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    Cunard
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    Northern Europe

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  1. bluemarble

    Welcome back

    I've found the "My Attachments" section within my user profile and I think I am able to come to some tentative conclusions about what gets counted against your attachment limit. Anything you previously uploaded using the attachment feature under the old board format counts against the limit. Those are files stored in "boards.cruisecritic.com/applications/core/interface/file/". Files you have attached under the new board format using the "Drag files here to attach, or choose files ..." functionality when composing a post count against the limit. Those are files stored in "content.invisioncic.com/". Images from an external URL that end up being stored behind the scenes for you in "boards.cruisecritic.com/applications/core/interface/imageproxy/" do not appear to count against the limit. And continuing my previous discussion about "static" versus "dynamic" images, here is what I have found out so far. When I copy an image's URL into a post, that gets turned into a "static" image stored using the Cruise Critic "imageproxy" functionality as I've mentioned previously. However, when I retrieve an image (such as one of the Cunard webcam images) within a browser and then copy/paste that image from the browser in to a post, that seems to create a "dynamic" image within the post. That is, it apparently creates a reference to the image on the third-party website rather than making a static copy of the image. And that looks like good news for getting the "Cunard Webcams" sticky working again. I have a test in progress and will know more tomorrow.
  2. bluemarble

    New Format Question

    There is a "Go to first unread post" feature, but I'm not sure how reliable it is yet. In this image I have attached, threads with unread posts have a blue dot in front of the thread title. That blue dot is the link to "Go to first unread post" in that thread (as you can see when I have hovered over one of those dots). When I say I'm not sure how reliable it is, those blue dots don't seem to appear consistently on every thread with unread posts for me. But maybe your mileage will vary.
  3. bluemarble

    Cunard Bridge Webcams

    Here are bridge webcam images for the Cunard fleet. Queen Mary 2 Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth
  4. bluemarble

    New Menu in Verandah on QM2

    Found this posted in the UK FAQ a few days ago concerning the status of the Steakhouse at The Vernadah on QM2 following its trial period this summer. This is included within the answer to the question "Can I see an example of a menu?". Steakhouse at The Verandah on Queen Mary 2 Following the success of the new menu 'Steakhouse at The Verandah' on board Queen Mary 2 in the summer of 2018, we're pleased to announce that this has now become a permanent feature. ‘Steakhouse at The Verandah’ takes influence from both sides of the Atlantic, showcasing Prime USDA grain finished New York Strip steak, Maine lobster and Alaskan king crab, alongside dishes celebrating British provenance such as Scotch grass fed dry aged beef and Salt Marsh lamb rack. Offerings from farther afield such as renowned Wagyu Beef from Australia also feature. Delicious entrées are complimented with an array of appetisers including London Cure gin & tonic salmon and tea smoked duck. And there's even more temptation with mouth-watering desserts such as bourbon baba with Florida orange marmalade and melting toffee and peanut butter brownie sundae. Please see example menus below Verandah Dinner menu* Verandah Bar card* Verandah Lunch menu*
  5. bluemarble

    Links in "3,430 Photos of Queen Mary 2" Sticky are broken

    Thanks. Yes, the link in the first post is working for me now. It does make me wonder if those links were auto-converted by a script being run to fix all the links in old posts and that script is misbehaving. If so, we might see more of this issue as more old posts get converted. I've noticed a few old posts are now showing their embedded images, so some progress is being made in that regard.
  6. bluemarble

    Welcome back

    I'm finding what you are suggesting works in my phone browser as well. Thanks for the tip. Just to make sure we are talking about the same "time", here is a screen shot from my phone. The time that I have circled in red under the avatar is a link to the last post in the thread. It does initally take me to the first post in the thread, but then after a pause of about two seconds, it takes me to the last post in the thread. That's the behavior I'm seeing on my android phone using Chrome anyway.
  7. I see today that the link in the original post on the "3,430 Photos of Queen Mary 2" sticky has now been converted from the raw "URL" code to an actual link. Unfortunately that link has been converted incorrectly. At face value, the link looks to be correct, since it says the link is to the following page. http://www.cruisecritic.com/photos/ships/queen-mary-2-qm2-294/ But the link actually goes here, which is a just a circular link back to the thread itself. https://boards.cruisecritic.com/topic/2324972-3430-photos-of-queen-mary-2/ Likewise, all the links by the OP in post #14 of that sticky actually point back to the thread itself rather than to all of the intended other individual "photo" pages on the site. Host Hattie, do you think you could edit the "3,430 Photos of Queen Mary 2" sticky to correct the links to work as they should? At least getting the original link to the QM2 photos in post #1 to work correctly would be helpful. Here's a link for post #1 that works as it should. That is, the link actually goes where it claims to go. http://www.cruisecritic.com/photos/ships/queen-mary-2-qm2-294/
  8. bluemarble

    Welcome back

    As a further test, I created a post in the TEST FORUM that included an "IMG" tag reference to an image I uploaded to my Photobucket library. Then I deleted the image from Photobucket and the image is still showing up in the Cruise Critic post. The URL of the image in that test post is also pointing to "boards.cruisecritic.com/applications/core/interface/imageproxy". I suppose in general this behavior is a good thing. Cruise Critic is no longer dependent on the image always being present in a third-party repository. But it does mean the images are now static. I don't know if images like this count toward the account upload limit even if they were not specifically uploaded to Cruise Critic, but rather automatically uploaded by Cruise Critic behind the scenes so to speak.
  9. bluemarble

    Photo Test

    Here is an image I uploaded to photobucket and then deleted from photobucket. I just copied and pasted the image's URL along with it's IMG tags from photobucket into this message. I did not drag the image into the post or use the "choose files" function to add it to the post. The image is still showing up here even though I did not specifically upload it to Cruise Critic and it is no longer in my photobucket library. Cruise Critic is now apparently making its own copy of all images mentioned in a post in "boards.cruisecritic.com/applications/core/interface/imageproxy" and is automatically changing the image's URL to it's copy of the image.
  10. bluemarble

    Welcome back

    The only place I've found is the "View Signatures?" option within the signature settings. And yes, it does appear that option can only be saved if you also have a valid signature to save along with it. I see you have gone ahead and shortened your signature to be compliant, using a creative signature that is very much to the point. Bravo for that less than ideal but succinct solution to the problem.
  11. bluemarble

    Welcome back

    Unfortunately, I think the "Cunard Webcams" sticky has become a casualty of the new board format. I'm not able to get the webcam images to update on that sticky any more. And when I dig into the details of the image attributes, I see the QM2 webcam image now has this lengthy "https://" image address within the sticky. "boards.cruisecritic.com/applications/core/interface/imageproxy/imageproxy.php?img=http://www.cunard.com/webcams/qm2.jpg&key=e4613c308c57ef7e33a6bdf63caec84bccd1752f65a35e8617d437038ade5f6d" The actual live webcam image URL (that was used in the previous board format for the webcam sticky) is just the "www.cunard.com/webcams/qm2.jpg" portion embedded within that much longer URL that Cruise Critic has now created for the image. It looks like images included in posts are now static images as of the time they are posted and can no longer be live images that update when the posts containing the images are refreshed within the browser. Here are links to the live webcam images that should update when you click on these links. QM2: http://www.cunard.com/webcams/qm2.jpg QV: http://www.cunard.com/webcams/qv1.jpg QE: http://www.cunard.com/webcams/qel.jpg But of course that's extra work to click on the links to actually get the images to display for you. If anyone knows of a way to post live images in this new board format, I'll be glad to hear about it.
  12. bluemarble

    Cunard Bridge Webcams

    Here are bridge webcam images for the Cunard fleet. Queen Mary 2 Queen Victoria Queen Elizabeth
  13. bluemarble

    QM2 Hamburg Maintenance? October 2019

    I think we now have the answer to the gap in QM2's schedule from October 27 to November 1, 2019. I found this on a German travel agent web site a few days ago. I have replaced the name of the travel agent with "XXXXXXXX". Nothing yet (that I could find anyway) on which performer will be the star at sea for this voyage. Stars at Sea 2019 mit XXXXXXXX® erleben Jetzt vormerken lassen für die Stars at Sea Tour an Bord der Queen Mary 2 vom 27.10.-01.11.2019. Name Email Telefon Ihre Nachricht Senden
  14. bluemarble

    Welcome back

    Looks pretty good to me. The link to "Q&A with Stephen Payne" says "the page you requested does not exist" and the link to "QM2 activities M517.pdf" says "this attachment is not available". Everything else seems to be working. Edit: Thanks for fixing the "Cunard Webcams" images. The links within the "Cunard Webcams" sticky to the pages on the Cunard web site don't work, but that's not new. Those links haven't worked for quite a while now.
  15. bluemarble

    Welcome back

    I tried to edit my signature to remove the extra blank lines and received this error. Signature Restrictions Please ensure your signature complies with the following restrictions: Maximum of 1 image Images up to 150 x 175 pixels Maximum of 3 URLs Maximum of 6 lines Your chosen signature does not meet the guidelines.
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