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  1. You have a good handle on the situation. Since you are in the US (as I am), and you have booked through a travel agent, the usual process is for Cunard to send notification of the onboard credit being issued for the shareholder benefit to your travel agent. There is nowhere to check online (via the voyage personaliser or elsewhere) to see how much onboard credit has been applied to your booking. Check with your travel agent as you have suggested. They should be able to supply you with an updated booking confirmation showing how much onboard credit has been applied. On the rare occasion when I've booked directly with Cunard, I've received updated booking confirmations via email from Cunard after submitting shareholder benefit requests, but never when I've used a travel agent. I understand our friends in the UK are able to submit shareholder benefit requests via email and get email responses back directly from Cunard, but the process is different in the US where it's only fax or snail mail to submit the shareholder benefit request.
  2. There's wording on a Carnival shareholder benefit request form that states "Shares certificate and brokerage statement should be dated no earlier than 3 months prior to cruise departure date." I've read elsewhere on this forum that others have had success in the past submitting their shareholder benefit requests as much as 6 months before the sailing date. I've personally always submitted mine within 3 months of the sailing date.
  3. It's been close to a month (May 7th) since I posted about the Queen Mary jigsaw puzzle we were starting. Here's the satisfying end result completed a couple hours ago. This has to be one of the more challenging puzzles we've worked on. It has 1500 pieces instead of the more typical 1000 piece puzzles we usually do. Just getting the outer border put together was more challenging than usual since they put in quite a few pieces with straight edges that weren't border pieces to throw us off track. I thought the sky wouldn't be too difficult because of the different shades of sky and clouds, but I was wrong about that.
  4. I'm seeing the same thing on crossings for 2021 and 2022. No labels on any of the transfer options during the booking process and nothing displayed after you've made a selection to confirm your choice. Seems to be working OK for the 2020 crossings I've checked, but not after that. Appears to be a bug with the Cunard US website (or perhaps the way the transfers have been coded into the system for 2021 voyages and beyond). I concur that the unlabeled radio buttons for post-voyage transfers on voyage M121A have the following meanings. 1) id "A0MSOULHRP/A" = Transfer Port To Heathrow ($70 per person) 2) id "A0MSOULONP/S" = Transfer Port To St Pancras ($70 per person) 3) id "A0MSOULONP/V" = Transfer Port To Victoria ($70 per person) 4) id "A0MSOULGWP/A" = Transfer Port To Gatwick ($80 per person) 5) id "A0MSOULHRPAV" = Mini-Van Port To Heathrow ($340) 6) id "A0MSOULGWPAV" = Mini-Van Port To Gatwick ($380) Not sure I'd go ahead and book a transfer based on this analysis of the code though. Probably best to follow up later with a call to Cunard customer service to add the transfer to your booking to make sure you end up with the transfer you want.
  5. QV gets to turn the tables, showing QM2 on her bridge webcam now.
  6. I just checked the voyage details page for a voyage on the Cunard US website to check fares there and noticed this banner at the top of the page for the first time. If you would like to use your Future Cruise Credit (FCC) you may have on your account with us towards your cruise fare, please continue to the guest details page to enter in your Cunard World Club Member ID. Find out more about booking online using FCCs here. So, it sounds like Cunard is going to let us see our FCC amounts and apply them to a future booking made online via their website. Unfortunately for my test, it didn't show me any FCC amounts when I went through the booking process up to the payment options page after supplying our Cunard World Club numbers where requested on the guest information pages. We were booked on a June 2020 voyage that was part of the most recent round of cancellations announced April 23rd. Maybe they haven't applied the FCC amounts for that canceled voyage to our account yet (or maybe this functionality isn't working yet). When I pop on over to the Cunard UK site, I notice it mentions your FCC will be applied to your final booking summary page if you have logged in to your Cunard account. We in the US don't have the ability to create a Cunard account to log into yet, so that doesn't apply to us. But we do have the ability to enter our Cunard World Club numbers on the guest information pages of the booking process. Is anyone that is supposed to have FCC amounts on your Cunard account brave enough to try the booking process on the Cunard website and see if your FCC amounts are showing up for you on the final booking summary page where it asks you to select your payment option?
  7. I found another youtube video showing the seven cruise ships at Weymouth from a couple days ago. It's on the channel for a UK site called "Cruise Capital" that I was not aware of before. I wasn't sure if Cruise Capital might be considered a competing site to Cruise Critic since it says it's "a source for cruise news, reviews and, images." I sent an e-mail to "help@cruisecritic.com" asking about it and have received a reply stating it's fine to post the link to their video on this forum. So, here goes. This video mentions QV in its subtitle and includes a few close-ups of QV.
  8. Ah, I see now. Dover apparently was just an indication of an intermediate point on QV's route. QV turned around a few hours ago after sailing east about as far as Dover and is now heading back west showing Portland as her destination.
  9. That's interesting. QV left Weymouth about four hours ago and is showing Dover for her destination with an estimated arrival time of 18:30 (May 26th). Not sure why she would be heading to Dover. It's not like she needs to meet up with any of the P&O ships that have been laying up there on occasion since they were all just together in Weymouth.
  10. Here's a shot from QE's webcam from about an hour ago which I thought was interesting showing Quantum of the Seas and some of the Manila skyline around sunrise. By the way, Royal Princess is on her way back to Manila. I suppose reporting "Int. Waters" for a destination is a way of saying "going out to sea for operational reasons" rather than keeping the destination "Manila" which has been the usual procedure for the cruise ships there.
  11. The deck plans can indeed be viewed on the Cunard US website as Jack has indicated. One limitation with that however is there is no color key provided there to tell you what the specific cabin categories are for the cabins as shown on those deck plans. The "Discover more" pages on the Cunard website for QE and QM2 provide links to download the deck plans in pdf format to solve that problem for those two ships. And the page for QV on the Cunard UK website provides a link to download the deck plans for QV there. But for over a year now, the link to download the full QV deck plans in pdf format has been missing from the Cunard US website. That's one of my pet peeves with the US website and one which I have reported several times via the "Feedback" function, apparently to no avail. To address that issue, I provided the link to download the QV deck plans in my first post above.
  12. We've had cabins near the lifts on several occasions and have had no issues with noise. The only noise issues like that we've had is with cabins directly across from crew access doors. Some slamming of doors in that case, although that usually doesn't happen during the nighttime, but can be disturbing for late sleepers in the morning.
  13. Thanks for the link to that youtube video, Pennbank. The title of the video, "7 P&O Cruise Ships in Weymouth Bay", isn't quite right of course since QV isn't a P&O ship. But I still enjoyed that video showing the gathering of seven cruise ships in Weymouth Bay even though it only zooms in for close-ups of several of the P&O ships, not QV. I was hoping someone would post a video like that on youtube.
  14. Since my last post, Diamond Princess, Pacific Princess, Maasdam, Noordam, and Westerdam all entered Manila Bay and took up positions within the anchorage. But since there have always been several of the 28 cruise ships in the area temporarily out to sea for operational reasons, there haven't been more than the previous high of 25 cruise ships actually anchored/docked within Manila Bay at any one time. For that reason, I haven't posted any further port diagrams showing how many cruise ships are in Manila Bay. Now this evening, it looks like two cruise ships may have left Manila for good. Voyager of the Seas is on her way to Singapore while Royal Princess departed just before noon showing "Int. Waters" for her destination. Of course of the most interest to this forum is what QE's plans are. Will continue to keep an eye on her movements. Unless someone finds a tip elsewhere (perhaps in a social media post), we may not know until QE departs Manila showing a destination other than "Manila Anchorage".
  15. To follow up on my previous post, I see there is something funky going on with how the Cunard US website is displaying the QV deck plans during the booking process for some of the sections on deck 4. For example, here's what I'm seeing for the deck plan when I request a Britannia Balcony cabin in the Forward section of Deck 4 on QV. This is pretty clearly a glitch with the Cunard US website, so don't be too perplexed if you run into something like this when you are trying to choose a cabin. As other regulars on this forum can attest, the Cunard websites are not exactly bug free.
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