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  1. BigMac1953

    World Club recognition transfer from US to UK

    Hi EmVic Twice I have booked TA's with an American agent. I then ended up with two WC numbers. However, you can ask them to add them both together as I did and they will do it. Get confirmation from the US then speak to Soton and if necessary send the proof. Good luck. Stewart
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    Queen Victoria deck help

    We regularly stay in Deck 8 on both QV and QE, at the stern. There is always a certain amount of noise from the Lido Deck especially from 6:30 am onward as the crew lay out the loungers. It doesn't really bother us as we are early risers, but it might be annoying if you like a long lie in. Stewart
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    Formal evening wear in Queens Grill restaurant

    In November, it was definitely all dinner suits for men on "Gala" nights, as it's always been. There's really no change in the code, it's just been renamed. Stewart
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    Concierge Lounge

    Unlike QM2 , on QE & QV, the Concierge only operates for a few hours in the morning and a couple of hours in the afternoon on sea days. You can call them of course. Alternatively, your butler will organise most things if asked. Interestingly, when we were on board QM2 in August, we enquired about planetarium tickets for the afternoon show, but they had all gone. We never told the concierge who we were, or gave her our room number. Next day, 2 tickets for the afternoon session appeared in an envelope with our names and room number. Good service, but a wee bit scary. Stewart
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    Post Cruise Survey ??? QE Canary Is. Nov 2018

    Hi Tom We were on the same cruise. I received the on line survey on 14 November which I duly completed. Stewart
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    QE Queens Grill attire

    In my experiences in over 20 trips in QG on all three ships (and QE too), the vast majority of men do wear ties in QG on the "smart" evenings. Maybe we've just been lucky.
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    Bag Weights to Measure Up

    Thankfully, nobody has ever weighed our cases in over 20 trips. There is n urban myth in the UK that it is against H & S laws to lift more than 25kg. That's actually nonsense. There is however, guidance, stating that it might not be a good idea to lift more than 25kg without mechanical handling equipment. There's a big difference between CARRYING 25kg+ and lifting/sliding it on to a barrow or trolley (which they do). Flour and cement used to come in 1 cwt (112 lb) bags and somehow, we seemed to manage. Stewart
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    Wine Delivery to Cunard in Southampton

    We always bring half a dozen bottles of fizz, and that's on 20+ trips. I still end up with a bar bill that they struggle to stuff into the wee holder at the cabin door. I tell my wife that it's just the telephone directory. Stewart
  9. Can't answer your specific question, but if you want a taxi, we've used the local company, http://arecibocc.com/ quite a few times. To LGA they charge $33. Stewart
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    QM Grills Access from Stairway C?

    David, isn't the port side used for "speciality dining"?, but you can skirt round the starboard side then cross to port at the back. There might be taped off barriers, but nobody has ever sent us back. Stewart
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    Cunard latest new build

    It was leaked some time ago, it's to be Queen Anne
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    Booking Onboard for future cruise.

    Normally, if booked well in advance, but not necessarily on the brochure price. The new brochures don't have prices, only "price guides". I threw mine in the recycling bin 30 minutes after it arrived.
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    Booking Onboard for future cruise.

    You can nominate any travel agent, who, will be happy to offer additional discount or extra OBC. Past passengers normally get 5% discount from Cunard, plus extra discount for booking on board, plus some OBC. A few weeks ago, we got almost £600 total discount each on board QE plus $650 OBC each. Our TA then gave a further discount of £185 each. It's worthwhile talking to a few TA's. Incidentally, we were on the same Madeira/Canaries cruise on 1 November. Good luck. Stewart
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    Wine packages, Internet and Dress Code

    Wine packages mean a saving of up to 10% (Commodore Selection) and no 15% charge. If in Spanish waters, then no IVA either. However it is charged in USD so price varies. Years ago, they gave a very good rate all year, but now it fluctuates. The internet was upgraded last year and again, a few weeks ago when on board, we found it adequate. It will never match your home broadband, but if you choose your time well, it works. For example between 9:00 am and 10:00 am it's slow, because everyone is on, but if you log on at 7:00 am it's quite good. For some time now, the dress code has been 2 x Black Tie per week on a cruise and 3 per week on a crossing, but if it's an odd number of days, say 13, then it will be 3 formals in total. In QG most men wear ties on a non-formal night. Hope that helps. Stewart
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    The return of Cunard Pens

    They did run out of pens on QM2, as they were waiting for the delivery of the new ones. Incidentally, the new ones are completely biodegradable. No change to the Grill's pens. Stewart