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  1. Yep! Plastic packing tape on both sides but them out ands then stapled into place.
  2. I got upgraded from Deck 5 midships to deck 11 forward - and loved it. I was made aware when booking of the options and took the second (Upgrade to Next Stateroom Type).
  3. Why are we nitpicking here? I think we all know where the term "liner" comes from but QM2 IS and ocean liner and not a cruise ship by design. While she can and does do some cruising she also performs long voyages with multiple days at sea that fit the definition of what "liners" do (one place to a different place in a line). And she is alone in running the old classic transatlantic route.
  4. Hi! I put block coefficient in brackets to show I was using "slang" together with the term. The fact is QM2 has a different block coefficient than cruise ships typically do (I gather some newer ones from Seabourn have also gone to finer underwater lines). She also has deeper draft, stronger build (thickness, double hull and framing) and more power. She is famous for being an excellent seaboat. The skeg was part of the original construction - it was in response to model tests in water similarly to how the elongated bulbous bow is.
  5. I'm sorry but QM2 is ocean liner through and through. It meets every criteria. 1) Higher freeboard? Check. 2) Narrower for its length (block coefficient)? Check. 3) Strong construction? Check. It also has the ambiance of a classic liner and is one of the best weathering ships out there - it is famous for that.
  6. I looked it up. Aside from Cunard no one I could find does the straight Southampton - New York run on the northern route. They either go south and stop at places like Ponta Delgada or they run up by Iceland and then visit Greenland - again not out in the middle of the North Atlantic.
  7. Give it time; we’ll make a ship buff out of you!
  8. QM2 is not doing this cruise ship style - if she were she would not be using the northern route which is where the wilder weather resides. She would go via Bermuda across the South Atlantic like others do.
  9. Oh I know well that the term Cunarder for Cunard ships goes back pretty much to the beginnings of the line. As to the subculture it has been around for a long time as well, but the naming of it as Cunarder is harder to pin down. I know QE2 sailers who have used the term and have heard the term was used by passengers of the original Queen Mary.
  10. On the ship buff side, when I sailed my first trip in 2016 one of the days the Programme noted that Stephen Payne was aboard and giving talks on the design of Queen Mary 2 among other things. We had a pretty good Cunard Insights lineup but (humorously) when their talks conflicted with Stephen Payne their attendance dropped and all of Stephen Payne's sessions were jam packed.
  11. I have been thinking a bit about something that to me sets Cunard apart from any of the other lines - it has its own subculture. Cunard's repeat rate (percentage of passengers who return to sail with them again) is fantastically high. And not only are there a large body of guests who have sailed Cunard for years there is a growing group where they sail Cunard, their parents sailed Cunard and so on. I was at the World Club cocktail party (where they were very gracious to have things a teetotaler could drink) and when I did some quick head math of the number of repeat guests as a percentage of the total passenger count (we sailed full as usual) it was impressive. So, what is this subculture? What is a Cunarder? Not a magazine (couldn't resist). Not an incentive program - I don't think World Club is incentive enough for the kind of repeat rate Cunard enjoys. I think that Cunarders as a group have some commonalities. For one, we tend to be "ship buffs" more than your average cruiser. There is also a sense of camaraderie on Cunard ships where the guests know the crew and the crew know the guests. It is actually interesting how the crew manages to both keep a semiformal approach while still having that "Cunard" kind of chumminess. I also think Cunarders as a group enjoy the history and traditions of Cunard. I've been on four transatlantic crossings and already there are crew who know me and I know them. So, what do you think a Cunarder is?
  12. I was starboard side forward (11029) on my crossing and loved it - I was usually up around 6-630 am and my stateroom was close to the observation deck so it was rise, shower, dress then out to observation deck. After that use the glass elevator to deck 7 to go out on Promenade for a couple of laps. Then back to stateroom for some quiet reading time then off to Britannia for breakfast - I admit I had a weakness for their corned beef hash as it is made fresh from scratch and it has the right flavor!
  13. I liked most of the Royal Court stuff - I just feel like "Symphony" needs to be tweaked. If anything it actually needs more of the Cunard performers out there and some dancing to pace the music.
  14. I was on QM2 for the Eastbound Transatlantic (December 8-15). I wrote and submitted a review and here are some thoughts: 1) As always the ship and the service were wonderful. Cunard staff have a way of managing to be formal while also being extremely relatable that is refreshing. 2) The seas were a bit calmer than usual, mostly Because Captain Wells took a more southerly course than usual - to the disappointment of some of us who relish the weather. 3) I enjoyed most of the entertainment but have too admit that the new "Symphony" show needs some tweaking. 4) I tried the Verandah steakhouse and was favorably surprised. It is pretty good. 5) As is typical on QM2, despite it being December I was out on deck a lot and enjoyed it totally.
  15. Interestingly it was addressed specifically to me and entitled myself and one companion to dine (either lunch or dinner) in Verandah compliments of Cunard.
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