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On a fjords cruise a few years ago (admittedly,...
On a fjords cruise a few years ago (admittedly, it was on Cunard) Internet access was not available one entire day due to the proximity of the mountains in a narrow fjord. The computer centre was...
I agree. It was only on our sixth crossing on the...
I agree. It was only on our sixth crossing on the QM2 that we had a light snack in Kings Court - just a piece of cheese and a slice of smoked salmon in lieu of lunch. Any other time we walked...
I realise that, but there is no indication that...
I realise that, but there is no indication that HAL has different rules for passengers according to what it says on their passports. I recently had a cruise on Cunard from England and, despite the...
That is outrageous that a person can pay for a...
That is outrageous that a person can pay for a verandah with the understanding that smoking is prohibited and not be able to use it because HAL doesn't enforce its policy. An excerpt from Post #49:...
The arguments in favour of Cunard dumbing down...
The arguments in favour of Cunard dumbing down the dress code often relate to "people are not dressing up as much as before" or "people from California and Australia don't 'do' formal." I understand...
I noticed last year on our two voyages that red...
I noticed last year on our two voyages that red and white wine and gin and tonic was offered on the trays as an alternative to the cheap bubbly at all three parties. Since we became eligible to...
The Last Night of the Proms with the National...
The Last Night of the Proms with the National Symphony Orchestra was fabulous. When we enjoyed that it was the first year they were on board. They have been featured once a year since then. Cunard...
Thinking of all the ships we have been on since...
Thinking of all the ships we have been on since 1972, I have never been on any ship where a tuxedo was required. A business suit or even a blazer/sport coat and tie was an acceptable substitute. Even...
Most of the transfers I have had in the past few...
Most of the transfers I have had in the past few years have cost Can.$48 which, at Cunard's favourable exchange rate for us, is U.S. $40. Occasionally they can be higher, such as Can.$72 which I...
As discussed earlier, this procedure can change....
As discussed earlier, this procedure can change. We did a B2B last October. It wasn't a transatlantic B2B, but a cruise from Québec to NY then a crossing to Southampton. We deliberately chose two...
New Speed Restrictions in Gulf of St. Lawrence
Transport Canada has changed the rules for this year. Last year the planned call by the QM2 in Gaspé was cancelled on a fortnight's notice and Sept-Îles substituted. For this year and next there is...
Indeed. Until 2009, the only Cunard ship we...
Indeed. Until 2009, the only Cunard ship we travelled on was the QE2, on which jacket and tie was required of gents every night in the main restaurants. On Atlantic crossings, all nights except the...
Out of curiosity I tried getting fares for a few...
Out of curiosity I tried getting fares for a few voyages and all I get is an error message. The last time I was able to compare the Canadian $ fares vs the U.S. $ fares, the difference was a mere...
Based on my experience on 10 voyages since the...
Based on my experience on 10 voyages since the QE2 was retired the majority of men do not wear ties on informal nights, but a large minority do. My estimate is 30% to 35% will wear ties and it has...
We had that cabin last year. I probably have some...
We had that cabin last year. I probably have some pictures or video but I haven't time to search right now. Cunard's Website has - or had - a series of photos of obstructed view cabins. Either they...
There is no reason to fear being judged. I have...
There is no reason to fear being judged. I have made at least a dozen crossings on Cunard and there is no "fashion police". Unless a person goes into the dining room or a designated lounge on a...
We have used Smiths several times and have always...
We have used Smiths several times and have always been pleased.
I was surprised whilst embarking the QE2 in New...
I was surprised whilst embarking the QE2 in New York for a crossing in April 2008 (six months before the ship's retirement) that all passengers were shown to our accommodations. It had been quite a...
I will not offer any opinion, just observations...
I will not offer any opinion, just observations based on seven Atlantic crossings on the QM2. We have travelled in all four restaurant categories and I can say there was little difference in the...
For a cheap train journey you can take Southern...
For a cheap train journey you can take Southern from Victoria Station to Southampton for as little as £8.50. They have about 15 stops, including Gatwick, and it takes two and a half hours. There is...
In my experience you need only print the first...
In my experience you need only print the first page. Sometimes no-one wants to see it yet other times it has been requested. Usually we are identified at the check-in desk by the swipe of the...
Indeed, and men have the advantage of being able...
Indeed, and men have the advantage of being able to wear the same outfit every formal night. A second shirt is handy but, with the laundrettes and laundry service, not essential.
Columbia/Caronia were single sitting in the first...
Columbia/Caronia were single sitting in the first class tradition. Ordering off-menu was encouraged by the maître d', at least when it was still called first. Britannia Club was introduced on the...
Fans of Keeping Up Appearances may remember that...
Fans of Keeping Up Appearances may remember that even Onslow wore a white dinner jacket to dinner in the Caronia (first class) Restaurant on the QE2.

Without copying other posts, I have a couple...
I don't know if immigration and custom inspection...
I don't know if immigration and custom inspection fees are part of the taxes we pay on an ocean voyage, but they are for air travel. On a recent flight from Toronto to board the QM2 we paid the...