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  1. Between the drinking and the motion of the ocean this will create a mess for the Cunard staff to clean out.
  2. I can do a bit of that. What is a "tranche of FCDs"?
  3. The pictures of the balconies are helpful. Thank you. The sheltered Balcony reminds me of the Cove balcony I had on the Carnival Dream. Based on the probability of experiencing rough seas at some point during the crossing a lower cabin would be more stable IMHO. I suspect in extreme conditions the crew takes steps to prevent access to the balcony like Carnival does. Please forgive me for the Carnival references. I know the service and product are way different than Cunard. My experiences with cabin location on the Dream could help me understand the location of these cabins o
  4. I am looking at doing this trip in July/August of 2022. I started looking at prices for the July 29th departure from Southampton. I observed that a sheltered balcony, which is listed as about 20 square feet larger than a regular balcony, is almost 1,000 dollars cheaper. Does sheltered mean blocked by a life boat?
  5. You are most likely correct. I made assumptions that were not accurate about how Cunard handles dinner seatings. After researching something else, I noticed that there is no anytime dining on Cunard, only set seatings in Britianna class which is the class I would likely be traveling in.
  6. I appreciate the feedback and experiences that all of you have shared. I looked up the Hilton in Southampton and it appears that it is more convenient if you are driving than if you took a bus or train from London to Southampton. Questions: What are the temperatures like on a crossing during July and August? What did you pay for business class using Cunard air?
  7. My take on this is that I would bring a book to read when I eat. It would be impossible to prevent single travelers from interacting with other passengers in public areas on the ship. There would be plenty of opportunities to make friends. Does Cunard have anytime dining in their dining rooms like other cruise lines? If so, singles can make friends during the day and just show up as a group to be seated at dinner. It would be next to impossible for the staff to enforce this.
  8. Wow!! Lots a great feed back. I am grateful for your efforts. Those pictures really got me going. I like the idea of staying in the Hilton Double tree since I am a Hilton Diamond member. I am an experienced Amtrak traveler and would be very comfortable with riding Amtrak from Chicago, my home town, to New York City. I have ridden this train dozens of times. Adding it to a crossing would be awesome. I met someone who was traveling from Seattle to NYC on Amtrak who was doing a crossing in the winter. It was fascinating hearing about his plans. All but one of
  9. Thank you for the information about the trains and the suggestion to use bus transfers. I would have one larger bag with wheels(a spinner) and a smaller bag attached to it. I think the determining factor for mode of transit is the location of my hotel in London. After reading the suggestions I am now leaning towards a westbound crossing. The ultimate deciding factor will be the dates of travel though. If I want to travel on certain dates, and eastbound works better I would do eastbound. I can always do a the other direction on another trip. I suspect I will like this and want
  10. I just came up with another rookie question. I have several cruises on carnival. Would this lead to any extra benefits on a Cunard cruise?
  11. Greetings, I have been reading posts on here for several years. A crossing on Cunard is on my bucket lists. I have established that I will book either an outside view or balcony in the Britianna class and that I will use Cunard's air. I found threads on here that helped me make those determinations. My questions: 1. How does one usually get from Southhampton to London or vice versa? I am a rail enthusiast and would probably take the train if it is not too difficult to get to the cruise terminal. 2. I understand that westbound crossings are consider
  12. I appreciate the detailed reports. I am in the early planning stages of doing a crossing. I would probably do one in the summer because I am a school teacher.
  13. How do Future cruise credits work? If I paid 2000 for my cruised, does that mean I could apply 2000 towards a future cruise? Are there restrictions?
  14. It is a non-refundable deposit. I suspect the best thing to do is wait and see.
  15. Thyme2go, your description of how all of this started was very helpful and informative for me. I understood in general that this was serious, but your explanation helped me why it was serious.
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