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About bobg529

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    Staten Island NY
  • Interests
    Travel, toy soldiers, shooting, history
  • Favorite Cruise Line(s)
    NCL, Cunard
  • Favorite Cruise Destination Or Port of Call
    Caribbean, Transatlantic

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  1. As both a native Staten Islander and a lover of the QM2. if you are seriously interested in visiting.Staten Island please allow me to make a few suggestions. First of all the ferry ride itself would be cheap at twice the price, not surprising since it’s free I guess, but the views coming into Manhattan on the return trip are truly impressive, as is the view of the Statue of Liberty. The ferry runs twice an hour,three times an hour during the morning rush. The ride takes approximately 25 minutes. You will be required to get off the ferry and wait in the terminal for a return boat if all you want is a ferry ride. Now if you are interested in going shopping don’t go to the Staten Island Mall. Mind you,our mall is recently refurbished and has gotten bigger, but it’s still just a mall as malls go. I’ve visited your mall in Soton and found that to be very similar, except you take pounds and we take dollars. However right next door to the ferry terminal is the brand new Empire Outlets with a selection of outlet stores and places to eat. Look at their website under EmpireOutlets@nyc. For a more cultural take I’d suggest grabbing an Uber (more on that in a bit) to the Snug Harbor cultural center. Once there the campus has different horticultural exhibits as well as a contemporary art museum, and my favorites are the Noble Maritime Museum and the NYC Chinese Scholars Garden. To get information on these attractions visit snug-harbor.org. Finally, about the Uber suggestion, while there are buses on Staten Island the public transportation once you are here is not great. An Uber account is free, just download the app on your phone, the link your new account to either a credit card or a paypal account. You get the price of the trip up front on the phone so you know exactly how much you will spend, and no cash changes hands. All payments including optional tips are done thru the phone. I’ve used it all over this country and it’s very easy to get a ride when you need one. Sorry to be so long winded. I hope this all is helpful.
  2. Have you tried walking with a cane at all? If you are having any mobility issues, many times a cane can take some weight off of the injured limb. You may not need it every day, but just break it out if you’re feeling a bit sore. They make very good folding canes that you can buy on Amazon or at a medical supply store. Just make sure that you get some information on how to use a cane properly. You would be surprised how many people use their canes incorrectly! Have a wonderful voyage!
  3. If you’re willing to shop on line there are clothiers that are reliable enough that you can find a quality tux for $500.00. They are frequently on sale and that’s when you grab them. Quality stores with brick and mortar outlets like Jos A Bank in the US allow returns if you’re not pleased. The other accoutrements that go with it, (shirt, studs, vest or cummerbund, etc.) will set you back that much more, but you will own your tux. It will likely pay for itself over time (mine certainly has) and is worth the purchase. Don’t get avant garde on your choice, basic black, classic style, notched lapels (shawl collar is best on a dinner jacket, save that for later) satin facings and trouser stripes will never go out of style.
  4. Hi. I just have a question for anyone who has traveled on the QM2 for a Caribbean sailing, round trip out of NYC. Specifically, we have booked a balcony for the November 26th, 2019 voyage. Yes, we are American and will be spending Thanksgiving at sea which is fine with us. Both my wife and myself are 62. We just got married in April of this year and spent the last wonderful week of our 30 day honeymoon on board the QM2. When we arrived home we vowed to save money, but alas we found this sailing and we were both smitten.😉 Anyway, please don’t be offended by this question. Neither of us has children, and that ship, pardon the expression, has sailed, lol. It’s not that we don’t like children, but sometimes when the ship is overrun with the “little darlings” it can become a bit troublesome. We are going either way, I’d just like to know. Thanks in advance!
  5. I know this is somewhat selfish on my part, but my upcoming sailing docks in Brooklyn on 5/24/2019 so I appear to be safe for now. 😉 I’m certainly not happy about this kind of behavior by any company, but I would bet that a decision of this magnitude would spend years being appealed before any such draconian measures were enacted. Once the lawyers are done yelling at each other, wrists will be slapped, tongues will be clucked, and not much of anything will be accomplished.
  6. I cruised Alaska in May a few years back. There were days when I needed a jacket, a sweater underneath, gloves and a scarf. It was pretty cold when we sailed into Glacier Bay in particular, although not so cold that I didn’t get to see the glaciers calving in spots. The sound was amazing. There were also days I could walk about in shirtsleeves and a few hardy souls even hopped in the pool. The advice about layers is really spot on. I wish you as nice a weather as I had, there wasn’t a day I didn’t need my sunglasses. You will love your journey, Alaska is truly beautiful!
  7. Early in a cruise, especially a long one, it’s Classic Margaritas, salt on the rim, ALL NIGHT. 😎 Then about half way thru I think of the carbs. Then it’s Vodka and tonic for my first drink, then vodka and club soda for the rest of the night. Sometimes it’s a long night. Thank God for the UBP!😂
  8. I think it’s too soon to say. I’m sure there will be a few glitches in the beginning but I’m hopeful that all will be well!
  9. I don’t like to advise folks on dietary measures but being a diabetic (I am type 2 if that matters)does not mean you can’t drink. I agree, the fruity drinks are too high in carbs except for an occasional treat, but vodka itself has 0 carbs and you can always request grey goose in your glass of club soda and lemon. That drink is carb free and harmless to your blood sugar. Sent from my iPad using Forums
  10. My fiancé and I will be on your cruise, it’s the first leg of our honeymoon . I’ve booked airfare with British Airways to London as we’re going to stay on the British seaside for a few days before we head home on the QM2. The airfare for the two of us ran about $765. I have found that air prices typically go UP if you wait till the last minute. The NCL price you quoted is certainly reasonable, as long as you’re flexible about the arrangements. If YOU want to make the travel choices yourself, I would steer away from budget airlines, primarily because of cancellations, without satisfactory backup flights available to get on. The luggage restrictions on budget airlines also eat up a lot of your potential savings. I think you get what you pay for. I hope we see you aboard! Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  11. Because I love it. There is no place I’d rather be than on a ship, sailing I don’t care where. Sailing started alone, and I loved that. Then I found the woman I love and sailing with her is even better. We can share some experiences and have time alone to reflect as well. There is always something to do, even if it’s nothing. [emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using Forums
  12. I’ve been on the Sun twice. First time was a Thanksgiving cruise out of Tampa. Second time Sent from my iPad using Forums
  13. If you have a spa pass you can always wear your robe back to your cabin. They never say anything. You also get a chance to find a large one that way if you’re lucky. I’m 6’3” and a lot of the robes are too damn small! Sent from my iPad using Forums
  14. Seven layer chocolate cake in Cagney's. Sent from my iPhone using Forums
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