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  1. Congrats in advance on the Diamond status. One of my favourite cabins in the slightly-obstructed category is 8013. I've had it twice now, and had it booked for a crossing later this year which - of course - has been cancelled. Sitting on the sofa or the bed, you see nothing whatsoever of the lifeboat, which only appears when you walk right up to the glass and in no way hinders the view out or forward. I also like its proximity to the library and Commodore Club - haunts for differing parts of the day. Ah, just writing this makes me long to be onboard!
  2. You'll have a wonderful time! As a start, by train from Southampton Central, the cathedral cities of Salisbury (about 30 minutes away) and Winchester (under 20) are both filled with enough activities to keep you occupied all day, and still allow return to the ship in plenty of time. Portsmouth, where you'll find the remains of Henry VIII's great flagship the Mary Rose and Nelson's Victory, is an equally fascinating destination, less than an hour by train. Tour companies run daytrips to sites such as Stonehenge and Highclere, where Downtown Abbey was filmed. And in Southampton itself there's the excellent SeaCity Museum, plus the West Quay shopping centre for last minute necessities. London is huge, and as one of the world's great cities, cannot even be scratched in the time allotted.
  3. Final payment is on the 24th. Hopefully I'll just get hit with the $75 cancellation fee and the deposit will be returned (at some point).
  4. I, too, was on that cruise and cancelled yesterday. I was looking forward to it - and much prefer that itinerary to anything offered in 2022. Ah well, a sign of the times.
  5. So odd to see her decks so empty. Normally they'd be crammed with passengers eagerly taking in the experience. Sign of the times.
  6. I'm booked B2B on the Quest in South America, January/Februay 2021 and cannot imagine now that it will take place. I already had 2 cruises canceled this year. I've been looking forward to sailing in a part of the world I'm just beginning to explore. And these also would have been my first Azamaras. I think I was anticipating that aspect more eagerly than I was the ports!
  7. Absolutely agree. Fascinating on so many levels and well worth the visit.
  8. Two cancelled for this year, 3 on the books for January, February and December of 2021. I've no hope for any but the December one - and that's 50/50 at the moment.
  9. I love cruising and have 3 still on the books for next year. But I can't imagine boarding any ship for the foreseeable future. There are just too many variables, too much uncertainty. When there is either a vaccine or a treatment, I will be among the first back up the gangplank. May it be soon!
  10. Thank you German cruiser! Your trip sounds lovely. If these first attempts at sailing again bring me hope – with 3 cruises still on the books – I can only imagine the relief the thousands of crew members sitting in their home countries feel, knowing that ships are slowly beginning to stir again. As for the QR code. We went to a country restaurant last week, tables miles apart, with the code card at the table which you access through your mobile. But the people at a neighboring table apparently didn’t have a phone or couldn’t make the code work – so the staff brought a large chalk board with all the menu items written on it. A neat solution though clearly not practical with 1000 passengers!
  11. That one tempted me as well, especially as I love crossings.
  12. I’ve traveled solo on Cunard 9 times now, and like you, I had many questions before my first. I keep returning because I always have a wonderful time. You’ll find the ship full of congenial people – many, like you, will be making the cruise to sample their first taste of Cunard. Many will be in your age bracket as well, as the shorter cruise doesn’t require loads of free time. I’ve been in various Britannia balcony cabins, Britannia Club on Deck 13, and one of those Deck 3 Oceanview singles - which, as others have said, are wonderful. My recommendation would be to go Britannia and request a large table. I prefer second sitting, which gives time beforehand to have a leisurely drink or two in the Commodore Club or the Chart Room. I have not only met interesting people at my Britannia dinners, but have made some wonderful friends. Often our table is amongst the last to leave. The only problem you’ll have – if you’re like most of us here – is that you won’t want to get off. And the future cruise office on Deck 2 is there to provide temptation!
  13. Let the ship sail on to Hamburg and give yourself the time in London. You will never regret it. As others have said, if you choose the 1 day on a B2B, half the time will be in transit, and you will forever be rushing and looking at your watch. Trust me, once you're there you'll relish the unhurried time. For 7 years now, we've taken a December westbound crossing on the QM2 preceded by 2 weeks in London. There is never enough time in this most wonderful of cities. And what a joy to step aboard the QM2 again for the return trip. I can think of nothing lovelier. May we all be sailing again soon!
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