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    the only one with a liner; Cunard
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    on any ocean
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    Door decorating

    This is a printed plastic sheet sellotaped to a cabin door on QE earlier this year. Fine? Not fine?
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    Door decorating

    😂 🤣
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    Door decorating

    I've been on two pre-Christmas crossings, and two pre-Christmas Caribbean cruises. On a couple of these there have been notes in the Daily Programme on one or two days asking passengers to remove all door decorations for "safety reasons". I gathered that some had "got out of hand", although I never saw any that were too "over the top" myself.
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    Door decorating

    Not something I like to see because of the fire hazard. Those passageways are escape routes.
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    Best (& worst) tables in Britannia QM2

    Two of the three meals a day, breakfast & lunch, I will enjoy on the lower level, so it is great to have contrast by dining "upstairs" in the evening. Makes for a nice change, less routine. I much prefer the upper levels of the Britannia Restaurant for dinner, less of the noisy "canteen" atmosphere of the huge, very wide lower deck. There are intimate corners, privacy, a feeling of it being a smaller restaurant than it really is. Views of the lower level from tables near the well, views of the sea from tables near the windows. Upper level for dinner every time for me.
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    Welcome bottle of bubbly in the Grills?

    Twice in Queens Grill; both times found full sized bottles of champagne, and Pol Acker, awaiting me 😋
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    A LESSER QUEEN VICTORIA

    No problem Deck Chair, I read above that you were looking for photos of the old Chart Room and knew I had some 😊 Best wishes, Pepper
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    A day in Southampton

    The White Star (pub/restaurant) has long been one of my favourites, in Oxford St Southampton, under five minutes walk from dock gate 4 (walkable from the Ocean Terminal in around ten minutes), look it up online. Oxford St has a number of restaurants on it (check streetview).
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    A LESSER QUEEN VICTORIA

    Hi Deck Chair, Here are some photos of the old Chart Room on Queen Victoria, taken in 2009: 1. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/44708863075/in/album-72157624021704776/ 2. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/44708862015/in/album-72157624021704776/ 3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/41807328154/in/album-72157624021704776/ 4. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/43804788850/in/album-72157624021704776/ 5. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/43804786950/in/album-72157624021704776/ 6. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/45571825962/in/album-72157624021704776/ 7. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/30681420657/in/album-72157624021704776/ 8. https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/30681418127/in/album-72157624021704776/ Hope these bring back some happy memories 😊
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    currency exchange on QM2

    I understand it is not just that issue. £50 notes are seen so very rarely in shops, bars etc that knowing that the one offered is genuine (and not a clever fake) can be an uncertain business (unlike £20, £10 or £5 notes which are seen daily and therefore an "odd" one is more likely to stand out). So, armed with a fake £50 note, your fraudster buys a low value item (under £5) and, if the shop takes the note without question, gives him what he most needs; £45+ in real, genuine money. He goes in with a scrap of coloured paper, and comes out with almost £50. Easy money. To an attempt to prevent this, some shops won't take £50 notes unless the purchase is £25 or more. Far more simply won't accept them to prevent taking the occasional fake. The same issue happens in England with Scottish or Northern Ireland notes; they are seen so very rarely in England that many people in shops, restaurants etc cannot tell a genuine one from a fake so, rightly or wrongly, use great caution and refuse to take them. There are plans to replace the paper £50 note with a plastic version in a few years (the £20 note will be replaced far sooner) in order to give people confidence in the large value note (plastic notes are much more difficult to fake successfully).
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    transatlantic temperatures in August

    Excellent advice from Bell Boy https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/4660512697/in/album-72157623936817859/
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    transatlantic temperatures in August

    I agree with tv24 above; only to add that there are two "outside" pools (decks 8 and 6) , an "indoor" pool under a sliding glass roof (deck 12) and the indoor spa pool (deck 7). The deck 12 pool's glass roof is almost never opened, certainly not on a transatlantic crossing. Here are photos of the pools: Spa Pool on Deck 7 https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/6075985696/in/album-72157627503155752/ Pavilion Pool on Deck 12 https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/6075471043/in/album-72157627503155752/ Terrace Pool on Deck 8 https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/32807093945/in/album-72157676774009275/ Pool on Deck 6 https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/6078477207/in/album-72157627503155752/ The Pavilion Pool area under the glass roof on Deck 12 is always warm for lounging about, reading a book etc. There is a bar in one corner, and besides the pool, there are two "hot" tubs. Hope this helps.
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    Christmas decor?

    Thank you Mudhen 😊 . Very kind of you, glad you liked them 😊
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    Christmas decor?

    I was onboard QM2 for the late November Caribbean Cruise in 2016 and most of the decorations were in place (more added during the voyage). Many of the decorated rooms can been seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/albums/72157627503155752 Photos from the cruise can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/albums/72157676774009275
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    Princess Grill Suite: Eating at Main Dining Room

    Wise words from Bell Boy.
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