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  1. Yes, Every voyage we always put down 2-4 $300 deposits for the OBC which they generate. In the US, I thought it was $150 OBC for 7 days or less and $250 for 8 days or more?? ....good for 4 years and you can get the money back if you don't use it. I seem to remember that with a few discounted fares we were not able to make use of the deposit. Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong on that.
  2. We always have booked using a US travel agent, but would like to know advantages if any to using the on board booking office.
  3. We have always been given the seating time we want simply by speaking with the maitre 'd when boarding. It should not be a problem.
  4. Yes, i think it's about $150 for rent the whole kit for men's formal wear once you are on board.
  5. Stay put -- Deck 5 mid ship is great --- in rough weather you will be VERY glad you did.
  6. Please refresh me as to the time of the evening performances in the Royal Court theater -- specifically on a transatlantic voyage.
  7. I love the Old Pretender beer while on the QM2 but never seem to find it while in London??? Any specific locations for sale in London would be most appreciated???l (A exhaustive Google search has provided nothing?) Thanks
  8. The Hotel Edison on 47th between Broadway and 8th (just a 100 yards West of the TKTS booth in Times Sq.) keeps luggage for a $1 each piece. TECHNICALLY it's for people who are guests arriving or leaving the hotel, but they really don't care. Enter the hotel - on the left is the check in counter, on the right the bellman counter, just drop your bags there and get your claim check. No problems
  9. Transfers to NYC airports: .....not specific to this case but in general, I see folks more concerned, IMO than necessary about ship to airport transport in New York. One of the easiest and most direct ways --- walk out, get in a cab --- always lots of them waiting when you arrive (either yellow or green) tell 'em which airport, relax and pay the meter plus tip when you arrive. About $40 to LaGuardia (half hour to full hour depends on traffic), $50 or so to JFK (just a bit longer than LaGuardia), and maybe $100 to Newark (I'm guessing about Newark 'cause I never go in or out of there). If you have a late flight and want a quick look at Manhattan, take the cab in ($40 or so) site see, etc. and then about $40 to LaGuardia, $55 to JFK, and $80 to Newark. All prices are per taxi, NOT per person. All easy to do.......... Yes, NYC cabbies may have just learned to drive, and are many times lost, but 99.9% of the time they are just honest hard working folks trying to make a living. Don't worry, they all know how to get to the airports and Times Sq.
  10. It's simple ---- avoid at all costs the new Cunard web site. It's a pile of rubish.
  11. ........drawer knobs..............Do we really need to bring a pair of gloves to protect our fingers from the sharp corners / edges??? Change the knobs and fire the person who decided to use them!
  12. To answer your question on the cost of a taxi to LaGuardia. -- about $30 plus tip. Both yellow and green taxis operate / charge the same to LaGuardia. Usually, travel time one half to an hour depending on traffic - usually much closer to half an hour than an hour.
  13. "DEADLY SQUARE DOOR KNOBS" ---- YES!!! Who on God's green earth thought up these instruments of torture.
  14. RE: Return to Red Hook by taxi from Manhattan. First, the "rules" are that any taxi is required to take you anywhere within NYC including of course Brooklyn. Second, I have never been questioned (dozens of trips) by any taxi driver about going over to Red Hook from Manhattan. Also, I always tell the driver to not use the tunnel but instead go over the Brooklyn bridge for the views and lack of a toll. It's just not a problem. I really doubt it would happen but, if a driver should give you crap about the destination - just get out and take another cab.
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