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  1. Hi everyone, Thanks so much for all your good wishes. I'm pleased to say today is the first day I have truly felt I'm on the mend. I am still coughing and pretty breathless but have been able to walk round much more without gasping for breath. I think it will be a while before I am at full strength again, which is frustrating. However, I'm definately on the way, and that has to be good. Unfortunately, yesterday one of my cats suffered a blocked bladder, and is in at the vets for sorting out. What a family! We don't do things by half! Hoping to be bringing him home later this evening. Hope all is good with you all. Stay safe!
  2. Well, things didn't go quite to plan for us. We had to return home from Southampton on the Friday as I tested positive for covid. Turns out I have had/got severe covid and I ended up in hospital for most of yesterday. Thankfully, I am home now with a raft of drugs and orders to monitor my sats carefully. Thank heavens I had had the vaccine! I also have a chest infection, which would not have been helping. It all got a bit frightening yesterday, but I feel a lot better already today. If anyone out there has not had the vaccine yet. Please, please get it now. It could save your life.
  3. We went to see QM2 in grey, drizzly Southampton this morning. She was looking good in her new paintwork, but the weather was terrible! We are down to use our many times cancelled pre cruise hotel bookings. Have joined two together. We should see QE in tomorrow as well. Enjoy the end of your cruise, Lanky Lad.
  4. Glad to see lots of people enjoying the coast in different parts of the UK. We were also by the sea today, in the east, Sheringham in North Norfolk. We had a swim and a paddle. The sea was so calm and wasn't very cold at all. Probably the last chance we will get to go in the sea this year. And we really enjoyed it.
  5. As i am reading it, if it was paid for with an FCC from a cancelled cruise, you don't get the 125%, as you have already had it once with the previous cancellation. We are in the same position. Will still roll it over, but slightly annoyed we don't get the 125% for this cancelled cruise, although I can understand why.
  6. Looks like it. That part wasn't mentioned in the email they sent us. I only found out about the TA on cruise critic. Oh well, we still have a cruise booked for next Sept. I really hope that one will go! You are making me feel old. Our oldest great niece is 21 😳, the youngest is 2. My husband is the youngest in a family of 5.
  7. Just had an email to say our Dec 10th cruise to Netherlands and Belgium on QM2 is cancelled. Apparently because they want to stay nearer home for the first cruises back! Not sure where they will find that is nearer!! We were expecting it, as the QM2 cruises had disappeared from the Cunard site, but I'm still heartbroken 😢
  8. Huge congratulations Host Hattie, on the birth of your great nephew.
  9. We have been overnight in Amsterdam 4 times. The view is basically a load of office blocks. You can't see the city from the ship. I think we have moored both ways around, but I really wouldn't worry, you can't see anything of interest. You can see the other side of the river but there is only normal houses there.
  10. I just looked up my vaccine record on the NHS app and it only gives my first name and my surname. Yet elsewhere on the app my full name, with middle name appears. So they have my name recorded correctly but it doesn't appear in that form on the covid pass bit.
  11. We started with QV and QE, just like you, Csardas. We have only been on QM2 once. Our second QM2 cruise has been cancelled twice and is now looking a tiny bit more hopeful for this December. My favourite ship is still QV. I get the hug and feeling of being home when I board her. However, QM2 is a beautiful ship, and we loved being on her. I agree with all the points Carlmm made. The layout is complicated compared with QV and QE. We didn't get on with the layout of the buffet at all. But, we still loved the ship and can't wait to be back on board. QV might have my heart, but QM2 is a lovely ship and I think you would have a wonderful time on board her. I would leap at the chance to be aboard a beautiful Cunard ship taking, what sounds like, a fabulous cruise. Go for it, I'm sure you will have a great time!
  12. Really interesting to hear how it all works. I'm looking forwards to reading your full report. Sounds like you had a good time.
  13. Have a wonderful cruise and holiday, Lanky Lad.
  14. Hi Dancingkatz, we are also ballroom dancers, though not very good. We came late to dancing, having sat and watched in the Queens Room during our first cruises, before starting lessons at home. It was the main thing that put us off booking one of the UK seacation cruises. We were worried there would not be any dancing allowed. We are keeping everything crossed that the ballroom dancing will be as it was before the pandemic. And that we will be able to take to the floor again sometime, hopefully not too far in the future.
  15. What a fantastic idea! We are also booked on that cruise at the moment. I will definately be looking into tea on the S.S. Rotterdam. Fingers crossed the timings look good.
  16. Enjoy your trip Host Hattie. Enjoy first class! I would also love to hear how it is as we will be travelling to London for a couple of nights in July. Our first time since 2019. We have a couple of Afternoon Tea vouchers that need using before they go out of date 😀. I must admit I feel a little anxious about it but, hopefully, all will be well once we are there. In the meantime, we are off to Cornwall for a week next Thursday. That will be by far the furthest we will have been since Feb 2020.
  17. We did the same. Having sat watching the dancers in the Queens Room for several cruises, we decided to take the plunge and take some lessons. We then took to the dance floor a few months later. It was nerve wracking at first as I am rather shy. However, we thoroughly enjoyed it and have continued learning ever since. Unfortunately, Viennese waltz is very unpopular with our class, so we rarely get to have a practise. About a year before the pandemic our teacher added a beginners sequence class, so we started learning a few of the most popular sequence dances as well, which are great fun. Then came the pandemic......😕 We restart dancing with a private lesson this Sunday. We both think we have probably forgotten more than we ever knew 😧. I just hope our teacher is feeling really patient 🤣!!
  18. Oh my goodness, best of luck with the lessons. We started learning around 7 years ago and still haven't conquered the Viennese waltz! If you want to dance in the Queens Room, I would suggest starting with the more standard slow waltz first. Particularly as you will only get one or two Viennese in an evening, as opposed to lots of slow waltz. The quickstep will also come up pretty often. The cha cha cha is also popular and is rather fun to dance. It's always lovely to see more people taking up ballroom dancing, enjoy the lessons, it is great fun to do and is also good exercise.
  19. My son and his wife took a Cunard cruise for their honeymoon aged 26 and 32. Ok, not a transatlantic on QM2 but a Canaries cruise on QV. They loved it so much they have another booked for next year. The age thing didn't bother them in the slightest and they had a great time and made some good friends. My own cruise experience started at the age of 48, with my husband one year older. We both loved it. Cruise numbers 23 and 24 are booked. We find one of the hardest things is to fit everything we want to do into each day! I think your spouse will love it as much as you will.
  20. All the best to you with your surgery. I wish you a speedy recovery. I shall miss your daily sunrises in the meantime.
  21. We had a slightly traumatic bank holiday, which was also wet and very windy on our side of the country. My son's one year old cat got stuck at the very top of a tree. Various attempts to get him down failed and he stayed there all night in the wind and rain. Luckily, a local tree surgeon was able to climbb the tree and retrieve him, cold and tired, this morning. He is now sleeping it off at home.
  22. I have stayed several times at the Grand Harbour, though not recently. However, we have only had afternoon tea at the much newer Harbour Hotel. I agree that the Harbar area, which is where we ate, looked really good and the position of the hotel is great, overlooking water, though I don't think you can see the ships from the hotel. The food we had there was very good. However, we have never stayed as the prices have always been so high. On the other hand, we stayed once at the Holiday Inn. I know a lot of people like it, but we will never return there. We had an awful room with an uncomfortable bed. And the food, both evening meal and breakfast, was truly dreadful. I have stayed in many other Holiday Inns, but this was the worst. However, as always, it is quite possible we were just very unlucky on that occasion. If you choose a room with a view of the water, this is the best hotel for seeing the ships come in from.
  23. We have stayed at many of the hotels in Southampton pre cruises. Several of them will transport you to the terminal for your cruise, including the Holiday Inns, Novatel, Hilton and the Grand Harbour. We have stayed at all of these and they all have their good and not so good points. All are comfortable and convenient. We always drive down and use CPS parking, so haven't used the transport services. Our current favourite is the Best Western Chilworth Manor, but that is further out of town and I don't think they offer the transfer to the terminal.
  24. That sounds like a great holiday for you. We visited miniatur wunderland when we cruised to Hamburg and loved it. My dad had several train layouts in various scales when I was little and he left my sister and I with a love of trains. We have cruised to Zeebrugge many times. We usually book a private taxi to visit Bruges, which is a lovely place to visit. If you go with the Cunard tour, or use the train to get to Bruges, you end up quite a way out of town and you end up wasting time walking in. A private taxi will drop you in the main square, and will arrange a time to pick you up in the same place. If you are lucky, you can find another couple to share the cost with. The first time we did the trip, we shared with a lovely couple from our cruise - Host Hattie and Mr Host Hattie!! Kaynance, your picture is lovely and makes me long to go to Cornwall as well. Luckily, we don't have too long to wait as we have a cottage booked for a week in June. It can't come soon enough!! Have a wonderful holiday.
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