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  1. It would be nice occasionally if those who disparage others' experiences, could just for a minute think, they weren't there at that particular time and so their opposite definite opinions might not be totally accurate. To those who are showing disbelief at the thought of non ambient temperature in parts of the ship, have you ever sailed in Victoria's Queen's Grill, when the Maitre'd has had the long velveteen table underskirt removed for a few days to try and aid air flow for diners in a part of the restaurant where the aircon can't lower the temperature enough? I have. On a few occasions. In the Pacific and in the Indian Ocean. I don't see why this shouldn't happen in other areas of the ship too. The Britannia restaurant looks to be busy and busy rooms can get very hot, even in cooler climes. I accept there are some passengers who hate wearing their jackets and will take them off as soon as they are able even when there's no health reason to do so. That I disagree with 100% but please, try and accept from one whose husband upholds the 100% jacket wearing code, just because you haven't experienced a situation doesn't mean it doesn't happen. There are odd times when it's just too darned hot for some people, especially those with weight or health issues and rather than expect them to leave their table before they expire because of less than efficient air con at that time, jackets are removed with the acceptance of the staff.
  2. My husband never takes his jacket off, if the occasion demands its wearing. It's a rule of his. However, I can understand how some gentlemen can become overheated in certain climates when the aircon just cannot cope, no matter how hard the engineers try to get the temperature to a comfortable level. We have been in the situation occasionally where it has became so hot, quite a few chaps have taken their jackets off as it became very uncomfortable in the heat.
  3. Anybody new to Cunard [like yourself?] and thinking of trialling the line might be put off reading the dress threads. I want the line to survive, preferably in its present state and so as relatively new to Cunard but frequent passengers [we made Diamond by nights quite quickly] here is the benefit of my experience over the last few years of many weeks at sea per year, world cruise segments and separate cruises, hot and cold areas of the world, on Victoria and Elizabeth. The reality, as opposed to the aspirational. For evening wear, in general unless advised by the ship otherwise, gentlemen wear jackets- with or without ties; suits or Dj's [tux] with appropriate neckwear, is worn for ''Gala'' nights. For ladies, evening trousers and lovely tops or cocktail dresses are worn. Dresses which speak evening rather than day wear, are suitable and long [think long rather than ball gown] dresses are very popular for Gala nights, but not obligatory. Those not wishing to conform to these easy standards have a few designated areas of the ship were they can be more relaxed. For daytime, think general resort casual, but swimwear isn't appropriate for public areas of the ship. Ties are required for Gala nights. How many that will be for you I don't know but QE apparently is going more relaxed for her sojourn in the Southern Hemisphere and so Gala night ties only [the same as any other cruise in reality, for many]. I hope you have a wonderful time and your first time will be the start of many Cunard cruises.
  4. That hoodie looks like a waterproof to me and as Cunard sell logo'd baseball caps onboard, it must be considered appropriate outdoor day wear.
  5. Although I'm not in the ''know'' I dress far and away above what you term ''the minimum'' because we enjoy dressing for dinner and are lucky to be able to do so, well. However, there are those not as lucky and as long as the majority of passengers dress to what you term ''the minimum'', Cunard will continue to sail relatively as is, and I will continue to enjoy sailing with them. Frequently.
  6. QM2 could be termed grand but her sisters most definitely can't. They are both elegant and comfortable, but not grand. The Cunard tradition of afternoon tea [not a royal invention] is very popular and the sight of wait staff in uniform certainly goes down well in many quarters but that does not mean one has to compliment their attire by dressing to the same standard. The Golden Age is long gone although I get the impression a Downton approach of day wear to full evening dress would suit the odd Cunard passenger or two. I don't have a crystal ball to actually predict what will happen but I cannot see Cunard ships sliding into evening caps and tees, and dodgems and climbing walls. I think most passengers strive to dress well in the evening as it's part of the fun of choosing to cruise with Cunard, and the concept of lowering the tone, or standards, is unfair to those who possibly don't have the wardrobe to do a Downton. Significantly, the model I talked to who was involved in the filming on Victoria this past September, was wearing clothes ''from wardrobe'' so when browsing Cunard literature for guidance on what to wear, bear in mind ''wardrobe'' was the source of some, maybe even all, the clothes worn. Oh that we all had ''wardrobe'' at our disposal. The C21st is here to stay and life has adapted. The more casual market is being catered for in significant areas of the world but in the main, resort casual day wear and appropriate evening attire are the order of the day and as long as passengers look well dressed, the tone is being upheld and those who choose to dress in a casual way, can keep to the designated areas of the ship where the more casual approach is welcomed.
  7. As I think Cunard's usage of the word ''attire'' is more ''clothing'' than ''formal/ decorative'', I would say most passengers adhere to a dress code which demands a certain decent standard and is upheld by the majority. Nothing wrong with discount shops. I picked up a couple of fairly decent dresses at C21 the last time I was in New York, depending of course, if you consider DvF, golfing wear or smart casual dinner attire.
  8. Never having done a direct comparison on the day, I can't argue other than to say the trolley has a pretty comprehensive array of savoury and sweet -scones can be ''unadorned'. Volume isn't a problem as the trolley can be refreshed. Seems pretty similar to in-dining to me and that's over many years of afternoon tea, both inside and deckside. A shame you didn't experience this. Maybe next time.
  9. Fruit kebabs mid morning, sandwiches around noon, ice cream after lunch and afternoon tea trolly [laden as already said] for both deck 11 and 12 on the Vistas. Afternoon tea is served outside, on 11 in my experience, as long as it's not raining. Many a time I've been bundled up in blankets, reading in the [very] fresh air and sustenance is offered, just in case I can't last until dinner! We are definitely spoilt, and I love it.
  10. Not quite sure which slippery slope you're on so sorry, can't help you there but I think you'll find most if not all Cunard passengers have the required skill set to appreciate the ambiance whilst taking afternoon tea be it Queens Room, Lido or Princess Grill restaurant. As Cunard obviously doesn't meet your standards, I do hope you find a cruise line which epitomises the Era which you seek to perpetuate. I'll stick with modern day Cunard and for me that means informal denim capris during the day and beautiful cocktail wear of an evening.
  11. You're overthinking this. Some passengers treat a cruise as a fashion parade and that's fine but the majority dress well and to their baggage allowance and if that mens rotating three or four outfits, that's fine. If you take a couple of dancing skirts to change into, can find a pair of lightweight evening trousers with a selection of different lovely silky tops to go with them, you'd ring the changes, save on baggage weight yet go dancing. Just a thought. No one will judge you on your clothes and if you feel good, then that's all that matters. If we take afternoon tea, I make sure I'm showered and dressed respectably , which in a hot climate is a lovely floaty top and cut off denims, usually white.
  12. We have some German friends of the family and they always make a gingerbread house for Christmas. The children used to decorate it. A Christmas tradition for them. Whilst I don't go to the vegetable or ice carving sessions, it's fun to see the end results decorating tables in the buffet or occasionally, tables near or in the restaurant.
  13. Goodness. It has changed hasn't it. I can access all our bookings on the VP but once in, the pages are a little confusing to me. I do hope the site won't need a VP degree to navigate. For instance, when looking at the date for evening dress code information, it says ''see packing for your holiday''page. Well I would if I could find the pages! Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. Hopefully, the site will eventually contain actual readable information. The dates which specify '''port day'' as opposed to ''sea day'' have an almost unreadable mishmash of a port description at the moment. One gets the impression this is an incomplete job and the transition is a work in progress. Maybe the transition should have been completed when the work was finished.
  14. Guilty although I try an find a bin which keeps its contents discreet. There is no way I want to carry the menus home although I do tear of any personalised message and bin that at home.. Luckily, menu presentation seems to be waning. We usually get a sailing's summary but don't bother taking it home these days.
  15. If you look at the whole voyage, all the cabin categories are available. ''Sold Out'' seems to be the default Cunard phrase for not available, either at the moment or actually sold. As I said previously, cabins are released on an ad hoc basis when Cunard decide it’s appropriate.
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