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  1. Dear Bob, Congratulations and we believe you will enjoy the QM2 and all she offers. Having taken two sailings across the Pond, we really experienced the traditional of a Atlantic Crossing. We have too taken the appropiate clothing for daytime and evening wear preferring a Black Tuxedo for the number of Formal Evenings on a TA. Thru our personal experiences, we have seen the traditional Tuxedos and passengers with even very Color Tux's. Yes, even those that brought out their White Tux Jackets. I personally have used my White Jacket on mostly tropical/Caribbean sailings. People like to enjoy celebrating traditionally, colorful and different. Enjoy!
  2. Always departing from our homeport of NYC (Brooklyn Cruise Terminal) we prefer to view the sailaway from the Observation Platform in front of the funnels on Deck 13, back portion of the Sun Deck. The new observation walkway above the Deck 13 cabins has become very popular and crowded. The Observation Platform has become a tradition since the first time we sailed on her. We even find it a great place to gather and first meet some of the Cruise Critics while departing NY Harbor. You actually get a closer look and feel of the roadway of the VZ and the funnel passing under the bridge. Of course hold on to your hats when the thunderous sound of the Queen's Horns sound.
  3. We have found attending the Shows in the Royal Court Theater to arrive as early as you can when the doors open to get the prime seats you are looking to watch the show. It becomes quite crowded within the last half hour before the show starts. If you find it difficult to attend the early show, when attending the late show, best to come when the previous show empties out. We find there will be a bit of time before the next show starts but we find it a good time to enjoy a drink, go over the daily programme for the next day or have a conversation with other passengers. Many times we see passengers we recognize and find time to go over our daily experiences. We always look forward to the showtimes presented on the QM2..
  4. Illuminations which is the name of the theater is an open space where lectures, movies, demonstrations, Catholic Mass on Sundays and once we saw a live stream Opera from the Metropolitan Opera House in NYC. It is also used for the Planetarium Show viewed several times of day which you can obtain tickets in the early morning. You can sit anywhere you wish thru out the events held there from entrances on Deck 2 or 3. This should not be confused with the theaters/showplaces on the other Cunard Ships that have box seats where you can arrange entertainment packages (snacks/beverages) while watching the show.
  5. Not our attraction on cruises. Could have cruised this year but St John's on list and we passed it by.
  6. New waterfront in recent years done. Also the new farmer type market by Pier 21. Enjoy the museum and just walking around the port area.
  7. Robert Vaughn from the Man from Uncle on the QE2
  8. Getting onboard, my wife and I alway feel like we just got off yesterday. But the feeling of first last is not uncommon. You have to realize, you are starting something that will end. As all talk about, where does the time go. So fast time passing bring days faster and end is near. Just Enjoy the cruise...
  9. I always pickup the Barbados Brown Sugar - several bags. Great year round. Oatmeal, saute sweet potatoes, farina etc....
  10. Wife packs but I hate carrying bags to car service...After that....My job is done...
  11. Simple Breakfast since we are 12 minutes away from terminal...
  12. Head to Cabin, Drop off luggage, See Dining Room Assignment - Poss See Table After Lunch - Head for Lido Buffet
  13. Egg Benedict first breakfast and Caviar on first formal night
  14. A Good Beer with the First Lunch.. Blue Moon, Stella or on the QM2 - Draft Strout
  15. Congratulations! Read the manual, do a lot of google-ing, and keep notes of your frequency finds and observations.
  16. Look luck on your search and research. Don't need anything fancy just basic for local traffic and monitoring. Being a Retired Incident Commander 24 years from local jobs to World Trade Center 93 operations and Airport Ops, just being aware of whats happening in the neighborhood is interesting. Friends even use the radio when attending NASCAR events and heard teams exchanges info for the next move. Today we had a very bad set of storms coming thru and monitoring with the right frequencies gave me an idea how extensive the neighborhood was effect and activiate the needed help. Good Hunting......
  17. The u but never had a problem bringing on board. Sent from my SM-G950U using Forums mobile app
  18. Yes I use those brands and also Old 1000 channel Rad Shk. Can even use smartphone app with scanner capabilities for scanning. Sent from my SM-G950U using Forums mobile app
  19. Had on problem picking up Cunard Vessel operations with ship and on the balcony. Harbor ops always no problem with USCG.... Sent from my SM-G950U using Forums mobile app
  20. When we sailed on Holland America Line in btw the QE2 & QM2 several times we experienced the Pinnacle Grill, their version of Steakhouse/Fish Specialty restaurant. It was very nice and sort of Grill type service. The menu and selection were very special and enjoyable from app to dessert. A once a cruise experience due to the surcharge. Granted a Steakhouse would be different but as mentioned, when we were in Simpsons on the Strand the Prime Rib was exceptional. What a experience. We too did not care for the Todd English or Verandah Restaurant at all. We did try them as a courtesy of being a Diamond WC member for a gratis lunch. We still like the Britannia Restaurant and recently booking Club Britannia the last several times. Good Luck to Cunard picking the right replacement.
  21. Dear latserrof, So great that you are interested in marine operations while cruising. Unfortunately due to Cruise Critic policy I can't suggest a company or model of scanner for your use. I do personally scan during our trips of the ship and even local authorities since being a retired emergency service worker in the past. It is very interesting to listen to the ship operations with are various departments from bridge operations to tour and hotel services. But to hear the communications of the ship to tug boats interesting and how special the handling is so precise. The frequencies can be found thru different websites you can google too. No not all operations are encoded and clearly heard with verbal exchange. I do suggest you to google portable scanners. Frequency range is 156.0 to 157.0 US Coast Guards is 157.0 to 157.175. So you don't have to get scanners that are digital or trunk operated unless you intend additional use in the future. I hope this little information is helpful.. Bon Voyage...
  22. Hi Pat and Lyn, So happy to see your are sailing the Elizabeth. We never got to try her yet but maybe someday. We did sailed her sister the QE2 in the past and enjoyed her. Yes you do have a great set of ports to visit. Coming from Fla you will gathering a great mix of passengers from all around boarding the Elizabeth. NYC is the Big Apple and a Big Bite to handle with so much to see and do. It's a vacation stop alone to investigate. But do your research and see what the ship will offer as tours or what you would personally want to see on the stop over. I know CC'ers are great at giving advise. Imagine we live here and take it all for granted at our footstep. Enjoy...
  23. The processing of city tap water is not the same as on a ship. Certain times we detected a certain chorine taste during our sailings when the city water they take on at ports has been depeated. City water has a more balanced processing. Certain times in NYC when street water pipes are worked on, extra chlorine is added as a precaution. So there are difference that can be detected...
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