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  1. In August, 1963 I sailed the QM to Le Havre and my experience may be an anomaly: a large number of Rhodes scholars and junior year abroad passengers in tourist class sat on benches at long tables somewhere down low on that elegant ship. No one wore jeans but we were all dressed like the students we were. We never saw the passengers in the other two classes, who no doubt were kitted out beautifully: the classes on the ship were physically separated! So much for the grand old days of sailing. but along those lines perhaps the special dining rooms dedicated to suites guest could keep up standards with formal attire Still, in December I shall wear my long dresses and DH will once more get to amortize that Brooks Brothers tux in which he looks so sexy. I hope to see Scots in skirts, too.
  2. Paid in full for 16 June, no. Chance to rebooked til ????? . RQ full refund: very sad. Despite our progress, it’s clear that Europe isn’t ready for us vaccinated....and my destination, France, is averaging 30,000 cases a day. If the westbound Dec Sailing goes, we’ll sign up anew.sad.
  3. Maryland USA: have both shots, husband tomorrow. All my (over 75) friends are almost done. Starting 60+ group. It seems that big cities are lagging a bit. But the problem seems to be more of getting accurate information rather than the actual jab: that part is rolling along better than a Ford assembly line. However I am a bit concerned about the new varient coverage. If the Pfizer Shot isn’t effective enough we’ll be going nowhere for quite awhile. So cross fingers.
  4. Just for fun, I learned this from my daughters: use your phone or iPad to take photos of everything...your ticket, passport, vaccine certificate...and if you need, a Photo of your daily program. I create an album in Photos and name it QM2 6/16 or as needed.
  5. Watching Sky News this a.m., TUES 9 Feb., 2021, shocked to hear news that U.K. is closing further: It applies to travelers arriving from 33 countries. At cost of over 1200£ arriving passengers must quarantine in assigned hotel and be tested twice. Huge fines for none compliance. Here is a link to the list of the 33 countries: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/transport-measures-to-protect-the-uk-from-variant-strains-of-covid-19#travel-bans-to-the-uk---banned-countries Alert: the USA is not on the list.
  6. June 16, 2021; QM2 Eastbound TA. Whyever not? The Cunard website actually talks about the measures to be taken on their early crossings. Final payment is next week. Might as well enjoy the dream, preparing is half the fun. If they cancel, I’ll bump to July 6, then to August 1. Two things might stop it, both out of Cunard’s control. 1. Will the US allow the QM2 to arrive in Brooklyn? 2. Will the U.K. PERMIT US citizens to enter? i get my second jab this week. Having the vaccine, I feel that a recovery can be just around the corner. Things could change quickly. Cross Fingers.
  7. Has the media mentioned how and when vaccinations will set us free?
  8. June 16. QM2 Eastbound. I think there’s a 50-50 chance she’ll sail and weighted even greater if the vaccines proceed here in the US as planned. My friends in the U.K. & France have already gotten their first jab, so cross fingers! If that doesn’t go we’ll move to the July 6 sail on QM2.
  9. Aug 5, 1963. I sailed down the Hudson, my sister waving a hankie and a band playing from the end of the pier. I was on my way to Cherbourg with no return ticket and not enough money to come home. I was going to get a job in Europe: happily I did. This is the label on my Steamer trunk, which is in my basement 57 years later. My bunk mates were three women going to their Junior Year abroad assignments. The bathroom was down the hall. We ate at assigned long bench tables. Our cockney waiter insisted that we change from American to English eating style. Our first course was always fish and he taught us how to bone a whole trout. I learned that dessert was called a pudding. I remember one movie on the ship: TOM JONES. it was a rough ride but we spent a great deal of time in the tourist class pub drinking “gin tonics” and learning English drinking songs. The gin tonics, they said, prevents seasickness and it worked. In that day of garters, high heels and nylons, I dragged that darned steamer trunk a long way from the Queen Mary to the boat train. Hours later I was in Paris and my life really began. Thanks for the topic, it’s put a big smile on my face. My next QM is June 16 if all goes well!
  10. I think we have the airlines to blame for people wanting to slip by with not taking two men’s suits on to their passenger ship. It’s primarily about weight restrictions on planes so only those lucky people who can drive to port can relax and hand in their luggage at embarkation. Of course there is the resistance of many of the male species to being bound up on vacation. I really think a man in a tux is a sexy thing, and once my husband heard me say that, he’s been enthusiastic!
  11. Confusing, for sure. The plus with this itinerary is that it is not returning to the US and so the 7 day rule might not apply. That has not been clarified. Foreign ports are an issue, perhaps they won’t want the Constellation to call. Or maybe some will, some won’t. To be honest the TA stops don’t matter to me. Surely the ship won’t sail if the passengers cannot disembark on arrival in Spain. France is currently under lockdown but my friends and neighbors have already had their first shots (but generally the French are vaccine averse...go figure.) My 1B Group has not been called here in Md. With our passport status I’m pretty sure we’ll be admitted and I’d even happily quarantine in Barcelona if needed. Our little mountain village hasn’t had one case, yet. I hate flying and would rather wait than fly. But I might never come back!!
  12. Here is a guess, though I haven’t crunched the numbers. Perhaps your deposit in reality becomes the travel agent’s commission. I’ve seen that in other travel agency operations. My expertise, however, is past it’s Sell By date.
  13. APR. 19 Celebrity Constellation T.A Tampa-Barcelona. Final due this week. No real news on status. Full refund available up to 48 hours prior to departure. Should I seek a later sailing or wait this out? I’m in Group 1B in Md and pretty sure we’ll get our vaccines in time. We are motivated to get to our house in France and have Euro passport + residence permit. I’ve actually considered keeping this and adding another later TA, with similar refunds. 😁 I’m sure there are opinions out there: what would you do?
  14. I took her last voyage, Venice to Singapore. The Ryndam still remains my #1. I guess that the new Ryndam will be really big. Happy New Year from Frederick. I’m hoping to sail back to the Med in April.
  15. Get Open Seating for dining, the best way to move on or make ties.
  16. Hi, here’s a soda card user, it’s a big bargain at $25. When you board just ask for it at any bar on the ship. I don’t drink soft drinks but use it for club soda, which sometimes comes by can but mostly as a fountain drink. The advice to buy your wine by the glass is a good one. Around six pm there is a wine tasting with Hors d’ouvres, which is a nice relaxing event. The corkage charge if you take your own wine to the dining room still is cost effective considering the charge per bottle in the DR. If you do get or buy a bottle the waiters will cork undrunk contents and deliver it next day at dinner (you have to request that it be brought over). I think it’s a fair system. My last cruise on the Rotterdam there were plenty of spaces available in the Pinnacle, if you wait to reserve then you have the advantage of timing your reservation based on the Daily activities sheet.
  17. I’m 80 and love BB KINGS which imho has really energized the larger ships. The OOSTERDAM and Rotterdam, for example, don’t have BBKs so that’s a choice. I also love the Lincoln Center Stage which has classical music of very high standard around dinner time: not hard on the ears at all! My cruises are almost all Transatlantics which have an “ older” demographic and I think that it would behoove HAL to turn down the volume crossing the ocean. My last TA had no “musicals” which always were too loud. I wonder why the young people turn up the volume? It’s associated with liveliness and energy, a vibe I suppose casts a youthful aura. THERE are many ways to escape, Explorations Cafe/Library, for example. Even the Lido and pool areas are relatively quiet. In the long run though, it seems that the culprits are the youthful staff. Has anyone noticed that Celebrity’s sound track for their current TV ads is a drug tune by Jefferson Airplane: White Rabbit🤪..now what’s the message there?
  18. Me, too. And until November on the Rotterdam when I had to request a re-do on my bed linens, I’ve never had the problem before. NOTE I loved the Rotterdam but she really needs new bedding and lots of updating, sooner rather than later. i use ALL Clear at home, works well. But I got itchy in bed and the request for “free” linens was followed and problem solved. Strangely the laundry sent out and the towels never posed a problem. I’m going on April 6th again but this time I will call customer service and request fragrance free linens, they can fulfill that request.
  19. I can see by the replies that the event varies by ship. I attended on the Rotterdam in November: ten pm, Crows Nest. Lots of orange decorations. It looked like all officers and entertainment staff attended and it opened with much merriment, though the passenger average age was high on this TA, SO HAPPILY they weren’t bouncy. The event started with a (obviously) cheerful crowd pleasing oompah song which unfortunately was solely familiar to the two Dutch couples on board. Hence the rest of us watched sullenly from the sidelines, being puzzled.... although not a Dutch song, YMCA would have gotten the party started. It didn’t take long for us Nightowls to pitter away to the Library for a glass of milk. 🤪 My personal contribution was an orange scarf, having been alerted by this thread. It could have been fun but for this American majority, it was just a case of Wrong DJ.
  20. Due to severe storms on Wed the 23 Oct, train service between Montpellier and Narbonne is suspended for track repairs. This effects the Paris-Barcelona service via TGV until 5 November. susan near Avignon
  21. Hi Kazu. , I thought I sent this Nov 2 2019 18 days Rotterdam TA TO FLL MaisonRose April 6-22, 2020 16 day Rotterdam. TA to Rotterdam MaisonRose sorry, I don’t have the names but they are already on your list. thanks, Susan
  22. IT IS APRIL 27th in case you don’t know. I just found out while reading up on Amsterdam, and I’m delighted to learn about it since my Rotterdam TA docks on the 22nd in, where else? Rotterdam. So I am at least taking an orange scarf (Merchant internet sites have special orange t-shirts for sale) As for being Scots Irish, I have both green and orange ancestry. I guess that HAL could just not have an orange party on St. Patrick’s Day. Fair enough? susan
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