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    the only one with a liner; Cunard
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    on any ocean
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  1. Here's a few things to look out for in Winchester: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/albums/72157625054775644 With luggage, I'd go by taxi from your hotel direct to the terminal. For those planning a day-trip to Winchester from Southampton, I'd go by rail. Trains are every 15 minutes approx and take 15 fifteen minutes. Winchester is very "walkable"; print a map prior to your visit to save time wandering and maybe missing things. Have a great time.
  2. I agree with all that Lakesregion has said. Oscar Wilde's line that a cynic "knows the price of everything and the value of nothing" applies equally to bean-counters. Not only with Cunard's own "Audit of Accountants"; you see the results of their actions everywhere, often they destroy all they touch over time. I hope the sheer pleasure of being onboard QM2, esp. when crossing the Atlantic, never leaves me.
  3. This is a printed plastic sheet sellotaped to a cabin door on QE earlier this year. Fine? Not fine?
  4. 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.
  5. Not something I like to see because of the fire hazard. Those passageways are escape routes.
  6. 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.
  7. Twice in Queens Grill; both times found full sized bottles of champagne, and Pol Acker, awaiting me 😋
  8. 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
  9. 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).
  10. 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 😊
  11. 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).
  12. Excellent advice from Bell Boy https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/4660512697/in/album-72157623936817859/
  13. 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.
  14. Thank you Mudhen 😊 . Very kind of you, glad you liked them 😊
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