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Looking back at Cunard
Earlier this year my wife and I spent a pre-cruise night in Los Angeles on board RMS Queen Mary.

We had, many years previous, visited her during a stop at Los Angeles...
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Each to their own as you will see from my above...
Each to their own as you will see from my above comment.

Of course, through socialising, I generally gain my own first hand experience as opposed to 'hearing' tittle-tattle.
Quite simply because I've always found the...
Quite simply because I've always found the variety and educational level of fellow guests on Cunard to be of such a standard that conversation at the dinner table, and often breakfast and lunch for...
Great response. Sadly it's the same on most...
Great response.

Sadly it's the same on most cruising forums: it's all about money and little to do with the majority of cruisers habits.
Frankly, when sailing with Cunard, I would...
Frankly, when sailing with Cunard, I would consider any table for two, at whatever level of accommodation, rather self defeating.
The daily routine is pretty well covered in my...
The daily routine is pretty well covered in my blog of our Christmas crossing...

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2017/01/02/queen-mary-2-remastered-trans-atlantic/

Okay, you may not be...
Oh you don't know how close you're getting Brian.
Oh you don't know how close you're getting Brian.
It would be interesting to hear who you do cruise...
It would be interesting to hear who you do cruise with and whether they will let you bring your own wine onboard.

I too can drink wine in my local pub for around £17.50 but never will the ambiance...
Good afternoon Wiltonian. Alas I cannot...
Good afternoon Wiltonian.

Alas I cannot agree.

Both, as profit seeking businesses, will have a Gross Profit (GP) to pursue which excludes VAT.

Whilst in the trade myself my target was an...
...and your point is?
...and your point is?
Ah, but while the VAT is paid by the Customer the...
Ah, but while the VAT is paid by the Customer the hotel/restaurant reclaims the VAT element they paid to their supplier: the net difference being forwarded to HMRC.

Yes the customer feels the...
Good morning Crewserman. I have read your...
Good morning Crewserman.


I have read your comments with interest as I am probably diametrically opposed to you with my views on drinking alcohol, and in particular wine, onboard any cruise...
Or 56 days even. But hey, isn't this a...
Or 56 days even.

But hey, isn't this a holiday we are on?
Here's a separate link to a full review of Lisbon...
Here's a separate link to a full review of Lisbon that I did...

https://solentrichardscruiseblog.com/2014/08/20/one-way-to-do-lisbon/
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Banter at any cocktail party is a two way affair...
Banter at any cocktail party is a two way affair whether it be with the Ship's officers or fellow guests.

Obviously judging by the numbers that prefer to be seated there is a high proportion in...
Couldn't agree more with what you say. I've...
Couldn't agree more with what you say.

I've never really understood this urge to hold social engagements with the staff other than with the officers at a cocktail party or other formal function....
OMG. Next shock will be Nicky Sturgeon as...
OMG.

Next shock will be Nicky Sturgeon as the Godmother.

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Thank you. Unfortunately Cunard's fudging...
Thank you.

Unfortunately Cunard's fudging the issue has given those you mention a field day.
On the grounds that you state 'love' of Oceania...
On the grounds that you state 'love' of Oceania may I just add that having clocked three cruises with them I have found their passenger's dress standards and, more pertinently, quality to be way...
My view also. I have a long(ish) cruise...
My view also.

I have a long(ish) cruise booked for next year and have paid a hefty (Grills) deposit. Unlike happy Boating I am not prepared to lose that deposit and indeed, have enough character...
Now that is what I call having the courage of...
Now that is what I call having the courage of one's convictions.

I for one am sorry to see you leave the family but I fully recognise your right to holding Cunard to the high standards that...
Thanks Brian. I remembered your plans etc...
Thanks Brian.

I remembered your plans etc and am conducting a little experiment with a future Cunard cruise out of Asia which we booked cruise only before flights were released.

Like your...
Good morning Brian and welcome home. How did...
Good morning Brian and welcome home.

How did it all go on Queen Elizabeth?

I have a question for you.

I see that you said your flights were booked via a Travel Agent. Am I correct in...
Ah, so TWO Cunard voyages. The anticipation...
Ah, so TWO Cunard voyages.

The anticipation and excitement is giving me an adrenaline kick.

:'):')
Does anyone know if Windserfboy (the OP) has had...
Does anyone know if Windserfboy (the OP) has had his Queens Grill experience yet?

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