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  1. Thank you, Sir PMP, for having the courage to admit this on the this forum. I learned many years ago that many of the HAL fans on Cruise Critic have no tolerance for anyone whose tastes are different from what may be described as the most popular. Just say you are not a fan of over-amplified blues and see the insults you will get.
  2. As one who has no interest in wasting my money on a smart-phone, I am pleased to read this will be accessible on a tablet. The up-to-date account is the only part of this that interests me. I was discussing this with two couples and they agreed with me, although they don't even have a tablet at the moment.
  3. Indeed. The previous "Voyage Personaliser" always worked for me. I have to wonder why Cunard hasn't fixed the many problems with the new version during the lengthy pause in operations.
  4. Thank you for the information. I am now seeing the same for the QE. The ship section is working fine for three voyages I chose at random plus the Alaska cruise on which I'm booked. This correction must have occurred in the past few days because the glitch was ongoing for several weeks. But the QM2 and the QV are still hopeless as of this morning. I wouldn't book anything on Cunard's site - even under "my Cunard." The information for transfers gives inadequate information. Last year we had booked an extended 14-day eastbound crossing and looked at shore excursions. There was a tour of Halifax, Nova Scotia being offered from the port of Reykjavik. Of course, the crossing was cancelled so none of this mattered. Fortunately I have an experienced travel agent who can always sort out issues with Cunard. In fairness, there is a lot of useful information on Cunard's site and it is usually accurate. But I pity those travellers who won't deal with travel agents and think booking everything on-line is the best way.
  5. I am wondering if other people have experienced this, either in Canada or the U.S. When searching stateroom availability, a number is offered – always far forward or aft except, of course, when a specific category is not offered throughout the five sections of a deck. When trying to change the section of the ship all five sections are shown as “! not available”. This is obviously an error because the deck plan of the section of the ship is displayed with the offered room. Also, if I type in a midships stateroom number in the search box it will show the appropriate section if it is available. This applies to almost every voyage I have checked on both the QM2 and QE. This is only a matter of interest. I have two voyages booked for next year and am happy with our assigned room. Besides, I would never book anything on Cunard’s site, given other issues that have popped up over the years. Cunard could be losing business if this is a widespread problem. A friend in the U.S. e-mailed me to say that he has looked at several Cunard voyages and for every one the better located cabins are not available so he is going on another line. (Sadly he didn’t bother consulting a travel agent.) There is no point in me wasting time asking Cunard about this. I did that two years ago when there was an obvious glitch which could cost them a lot of business from Canadians. My e-mail made its way to Southampton. I was told the problem was with the California office so it was forwarded to them. But they did nothing for many months. Eventually that issue was corrected during the “pause” in operations.
  6. The test at Shoppers will cost $199 plus provincial tax. https://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/health-and-pharmacy/covid-19/ontario/pharmacies
  7. I am usually as cynical about politicians as the next person, but during this pandemic it was refreshing to see provincial premiers of various parties singing from the same hymn-book. For sure, some were a little slow to sing in tune. Elections will be held before too long and the degree of co-operation is falling, but some have performed better than I would have ever thought. Getting back to the ban on cruise ships, one of the reasons given by Transport Canada a way back was the concern about the health care system should a ship with a large number of sick people dock in a Canadian port. Regarding the border closure, I am pleased that the federal government has ignored the bullying of some in the travel industry, particularly Canadian airlines, and also the regrettable comments - especially demands - by some U.S. governors and at least one ex-governor. Several months ago Canadian airlines demanded the border be opened. I hate to think what would have happened if the government gave in just as the "third wave" hit. Many hospitals were almost full and doctors in Toronto hospitals were concerned that they were on the verge of having to make decisions as to who might live and who will be left to die. Toronto hospitals were sending patients to other parts of Ontario and Manitoba was sending patients to north-west Ontario.
  8. I don't see it as useless. The ban had already been extended and there could be concern amongst cruise lines (which have regular seasons planned for 2022) that it could be extended again. It also gives me optimism that the government's advisory against international cruise travel could be lifted soon. Because of that advisory it is almost impossible to get travel insurance that would cover COVID-related medical issues and cancellations. I have two cruises booked for next year (not on HAL) and with final payment due in Feb. for the earlier one I am concerned about being able to get insurance.
  9. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra has just announced that the order that banned cruise ships until Feb. 2022 is being rescinded at the beginning of November. Of course, it doesn't mean much because there are very few calls in Canadian ports after that date any year. But it will be a relief to the cruise lines which have scheduled a regular season for 2022. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/cruise-ships-canada-ban-november-2021-1.6104440
  10. The notice we received was vague as to what this health inspection involved. There was something about a temperature check; that is all I remember. After our TA contacted Cunard for a clarification, what concerned me the most was that some anonymous person(s) could deny boarding for one issue such as a high temperature and Cunard would keep the fare. I would not be paying the balance of the fare with that condition. As I said, Cunard later came to their senses about forfeiting the fare but soon after that the voyage was cancelled. We re-booked the same voyage for next year.
  11. We had a cruise booked from Québec in October of this year. For obvious reasons, Cunard cancelled the voyage many months ago. A few months before the cancellation we received a notice from Cunard via our TA about the health inspection at the time of boarding. It warned that if we failed any part of it (not just the COVID test) we would be denied boarding and the fare would be forfeited. Cunard said the passengers' insurance might cover it. Because of the Canadian government advisory against cruising such insurance is not available. If Cunard's policy was still in effect at the time final payment was due we would have cancelled. Cunard later changed the policy to offer a full credit for passengers who are denied boarding.
  12. In Canada we often used the term blazer as an alternative to sports jacket/sports coat. I know there is a difference, but most people don't care. For informal nights on Cunard I usually wear a classic navy blazer with brass buttons - and a tie even though it is optional.
  13. We did find that standards were dropped a bit on our 10-day Alaska cruise two years ago. There were only two gala nights which was unfortunate for those of us who have considered Cunard as our favourite for a long time. Although it was a port-intensive cruise, there could have easily been one other gala night on a "sea day". I wrote to Cunard and mentioned this on the end-of-cruise survey and also on their Facebook page but I doubt anyone cares. Along with a sizeable minority, I wore a jacket and tie on every night, as is my custom. On short notice, the first night was changed to "jacket optional." I'm not sure about the last night. However, the other non-gala nights did require a jacket and the two gala nights were quite elegant indeed. On the afternoon of the Cunard World Club party for top-tier members there were even a few people dressed in formal wear, something I hadn't seen before. We met an Australian man who said he had been told by his travel agent that all 10 nights were jacket optional so he didn't bring one. At the first port of call he found a thrift shop and bought a suit and tie, which he wore every night. He was going to have a chat with this agent on his return.
  14. It is usually the same in North America.
  15. The comment made me smile. It reminded me of something my wife said (after retirement). She asked me what time our train was leaving. When I replied 8:00 a.m. she said: "You mean there is an eight o'clock in the morning?"
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