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  1. Wow... you would have thought he would have gotten tired of wearing the same exact thing... you were all on a many night cruise! I’ve also seen the designer jeans and sports jackets look consistently coming into play at the nice restaurants in the States in recent years... We specifically noticed last year at a wonderful and famous (jacket required) restaurant we have gone to for years... last year, the amount of designer jeans worn in the restaurant was quite noticeable- where in years before they would not have been allowed outside of the bar area... We will be going to this same restaurant again this week for a special occasion, and I expect we will see it again.
  2. On our upcoming port-intensive Cunard voyage, my husband will be one of the men in a dark suit with tie or bow tie on formal evenings... I know he will look sharp and fantastic with lots of style on the Gala nights. (I’ll report back after we go about what we observe of the % of suits to tuxedos) Regardless of choosing a tuxedo or dark suit, I believe that the effort put into making the formal night special is key. (Last month I was on Caribbean cruise on a different line with family- really great and fun trip- but dress code was essentially non-existent on the line... our family all looked lovely for dinner- but the variety of clothes worn for dinner was vast... so I applaud that Cunard still has a dress code)
  3. It is a valid question and point in marketing, though, to consider . I am in my mid 40s and am about to take our first Cunard voyage. I knew about Cunard and the great romance of classic ocean travel because I love history and classic film... plus my father was a history buff and in the Navy. I am overjoyed about taking my first Cunard trip, and feel certain it will fit my personality. I love dressing up, live music, beautiful meals in beautiful surroundings, traveling, and learning new things while I explore. BUT That said, many friends in my age bracket and below are not very familiar with the brand. I’ve had to explain Cunard to many (or most) of them. These would also be potential customers who love the same things I mentioned above.
  4. When my husband and I first were married, we took part of our honeymoon on a cruise. We had a marvelous time, but we were so very nervous with the envelopes and the tipping- having no idea what was good, appropriate, or right to tip. So with the advent of auto-gratuities, that stress was gone. We pay the auto-gratuities each day- and then we tip additionally when we feel that the service was exceptional. It is a straightforward approach we are happy with.
  5. Jack- on our upcoming Cunard voyage I have watched the prices like a hawk this year, just for kicks- see how we did... it was a popular port-driven cruise... in the end, our deal we got with the perks still was better than the lowest cost I saw after final payment before it sold out... I don’t know about Transatlantics and how they typically fill up Now... I’ve seen some last minute deals on other cruise lines that have unreal low pricing for “drop and go”- but again, if you can’t drive to the start of the cruise you must swing the airfare price last minute. That is where you must weigh the balance of it all.
  6. While we are at it, does anyone know who the Entertainment Director is on Queen Elizabeth right now?
  7. Thank you so much Hallasm... excellent ideas... I love the Norwegian Scenic Routes website! This is one of the days that I am most looking forward to. I will be sure to write my thoughts on it after we have completed our trip. Thanks!
  8. I personally like the phrase that so many seasoned Cunarders use... that you can never be too dressed up on Cunard 😊 It is a special occasion... and I look forward to dressing in lovely clothing and jewelry. I have had so much fun putting my clothes and accessories together for my upcoming voyage! For me, it is not a hassle... it is a joy! ✨✨✨
  9. We will be coming into Leknes while in the Lofoten... late summer, early fall... We know we are going to go to the Lofotr Viking Museum... but then we want to drive and enjoy the scenery. We thought maybe Eggum then head southwest.
  10. Ok Hallasm... two specific questions 😊 - Have you been to Sommarøy Island from Tromsø? If so what did you think? (We have a tour planned to go to Sommarøy) - Have you been to the Lofoten Islands? We have a rental car reserved. If you have been... what spots do you suggest seeing there? Thanks so much... as always, your insight is always excellent and appreciated on Norway travel... I love the country (obviously with my previous posts- hahaha)
  11. Thanks for your review! Enjoyed what you wrote about your tour to the Trollstigen... it is one of my favorite roads we have ever been on... and yes, we did indeed drive it... it was both beautiful and thrilling... but not for the faint of heart for sure!
  12. I have three different gorgeous dresses planned for our upcoming 3 formal nights... one short, one midi, and one long... figure I am going to cover all of the bases! Can't wait!! 😃
  13. Pick your cruise based on itinerary... For example, on our first land trip to Norway we only got as far North as Trondheim... So It was important to us to get above the Arctic Circle on our next trip- which would be a cruise... so we found the best itinerary we could for the time frame we needed to go.
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