR elements ... the wait staff just didn't seem to get why anybody would not be delighted with repeatedly sub-par service. Pleasant and friendly ... just kinda clueless.
  13. For decent quality accessories, I found some very nice (normally-)pricey dress shirts, cummerbund, bow ties etc. at Winners/TJ Maxx etc. for about a quarter of their regular prices or less, albeit it was somewhat hit-and-miss over a period of months. Not quite bespoke quality but nice high-grade cottons and silks (I don't do polyester!)
  14. Hope you got to enjoy the parade and festivities, Mark! Lots of positive energy in the city! I happened to be in NYC today and noticed a big red funnel sticking up above Governor's Island. Unfortunately I'd missed the last ferry there, but instead I caught the Staten Island ferry a.k.a. the free tourboat. I too wondered why the ship hadn't yet slipped her lines by 7pm, but I note the explanation you posted, of a delayed flight. The bonus for you and your shipmates is that Captain Wells positioned himself nicely between the ferry and the Jersey side, thus I managed to capture a nice photo of the QM2 passing Liberty Island, and then continuing outbound towards the Narrows. Gonna say that was about 8:15 or so. Didn't look like many folk at the rails ... perhaps they'd all gone down to dinner. Enjoy your voyage! Also just to reassure Luv2Crus40, I'm pretty sure the ship's air draft can clear under the bridge even at highest high tide. Otherwise the departure times would be changing constantly to ensure they don't twang any antennae against the girders ... albeit at higher tides I believe they aim for the highest point of the span, just to be safe.
  15. One vexing aspect I discovered was that Southampton bizarrely bans car rental agencies to open Sunday mornings in the vicinity of the docks, notwithstanding the thousands of potential clients. I had to catch a cab to the airport to collect my rental car, which was a waste of time and money. Of course, one could navigate within Soton without a rental car.
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