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  1. Hi Amias, That's what I thought. We have sailed around that time and saw the same thing from on board, but being a newbie to trying it was looking for personal experience from others. Many thanks for your input.
  2. Hi All, I have a question about the experiences that fellow Cruise Critics may have had related to using the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal Parking Lot in Red Hook Brooklyn while storing their vehicles during their cruise. We have in the past had the opportunity to store our car locally near our home that may not be available this time. However, hoping to work something out. We normally use car service to reach the terminal on embarkation day. Were you satisfied with the process? Is it self-parking? Being near our home, we are familiar with the Pier, the location, and pricing each day. Was just wondering if there are any pro and cons to it. As always, value our Cruise Critic’s opinions and experiences to know the real deal. Thanks
  3. We always go along with the suggested posted gratuity for the particular cabin area of the ship. And when appropriate, give additional tips to the room steward/stewardess. waiters and wine stewards when exceptional assistance is received. Also if warrants, to those that lead an excursions (tour leader/bus driver) of course when exceptional service is received (if they make the tour/excursion one to remember). IMHO, I appreciate when on vacation when those caring for us truly make our time on board a relaxing and memorable one.
  4. BklynBoy8


    Cindy, Yes you should have no problem storing luggage under the beds in Britannia Club cabins. We also were able to storage the small and medium roller luggage under also to make more walking room in the cabin.
  5. Two sailings ago we were two cabins away from your cabin number on the port side. We agree how much we too enjoyed our cabin and it's location. No noise from the pool area or Sun Deck above. Also agree with the hike to the Dining Room but after a day or two we found the path we used each time for the next 11-12 days. But yes we too also used B Stairway or Elevator to many of the locations for daily activities around the ship. Now we are back on Deck 12 for this years sailing and looking forward to experiencing the starboard.
  6. Looking forward to viewing them now. Great job on the first one!
  7. BklynBoy8


    Which Sailing are you Taking?
  8. Though Brooklyn Cruise Terminal hasn't been upgraded since Hurricane Sandy, we are happy with the terminal and it's operations. Compared to the Manhattan ones and the mad confusion of West Street, traffic and it's triple decker operation. At Brooklyn, it may take a while during the initial arrival crunch (easing later on) but it's Ground Level, easy to move through each processing station and straight on board makes it more convenient . Really not looking to hang out there too long. Besides being bias since it is extreme close to our home, the proximity works for us, not having to travel thru Manhattan and it's distance. Yes, everyplace does eventually needs upgrading and second look to give it a refreshing look and the increase of passenger load. IMHO, my vote is for Brooklyn over Manhattan and Cape Liberty..
  9. Fizzy1, IMHO, thru my personal experience I would always use the computers early in the morning before breakfast and around midnight when the computers are not in demand. I find when many of the terminals are in continuous use during the Daytime in the Computer Center and Library the service besides normally dragging, dragging even more. When the terminals are in less use, there is a chance for a bit more speed but not much. I even found it as far back when Internet Service was introduced on the QE2. Yes, log on as soon as possible and log off when completed. Be organized of what you are going to accomplish. Avoid surfing on these terminals to save time. I am Diamond level with 8 hours and still watch the time equally as careful as you would with 2 hours. I also find difficulty with computer services when the weather is not the greatest outside and even avoid the use totally. Bon Voyage and Cheers.....
  10. Congratulations! You didn't rush it which made it just GREAT! Glad you took your time to make it so memorable. I do the same thing to get the most out of all the video I take. If you have more, appreciate your work.
  11. Really GREAT job! Getting us excited for our Upcoming Sailing. Thank you...
  12. Looking at the recently posted menus on the Cunard QM2 from recent sailings, I would definitely wait and see what dishes are being offered over what dishes I would like. I very much appreciate the creativity of the Culinary Team developing dishes that are inviting to try.. I do still have favorites to possibly special request.
  13. Dear bluemarble, As always, thank you for your response. Still problems viewing so I did go to the other sites that I have no problems with any browser with full screen imagine. But again, thank you...
  14. Dear Jeffrey1950, We are booked for this Independence 2019 cruise as we have done this type of sailing several times in the past. Since this year they have added an additional port (Newport) and sea day it is a port/sea day sailing versus a TA which are all 7 sea days. Next year 2020 they are subbing Portland Maine in place of this years Newport. We like this itinerary for the theme it holds for the Holiday Celebration in the City of Boston, Halifax which is a favorite Canadian City and Newport a port we look forward to when added to a sailing. Of course to enjoy the ship and all it offers all look forward to sea days with a full days program of activities that are offered each day on a TA. We enjoy like on Caribbean sailings, stopping at ports and investigate what they offer even thought we may have visited them in the past. We having booked this sailing numerous times in the past and we have seen months close to the date sales on this sailing and even Flash Sales. Of course the company would like to fill out the ship as much as possible. All our past sailings, IMHO the ship was crowded. We did hear from some friends of the past, that last year sailing was not as filled since St John NF, not a favorite port, was the added port for that year. This was the very first cruise we took on the QM2 to try her out in 2006 after saying Good Bye to our favorite QE2. At that time I remember the Cruise Director describing the cruise a Party Cruise, one that would be used to see if passengers would like her for future booking. Party since it was short and not like traditional Caribbean, TA's, Fjords etc... itineraries. Again in IMHO.. we like this sailing as a break and get away. Being a Diamond Member and over 26 cruises with Cunard we are happy the breaks that are offered to us. Thought this years sailing seems to be going slow, I expect more activity to come in the coming weeks and months to full out the ship. Hope you can make the decision that will satisfy you vacation needs.
  15. Hattie, Having problems viewing. Could the page be recreated to avoid difficulties. Otherwise will view on other websites the images are available. Thank you...
  16. Hi DarCrav, I know you will be getting ALOT of suggestions in NYC but we personally like, recommend and have used Dial 7 Car Service. You can arrange their service by App and/or calling Dial 7's phone number. Bon Voyage......
  17. Cindy, Being on Deck 12 near B Elevator, you will have no problem adapting to the Club Britannia location. B Elevators are near two bars Deck 2 the Golden Lion Pub and on Deck 3 Chart Room for pre dinner cocktails. Unless you wish to attend the Commodore Club instead. You will have no trouble to leisure at either bars since you don't have to go to the Club Dining Room till between 6:30 & 9PM. One of the main advantages we very much like Club Britannia category.
  18. Cindy for Your Collection... Share A Photo Full Ship From A Caribbean 2013 Sailing (Outside of St Thomas, USVI)
  19. Cindy, Since you are getting excited, let me get you more excited. This is a photo of our first view of the QM2 as we turned towards the Brooklyn Pier entrance. Enjoy
  20. Dear Vintage, We too had a experience in 2017 with a really forward cabin in Club Class on Deck 13 almost below you but on the Port Side. The cabin was 13002, the new addition to the refit that was fitted atop the old sport deck. We too agree with many of the access locations that you mentioned by the staircase and A Lift. It was interesting to be right atop and close to the Port Side Bridge and able to view the officers and their activities especially when they opened the rear door to the Bridge wing. We really didn't feel much of the sea on certain ocean motion days. Of course in fog we really enjoyed hearing the fog horn especially in the evening and overnight without disturbance. I know you mentioned Deck 11 Observation deck close to you, we were literally steps from the new The Lookout Observation Deck door leading from Deck 13 to the outside. Unfortunately I must beg to differ that we would decline returning to that cabin again if it was our choice due to the distance of the cabin to the Club Restaurant at the far - Aft location of the ship. Too too far though it did help to walk off meals...lol. But I must admit being in a brand new cabin like that one with the Glass Shower Doors, beautiful redesign bathroom and bedroom look. Also a sliding door to the balcony not the regular swing door to the outside. Yes we too did like 12 in the past and looking forward to returning to it on this upcoming sailing.
  21. Have to look at my photo album and see if I can find any photos of the Mary in the mid 2000's.
  22. We enjoy walking thru the streets of Boston and their parks. We take the shuttle bus from the pier to Faneuil Hall Park. And then walk along Tremont Street and the Boston Commons and Public Gardens. There are many sites that you will come upon. We have been to Boston so many times that we like to leisurely just stroll around and even pick a restaurant to enjoy the local fare..
  23. Hi Cindy, WOW that's ours....Have to see how you like it..You had little choice but we selected the number....ENJOY!
  24. True about the Pavilion Pool being in the rear of 12 but we were in 12052 and we were not bothered by the music since B Elevator was like a barrier that blocked the music or excitement of the pool area. On that cruise they actually closed the doors between the elevator bank and pool which did help.
  25. We are once again booked in a A1 Club Britannia cabin for the Independence Day July 4th of this year. This is the second time we are booked on Deck 12 A1 and this third time in A1 category. We really have no complaints about the location even though the restaurant is at the far end of the ship, it's a good way to walk off the meals. Both times we are located by the B Elevator banks which is fine with us. One thing to mention which we experienced the first time on 12 was and did not bother us at all was slightly hearing the deck chairs being setup around 730 - 8 in the morning on the Sun Deck above on Deck 13. That is if your cabin maybe located below on the deck plan. We were up alright for breakfast and no complaints the rest of the day thru out the days of the cruise. Bon Voyage and Enjoy the Sailing and A1...
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