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  1. Your bag wasn't opened "by an airline" ... it was opened by the TSA.
  2. I believe that it's now available in the States. Try Home Depot, in the aisle listed under "paint stripper". lol
  3. Yeah, in the wheelhouse ... while underway?? That's not gonna happen. And concocting an elaborate prank to propose marriage seems like a really bad idea.
  4. The QM2 is pretty much the most stable ship you will ever encounter. I say that as a professional mariner. But the North Atlantic is the North Atlantic and it is a weeklong trip. The ship has active stabilizer fins that reduce the roll but they do nothing to mitigate any pitching motions (the bow going up and down) the ship might encounter if seas get rough. The ship's hull-form and the weather routing practiced by the navigators ensures that motions are minimized, but bear in mind the kennels are on Deck 12, albeit quite far aft where the motion is somewhat reduced. The decision is obviously yours to make, but should an opening not appear in a QM2 kennel then I'm sure your beloved pet will survive a single flight of a few hours, undoubtedly completely unscathed. Typically it is the owners who are more traumatized by the notion of a flight than are most animals. Most flights involve less severe motion than a car ride of the same duration. Hope it works out for you.
  5. With respect I believe we've now identified the most First World Problem imaginable. Did you 'use your words' and mention this abomination to the offending couple? You dont mention any such action in your post. I acknowledge that being direct is not a stereotypical British trait (my own heritage btw) but sometimes addressing one's concerns to one's table mates can be more effective than complaining after the fact. Perhaps they were unaware it was an issue. Perhaps one of the offenders has social anxiety, or a non-visible medical issue , or needs help reading the menu, or any one of a dozen issues that prompt them to sit next to each other. From your description it was clearly important enough to them that they arrived early specifically for that purpose. It hadn't been made clear in your example that the 6-top was three seats per side, which I'm guessing was the case. Could one person not sit at the head if they too found sitting opposite their partner to be an intolerable inconvenience? Or ask for another table assignment? Or enjoy the social mixing? At the end of the day, perhaps this couple was indeed acting on a sense of entitlement. But if you didn't even broach the subject to them, then it's kind of on you.
  6. I guarantee that there is no possibility the stabilizers were retracted in rough weather to "save fuel". Bear in mind though that the stabilizers mitigate rolling (side to side) and do nothing to mitigate pitching (the bow going up and down). But that movement should be minimal in any case.
  7. Several folks have suggested the aft deck and the forward observation deck, during sailaway. As a professional mariner involved with shipbuilding, those are about the only two locations that I would consider, from a nautical / naval architecture point of view. The interior of the ship, while attractive, might as well be a hotel as a nautical vessel (from a visual point of view). It's easy enough to pre-book a photo session without arousing your soon-to-be-betrothed's suspicions, and the photographer can ensure optimal angle, background, and timing (with reshoots as appropriate). Note the aft deck also has some covered areas, in case of rain. and this is the forward observation deck looking from near the centreline out towards the starboard bridgewing. Of course, this area is also covered from rain (the navigation bridge is immediately above).
  8. So now we're criticizing a couple who prefers to sit together? Seriously??
  9. Just FWIW I saw all kinds of flying fish from my Deck 12 balcony, while crossing the Grand Banks off Newfoundland (so, hardly tropical).
  10. Just to provide a counter-perspective to these points: - Movement - Yes, there is marginally greater movement at the upper decks forward than in the lower decks, amidship or aft ... but the QM2 is one of the most stable floating platforms on Earth. The stabilizers mitigate most of the roll, while the ship's length and hull-form minimize any pitching. At its worst the movement will rock you nicely to sleep, not knock you off your feet. Unless you are particular susceptible to motion sickness, I wouldn't worry about it. - Distance - Bear in mind that everything is "downhill" from your location, so unless your mobility is restricted this should not be an issue. I stayed in 12-001 for back-to-back crossings last summer and I found it very convenient to nip down the stairs in mere seconds for dining and other activities when I was in a rush (which is equally as quick as riding the elevators), then to take the elevator back up later if I was "tired" after visiting the bar ... or to climb the stairs at a leisurely pace. Deck 13 Inside vs Deck 12 Balcony - now that is another kettle of fish. For my sole voyage with Cunard I was spoiled with a balcony (for a greatly reduced fare of about $100 more each way than an inside cabin on a lower deck), and it would be difficult to imagine going without that benefit. Morning, afternoon and evening I spent extended periods on my balcony or just enjoyed the sea-breeze and ocean sounds through the open door (ensuring that the "wind-tunnel effect" would not annoy my neighbours by whistling through the door, and would not present a hazard to my cabin steward while opening the door). The views were awe-inspiring, including passing ships and sea-life (dolphins, whales, and flying fish). My only criticism was that the open decks are lit up like a Christmas tree, thus introducing too much light pollution to fully enjoy the night sky except from the open observation deck on Deck 11 across the front of the superstructure. As the forward-most cabin on the starboard side, I also enjoyed a view into the starboard bridgewing. Other than a glass shower door and the benefits of Britannia Club, I'm not aware of any inherent advantage to Deck 13 over Deck 12, and 13 has indoor access to fewer stairwells and elevators than the other decks without walking across the open deck. Not that I would mind the open air in any weather, but in high winds Cunard acts with an abundance of caution and closes doors to the open decks. Having said all that, everyone has their own preferences and I understand that my opinion is a minority view. I'm sure you will love your voyage, whatever the location.
  11. In Soton why not just rent a car for the day? You might possibly have to get yourself to Southampton Airport for an early morning pick-up, as I did last summer between eastbound and westbound legs aboard QM2. Gives you easy access to the Naval Dockyard (Mary Rose, RN Museum, HMS Victory, etc.) as well as the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre or Portchester Castle ... and you could stop in at a grocery store for any desired onboard snacks or other essentials.
  12. Jimmy Saville??? Yes, it's probably best to avoid interacting socially with predatory sex offenders.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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