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About seacruise9

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    Chicago, IL, USA
  • Interests
    Travel and architecture
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard and Princess
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  1. Hi, Yes, the Queen Mary is approximately a 15 or 20 minute drive from the Port of Los Angeles. I have visited the Queen Mary on my own during port stops in Los Angeles. As mentioned above, Cunard may offer a shore excursion to the Queen Mary. I was able to take a shore excursion to the Queen Mary during a Crystal cruise that stopped in Los Angeles. I highly recommend visiting the Queen Mary. It is very interesting and guided tours of the ship are offered. I have stayed aboard the Queen Mary multiple times before or after cruises. Chuck
  2. Hi, I recently booked the five-night cruise on the Queen Elizabeth from Vancouver to Los Angeles (July 21-26, 2022). At the end of the cruise, I would like to spend some time on the original Queen Mary in Long Beach (which I always enjoy). I have had multiple cruises cancelled during the past eight months, but I am hopeful that the vaccines will be successful and cruising will return to normal by this time. Chuck
  3. Hi, My stateroom was 4047 during a Mediterranean cruise on the very similar Queen Victoria in September 2018. This was a nice stateroom in an excellent location. The balcony is spacious and the forward stairs and elevators are very close. It is very convenient to take the stairs to the public rooms on Decks 2 and 3. The Queen Elizabeth is a wonderful ship. I was supposed to sail on it again in June 2020, but of course my cruise was cancelled. Chuck
  4. Hi, I certainly miss cruises. My most recent cruise was in December 2019. I had four cruises cancelled for 2020 (two Cunard, one Holland America and one Crystal). Beginning in 1982, I have taken at least one cruise every year. 2020 is breaking my streak. I haven't left Chicago since December. I currently have only one cruise booked - the Koningsdam seven-day coastal cruise from San Diego to Vancouver scheduled for late April 2021. I am not very confident that this cruise will actually take place. At least I have a lot of great memories. Chuck
  5. Hi, I feel the same way. I chose (and eventually received) refunds for my two Cunard cruises that were cancelled this year. Chuck
  6. Hi, Thanks for posting the photos. I was supposed to be aboard the Amsterdam this week on a Canada / New England cruise. At least these ships will continue to sail for a new owner. This is much better than being scrapped. Chuck
  7. Hi, Thanks for posting the photo of the Queen Elizabeth. I have sailed aboard all three ships of the current Cunard fleet. I was supposed to travel aboard the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth again this year, but both cruises were cancelled. Along with the QM2, these are my favorite ships. My most recent cruise was on the Sky Princess in December 2019. I understand how seeing the empty ships sailing by could be depressing. This terrible situation is dragging on much too long. Beginning in 1982, I have taken at least one cruise every year. Unfortunately, 2
  8. Solent Richard, Thanks for posting your photos. It is fortunate that you can at least occasionally view the QM2 and Queen Victoria. I live in downtown Chicago near the river. I am reduced to getting my "ship fix" by watching the tour boats on the Chicago River. Chuck
  9. Hi, This latest extension means that the Cunard ships will be out of service for at least one year since the cancellations began. ☹️ Chuck
  10. Hi, My first crossing was on the QE2 in 1984. My most recent crossing was on the QM2 in April 2019. I agree that there was a wide variety of ages represented on the ship. I think Cunard does an excellent job entertaining passengers during sea days. After all, they have 180 years of experience. 😃 One of my favorite activities is afternoon tea in the Queens Room. Chuck
  11. Hi, I did my first Cunard transatlantic crossing when I was 19 years old and had a wonderful time. I agree with the above comments that the unique Cunard experience appeals to a variety of age groups. Chuck
  12. Hi, I am a fan of the Crystal Symphony, too. However, Holland America recently sold its very popular Rotterdam and Amsterdam that specialized in long cruises. Both ships entered service after the Crystal Symphony (1997 and 2000, respectively). Of course, they also sold off the Veendam and Maasdam. After this development, I have grown increasingly concerned about the ships in this age group. Chuck
  13. Hi, Unfortunately, I agree that it does not look good for the Crystal Symphony. Any ship that is at least 25 years old is at risk of being sold or retired. Chuck
  14. Hi, This is a great video. I have done this same walk many times on the Queen Mary 2. The video is almost like being there. I hope that I will be able to take this same walk again in the future. Thanks, Chuck
  15. Hi, I also received notice last night that my October 29 cruise on the Crystal Serenity has been cancelled. At least they cancelled the cruise before I made the final payment. Chuck
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