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  1. Debarkation for your 0830 train could be possible. On Sunday 3rd November QM2 is shown berthing for a change at The City Cruise Terminal, which is nearer Southampton Central Railway Station and walkable. However there are Four ships in port on that day, so the Town will be busy. Also being a Sunday Railway Engineering works are usually being done, and can overrun. Southampton to Portsmouth Harbour is served by South Western Railway and Great Western Railway, The SWR trains are showing a journey time of about 1hr 10mins with a change of train. The GWR services are showing journey time of 50mins. These services are known to be bad especially Sundays as you have less trains, with quite often breakdowns and cancellations. https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ Are Cunard doing a tour from your Personalizer ? or try an online company like Viator. Unable to assist re storage of Luggage at Brooklyn , however I have known Cunard to run tours to Macy's and then on to JFK with luggage stored on the coach, but this again has been arranged from the Tours office onboard ship. If your return flights have also been arranged with Cunard then they usually either offer a tour then on to the airport, or arrange a day hotel near the airport.
  2. Believe the blog is on this link https://getawaysfrom21044.wordpress.com/
  3. Don't forget that you can match frequent traveller status to MSC Loyalty Programme. You must cruise every 3 years with them to keep the loyalty. https://www.msccruises.co.uk/manage-booking/msc-voyagers-club/status-match
  4. There is another thread here about CWC Internet time and TA and World Cruises
  5. https://ask.completecruisesolution.com/help/ext/cunard/returning-home/transatlantic_benefits Always had the allowance on a TA back to back issued at each departure port. Please note, there may be occasions where the above is not operationally possible and only one set of benefits will be given. Best to check with the connexions manager if you wish to be certain.
  6. Quote Noflyguy "I would second most of what's been posted and am careful to wash my hands etc. I don't go as far as to avoid touching handrails - I'm on holiday and want to relax and although less congested, one could pick up a bug in an hotel on land if unlucky. It is dreadful that some passengers handle food in the buffet and then replace it but equally I'm not convinced that tongs are a good idea. In some ways I would rather someone pick up a bread roll, without touching anything else and take it back to their table, than use the tongs. If their cleanliness is lacking their bugs could be transferred to the tongs risking all those who subsequently use the tongs." The thing about using the tongs, is that any germs should be only on the Handles of the tongs. If people start to pick up food with their hands, then contamination can be spread from their arm and skin on touching other items. Usually spray by hands with anti viral stuff after using tongs before eating
  7. see https://www.elliott.org/company-contacts/cunard/ Simon Palethorpe Senior Vice President Cunard Carnival House 100 Harbour Parade Southampton SO15 1ST simon.palethorpe@carnivalukgroup.com Secondary Contact Josh Weinstein President, Carnival UK Carnival House 100 Harbour Parade Southampton SO15 1ST Josh.Weinstein@carnivalukgroup.com
  8. It really is not my problem nor to be honest do I care, when in establishments to worry about other persons wages. It is none of my business. Just a matter between management and staff employed. I will tip as always, for good service. The amount obviously is your own personal choice. The waiters in Britannia Restaurant will swap about during the day, some working in Kings Court. I will tip the station that covers my dining table. It is up to them how they share my tip. The same goes for the steward (ess) it is up to the receiver how they share the tip given. The wine service and bar staff receive the 15% gratuity added to every item sold as their gratuity.
  9. I have opted out now for over a year, for same reason, giving same amount but in $ to Restaurant and Steward(ess). I am led to believe that not contributing to auto grats, It makes Cunard have to dip into their own profits to make up the guaranteed amount agreed by the staff on board of the amount to be shared out.
  10. I Think the shaver point in the shower room is a European 2 pin so needs an adapter like this https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/352254378921?chn=ps&var=621670665559&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=710-134428-41853-0&mkcid=2&itemid=621670665559_352254378921&targetid=522577469943&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9045713&campaignid=1782815751&mkgroupid=70885937682&rlsatarget=pla-522577469943&abcId=1139356&merchantid=7324444&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIh8nny4jn5AIVE53VCh3yYwW9EAQYASABEgLuRfD_BwE
  11. Possibly only Home Delivery in the UK https://shop.sealy.co.uk/cunard.html
  12. Don't forget about passing the Willkomm-Hoft on the River Elbe at Wedel either, Although easily missed when cruising during the hours of darkness. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willkomm-Höft
  13. member pepperrn1 has some great photos of the interiors of QM2 QE and QV here https://www.flickr.com/photos/pepperrn/sets/
  14. https://www.cunard.com/content/dam/cunard/marketing-assets/pdf/us-brochures/2019-Grill-Suites-Overview.pdf Link supplied by windsurfboy from earlier post
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