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  1. Mrs Bear and I have avoided flying by booking round trip sailings - but that's not an option for everyone. First, check over in the 'cruise air' forum https://boards.cruisecritic.com/forum/77-cruise-air/ for similar questions. Second, check with your cruise line [or travel agent] about air options. For example, Cunard has a 'Cunard CompleteAir' program that may have better prices than standard airfare. Third, check again with your cruise line - for example Cunard has combined tours and airport transfers from Southampton to Heathrow.
  2. The standard description for transatlantic sea days is “Nothing to do, and not enough time to do it” So far, Mrs Bear and I have made four crossings on QM2 - a pair of round trip sailings, with much longer “Norway and Northern Lights” round trip planned for 2022. QM2 spends most of the year on crossings, sometimes with cruise segments at either side of the Atlantic. Cunard offers full day programs, including special theme events. Our 2019 sailing featured the Anthony Inglas & English National Symphony with two evening performances (one with a passenger chorus) on the eastbound crossing, followed by presentations and performances by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts on the westbound.
  3. We would go for more days. A rough comparison is that a QM2 Queen’s Grill suite for a 7 day crossing is quite close to our Brittania Balcony for our upcoming 26 night sailing.
  4. Some round trips have the crossings scheduled to make this fairly easy. Our 2019 crossing had some folks disembark in Southampton, and re embark in LeHavre after taking a “road scholar’ tour in Normandy. We stayed onboard while the ship sailed to Hamburg and back. Next years sailing has a 12 night “Norway and Northern Lights” cruise (M235) between our pair of crossings (M234a)
  5. We really have no interest in traveling to hot places - and we have been picking transatlantic round trips ]by theme] to avoid the need to fly anywhere.
  6. Our table for 6 was next to the QM2 "hosted" table [in the Britannia dining room, by the big tapestry] Over the course of our cruise, the Captain hosted the table about 4 times, other senior staff [Hotel Manager, Chief Engineer] a couple of times. One night it was empty during our late seating. Other nights it had performers from the National Symphony [eastbound] or the RADA for the westbound, hosted by their senior folks.
  7. We take advantage of being local to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal [at least no bridges or tunnels to cross] so we usually massively over pack. If we eventually plan a trip that requires flying, we'll probably ue a combination of carry on and forwarded luggage, avoiding bringing [for example] formal clothing for a land tour.
  8. For my current booking [October 2022], I have a BU guarantee - not an assignment. The agent at $UNNAMED_TRAVEL_AGENCY did not see the available cabins that were visible to me on the Cunard site.
  9. The forums for 'Viking Ocean' and 'Cabin Selection Tips' may have better information. For a start, look for rooms where all the surrounding spaces [above, below, forward, aft and across the corridor] are passenger cabins. Another thing to look for is a location that is midships, and on a lower deck [less perceived motion when the ship rolls or pitches].
  10. Sidereal time is not quite 24 hours to the day. Its the time between two zenith alignments of the same star. Or the Earth's rotation period relative the fixed stars [the 24 hour period is relative to our local star, the Sun]. Quoting from Wikipedia: A sidereal day is approximately 86164.0905 seconds (23 h 56 min 4.0905 s or 23.9344696 h). This is the driver for the changes in the night sky as seasons progress.
  11. I did a search, and found this helpful posting from John Bull
  12. Do you know which terminal you will be sailing from? (QEII, Ocean, Mayflower, City)? See a map at https://www.southamptonvts.co.uk/admin/content/files/PDF_Downloads/Southampton Map 2014.pdf and compare that to street maps. I recall from previous discussions that the 'QEII' terminal was not recommended for pedestrian access.
  13. There was discussion of this over on the Cunard forum about ‘Cunard Care” and New York residents - so it is likely this applies to the insurance offered by all Carnival sub brands. I wonder what has recently changed in NY to block coverage? I would recommend visiting the trip insurance store website
  14. More signs of things getting back to normal - like a recent dress code thread over in the Cunard forum. Likely there is a tipping thread in progress on one of the other cruse line forums 😉
  15. Some friends of ours have taken Cunard's Fourth of July sailing three times [twice on QE2, once on QM2]. They just treated it a chance to unplug [not getting up for early doctor's rounds].
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