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  1. Great - thank you. I haven’t looked at Cruise Critic for over a month now so apologies for the delay in responding. I will take a look.
  2. Yes they do. On QV a few days ago they had sushi and sashimi, along with plenty of soy sauce, pickled ginger and wasabi paste. I had it for lunch time, including on embarkation day.
  3. I agree with Hattie - Dubrovnik is very nice indeed and the Walk the City Walls tour was excellent (probably the best Cunard excursion that we took on that cruise). However, it doesn’t sound like a viable option. How about a small boat trip from the Dubrovnik Harbour area around some of the rugged Croatian coastline? I really enjoyed that too and just sat, relaxed and enjoyed the scenery. I think there is a glass bottom boat too if you’re looking for something a bit different. It didn’t cost much either. With the exception of Gibraltar, I haven’t been to the other places but it looks like a great itinerary. The cable car and rock are the obvious choice in Gibraltar - I thought the walk up and down the Mediterranean Steps is great for those that are able to do it. Have a great time. AF
  4. Hello, I did a Med cruise on QV in September 2017 and the journey into Venice was one of the absolute highlights. I’ve attached a few photos - I took many! We used the Cunard shuttle boat in Venice which took us from the ship to the pier right outside St Mark’s Square, Doge’s Palace etc. That personally worked better for us as Venice is compact/very walkable and we could do things at our (typically faster) pace whilst also saving money. Where are your other ports of call? I’ve done Cunard excursions in both Greece and Croatia so happy to provide more information where I can. AF
  5. Hello, I think it was $23, which was very good value. I did not feel short changed! The crew were also happy to pour tasting samples of the ingredients too, so I got to try a sherry and some vermouth. They are sample sizes, but if you drink all four you will have had at least the equivalent of two full size cocktails. The way the class works is that the person giving the class makes full size versions while giving demonstrations and explaining the history of the cocktails and their ingredients. The samples given to guests are made at the bar and poured in front of you at the table. There is a quiz towards the end and winners are able to select the remaining full size cocktail of their choice. Each guest is also given a plate of garnishes to use to play with flavours. The Transatlantic Love Affair is topped up with Prosecco, yes. Apparently they only have one type of Prosecco onboard - sorry, I can’t remember the name of it. We we were told to sip the drink first and then the mist was applied from below (see my photo) to demonstrate how it impacts taste. AF
  6. Transatlantic Love Affair was my favourite. There was also a gin tasting onboard but I didn’t make it.
  7. Hello all I've previously mentioned cocktail classes on Cunard cruises and I thought it would be interesting to share a few pictures from yesterday’s ‘Martini Mixology’ class in the Commodore Club on QV. AF
  8. And today in Flaam. Just in case anyone is interested, these were taken from the top deck of the Future of the Fjords (apparently the first all electric carbon fibre vessel in the world). By the way, the weather was wrong and the weather has been decent - no rain at all (as you can see from the pics).
  9. Hello everyone, I’ve previously posted about Fjords related excursions and Cunard in Norway. I’m on QV today which is in Olden, Norway. I thought these photos might be of some use/interest. We are Flaam tomorrow and then Bergen on Friday. AF
  10. Lol. Yes! I do. I’m going on a Cunard cruise today so thought it would be fun. I brought them in a Cunard charity auction with the proceeds going to the Princes Trust (which some readers will be familiar with). I thought it would be a fun way to mention a very good cause, but perhaps my OP should of been clearer. Have a good weekend. AF
  11. If you’ve ever wondered what the Cunard champagne, chocolates and flowers package looked like in reality I thought it would be helpful to share a photo (this package was delivered to my stateroom on QV within the last 30 minutes). (I must confess the bottle of Creme de Cassis is my own). I hope this might be of some use. AF
  12. Hello all, With the exception of the central text, can you spot two Cunard references in this photo (which I took at home this morning)? AF
  13. Hello, I think this or a similar question has come up in relation to both Zeebrugge and Bruges recently. I last went to Belgium with Cunard in December. In short: - there was a shuttle bus from the ship (QE) to Blankenberge which doesn’t take long. We were dropped across the street from the train station. - trains to Bruges weren’t particularly frequent (every hour or so?). Buses left from the ship when full so it was difficult to predict an exact arrival time. I’d suggest checking and printing (or saving on your phone) the train timetable before you leave home. - if you have time to kill, Blankenberge town centre is ok. There is a long sandy beach with views out to the North Sea and a busy marina. If the weather isn’t great, there are two nice churches and various shops (albeit more discount/budget type). - I took the Cunard trip but only because it was paid for using an Amex offer and was virtually free for the two of us. - If you do decide to take a coach trip with Cunard, it does arrive slightly out of town but I think that is mandatory for all coaches. It is not a particularly long walk to the main square and there is quite a lot to see along the way. Happy to share a few pics from the walk if you’d like to see them. I hope that helps.
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