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Solent Richard

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  • Location
    Hampshire, England
  • Interests
    Scuba diving, Cruising and Ballroom Dancing
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    Cunard and P&O
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Far East

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  1. Couldn't fault mine this morning. Dinner booked for 4 people in The Wave at perfect time for us Brits...8.00pm
  2. Hopefully not too uncomfortable at the 'Last Supper'. 😇
  3. Personally I'll just be glad to be onboard and trying a somewhat different experience. The 20th can't come soon enough. 😜
  4. Attaboy Bell Boy. Didn't I just know you'd be on the ball with this one. 😇
  5. I do believe however that @bluemarble photograph of the Georgios Averof was taken at Thessalonika, Greece. My Thessalonika presumption is based on tracking her down through another excellent forum... https://museumships.us/scuttlebutt/viewtopic.php?t=24
  6. I've been on that warship. It's the Greek cruiser Georgios Averof... It's a museum at the port of Palaio Faliro near Athens and Piraeus...
  7. Congratulations @ExArkie , the port is Malacca. I didn't want to make it too easy with the other photograph I have... Malacca was of course one of Queen Victoria's scheduled stops on her 2019 World Cruise which was later dropped in place of Port Klang. That was a shame because I had looked forward to updating my memories with digital photographs. That of course will hopefully be completed this December as we have scheduled a 3 day stopover in Malacca as a precursor to our main holiday stay in Langkawi. Again, congratulations.
  8. Another popular building on the 'excursion' list of this port, hopefully another clue before I show the more obvious sites...
  9. Well this one shouldn't be too difficult to the super sleuths, scanned from an old pre-digital photograph...
  10. Neither had I and that is my Home Town. My 'cruising' claim to fame there was when we did a round Great Britain cruise in 2008 on Saga Rose... I recall that when I'd mentioned it being my home town to the Captain he invited me onto the bridge to sail into the harbour. A most satisfying experience.
  11. Congratulations @bluemarble spot on with Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt. We called there with P&O as part of the Aurora's 2003 World Cruise. I was actually reminded of it two days ago when she passed our balcony sailing out of Southampton...
  12. Good afternoon one and all. Time for a bit of nostalgia maybe. To my eternal shame I am having to resort to a 'personal' photograph taken at one particular port still on the list. Try as I might, I cannot find any other taken in the actual port. But it's on the list as yet unidentified and there maybe one or two clues in my photograph: taken in March 2003. As the story goes, we'd had one hell of a good day out drinking and returned to our cruise ship by taxi with two crew members: us being the last passengers and they the last crew members to return. I guess you know the feeling: Captain on bridge wing glaring down through binoculars. Anyway, here is said photograph complete with trophy(s) as we hit the aft bar for another excellent sailaway party...
  13. The Queen Elizabeth will return to service on 13th August, however this sailing is sold out. The first sailing with availability is 20th August 2021 for 7 Nights. This sailing is also very full, so anyone wishing to book on this you will need to get their act together promptly.
  14. The App appears to be working on my iPhone and reflects most information plus the names of our friends who are travelling in our group. However, booking a restaurant isn't so straight forward. We would of course wish to try 'The Wake' but this proved impossible to find a slot on any of our onboard evenings. No trouble booking other restaurants but the dilemma is which dates are best. Out of minor frustration I telephoned 'sailor services' who were sympathetic but could not help. Their best advice was to try once onboard and assured me that not all restaurant tables were bookable online. We shall see. Of course I accept that those with suite 'privileges' may well have got in early: Ive regularly used the same system on Oceania many times. It's nevertheless a trifle annoying as dining is generally an important part of the cruising and social atmosphere.
  15. Well of course you could rely on a review coming from the 'Horse's Mouth', even if you only scroll down to the summary... https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2013/09/25/queen-mary-2-caribbean-christmas/ *****
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