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About Bigmike911

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  1. Bigmike911

    Cigar Lounge

    Cigarettes are not allowed in the Cigar Lounge.
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    Welcome bottle of bubbly in the Grills?

    I don't know if you have noticed that in the US California sparking wine is not called Champagne. They used to say made in the Champaignoise method, but now say Methode Tradtional. By the way, Cunard has ended their agreement with Veuve Cliquot and have substituted Laurent Perrier, so I am not sure you can get the 'widow' on board now. Laurent Perrier sells for about 5 dollars less, so it's more cost cutting from Cunard, I suspect.
  3. Bigmike911

    Welcome bottle of bubbly in the Grills?

    Total wines have it for $45 ($41 for six). My local grocery H.E.B. has it chilled for $42. These are Texas prices so I cannot say what it would be in NY. If you have a Total in your neck of the woods, check out their prices
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    Welcome bottle of bubbly in the Grills?

    Pol Acker is not champagne. It is a sparkling white wine from the Loire Valley of France. Only wine from the Champagne region can legally be called Champagne. In the US the average retail price is $13. so it is not even a premium sparkling wine. My Grills champagne experience has been with Laurent Perrier N.V, or Veuve Clicquot N.V. in the iced bucket and Pol Acker in the back of the cabinet where I might editorially suggest it belongs.
  5. Bigmike911

    Sailing single

    My next voyage will be my first solo, but on past (16)voyages I have made the acquaintance of several solo travelers including the lovely Lynn (known on this board as Jims' Gir)l. Lynn was a joy to travel with and to get to know. I do know that there will be plenty to keep me busy, with lectures, musical presentations, Films, and a number of parties where you can attend as a well as wonderful food and drink. And as the prior poster said, just sitting down with a good book can be time well spent. QM2 has an excellent library, and I am still trying to work my way through the Agatha Christie novels 80 in number. I try to read one or two I haven't read before on each voyage, as well as a new book I will pick up at Hatchards when I am in London before the crossing.
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    Tea and coffee in Grills Lounge

    My experience on QM2 is that there is complementary coffee and tea all day in the Concierge Lounge on 9 deck. Complete with pastries in the am. In addition, your grills suit will be equipped with a pod coffee maker and a tea Kettle, so if push comes to shove you can even make your own.
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    Southampton Disembarkation

    As you are taking the train, ask the taxi driver to drop you on the 'London" side of the train station. You will go straight through to the platform. That way you won't have to haul your bags over the pedestrian bridge to the platform for London. I used to go to the 'front' of the station hauled my bags up the stairs when the lift was not working and then hauled them back down on the other side, when that lift wasn't working. I was later told to ask for the 'London' side, and it has worked like a charm ever since.
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    Staying in Hamburg pre cruise

    Last fall before the cruise, we stayed at the Vier Jahretzeiten on the Binnen Alsterlake. It is a wonderful hotel, one of the best in the world, and not as expensive as one would think. It is a Fairmont Hotel, near shopping and restaurants, but not a raucous area. Rather than an expensive but fabulous buffet breakfast though, we went down the street to the Starbucks and had a nice meal.
  9. Bigmike911

    Caribbean Cruise and Esta

    Generally speaking if you dock in the US, you will have to clear US Immigrations even if you don't plan to go anywhere and plan stay on board for the day.
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    Rude and ill-mannered theatre goers

    Not only is it rude, it is illegal to record copyrighted material. It is theft. Those who do it are thieves. Having said that, today people seem to think that they have a right to ignore the laws if they choose.
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    Bringing a case of wine onboard

    If you are a US citizen customs allows one liter per person duty free. Be sure you declare the amount you are bringing in, and prepare to pay the import duty on it to avoid having it seized.
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    White Space Queen Mary

    White spaces on deck plans indicate crew areas. It could be a kitchen, pantry, or passageway. There are crew only areas on most decks. On the accommodation decks they could be steward/butler pantries, lifts or mechanical spaces.
  13. Bigmike911

    A day in Southampton

    If you are self disembarking, not going on a Cunard Tour, you can leave early about 8 am. You can come back aboard When boarding begins. You will need to go through security, and as soon as it is manned, you should be able to get back aboard, Noon or a bit after.
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    I have sailed on QV three times, before the refit, and QM2 another fourteen. I prefer QM2, she seems more spacious. From the public rooms to the staterooms and corridors she feels larger. It is of course a personal choice, but QM2 is my ship of choice.
  15. Bigmike911

    Southampton Disembarkation

    You didn't say how you plan to go to London from Southampton, but by train it will take about 1.5 hours and then you have transit time from the pier to the station and from the station to your hotel. If you go by bus the time will be similar. By private car a bit faster, depending on London traffic. You will likely be asked to leave the ship by 10:30, 11 at the latest. So if you left at 10:30 traveled to London by train and by taxi to your hotel you will likely arrive at about 1 pm. You can then leave you bags at the hotel and have a look about the city nearby. I am at the point in my life that I want to take the least stressful route. Sitting back looking at the passing country side and then arriving mid day would suit me fine.