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  1. bluemarble

    down loading the E tickets

    I also recall on at least one occasion I was asked to show my e-ticket at the entrance to the priority check-in queue to verify that I really had Platinum CWC status and therefore was entitled to join the priority queue. Sometimes they have taken my word for it, other times they have asked to verify my CWC status as shown on the e-ticket.
  2. bluemarble

    down loading the E tickets

    I can't say what the procedure is at other ports, but in Brooklyn, they do ask to see your e-ticket at the entrance to the security check point before you get to the check-in desks. I don't know if it's actually required to have your e-ticket there. I suppose if you don't have it, they would have other ways to look you up on the passenger manifest. But having the e-ticket available certainly speeds up the process of getting through the security check point in Brooklyn. I agree no one has ever asked for my e-ticket at the actual check-in desks.
  3. bluemarble

    Television Programme

    That is an excellent show about the Queen Mary. Thanks for the reminder about it. I think Host Hattie first brought that show to our attention in this thread from 2016. I just checked the Smithsonian Channel schedule and it looks like the American version of the show called "Mighty Ship at War: Queen Mary" will be shown again at 7:00pm eastern time on December 18 in the US.
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    Leaving ship at Brooklyn terminal for day

    Oops, sorry if I caused any confusion, but of course I meant "December 22" as the date in question for QM2's departure time from Brooklyn in this previous reply of mine.
  5. bluemarble

    Leaving ship at Brooklyn terminal for day

    Your analysis of the NYC Ferry routes looks correct to me. The stop adjacent to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal is indeed "Red Hook" and the "Dumbo / BBP Pier 1" stop would be the one to use for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge. And there are now options using the ferry to/from midtown Manhattan involving a transfer at "Wall Street / Pier 11". I'm seeing the usual 5:00pm departure for QM2 on Saturday (December 15). That means the "All Aboard" time will probably be 4:30pm.
  6. bluemarble

    "A Christmas Cruise" Movie

    I just stumbled upon a movie called "A Christmas Cruise". Apparently, it's a made-for-TV movie released last December. It's a romantic comedy that I found rather corny. But I thought some of you might be interested in this screen shot of the "cruise ship" used in this movie. I should say for obvious reasons that's the ship the movie only uses for shots while in port. At sea, they used shots of the Disney Wonder and a couple nightime aerial shots of one of the Princess ships. Anyway, I got a bit of a chuckle seeing the Queen Mary dubbed the "Christmas Queen" for this movie.
  7. bluemarble

    down loading the E tickets

    I think I'm a little confused by this since I have been able to save Cunard e-tickets on my PC as pdf files in the past. And here is a screen shot of the first page of my last e-ticket pdf document that I saved on my PC (with personal details grayed out) showing the page with all the relevant information for printing on one piece of paper. Sorry, I don't currently have an active e-ticket in voyager personaliser to confirm the process I have used in the past.
  8. bluemarble

    Cunard Site Down?

    All OK for me on the US VP this morning as well after having the same problem AussieVoyager reported last evening.
  9. bluemarble

    Bag Weights to Measure Up

    I guess it comes down to what one considers to be Cunard's stated policy. As I see it, there is no consistent stated policy from Cunard. On the one hand, the e-tickets state the weight limit is "20kg per bag" and the luggage labels you print yourself from the voyage personaliser state "20kg limit per item". On the other hand, as I mentioned previously, the Cunard UK FAQ states the weight limit is 23kg per item. Also, the pre-voyage documents sent out by Cunard state "No individual piece of luggage can exceed 23kg (50lb)." And the pre-printed luggage labels supplied in the pre-voyage documents have "23kg limit" printed on them. So, I think we can conclude Cunard is inconsistent in what they state for the luggage weight limit. Considering this mixed message, the higher 23kg limit stated by Cunard in several places is in line with coach class weight limits of most airlines.
  10. bluemarble

    Bag Weights to Measure Up

    I assume you are looking at your e-tickets and seeing the 20kg bag weight limit there. Cunard does not actually impose a 20kg weight limit on bags. That may be stated that way on the e-tickets to cover situations with some charter flights or coaches that might impose a 20kg limit. In fact, on the Cunard UK FAQ, here is part of what they say in the answer to the question "How much luggage can I bring with me?" "Weight Restrictions Each case may weigh a maximum of 23kg due to health and safety reasons."
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    Sorry to hear that you have had to cancel your voyage on QM2 -- and the Christmas voyage at that. With sunset at about 4:00pm in Southampton, I'm afraid you'll mostly be seeing the lights of QM2 on the Isle of Wight webcams as she departs this time of year. But still better than no view at all.
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    The best webcams in the Southampton area that I am aware of are on the "Isle of Wight Webcams" site at this URL. https://isleofwightwebcams.co.uk From there, the "Cowes Yachting" webcam offers good views of ships as the sail past Cowes. The "Solent View" webcam offers good views of ships as they sail past Ryde. And finally, ships can sometimes be seen on the "Appley Beach" webcam as well. Here are the links to each of those three individual Isle of Wight webcams. https://isleofwightwebcams.co.uk/cowes-yachting/ https://isleofwightwebcams.co.uk/solent-webcam/ https://isleofwightwebcams.co.uk/appley-beach/
  13. bluemarble

    How fast is the WiFi on Queen Mary 2?

    That wording which states "Due the nature of the changes being made to our satellite internet service, at present, we are unable to confirm which packages will be available on board during your holiday" has been in the Cunard FAQ for several years now. In my view that's just a hedge on Cunard's part in case they decide to introduce new internet packages that are priced per day rather than by the minute. Internet packages are available where you pay by the minute based on pricing that has not changed for the standard 2-hour, 4-hour, and 8-hour packages since our first Cunard voyage on QM2 back in 2005. 120 minutes - $47.95 240 minutes - $89.95 480 minutes - $167.95
  14. That's the same price mentioned in our daily programmes for the June 10-17, 2018 eastbound crossing. Here is how it was worded for that crossing. Luggage Storage in Southampton. Guests who wish to store their luggage prior to their return voyage in the future may do so with the ‘Luggage Concierge’ in Southampton. Please register at the Purser’s Office. The deadline to sign up is 12.00pm on Wednesday, 13 June 2018. The cost of the service is $65 per bag for up to 30 days and an additional $30 per bag for the next 30 days. This will be charged to your on board account. Bags must be collected in the terminal ashore from the baggage hall and dropped off with the Luggage Concierge Representative after exiting customs.
  15. bluemarble

    Jan 3, '19 Transatlantic - boarding where in NY?

    I have used the "Contact Brooklyn Cruise Terminal" link on the nycruise.com site to point out the incorrect references to "Queen Elizabeth 2" and to ask if Queen Elizabeth will actually be docking in Brooklyn on July 24, 2019. In the meantime, the web site "brooklyncruiseguide.com" shows a "Calendar of Brooklyn Cruises" with these entries for July 2019. July 2019 July 7: 21-day cruise to the UK, Iceland & Canada on the Queen Mary 2. July 21: 38-day cruise to Australia on Princess Cruises. July 24: 15-day one-way cruise to Canada, Iceland, Scotland & Ireland on Cunard Line. July 28: 7-day one-way cruise to England on the Queen Mary 2. This provides another hint that QE's July 24 date in New York could indeed be at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal. But note the July 24 entry just says "Cunard Line" rather than naming the ship as "Queen Elizabeth". I think there is still some room for doubt at this point as to where QE will be on July 24, 2019.